If you’re anything like us, you’ve been fascinated with Egypt since learning about it in grade school. With one of the richest and vibrant histories, from the pyramids, ancient mythology, and scientific advancements way ahead of their time, it’s no wonder so many of us were budding Egyptologists. Not sure how to go about planning a trip to Egypt? Here’s our advice.
Getting A Visa
American citizens can receive a visa to enter Egypt upon arrival, which will cost $25 (cash only!) and can be purchased at a special window before you head through immigration. If you book a guide in advance, they should take care of your visa ahead of time, and you’ll get to skip the line.
No Drones Here
Drones are illegal in Egypt, so do not plan on bringing one with you. They are not legal for fly and they are illegal to even bring in. Unless you want to be questioned at the airport for several hours, just leave it at home.
Review Ancient Egyptian History
While the sights are incredible no matter what, you’ll have that much more of a deeper appreciation for everything you’ll see if you know the history behind it all. You can listen to the “History of Egypt” podcast that will fill you in. The first five episodes will have Cairo and Giza covered.
If Traveling Solo, Consider A Guide
If you want to feel safe and also know that you are getting to see everything that’s important, getting a guide is the right way to go. Not only will you get a much more in depth background in the rich history of Egypt. Also, you should know that you’ll need cash most places around the country, and most ATMs have a max withdrawal of $250.
The Sights: Highlights
There’s so much to see in this incredible country, but of course there are sights that absolutely cannot be missed, especially if it is your first time visiting. If you’re basing your trip in Cairo, these are the highlights that you absolutely cannot miss: the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara Pyramid, Coptic Cairo, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Alexandria, and Khan el Khalili Souk. That’s just to name a few!