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Egypt

Egypt, a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, is renowned for its millennia-old monuments, including the Great Pyramids of Giza and the colossal Sphinx. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a treasure trove of antiquities.

Along the fertile Nile Valley, the lifeblood of the country, Egypt's rich history unfolds, from ancient pharaohs to its roles in the evolution of Christianity and Islam.

Places to visit

Day plans

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day 1

Ancient Wonders and Local Delights

morning:Start your day with a calming sunrise visit to the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Don't miss experiencing a traditional Egyptian breakfast at Koshary El Tahrir.

afternoon:Explore the Egyptian Museum and its treasure trove of antiquities, followed by a leisurely lunch at Felfela for an authentic taste of local cuisine.

evening:Experience the lively atmosphere of Khan El Khalili bazaar as the sun sets, then savor an atmospheric dinner at Naguib Mahfouz Cafe in the heart of Islamic Cairo. Finish the day with a nighttime stroll around Al-Muizz street for a captivating glimpse of the city's history. Don't miss the vibrant Alfishawy Cafe for a true local night-out experience. 🌙

day 2

Nile Adventure and Pharaonic Splendors

morning:Embark on a serene morning felucca ride along the Nile, taking in the scenic beauty of the river. Enjoy a delightful brunch showcasing Egyptian cuisine at Grand Nile Tower Hotel.

afternoon:Visit the majestic Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple to marvel at the grandeur of ancient Egypt. Savor a flavorful meal at Sofra Restaurant, offering an array of traditional dishes for a cultural lunch experience.

evening:Enjoy a captivating sound and light show at the Karnak Temple complex, and then indulge in a sumptuous dinner at Nile Palace Restaurant by the Nile River. Wrap up the day with a night-out at Club 33 for top-quality entertainment and nightlife. 🎵

day 3

Red Sea Adventure and Coastal Charm

morning:Spend the morning on a mesmerizing snorkeling excursion in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. Treat yourself to a delectable breakfast at On Deck overlooking the stunning sea views.

afternoon:Take a leisurely stroll along the picturesque El Gouna Marina and indulge in a delightful lunch at Captain's Inn, featuring fresh seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.

evening:Admire the vibrant sunset views from El Gouna, followed by an elegant dinner at Piazza Othman for a fine dining experience. For a memorable night-out, head over to the Mangroovy Beach Club for a beachfront party experience. 🏖️

day 4

Cultural Immersion and Timeless Beauty

morning:Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of Philae Temple and the stunning Aswan Botanical Garden. Enjoy a traditional Nubian breakfast at the charming Aswan Moon.

afternoon:Explore the mystical Abu Simbel temples and marvel at their intricate carvings and historical significance. Relish a delightful lunch showcasing local flavors at Nubian Village Restaurant.

evening:Experience the remarkable Nubian folklore show at Sahara Restaurant, and then unwind with a sumptuous dinner overlooking the Nile at 1902 Restaurant. Conclude the day with a visit to the chill-out Bamboo Island for a relaxing night-out. 🌅

Egypt Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Koshari

A popular Egyptian street food that is a hearty vegetarian dish made with rice, lentils, chickpeas, fried onions, and pasta; usually served with a spicy tomato sauce and garlic vinegar on the side. Recommended place to try: Abu Tarek in Cairo.

Must-Try!

Ful Medames

A traditional Egyptian breakfast dish made from slowly simmered fava beans, typically seasoned with garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil and served with pita bread. Recommended place to try: El Tabei El Domyati in Cairo.

Mahshi

It consists of vegetables like bell peppers, zucchinis, and grape leaves stuffed with a tantalizing mixture of rice, herbs, and sometimes minced meat, served with tomato sauce. Recommended place to try: Farhat in Alexandria.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Khan El Khalili Bazaar

One of the oldest and most famous markets in the Middle East, offering a wide variety of street food options, authentic Egyptian spices, and traditional sweets in the heart of Cairo.

Luxor Street Food Stalls

Found in the streets near Luxor Temple, these stalls offer a great opportunity to sample local street food such as taameya (Egyptian falafel), kofta, and sweet treats such as basbousa and qatayef.

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

Egyptian cuisine offers a variety of vegetarian dishes like stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and grilled vegetables. Additionally, many local eateries provide vegan options such as koshari and ful medames.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

While many traditional dishes contain bread, it is possible to find gluten-free options like grilled meats, salads, and rice-based dishes. It’s advisable to communicate your dietary needs clearly to the restaurant staff.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Egypt

Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

Located in Khan El Khalili, this historic cafe offers a tranquil setting to enjoy traditional Egyptian coffee, tea, and flavorful shisha, while immersing in the vibrant local culture.

Sequoia

A stunning restaurant situated on the Nile River in Cairo, known for its stylish ambiance and serving modern Egyptian cuisine with a creative spin along with an impressive array of beverages.

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