It’s best if you have a week or two to explore when traveling to Egypt. Most passengers, however, have only one day, either because they’re on a cruise or they’re on business travel.
Whatever your reason, in that single day you’re going to want a plan to see as much as possible. Here are some of the most popular towns and attractions to see in one day.
Cairo and Giza on One Day Usually, due to their close proximity, most pairs of Cairo and Giza travel to Egypt together. You’ll want to put these top highlights on your list when you visit this region of Egypt: The Pyramids of Giza: named one of the world’s original Seven Wonders, the Pyramids are a marvel. To get the best view and avoid the crowds of pushy vendors and salespeople, make sure you book a guided tour.
Camel Rides: You can book a camel ride through the desert surrounding the pyramids as part of your trip or as an individual experience. This is a one-of – a-kind experience worth the price.
Egyptian Museum: One of the best places to stop on your Egyptian tour, Cairo’s Egyptian Museum is full of precious objects and antiques from most of the country. In a single museum, you’ll see mummies, pharaoh bust, gems, hieroglyphs, and so much more. In this museum alone, you could spend a whole day, so decide what you want to see in advance to save time.
Khan El-Khalili Market: Finish your day with shopping at some of Egypt’s biggest open-air markets. This shopping center dates back 600 years and beyond the kitschy souvenirs sold elsewhere you can find exquisite treasures.
Another busy city, Alexandria, built by Alexander the Great and once one of the busiest cities in the world, is about three hours from Cairo. It is situated along the Mediterranean Sea, so you can experience local history and culture in a single day along with beautiful beaches and great views. Here are a few things to do: Bibliotheca Alexandrina: More than 8 million books can be found in this contemporary library. It was one of the world’s largest libraries in its prime, leading Alexandria to become known in learning and technology as one of the world’s capitals. The library has been out of commission for thousands of years after vandalization and a fire, but it has since been restored and is now filled with old tomes and scholars.
Fort Qaitbey: You can walk along the shoreline to an ancient fort that Alexandria has been guarding since 1480. It is no longer in operation and is now serving as a kind of museum. To see the eastern harbor in all its glory, you can explore the interior and climb to the roof.
Kom el-Dikka: In 1947, when the area was cleared to build new homes, this collection of ruins were discovered. Nevertheless, when construction workers removed the rubble mounds to find thousands of square meters of ruins, including a small Roman theater, the place has been declared a historic landmark, making a great stop on your Alexandria tour!
If you’re interested in Egyptian temples, Luxor is the place to be in One Day Luxor. Try booking a guided day tour to learn more about each site and make traveling easier in order to get the most out of the wonders of the city in a 24-hour span. Otherwise, prepare to see these icons: Karnak Temple: Building the Karnak Temple took an unprecedented 2,000 years for ancient Egyptians, making it one of the country’s most visited sites. It is Egypt’s largest temple of towering columns and statues built from top to bottom with intricate designs.
Luxor Temple: A slightly less impressive but worthwhile sight, you can travel from Karnak to Luxor Temple in about 10 minutes. It was built around 1390 BC as a place of worship and still serves that purpose today, making it one of the oldest places of worship in service to date. With stunning carvings and great photo ops, the structure is still largely intact.
The Kings Valley and the Queens Valley: complete your tour with a boat ride along the Luxury Nile Cruise to the Kings Valley and/or the Queens Valley. This is hundreds of pharaohs and their queens ‘ final resting place. Every tomb is full of antiques and jewels that you can’t find elsewhere in Egypt.
One of these cities can be easily done in one day (possibly two, if you’re ambitious). If you want to maximize your time and cover your transportation, it is highly recommended that you take a guided tour, but if you choose not, plan every detail in advance so you don’t miss anything!