We have written about Egypt in the past, because it’s such a popular tourist destination. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the ancient tombs and the great temple (for those lovers of ancient history); there is always something incredible to see or do in Egypt. We’ve given you ideas for solo travel in Egypt before, so in this travel guide we wanted to share with you 10 exciting things to do in Egypt on a group vacation.
10 exciting things to do in Egypt on a group vacation
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Enjoy the Red Sea resort city of Hurghada
Said to be Egypt’s oldest resort town, Hurghada is a resort town on the Red Sea coast. This is usually where people that are looking for a resort vibe tend to stay. There are absolutely beautiful beaches and you can certainly relax whilst there, but there are also some fantastic activities for you to do.
There are so many group excursions in Hurghada for you to enjoy. Here are some of the most popular tours you can see and go on with your guided tour operator;
- dolphin tours,
- fishing trips,
- semi-submarine trips,
- swimming with dolphins,
- diving excursions, and so much more!
It’s also the perfect home base and a great place for many as it is very easy to go on a Cairo excursion from Hurghada. Making sure that you are never more than just a day trip from the fascinating history of the ancient Egyptians.
Snorkel and scuba dive in coral reefs
While you’re in Hurghada you may as well enjoy what it has to offer. One of the biggest attractions to Hurghada are the coral reefs. They tend to be shallow and are perfect those who are new to scuba diving. You may ocassionally see coral reef washed up on the shore, but don’t be tempted to smuggle it out of the country as it’s illegal to do so.
Be respectful of your environment and surroundings, but do allow yourself to enjoy the beautiful nature around you.
Take a camel ride together
You can’t be in Egypt and not take a camel ride. The best thing is that they are available throughout and if you are in Hurghada you can also go on a camel ride there. Going on a camel ride as part of a group excursion is definitely going to be a wonderful memory of your travels.
Take on the dunes at the Great Sand Sea
These incredible sand dunes in the western desert in Egypt stretch about 300m from north to south and 190m from east to west. Sand dunes are quite fascinating to behold. They are formed as sand is dragged by the wind and then accumulates creating these magnificent mounds of sand. The sand dunes are perfect for those travel in groups as there are plenty of activities that you can enjoy on the dunes.
Enjoy the dunes by;
- Off-roading in the dunes,
- Going fossil hunting,
- Sand sledding,
- Or even just taking in some of the best views you will ever see.
This is truly one of the best places in the Middle East and world!
Follow Cleopatra’s footsteps in the Siwa Oasis
You can visit the Siwa Oasis, which is an area in the middle of the Egyptian western desert that is a actually a lush oasis. Siwa is a small town home to about 24,000 people that live in one of the most isolated settlements in Egypt.
There are 100’s of salt pools that are said to have healing properties. Siwa is also the home to the namesake Cleopatra’s spring, said to have been where the Queen used to bathe when she visited Siwa. Whilst this isn’t confirmed, it’s still a beautiful pool for you and your friends to swim in. It would definitely feel like the best way to connect with the great Queen herself.
Go see the White Desert National Park
If you’re going to be close to the Great Sand Sea, you’ll be remiss if you don’t see the White Desert National Park. This area is was first a protected area and is now a national park that is the site of the most impressive white chalk rock formations you could ever see. These formations were created by sand deposits and later erosion and they are also on the site where you can see even more sand dunes and cliffs.
Experience the Mediterranean Sea
Egypt is spectacular in many ways. Its location makes it easy to enjoy different parts of this beautiful country making it an ideal location to visit many times over – there’s always something to see! And one of those things is the beauty that is the Mediterranean Sea.
The north coast of Egypt has sandy beaches and turquoise waters and it’s bound to be the perfect spot to make memories with your group. But another one of the things to do in Egypt is to visit the great city of Alexandria. Hey, you’re already on the Mediterranean so you might as well add it to your list of things to do and see.
Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great in Alexandria, Egypt
The ancient city of Alexandria (founded about 331BC) is the second largest city in Egypt. It was founded by none other than Alexander the Great, and it has been a pillar of civilisation for many centuries, since ancient times.
A short walk from the sea front is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. If you and your companions love books then this is somewhere you must visit! I don’t think you’ll have enough time to go through the 8 million books that the library is said to have space to house, but it is worth going and quenching your thirst for knowledge with the time you have.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, as there is a lot more to do in Alexandria. You will have access to libraries, museums (like the open-air museum), sports, and great architecture.
Cruise on the Nile
You can’t visit Egypt without visiting the Nile River. This river is one of the longest rivers in the world, and certainly one of the most important. Did you know that the Nile is actually a north flowing river? For many years the origin of the Nile was unknown, and Europeans didn’t know about the origins of the Nile until they started studying it in the 14th century?
The Nile is magnificent in so many ways, and one of the best ways to see it and fully experience it is on a Nile cruise.
The banks of the Nile actually split Luxor into the East Bank of the Nile River and the West Bank of the Nile. The East Bank is where the Luxor temple is located, as well as it being the area where the town is located and most visitors stay. The West Bank though, is said to be an even better location to find archeological sites as it houses the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, and more than 5,000 nobles tombs and many shrines.
Go to an island in the desert
Yes, an island in the desert. Philae, which is a small island in Lake Nasser is the location of the Philae temple. This temple complex is of the utmost importance as it was the Temple of Isis – dedicated to Isis, Osiris, and Horus. It’s also said to house the last hieroglyphic written in ancient Egypt. This stunning place is a must see!
We could go on and on about Egypt, and this will probably become a longer running series. But for now, we hope that these 10 exciting things to do in Egypt on a group vacation will give you enough to do and see on your trip to Egypt!
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