Egypt, the land of Pharaohs, is one of the most amazing destinations you should visit at least once in your lifetime. With all its breathtaking landmarks and the outstanding monuments that speak for a great ancient Egyptian civilization, Egypt has always been on the top of the bucket list of every traveler who seeks adventure and amusement. It is well known not only for its deeply rooted history that impacted the whole world, but also for its hospitality and culture.
So If you are planning to visit Egypt for the first time, or looking forward to returning after a previous unforgettable adventure in Egypt, Here are the best options and recommendations tailored specially for you to enjoy your Egypt tour from Alexandria to Aswan and get the most out of your visit in 2 weeks or less.
Let’s dive deep into different activities and places to enjoy 2 epic weeks in Egypt.
1. You can’t miss the chance to visit the Giza pyramids
First thing is first, you cannot miss a visit to the Giza pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Menkaure, one of the most famous landmarks in the whole world and one of the most interesting wonders of the ancient world, along with the Sphinx and the Valley Temple. To make the visit more memorable, you can also enjoy camel and horse riding at the pyramids, taking photos, buying some souvenirs, and of course having lunch at a local restaurant.
2. Get amazed by visiting Sakkara
Not far away from Giza pyramids lies the first Pyramid ever built, known as the Step Pyramid of King Djoser (Zoser) at Sakkara. Sakkara is not only a place that you will enjoy the spectacular view of the step pyramid, but also a place that will make you come back every year to inhale its beauty just as much as the Giza pyramids.
3. Take a tour at the Grand Egyptian Museum!
Another spot you should definitely visit during your Egypt tour is the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Located Nearby the Giza Pyramids, the GEM is a home for a wide collection of spectacular ancient Egyptian artifacts and monuments. If you are fond of Egyptology and ancient history, you will be amazed by this visit. While the GEM is still not completely accessible and expected to be fully open by October 2020, you can still enjoy the Egyptian Museum Located in Tahrir Square with its unique location and amusing variety of artifacts.
4. Shop at Khan El Khalili Bazaar
A visit to Khan Al-Khalili is highly recommended while visiting Cairo, especially if it’s your first time to visit Egypt. You will find there plenty of souvenirs of all types to take home. Souvenirs to remind you of the great time you spent in Egypt from accessories, spices, and perfumes, to antiques and gold gifts. You will also find fabric and carpet shops that will catch your eyes.
Even if you are not willing to shop, you will definitely find things that will surely grab your attention. Another aspect that adds value to the market is the restaurants and cafés spreading along the road that you can enjoy taking a break at.
5. Enjoy the ancient attractions at Luxor
Luxor for sure comes at the top of the bucket list when planning a visit to Egypt. Visiting luxor will be like exploring a wide open air museum with monuments still standing right where they were back at the time of the ancient Egyptian civilization. Walking along the ruins will make you feel like stepping back 3,000 years in time. Two of the most significant sites on the east bank to visit while in luxor are Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple. While on the west bank you will be amazed by visiting the valley of the kings and Hatshepsut Temple.
You might want to spend the whole 2 weeks just exploring Luxor as there are so many activities to enjoy there. One of the most fun experiences you can enjoy in Luxor is taking a hot air balloon ride at sunrise over the city. The bird-eye view will allow you to have a better look at all the sites from above and witness how impressive the size of those ancient complexes and how they were perfectly planned.
Also, You can’t visit Luxor and not take a day trip to Dendera and Abydos, two of the best preserved and most complete temples from ancient Egyptian civilization. What makes Dendera and Abydos unique is that the two temples still have their full colors on the walls. Abydos is the burial temple of the underworld God, while Dendera is a temple dedicated to Hathor, goddess of love and joy.
6. Take an unforgettable tour at Luxor Temple
Also located on the east bank of the Nile River is Luxor temple, the world’s largest open air museum. It is one of the greatest ancient sites in Egypt, built during the New Kingdom. The location of the temple at the heart of Luxor city makes it easy to visit at any time of the day.
It is recommended that you visit the temple during sunset time in order to enjoy seeing the carvings on the walls as the sunset light highlights them in an amazing way. Visiting the temple during sunset is also a great opportunity to take some unforgettable photos.
7. Visit the Karnak Temple
Located on the east bank in Luxor, the Karnak Temple is a cult temple that was built and dedicated to the ancient Egyptian Gods Amun, Mut, and khonsu. Besides its religious significance, the temple was also considered as an administrative center and a palace for the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. You can’t miss the chance to visit such an impressive and awe-inspiring ancient site.
8. Visit The Valley of the Kings
Located on the west bank in luxor is the famous valley of the kings. The site is most famous for its unique collection of tombs and ancient ruins that you can’t leave Luxor without visiting. For over two centuries, archaeologists have been busy discovering and revealing new sites and great findings in the valley of the kings. You might find it hard to decide which tombs to visit, so we recommend that you visit the main three tombs that the ticket allows you. Then you can get an extra ticket to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun.
9. Enjoy Hatshepsut Temple
One of the most stunning temples located on the west bank is the temple of Hatshepsut. Being built against the cliffs at the Nile river valley made Hatshepsut Temple a stunning place to visit. Not to mention that Hatshepsut was the only female queen and pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history.
10. Don’t miss Luxor/Aswan Nile Cruise Tours
A special way to enjoy the beauty of the Nile with ancient ruins along its banks is to get a Nile cruise tour. Luxor/Aswan Nile cruise tours will give you a joyful experience cruising the Nile river with high quality service and a variety of accommodation options. You can also combine your tour to Egypt with a Nile Cruise, ask about our Cairo Nile cruise packages.
11. Explore the beauty of Aswan
Aswan is a city that is not only famous for its warm weather during winter, but also its outstanding temples and ancient sites that you will love to explore. You will also enjoy the Nubian villages along the Nile and their amazing seneray that reflect the great Nubian culture. There are plenty of magnificent sites to visit while in Aswan like the High Dam, Philae Temple, Abu Simbel Temple, and the unfinished obelisk.
12. Get amazed by Abu Simbel Temples
This site of the twin temples of Abu Simbel is considered the most famous to visit in Egypt after the Giza pyramids. It is located along lake Nasser’s shore South of Aswan. What makes the site very special is that It was built by the greatest Pharaoh Ramses II. During the Sun festival, twice a year, the temple’s central chamber gets illuminated by the sunlight. The Sun festival events are celebrated by people from around the world by visiting the site at that time of the year. Abu Simbel temples are to enjoy all over the year but to live the experience to the fullest, we recommend that you visit Abu Simbel during the Sun festival.
13. Enjoy a tour at Philae Temple
You should not miss the sound and light show at Philae temple. Unlike most of the ancient attractions in Egypt that have sound and light shows , the one you will attend at Philae temple is impressively different. It is an amazing way to spend the evening there.
14. Take a day tour to make your stay more enjoyable!
Day tours and excursions can complete your tour to Egypt in the best way. You can choose from a wide variety of Egypt excursions and day tours to cities and places from any location in Egypt. You can take a day tour to Alexandria, Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Hurghada, Dahab, Sharm El-Sheikh, and more options that suit every traveler.