Egypt at a glance
From the iconic wonders of the world- the Great Pyramids of Giza to hundreds of temples of the occult- Egypt is bursting with history and monuments. While the pyramids are the best known, they should certainly not be the only reason for a trip to Egypt and they barely scratch the surface.
If you visit the temples, note the height and structures of buildings that have stool longer than Rome and how every wall and ceiling surface are decorated with pictures and heiroglyphics. The scale of work and overall beauty of the monuments lining the delicate oasis of the Nile absolutely makes a visit to Egypt worth it.
Is it safe?
Yes but caution is needed. If you are not a well seasoned traveler, absolutely book a comprehensive tour (group or private) to keep you save. We never felt threatened but we were always in our hotel or with a guide or driver (or both). I wouldn’t try to take taxis or get around as communication is difficult.
Link to my tour review of Memphis Tours
When to plan your visit:
First, please give yourself a week to see the best Egypt has to offer.
Spring/ Fall: The shoulder seasons are the best blend of lower temperatures while still getting to enjoy somewhat less crowds and the pools.
Winter: Winter might even be too cold for pools that are largely unheated there but overall the most moderate temperature for exploring the monuments. It is however the most crowded season.
Summer: This is the cheapest, least crowded season to visit in which is why we chose it. It. was. HOT. I mean easily 120 degrees most days. If you cant bear heat, don’t visit in the summer.
Arabic in many forms is the most common language and what you’ll find signs posted in. French we found was the most popular romance language and is usually the fall back if you don’t understand Arabic. There were not many locals that understood English.
Currency: Egyptian pound
Best way to get around:
Absolutely through a tour. If you want to save on booking a complete tour, then get around using day tours who pick you up from the hotel, hotel transfers, or private taxis you can call from the hotel is your best bet.
Top things to do:
- Camel Rides at the Pyramids
- Hot Air Balloon over Luxor temples
- Take a cruise on the Nile
- Descend down into the tombs of the kings
- Explore the twists and turns of Edfu temple
- Feel the cool breeze off the river at Philae temple
- Admire the mummified crocodiles at Kom Ombo temple
- Pretend to be Indiana Jones at the Abu Simbel temples
- Explore Cairo city
- Swim in the Nile river