SS Thistlegorn wreck dive in the Ras Mohammed Marine reserve in Egypt

7 Things to Do in Egypt When Going For the First Time

Acquiring an Egypt visa for US citizens has never been easy with the commencement of online visa application. Americans have taken advantage of this opportunity to visit Egypt in large numbers either for business or vacation.

Why so much interest in Egypt?

Well, Egypt is among the most intriguing countries of ancient civilization. Other than the most iconic landmarks known to humankind, it boasts of diverse culture and breathtaking landscapes that make the ultimate travel destination for every adventurous savvy person. From the amazing pyramids of Cairo, to the ancient temples in Luxor, to breathtaking diving in the Red Sea, Egypt has it all.

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The Pyramids of Giza and my camel. Not many people out and about today which makes me look like I’m some bad ass riding through the desert discovering this pyramid. Totally not the case.

Just like with every new country, there are some things you need to know and do when you arrive in Egypt to have a smooth and exciting time. For planning your trip, make sure to read my perfect Egypt itinerary that goes through where to go and what to do

This article explores some of the things you need to do in Egypt when it is your first time visiting the country.

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Views of the Sphinx and Pyramids upon entering. Beautiful.

Here are a few of them.

 

1.   Enjoy the Delightful Desert Safaris

For first time visitors, bike and camel riding across the western desert should be in your bucket list. Enjoy the incredible rides across deserts such as Sinai Desert, Libya Desert, and the Great Sand Sea, and you will carry the memory forever.

 

2.   Explore Egypt’s Art and culture

Egypt is a rich country in history, culture, and art.

It has some of the world’s most incredible landmarks that have stood the test of time. Be sure to visit the pyramids of Giza, the museum of Egypt, Luxor temple, and the Valley of Kings. Do not forget to drop by the famous cities like Luxor, Cairo, and Aswan to name but a few and you will love every moment of it.

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3.   Sail Down River Nile

It is not a complete experience in Egypt without a visit to the river Nile. Ensure that you sail down this phenomenon river, and the experience is sure to be magical.

Felucca in Egypt
Felucca’s of Egypt on the Nile

 

4.   Enjoy the Stunning Hotels and Resorts

Egypt has some of the most incredible accommodation facilities. Enjoy the diverse foods, relax at a beach resort, and enjoy the scenery that comes along with it.

 

5.   Enjoy the Breathtaking Beaches

Other than fascinating landmarks and culture, Egypt has lovely beaches such as Gharam Beach, Agiba Beach, and so much more. Ensure that you visit at least one of these beaches.

SS Thistlegorn wreck dive in the Ras Mohammed Marine reserve in Egypt
SS Thistlegorn wreck dive in the Ras Mohammed Marine reserve in Egypt

 

6.   Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot air balloon rides allow you to see Egypt as a whole- from the pyramids, ancient temples, and everything else below.Hot Air Balloon Luxor

 

7.   Go shopping at Khan-el-Khalili

Shopping lovers can never go wrong with this one. You will find statues, jewelry, clothes, spices, and much more here.

 

Giveaways

While this article has only highlighted just a few of things to do in Egypt, there is so much more to enjoy in this magnificent country. A rule of thumb, however, is to ensure that you have a tour guide with you to ensure that your experience meets your expectations.

Also, Egypt’s sun is very hot, ensure that you carry some sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat with you. In addition, ensure that you wear comfortable shoes to make walking around easy.

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Johnny
Johnny

I'm a dual Canadian-American from NYC that moved to South Africa for work and ended up traveling all through the continent. I'm currently living the expat life in Frankfurt, Germany and traveling the world as much as I can. I'm a bit obsessed with scuba diving, churning credit cards so I never pay to fly, and eating the most questionable of foods in the most peculiar of places. My bucket list is the world, and some day I might make it there.

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