Egypt Travel Guide: Things to do and Tourist Attractions.

Menna Shanab 1 month ago

Craving a  jaw-dropping Middle East Trip?

Thinking about a Charming Experience with Egypt Tourism. In one word from Travel experts, head to the North-East edge of Africa and Now Welcome to the Land of Pharos, Egypt.

 

What about the Pyramids of Giza? A wide desert, tents, and camels?

Here you go to the PERFECT spot to give you a whole sophisticated vision and experience on how to enjoy Egypt authenticity like never before. We would never do something with your Giza Pyramids day, but you got a long list of things to do and places to explore in Egypt fits every taste and every traveling style and preferences.  


Travel Experts there giving you their secrets to get the best result and touch the real Egypt.

 
Now it’s time to go closer to the full Things to do and Tourist Attractions you should not miss right after the Giza Pyramids:

 

1. The First Capital in Ancient Egypt, Memphis City

Lies around 20km from Giza, close to Mit Rahina town, the ruins of Memphis City were found. Memphis City (in Arabic is Manf), the first capital of Egypt as told of by Manetho and Herodotus, who stated as King Mena built city and capital, the worrier and unifier of Egypt Upper and Lower regions in one Great Kingdom ruling the whole Egyptian Lands from the Nile Delta Capital at the meeting point of the north and south. 

Memphis City stood as the power center of Egypt's authority and the royal throne resident for the whole Old Kingdom era until the Middle Kingdom was raised with a new Capital Thebes in the south.

 Memphis city is one of the top worthy attractions to be on your bucket list during your Egypt trips, and for a full experience with the site, we recommend you pass the Saqqara Complex of King Djoser where the stepped pyramid and full mortuary temple are all surrounded by a magnificent enclosure wall will fully take you. Hunt the Chance to explore the fresh Saqqara Discovery Sarcophagi 2020 which is back more than 2500 years!


Bonus: You would have the Best combining visit to Memphis and Saqqara between Sundays to Saturdays 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM

 

2. The Citadel of Salah El-Din

Looking through the History of Egypt since the Pharos era reaching the Glory of the Medieval Islamic Era. At one of the most strategic locations in Cairo, over the Mokattam hills, the Citadel or Qal'aa in Arabic was built inside the developed capital by the latest ruler and dynasty, the Mamluke Era. 

The foundation of Salah Al-Din Citadel wasn't the first of its type in Cairo, hence the Ayyubid era has a long chain of military fortification projects following the ruler's minds who were soldiers before getting into the throne. In the 13th - 19th centuries (nearly 700 years), the fortified Citadel of Salah Al-Din was the seat of rule and power.

The construction and additions continue along with the history after the Ayyubid Kingdom. While your trip to the citadel you will be taken by the special dome of Al-Nasir Mohammed Mosque which is dated back to the Mamluk period. The special theme of the dome was cupped with Green Tiles and its Minaret was the introduction of the first Garlic shaped bulb for Egyptian Minarets.

Diving deeper with the Mamluk monuments you will meet the Iwan al-Ashrafiyya or A Iwan Al-Kabir then you will discover The Ablaq Palace and more treasures within the citadel fortress.

 

3. Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha

Time passes and the Ottoman era began with Mohammed Ali Pasha who ruled Egypt from 1830 to 1848 followed by his family. 

Mohammed Ali had the step to build the most visible construction inside the citadel, and it was not enough, he made it simultaneously look-alike Haigh Sophia Mosque in Turkey with the special domes which are covered with a steal and accompanied by the special pencil-shaped Minarets. The Marble and Alabaster paving is really breath-taking, you mustn't miss this when in Cairo.

The work on Mohammed Ali Mosque of the Citadel, opened in 1848,  was assigned to the Architect Yusuf Boshnak and his craftsmen to produce this masterwork of Ottoman architecture in Cairo.

 

4. Experience Authentic Egyptian Dinners

Your travel experience wouldn't be constructed without passing with the different dishes of the destination. As for Egypt Tourism, food is a keystone and element for the Egyptian experience with the different recipes and dishes from the different regions locally, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East cuisines as well. 

Kushari, molokhia, okra with garlic, stuffed vegetables (Mahshi), Fatteh, Hawawshi, Falafel and Ful Medames, Musakka, Stuffed Pigeon and many other dishes you feel somehow exotic yet it worth a try.

 

5. The Chaos and Bustle of Islamic Cairo at El Muizz Street

Now it's time for a visit through the Islamic masterpieces of the Fatimid era at the Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatmi. 

As the Fatimid took over the throne from the previously ruled Ikhshids of the Abbasids, in 969 AD. The Fatimid caliph Al-Muizz and his strong vizir Badr El-Din Al-Gammali founded a North African-styled Capital, giving it a strong name following their power, Al-Qahira or the Conqueror or Cairo.

The first was to build an enclosure defensive wall all around the capital borders, with Major Gates of the capital, where you can see two of them today as Bab Al-Futuh, and Bab Zuweila in the south. Inside the Fatimid city walls, all the district elements were raised and built. Mosques, Madrasas, Cistern, hospital,s and houses along with other facilities were built to serve the daily life needs of the inhabitants. 

 

6. Capture Unforgettable Souvenirs from Khan El Khalili Bazaar

The work and structures inside the Fatimid capital walls never stopped. Coming to the Mamluk Era with a spectacular bazaar whereas having an authentic shopping experience is guaranteed. 

 

It's reported the first construction for Khan El Khalili was in the 14th century between 1382-89 by the efforts of Jaharkas al-Khalili, to be a trade center for the Mamluk and international caravans who are passing with Cairo. 

 

Khan El Khalili is the best in Cairo to get all the Egyptian souvenirs from replicas, Silver, Gold, precious stones, Leather, and more at the best price and material. 

 

7. The Sound and Light of Giza pyramids by Night

Completing the spectacular visit to the Giza Plateau with the Pyramids, Sphinx, the Sun-boats museum, and more, the night has a special experience with the Sound and light show. Relish with a lively narration for the history of the Pyramids and the Sphinx figure, Kings and their families, and more. The show starts at 7 pm in different languages starting with English and Italian, Spanish, French, or German.

 

8. Eating Koshary

The Egyptian koshari or koshari is better to be considered of the top national dishes in Egyptian cuisine. The mixture of pasta, lentils, peas, with the topping of tomato sauce and fried onions. The origin of the authentic dish is combining Italian, Indian, and Middle Eastern culinary elements to cook this special dish. 

For sure, we recommend you never leave Egypt without having your Koshari meal Lunch at one of the local restaurants for Koshari and if you are home then let's prepare an Egyptian Koshari Now!

 

9. Sail Down The Nile in a Felucca

The sunset from a Felucca cant is repeated anywhere in the world but in Egypt. This special experience would fill your time and memories throughout your Egypt Local Experiences.  Felucca is a traditional wooden boat which you will find a lot from Cairo to Aswan in beautiful Nile rides. It's a safe, calm, and pleasing experience you shouldn't miss for your time in Cairo and your Instagram as well.

 

10. The Grand Egyptian Museum - GEM

Make your visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum!

One of the latest developed landmarks of Egypt, which was at the beginning to be constructed in 2012 and completed in 2020 to be opened in 2021 with investments reaching the US$550m. Atelier Brückner, is the designer and architect to whom the master plan and exhibition designs are attributed. 

 

The Grand Egyptian Museum is exhibiting a very wide collection coming from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, Downtown along with some modern discoveries and more than 50,000 artifacts including the master collection of King Tutankhamun with his tomb treasures. 

 

11. See Cairo from The Highest Point at Cairo Tower

Explore Egypt from the Top! Yes here is your start-point to discover all the details of Cairo from the Cairo Tower, the tallest foundation in whole Africa, and North Africa for about 50 years from its construction.

The Cairo Tower is about 187 m freestanding building and was completed in 1961 by the Egyptian Architect Naoum Shebib, to give a full panoramic view to all of Cairo and Giza. The structure has a nice elevator leading to a calm and neat and cozy restaurant to enjoy a nice lunch or dinner after the panoramic view. 

 

12. The Museum of Islamic Art - MIA

The recent structure of the Islamic Museum in Cairo was completed in 1902 to be a representation of a Mamluk Era Architecture Styled construction. 

Throughout the quiet foundations of the museum, here are the real "Treasures" more than 100,000 objects from mosques and different Islamic sites in Egypt, India, Iran, Syria, and more.  The exhibitions of the museums are exhibiting the different Islamic era's in Egypt and the world from the Umayyad of the Abbasids, Fatimids, Tulunids, and Ikhshids, Mamluks, Ottomans, and modern history as well.