As one of the oldest nations still in existence, Egypt has so many sights to see that are steeped in history that many consider this the trip of a lifetime. Not only is it one of the oldest countries still in existence but is also one of the very first nations states, stemming back some 13,000 years to the 11th Century BCE. From touring the great pyramids to taking an exciting safari, there is so much to do and see that you will surely want to book a long stay in this remarkable nation spanning two continents, Africa and Asia.
How Best to See the Sights
Some things you can do on your own in Egypt, however, when taking a Safari or riding along the Nile, you may want to take advantage of guided Egyptian tours such as those at Sharm el Sheikh tours. The official language of Egypt is Arabic that, of course, uses an Arabic alphabet which is so unlike anything read in the West. In the major cities you are likely to find a number of English speaking locals but out in the farthest reaches you may find the Bedouin peoples who don’t even have a basic understanding of just a few simple words in English.
Besides, a guided tour allows you to actually view the sights whilst they are explained to you by the guide. Reading a guide book is interesting and something you can keep for memories, but you miss out on seeing so much if you read your way through the country.
Some of the Most Popular Sights to See
Obviously you will want to see the pyramids, especially the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, but there are others which you will want to view as well. Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramids aren’t in Egypt but the sheer number of them and the pharaohs they were built for provide a mini-lesson in ancient world history. Then you can also take:
And you may also want to go snorkelling or diving off the coast. One of the most interesting diving trips is in the Blue Hole that was formed from a submarine sinkhole which created a cave-like formation. For a fresh look at reef fish and an abundance of coral, this is an experience you won’t want to miss.
Sampling Traditional Egyptian Cuisine
It should come as no surprise that some of the most traditional Egyptian dishes date back some 5,000 years. Even though some of the ingredients have changed over time and alcohol is no longer used, they are true enough to their original recipes to be authentic enough to please even the strictest connoisseurs. Most recipes include some form of legume as well as onions and since meat is often too expensive for the average person, most Egyptians live a vegetarian lifestyle. One Egyptian dietary staple you cannot afford to miss out on is Aish, traditional Egyptian bread served at most, if not all, meals. This word, Aish, means life and since most Egyptians don’t use cutlery, you will soon learn to scoop up your food with bits of bread.
There is no point visiting a country with as much history as Egypt without seeing the land in its most natural state. Don’t spend your whole trip as a tourist. Spend some time on tours amongst the locals to experience the ‘real’ Egypt. In the words of that iconic 1980’s hit – Walk Like an Egyptian.
Grecia is the author of tournavationmke.com. She loves to travel around the world and share her experience and knowledge about the travel industry, features about travel trends. Prior to travel writing, Grecia covered Internet and Technology articles and contributing for many other web blogs.