A Week in Egypt: What to See and Do
Egypt is one of the most incredible nations on Earth, it is a country which is dominated by the ancient civilizations that have occupied these lands and a country which has well preserved culture and heritage that is on display in many parts of the country. In truth, one could spend months traveling around the heritage sites and the beaches of this vast country but let’s be honest, we don’t all have the time for that. If you want to head to Egypt and just have a week to spend there then you can still see a great amount of amazing things. Let’s take a look at some of the must-see places in Egypt if you are limited to just 7 days.
Arguably the most iconic man-made structures in the World, the pyramids have become synonymous with Egyptian history and the Giza complex is where you will be able to see them in all of their stunning glory. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World and despite the facade being slightly damaged though the years, much of it still remains in tact. Gaze upon these incredible feats of human engineering on the archaeological site of the Giza plateau, just outside Cairo.
Valley of the Kings
This incredible valley in Egypt is where, for over 500 years, tombs were built for the various Pharaohs that reigned over the land. Standing on the opposite side of the River Nile to the city of Luxor, this sacred valley can be best explored by foot and with a guide. Using a guide will gain you access to many of the tombs which have been developed throughout the years and you will be able to see real-life hieroglyphics and mind-boggling construction skills.
I’m usually not a big fan of museums but the Egyptian museum was one that I had to see. If you loved studying the Ancient Egyptians in school then this will be one museum that you won’t want to miss. Here you will find over 5,000 artifacts and pieces of Egyptian heritage and culture which have been well kept and well preserved.
In the island district of Cairo is the huge souk of Khan el-Khalili, the biggest of its kind in Egypt and a hotbed of tourist activity. In the markets here you will find the true heartbeat of Egyptian life and have the opportunity to buy pretty much anything that you can think of. Enjoy local foods and handmade crafts in this chaotic market for a real glimpse into how the people live in the capital of Egypt.
For so many years the River Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt, providing work, travel links and communities, you simply cannot leave the country without setting foot on the famous river. There are lots of tours available which will take you down a portion of the river and I would wholeheartedly recommend that you do so.