Conheça as melhores atrações em uma viagem para o Egito

Os mistérios das civilizações mais antigas da humanidade ainda despertam o fascínio dos viajantes, por isso o Egito é um dos países mais visitados por quem busca conhecer a história da humanidade, a evolução das civilizações, etc. No imaginário popular o país é sinônimo de pirâmides, faraós, múmias e muito deserto. Porém as belezas do Egito vão muito além disso e, por isso, preparamos esse artigo com as melhores atrações do país para tornar ainda mais inesquecível a sua Viagem para o Egito porque há muito a se ver e descobrir além daquilo que te contaram ou que você só imagina. Desde as margens do caudaloso e famoso rio Nilo até a imensidão dos desertos no Mar Vermelho o país tem cenários espetaculares que merecem a atenção dos seus visitantes.

Vamos então destacar logo abaixo as atrações imperdíveis para você já anotar no seu caderninho!

Abu Simbel

Esse é o templo construído por Ramsés II – o faraó mais poderoso na época do Egito Antigo. Diferentemente dos outros templos presentes no país, que foram construídos em honra a um deus, esse foi erguido apenas para mostrar força e poder aos inimigos de Ramsés II. E até hoje o templo continua impressionando a todos com a sua beleza indescritível e as imponentes estátuas de Ramsés, quatro no total.

Para chegar até esse templo, um dos mais incríveis do Egito, é necessário sair de Aswan por terra ou por avião. A escolha depende do turista e em ambas é possível encontrar belezas durante o trajeto.

Passeio de Fellucca pelo Rio Nilo

O rio Nilo é um dos grandes cartões postais do país e, como tal, precisa ser apreciado com todo o respeito e admiração. Existem, por isso, vários passeios como cruzeiro pelo rio ou apenas uma voltinha na fellucca – um veleiro próprio dos egípcios. A nossa dica, caso queira conhecer de fato a história e fazer uma imersão na cultura local é, claro, a fellucca. Isso porque ela era o principal meio de transporte dos egípcios mais antigos uma vez que o vento é bastante forte e eram necessários vários esforços na vela para conseguir alcançar o destino. Hoje em dia esse é um passeio calmo e bastante bonito já que é possível admirar toda a beleza enquanto o barco segue a corrente das águas.

Biblioteca Alexandrina

Essa é uma das jóias da arquitetura que embelezam a paisagem da Alexandria hoje em dia. Foi uma construção feita em parceria com o governo local e a UNESCO, no ano de 2002, com a principal intenção de ser um centro de conhecimento do mundo.

O projeto é da autoria de arquitetos noruegueses que conseguiram reunir, com maestria, a biblioteca com museu, planetário, laboratórios, salas de aula e mais de 200 salas de pesquisa. O grande destaque são as obras do acervo digital com peças raras, manuscritos e publicações não divulgadas em nenhum outro local.

The Great Sand Sea

Esse é, sem dúvidas, um dos lugares mais extraordinários do país. É onde você para e pensa como é perfeita e grandiosa as obras da mãe natureza.

Se você fica chocado com tamanha perfeição ao ver fotos na internet das dunas de areia e os desertos do Egito então se prepare para ficar sem fôlego quando puder ver tudo isso pessoalmente. Dunas de areias finíssimas escondem lagos termais decorados com palmeiras milimetricamente colocadas no chão, uma verdadeira obra de arte que deixa qualquer pessoa de boca aberta.

Múmias, Museus e Templos

É claro que os seus passeios devem abranger a passagem em templos e museus para apreciação das múmias e também da característica mais forte dos egípcios, a religião. Ir ao Egito e não ver múmias, museus e templos é como ir a Disney e não ver o Mickey, simplesmente impossível.

Existem estabelecimentos como esses espalhados por todo o país mas ressaltamos que as múmias em melhor estado de conservação se encontram, atualmente, no Museu do Cairo. Lá você terá a oportunidade de chegar bem próximo aos restos de faraós conhecidos na história da humanidade como Ramsés II, Hatsepshut entre vários outros.

Vale lembrar que essas foram apenas algumas dicas de atrações do Egito. O país é bastante grande e tem outras infinitas atrações a serem visitadas. A nossa dica é que você planeje bem a sua viagem, pesquise previamente sobre os roteiros que deseja e se divirta nessa experiência inesquecível.

15 Incredibly Useful Travel Tips for Egypt!

 

Below you’ll find my top travel tips for Egypt along with a little personal advice sprinkled on top. I hope you find these Egypt travel tips helpful.

If you find these tips to be helpful or you have some tips of your own, please be sure to leave a comment at the end of this article.

Egypt is one of my favorite countries in the world for a variety of reasons.

I’ve visited the country on four different occasions over the course of the last few years and three of those visits were 3 weeks or longer.

While I love this country to pieces, it also should be known that it’s one of the more difficult countries I’ve ever traveled to.

Ready to learn more about my top 15 travel tips for Egypt? Let’s get started.

Travel Insurance

When preparing for a trip to Egypt your first priority should be to make sure you make the small investment towards your health and well being by purchasing a flexible, reputable and affordable travel insurance policy for your trip.

Not only will this travel insurance policy cover you if your bags are lost/stolen and if your flight is delayed/cancelled, but you’ll also be covered for all medical and injury related issues as well.

Let’s face it. No parents, family or friends want to have to cover the cost of you getting MedEvaced home from the middle of the Egypt.

As you know, in life, things happen.

Do yourself a favor and get your coverage now so you can rest assured that you’ll be taken care of in the event of a serious emergency in Egypt.

Hire an Egypt Tour Guide

Planning a trip to Egypt isn’t as easy as you’d think.

From accommodations to transportation and planning all the smaller logistics, there always seems to be a major disconnect somewhere along the way.

As you know, I’m more of an independent traveler than anything else and I rarely recommend hiring a tour guide.

If there’s one place in the world that I would recommend hiring a guide, it’s in Egypt.

Why? Because Egypt is a very unique and difficult country to travel to if you don’t have any prior experience.

In order to be sure that you have the best trip possible, my advice is to head on over to my recent article:

Bring Your Haggling Skills

One of the most important skills you need in order to have a positive experience in Egypt is the skill of haggling and negotiating.

Everything is negotiable in Egypt and it’s expected so don’t worry about offending anyone with your offers.

From buying a water at the corner store to shopping for souvenirs at the market to non-metered taxis, haggling is absolutely necessary.

Bring Your Own Toilet Paper

Bring your own toilet paper. Trust me on this one.

You’ll be hard pressed to find toilet paper in most restrooms in Egypt.

The toilets have a built-in bidet spray nozzle for those who forget to bring toilet paper along but who the heck wants to walk out of the bathroom with a wet behind?

Not me. That’s for sure. I think it’s safe to assume you wouldn’t either.

To avoid this sticky situation simply stop into a local shop and pick up a roll of TP and take enough to last you the day when you’re heading out to explore.

Use Uber in Cairo

Did you know Uber operates in the city of Cairo?

If not, well now you know. What’s even better is that you can get your first ride free (up to 70 EGP or approximately $8 USD) when signing up for a new Uber account.

While taxis are generally safe and easy to use, Uber is definitely your best bet if you’re looking to move around the city without worries.

All you have to do to take advantage of this Uber first ride free discount is the following:

Beware of Scammers

Be careful who you trust in Egypt. Many people are out for your money.

That being said, you should be able to figure out who is genuine and whose not after the first few minutes of conversation.

If a person mentions a single thing about money, simply move along.

Personally, I’ve met some of the most genuine people in the world during my travels to Egypt, so I highly recommend that you attempt to initiate conversation with the locals.

Note: If someone approaches you and starts to tell you that he owns a perfume shop, or mentions the Arabic word “baksheesh” which means “tip” in English, tell them “La, Shukran” which means “No, thank you.” in English and simply walk the other way.

Always Ask for Prices

Ask the price before buying water, soda, candy, and anything else that you can imagine buying at a convenience store.

If you’re used to paying a lower price in other shops for your item, haggle with the shop owner a bit to get a little closer to the local rate.

Use the Cairo Metro System

The Cairo Metro system is surprisingly one of the more efficient metro systems that I’ve encountered on my travels.

Be aware that it’s rare that you’ll run into other foreigners on the metro.

I’ve taken the metro countless times and never once saw another tourist or foreigner.

Considering you’ll be a minority, expect the train to go silent at times and when you look up, the entire car will be looking at you out of curiosity.

Did you know that the Cairo Metro system is the first of two built and completed metro systems in the entire continent of Africa?

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Walking shoes or comfortable sneakers are best when planning a trip to Egypt.

Sure, you can wear flip flops or sandals from time to time but please realize that the streets of Cairo and the majority of Egypt are dirty therefore you’ll be sure to return to your hotel with a pair of dirty feet.

Don’t Forget to Wash Your Hands

Carry hand sanitizer with you when you travel to Egypt!

You’ll constantly be touching doors, hand rails and currency while you’re in the city and you won’t be the only one touching these things.

Remember, there’s an estimated 20-25 million people in Cairo.

Be sure to wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer whenever you don’t have the opportunity to make a bathroom stop.

Watch Your Step

Watch where you’re walking while exploring the city.

The streets of Cairo are not maintained well.

One time I got really lucky and avoided breaking an ankle or worse after my foot and half of my leg fell into a hole in the sidewalk while walking through the city.

This was not your typical pot hole, this was a hole that engulfed half of my leg to above my knee.

Dangerous isn’t even the word for the streets and sidewalks in Cairo. Beware.

Stay Hydrated

No worries about drinking tap water because nobody drinks it (including the locals).

During your trip, you’ll be buying lots of bottled water.

You’ll need it to brush your teeth, to drink during the day and maybe even some to pour over your head after being in the extreme heat all day.

Note: As a foreigner you’ll be charged anywhere from 4 to 10 EGP for a “big bottle” (1.5, 2 liter) of water depending on where you purchase it. Trust me, you can get these bottles for 2, 2.5 EGP. Just haggle with the shop owner and you’ll get it for 2 EGP. If they say that it’s 4, or 5 EGP just tell them that you buy water down the street all the time for 2EGP and they’ll usually have no problem selling it to you. Just be aware of what the real “Egyptian” prices are for certain items and you’ll be fine.

Eat Where the Locals Eat

There is a universal rule for consuming food in foreign countries.

The rule is to only eat at street stalls and restaurants that are occupied by locals.

If there’s nobody in the restaurant during what should be a busy time of day, avoid it.

If there’s a line of locals standing in front of a street stall, get in line because you know that it’s not only great food but it’s also very affordable.

Cross the Streets with Confidence

The driving and traffic in Cairo will be shocking to you when you first arrive.

Crossing the streets is quite intimidating at first but after you get used to it, you’ll be crossing the streets without issue.

Trust me, there’s a science to it! Don’t bother getting assistance from the “Tourist Police” when crossing the roads as it’s not necessary.

Note: If you’re wondering why a police officer is asking you for baksheesh (tip) it’s because they probably just did something for you that you thought was a kind gesture (like escorting you across the road). This happens often so be prepared.

Respect the Dress Code and Culture

If you’re planning on traveling to Egypt please do your research before you leave.

Many foreigners arrive in Egypt and dress like they’re still in their home country.

This type of behavior can and will attract more unwanted attention, stares, and even perhaps physical advances by Egyptian men.

In order to blend in a little more and avoid disrespecting the culture my best advice is to choose your clothing carefully.

Females:

  • Be sure to keep your knees and shoulders covered at all times.
  • Bring a scarf to cover your hair when visiting mosques and other religious sights.
  • Always remove shoes before entering a mosque.
  • If you’re visiting a mosque and do not have something to cover your shoulders, legs (from the knee down), and hair the staff will likely provide you with an oversized robe.
  • Bikinis and other swimwear are totally acceptable to wear while at the resorts on the Red Sea.

Males:

  • Wearing shorts when exploring the city isn’t a problem but you’ll need a pair of longer pants or jeans for the evenings as well as when you visit someones home or get invited to an event.
  • Sleeveless shirts, tank tops and gym attire is not acceptable. Don’t be that guy.
  • Think light, comfy and layers for the chilly nights.
  • Swimming trunks and other swimwear would be acceptable to wear at the resorts or wandering around town in the destinations on the Red Sea.

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Top reasons to cruise the Nile river | Luxury Cruises

Most cruises run between Luxor and Aswan, beginning by exploring the Luxor Temple – built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II – before heading to Karnak Temple along an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes.

Karnak Temple, Egypt

On the other side of the Nile, excursions will take you to the Valley of the Kings, home to the tomb of Tutankhamen; the Colossi of Memnon; the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh; and the Valley of the Queens.

Cruises then stop at the Ptolemaic temples of Esna, the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu, and the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to both Horus the Elder and the local crocodile god, Sobek.

After days of drifting through the fertile Nile Valley, surrounded by stunning desert scenery, you’ll reach the ancient trade city of Aswan, from which excursions are available to the Unfinished Obelisk,the Temple of Isis on the island of Philae and the colossal two temples of Abu Simbel, rescued from flooding by UNESCO during the building of the Aswan High Dam.

 

When is the best time for a Nile cruise?

The summer months can get very hot and humid with temperatures in excess of 95°F (35°C) – however prices for Nile cruises do come down during this hot season.The best time of year to take an Egypt cruise on the Nile is from November through to March/April, as this is when it is less hot and therefore more comfortable, with temperatures ranging between 68°F to 79°F (20 to 26°C).

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Nile cruise highlights

On your luxury Nile cruise you can visit the following:

  • The magnificent Temple of Luxor
  • Valley of the Kings as well as the nearby Colossi of Memnon
  • The West Bank
  • Hatshepsut’s Temple
  • The Temples of Karnak
  • Edfu
  • Kom Ombo
  • Aswan & The Aswan high dam
  • Temple of Philae

An Egyptian cruise can also encompass:

  • Lake Nasser
  • Abu Simbel temple

What do our Nile cruises include?

On board your luxury Nile cruise so much is included, making it exceptional value – all your shore excursions, food, accommodation and entertainment is included in the price of your cruise. When your cruise stops at the various ports of call along the Nile, your cruise director will advise you when the tours will leave. You will visit the temples in small groups, escorted by the cruise ships’ Egyptologist who will explain in detail what you are looking at, along with the history of the sites and temples. We recommend you do some reading up prior to your Egyptian cruise as there is so much to take in, and this will help you get the most out of your trip.

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When to book

We recommend you book your Egyptian cruises as early as possible, as the more popular suites on the luxury Nile cruise ships get booked up.

Where to stay in Egypt

Many people choose to stay in Cairo prior to their Nile cruise. A stay in Cairo will allow you to see the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian museum and many more sites before your cruise. We can arrange private tours to all these places and more.