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Egypt Travel Guide - The cradle of civilization...

Egypt Travel Guide - The cradle of civilization...

. 9 min read

Egypt is a place known by all, who have not studied again and again the gods and monuments of the ancient empire? Today I will tell you all about what to do and what to see in Egypt, which you will suppose is a lot!

In this travel guide of Egypt, you will be able to see that although I am not very supportive of the totally organized routes, in this occasion yes that in some parts it is convenient to do so in order to optimize to the maximum our trip and to prevent any type of risk, since some zones of the country are a little dangerous.

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The usual route of Egypt is a trip of 7-8 days combining cruise by the Nile and terrestrial visits… I recommend to start with the South of the country and to go up little by little towards the north

Day 1: Aswan and Abu Simbel Temple

Welcome to Aswan! Maybe we are a little tired from the trip to Cairo and from there to Aswan, but the good thing is that we have arrived and from now on we start to travel through Egypt!

At this point is where we start our cruise on the Nile, which will be our hotel for the next 4 days, although the first night does not expect to enjoy it too long because the most significant thing about this area is to visit the temple of Abu Simbel, which is really beautiful. The inconvenience comes to get to him…for security reasons you have to go in a single caravan of vehicles escorted by the Egyptian military…it’s not dangerous, but the early morning is considerable because you have to be in the caravan at 3:30 in the morning…then a couple of hours of journey await us.

In Abu Simbel, we will be able to see the different temples and learn a little about the history of the area characterized by that giant lake that surrounds it. Inside the temples, they do not allow to take photos, the reason why if we want some it will be necessary to be very discreet…

In the afternoon we will arrive again to Aswan and we will have (if we still have the strength) the option to cross this small town…then the night will be arriving and our boat-hotel waits for us to rest.

Day 2: Aswan Dam, Nubian Villages and Kom Ombo Temple

Today will be our last day in Aswan. It is interesting to visit the ruins of the unfinished obelisk and the red granite quarry. Of course, we will hear a lot about the Aswan Dam and how it changed the country’s water dependence forever; you can also visit it.

At the same time today we have the option to go to visit the Nubian villages, I recommend to do it. It is true that in Egypt, the places we will go to are currently too focused on tourism, but it is equally nice to see their ways of life and customs.

In the afternoon we will be asked to be on the boat because we set sail north along the Nile, to arrive in the evening to visit a beautiful temple with very cool lighting, the temple of Kom Ombo.

Day 3: Edfú, Colossus of Memnon and Luxor

The boat will continue sailing at night a little longer and we will wake up in the city of Edfú. Here we will visit a great temple with impressive walls. The funny thing here is the arrival to the door of the temple since it is usually done by horse-drawn carriages commanded by an Egyptian who does not fear death at any time…something that you see it constantly passing before your eyes…haha. Very close to here we have the famous Colossus of Memnon, which will also come to see them. After the visit, we return to the boat and continue our way.

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In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Luxor, one of the historically important cities. There, we will visit the famous temple of Luxor which is really impressive, very beautiful!

Something funny that happens this day, is that during the journey of the boat, with us on board we will pass some locks and dikes to continue sailing with the change of water level of the river. It takes about half an hour if you don’t have to wait because there is a lot of traffic, but it doesn’t matter to wait as it is very fun as the locals trade with you on the boat from the shore … get ready to see blankets, jerseys, towels, etc. flying from the boat to land and vice versa.

Afterward, depending on the time we want to dedicate to the visit of the temple we will have a longer or shorter period to visit the center of the city of Luxor visiting its local markets and exotic shops. Do not forget to drink a typical sugar cane juice, they are very good and original as they do artisan, from the cane to the glass!

Day 4: Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple

In the morning we will get up and go to visit the famous Valley of the Kings where the most important pharaohs are buried…this place is very representative and symbolic, but in reality visually it doesn’t say much…it doesn’t stop being like a kind of quarry in which the different tombs appear to the sides. It is usual to visit the most famous ones you have to pay an extra amount. 

On the way, it is very common that we stop at some local shops where we will make a demonstration of local crafts in order to spend some eurites…

In the afternoon, we will tour the largest temple of all, the temple of Karnak. As we have already taken a few because perhaps we are not surprised much, but we must recognize that it is majestic and incredible how they could make such constructions …

Day 5: Route with the most important places of Cairo

Today it’s time to leave the ship and fly to Cairo. This intermediate part between Luxor and Cairo is still very dangerous and not recommended for tourism.

After an hour of travel, we arrive in Cairo, welcome to city chaos! But it does have many charming corners and above all, finally, the long-awaited pyramids of Giza!

After settling in our hotel, we started to tour the city. On this occasion, I do recommend getting out of the guide and the organized route. Herewith our map and a little caution as anywhere, we can configure the tour to our measure.

For the first day and contact with Cairo can not miss going to Jan el Khalili (the medina of Cairo). It has a lot of charm and there is nothing more typical of the place than having a tea and smoking a sisha in the famous cafe of mirrors (El Fishawi), throughout the center of the medina.

After a good walk, simply let yourself be carried away to visit the famous Egyptian Museum, the opera and the Tower of Cairo, Tahrir Square, the viewpoint of the city, etc.. It will be a spectacle of constant experiences.

Day 6: Necropolis of Giza (Pyramids of Egypt)

At last, at least for me, the most desired day arrives…we are going to get to know the Necropolis of Guizá! How many times have we talked about them, we have seen them in magazines, television, etc., but even so, when you are there in front of them…it is impressive and overwhelming!

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In the Necropolis it is important that we arrive very early, around 8 in the morning. That way, in case you are interested, you will arrive in time to get one of the limited entrances to the inside of the biggest pyramid, the one of Keops. If they are incredible on the outside, to see you entering one of them and go up to the room where the Pharaoh’s tomb is located is sensational, only not recommended for those who suffer from claustrophobia.

Once seen from inside, we go to a further point where we get the best view of the 3 pyramids of Egypt; here you will surely get the most precious photo of your trip to Egypt.

On the way back, we still have more…we are going to know the sphinx of Gizeh, an impressive new monument escorted by the great pyramids. Here it is usual to see many people doing the typical photomontage of kissing on the mouth of the Sphinx.

After an incredible morning, we continue visiting the Egyptian capital, and one thing you can not miss is the City of Saladin presided over by the majestic Alabaster mosque, an impressive architectural work. In addition, there we will enjoy magnificent views of the city.

A perfect way to end the day is to tour the Coptic Quarter (Qasr al-Sham), one of the epicenters of the city where the religious theme has given its name to this part of the city.

Day 7: Alexandria

Today we make a day trip to our last destination, Alexandria. This modern city today, was a historical place and world epicenter, and therefore, despite no longer maintaining the charm of the past mainly because everything has been rebuilt, you can visit certain places while telling you the story of each of them is overwhelming.

The most characteristic places to visit and that usually includes the excursion we do are:

Pompey Column (it doesn’t have much…)

The famous Alexandria Lighthouse, currently rebuilt but still a spectacular place.

The Library of Alexandria, today too modern looking…

Montaza Palace, the summer “little shack” where the former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak lived.

At the same time, with the bus, we cross more parts of the city so that we can have a perfectly global idea of the whole zone, although according to my point of view, it is very far from everything seen before.

Day 8: Memphis and Sakkara

The good stuff’s over and it’s time to go home. For those who have a little more time, a very visited place is Memphis and Sakkara; 25 km from Cairo we have at our disposal the ancient Egyptian capital with an endless number of relevant and impressive monuments, although well, we no longer carry a few behind our backs after this trip …

In short, Egypt is a mainly cultural journey in which to understand a little more the beginning of civilization, and not stop surprising us how the human being, already in those times, was able to act in such an intelligent way.

Do I try everything to do and see in Egypt? A week of not stopping seeing new and interesting things that I hope you have become much clearer with this guide to Egypt.

Would you like to continue seeing places to travel? Here I leave a list of travel guides of cities quite interesting, to see if you bite the worm even more: Dubai, Panama City, New York, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Sydney, Singapore, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Istanbul, and many more!

Climate: It’s a warm country in general, but there are big differences between the Delta and the Upper Egyptian Valley. In the Delta is a more Mediterranean climate being very dry on the other side reaching temperatures of 50 degrees. The nights in the desert are usually cool and there is a lot of contrast with the day. A good time to travel to Egypt is between April and May.

Interesting facts: Egypt is currently a country complicated by the internal uprisings in which they are immersed (2014), but being cautious and cautious we should not have any problem. What we will notice in a lot of poverty and we will have millions of children (and adults) asking us for money everywhere, so I recommend bringing from home a handful of pens and pencils to give to children, their face of happiness is priceless!