Egypt is in north-eastern Africa with its capital Cairo also being the largest city. The country is bounded by the Mediterranean and Red Seas and dominated both by the fertile Nile River Valley and by the Eastern and Western deserts.
With a civilisation that spans millennia, Egypt is a delight for all tourists. From the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx to the temples of Abu Simbel, south of Aswan, these century-old monuments will send you back in time to a period when pharaohs reigned over the Nile Valley. Whether you want to visit the Valley of Kings, the Karnak Temple Complex or take it all in with a cruise down the Nile, there is definitely something for everyone in this destination!
Some of the most popular cities to visit in Egypt are Alexandria, Giza, Port Said, Luxor and Aswan. Depending on where you stay, you have the opportunity to take a tour through the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, renowned for their size and scale. Alternatively, head to Abu Simbel and find yourself awed by the incredible line-up of ancient Egyptian monuments, the most famous of which are the gigantic twin temples of Ramses II.
Other highlights of your trip might include the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the Cairo Museum of Egyptian Antiquities as well as the towns of Dendera and Abydos. Aside from ancient structures, Egypt has other landmarks that should definitely be on your itinerary. These include the El Alamein Battlefield as well as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a massive library built to honour its ancient namesake, which has capacity for more than eight million books!
When it comes to cuisine, the Egyptian menu doesn’t claim to be overly elaborate but offers a selection that is both simple and incredibly tasty. You can start your afternoon repast with some ful wa ta’meya, move on to a plate of kushari, sample some kabab wa kofta and wind up with some besarah. Alternatively, try some baladi bread, sink your teeth into some fattah or enjoy a fresh plate of sayadeya. While the street food culture in Egypt is both diverse and expansive, there are also restaurant hot spots like Akher Sa’a in Cairo, the Citadel View Restaurant and Andrea’s Chicken and Fish Restaurant.
But the delights of Egypt don’t just lie in the past or in its food. The endless desert and canyons offer unique opportunities to try your hand at some adventure sports as well, such as rock climbing or desert cycling! If such strenuous activities aren’t to your liking, go snorkelling and swimming in the Ras Mohammed National Park, try your hand at scuba diving, take a balloon flight over the sands or sign up for a desert safari!
No matter what you do, though, it is important to understand that Egypt can be a difficult destination. No matter how well you plan, there may be a mishap that still befalls you. Flexicover, with its range of travel insurance policies, will help you plan for many eventualities. Whether you start feeling queasy while touring Luxor, lose your belongings while travelling to Alexandria Airport or find your loved one feeling unwell in Cairo, we have a range of single trip, gap year and long stay travel insurance that will help safeguard your Egyptian getaway! For more frequent trips take a look at the Annual Trip policy for possible savings.
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