Your Ultimate Guide to Day Trips Exploring Egypt

Many people want to travel, go on adventures and explore, but most of them don’t really have enough time or resources to do so. But even though people are always busy with what life throws at them, whether it’s their studies, career or family, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t live their lives and have fun.

There is a misconception that you can’t enjoy your time and go a little crazy inside the borders of Egypt. So we’ve gathered an entire week’s worth of day trips in the country, so you could enjoy Egypt’s beauty without having to let go of any of your commitments!

1 - Alexandria

If you haven’t already done this at least once in your life, then you are really missing a lot. Start by booking train tickets, or rent a bus if you are in a large group. After your arrival, the first thing you need to do is to explore the Qaitbay Citadel, which was one of Egypt’s greatest defensive strongholds back in the 15th century. Or, if you’re more of an artistic person, try visiting some of the city’s cultural gems. Also, you can check out King Fouad’s Al Haramlik Palace located in Al Montazah, where you’ll learn a lot about Muhammad Ali’s family history and art. Afterwards, you’ll probably be too hungry to function, so we encourage you to visit Alexandria’s famous Balbaa Village. Later on, take a stroll down the streets of Alexandria and try Gelati Azza, which is known for its tasty gelato flavors.

2 - El Fayoum (Wadi El Rayan)

If you need to take a break from technology and the daily grind, then this is your ultimate trip. Book a trip to El Fayoum from any travel agency. You’ll probably go with a bunch of people you don’t know, but you’ll become new friends in no time. You’ll start off by having a 4x4 safari tour, then you will have a chance to admire the beauty of Wadi El Rayan’s mesmerizing waterfall -followed by the challenge of being able to stand on that sandboarding board without tripping and rolling over in the sand. Later on, you’ll start the campfire and eat with your new friends! If you are into reading, bring a book of to enjoy in the “no signal zone.” Don’t forget to bring your power bank in case you need to charge your phone!

3 - Old Cairo

Start off by going to The Religious Complex (known as Mogama3 El Adyan), where you can visit the Amr Ebn El Aas Mosque, the Hanging Church, the Virgin Mary Church, the Jewish Synagogue and more churches and monasteries where the Virgin Mary and Jesus passed through during their trip to Egypt. Afterwards, head to El Moez Street and indulge in its rich heritage until you reach Khan El Khalili, where you’ll find amazing boutiques and kiosks. When strolling down Khan el Khalili you’ll find a place called Bayt Al-Suhaimy; a must-see house museum characterized by its beauty and uniqueness. Then, when you’re hungry, head to the Zainab Khatoun restaurant, known for serving the best grilled oriental food.

4 - The Amazing Cairo Tower and Fish Park

Start your day by visiting the Fish Park -you won’t just see a variety of amazing fish, but you’ll also see some amazing scenery of unique rocks and beautiful greenery. Later on, you can go to Hala’et Al Samak to treat yourself with a delicious seafood meal. Then, when you’re full, you could head to the Cairo Tower at sunset time, where you can see the best view possible of Cairo. If you have enough time on your hands, have a drink at the revolving restaurant located in the tower, where you can see the signatures of previous Egyptian presidents and Hollywood celebrities.

5 - The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

The Pyramids of Giza are the seventh wonder of the world, and are among the world’s greatest historical monuments of all time. The Sphinx is considered to be the largest sphinx compared to those in other countries and it is also known as the Great Sphinx of Giza. Egyptians need to be proud of this and admire the beauty of how these monuments were built thousands of years ago and yet still look as beautiful as ever. Before you go, you need to arrange with a tour guide a horseback riding tour all around the Giza plateau. Make sure that you buy the tickets that include entering the Pyramids, so you can see the walls and chambers of the famous tomb! One good place for lunch is Andrea Restaurant, where you’ll eat tasty oriental food with an amazing view.

6 - Salah El Din Citadel and The Egyptian Museum

Start off by visiting Salah El Din Citadel, where you’ll get the chance to see the Muhammad Ali Mosque, also referred to as the Alabaster Mosque because of its excessive use of the alabaster stone. Afterwards, go visit the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square. Once you enter, you’ll be astonished by the beauty of the world’s greatest collections of artifacts. You’ll find mummies of the great pharaohs who ruled Egypt, in addition to their gold, personal utensils and personal belongings like toys and jewelry. If you are feeling oriental enough, we recommend you visit Koshary Abu Taleb, one of the most famous koshary places in Cairo.

7 - Al Ain El Sokhna

Most people take Sokhna for granted. Not living by the beach doesn’t mean that you can’t visit one whenever you want! Spoil yourself and go to Sokhna for a one-day getaway. Go for a swim and get a good tan. It is only a 1.5-hour drive from Cairo, so you can go anytime to relax and forget about your stress for a while away from the city’s car horns. As for the food, you could arrange for a fun barbeque with friends or you could check out one of Porto Sokhna’s many restaurants.

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