The one thing that invariably springs to everyone’s mind they think of Egypt is the Pyramids, and while these are one of the true wonders of the world that certainly should be visited, there is a lot more to see and do in Egypt away from the triangular masterpieces.
To start with, few realise until they get there what amazing shopping facilities exist in Egypt, and one place you simply cannot miss is the Khan al-Khalil bazaar in Cairo. This area has been in existence since around 1382, and over the years has grown into the spectacle it is today.
You need a map to get around this most unique of marketplaces or better still, spend a couple of pounds hiring a guide to help you sniff out the bargains without getting lost.
The bustling, vibrant city of Cairo, and in particular Old Cairo, is steeped in history which is evident in its amazing architecture and the Coptic Museum, which illustrates its long and colourful history.
No Egyptian tour is complete without visiting the Egyptian Antiquities Museum and you could find yourself having to go back a second day as the collection of antiquities dating back to ancient Egyptian times is just so vast.
The City of The Dead is accessible by either bus or taxi from Cairo and is well worth a visit. Here you will find the funerary complexes belonging to the Sultans of Mamluk as well as their emirs. There are also several Khangah’s, or religious houses here, including the Khangah of Sultan Barsbey, the Khangah of Bargug and the sprawling funerary complex of Qaytbey.
A cruise down the Nile is highly recommended to take time out from the frantic sightseeing, but not recommended in the summer months as the extreme heat and swarms of mosquitoes will turn joy to misery. Don’t forget either that Egypt is also home to many fantastic beaches that are perfect for relaxing on or taking part in diving expeditions and other water sports.