We all learned about Ancient Egypt in school – and if you’re anything like me, at one point you dreamed of growing up to be an Egyptologist. The good news is that you can still visit all those ancient sites in Egypt, from the pyramids to the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.
Egypt had a rough few years after the Arab Spring in 2011, but the country is safe again for tourists and definitely open for business.
Egypt quick facts
Population: 96 million
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Capital city: Cairo
Country size: 386,662 sq. miles
High season: Winter, when it’s not so hot
Getting around in Egypt
Egypt has some huge cities, and within them you’ll find every mode of transport from taxis to buses. For traveling between cities, you can fly or sometimes take a train. Just note that if you’re taking the train from Cairo to Aswan, you’ll have to take the overnight “tourist” sleeper train – they will only sell tickets for the other trains to native Egyptians.
I took a guided tour in Egypt, which I really enjoyed. It helped me feel comfortable as a solo female traveler in Egypt, and it was great that our guide handled all the logistics!
Where to stay in Egypt
Hotels in Egypt are incredibly affordable. Just note that “5-star” in Egypt isn’t quite the same as 5-star elsewhere in the world.
Things to pack for Egypt
Egypt is a conservative Muslim country, so keep this in mind when packing. For ladies, this means making sure your shoulders and knees are covered, and packing a scarf to cover your head at religious sites. For men, avoid singlets; shorts are usually OK as long as they reach your knees. Egypt can get very hot (especially in the summer), so pack loose, breathable materials.
Here are a few things I was glad to have: