Best Egypt Holiday Destinations

Egypt is one of the best countries to spend your holidays for its amazing weather, the numerous places and things to do, the historic places to visit, the countless water activities, the beautiful sites to enjoy, and so much more.

We will help you learn about the best Egypt vacation spots, and tell you all you need to know about each of them.

Sharm El Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh is one of the best holiday destinations in Egypt for countless reasons. To begin with, its nature is so beautiful with the mountains that you can find along the Red Sea that have marvelous colors, which gradually change to different shades of brown, red, and yellow. Plus, if you get into the water, you will be mesmerized by the amazing colors and species of the different fish and coral reefs.

Sharm El Sheikh

Location and How to Get There

Located South Sinai, between the desert of Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea.

There are many ways to get to Sharm El Sheikh:

  • By Plane: 1 hour – starts from EGP 1,993
  • By Bus: about 8 hours – starts from EGP 75
  • By Car: about 7 hours – around 493.3 kilometers

Internal Transportation

There are different ways of transportation within Sharm El Sheikh, here are the different means and their prices:

  • Microbus: starts from EGP 1 – EGP 5 depending on destination
  • Taxi: depends on where you’re going

Attractions and Activities

There are so many things to do and places to visit in Sharm El Sheikh that you will need at least a week to be able to begin to see the beauty of this place! These are some of the best things to do and the most amazing places to visit there:

  • Snorkeling: it is one of the most popular activities, and the best thing is, it requires no training.

Best places for snorkeling in Sharm El Sheikh are:

  • Sharks Bay
  • Ras Um Sid
  • Ras Muhammad
  • Naama Bay
  • Diving: you will have a guide with you in every step, so you do not have to be trained either.

Best places for diving in Sharm El Sheikh are:

  • Wreck SS Thistlegorm
  • Ras Mohammed Marine Park
  • The Gardens
  • Naama Bay
  • Thistlegorm Dive Site
  • Shopping
  • Going on a boat cruise
  • Doing Water Sports: besides snorkeling and diving, there are so many amazing water sports you can do, for example: banana boat ride, parasailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, and many others.
  • Going on a Sand Safari
  • Enjoying a variety of restaurants and cafes
  • Living it up at their nightlife venues

People holidaying in Sharm El Sheikh generally head to Saint Catherine for the breathtaking scenes of the mountains, and visit the St. Catherine Monastery and all the religious sites there. If you’re athletic enough, you can even decide to hike up the mountain.

Best Season to Visit

Sharm El Sheikh is perfect for all seasons, especially spring and fall. Winter is also a great time to visit, which is from December to February when the weather is warmer than Cairo, and the water is not too hot.

Spring (March – May) and Fall (September – November) are the times of the perfect weather, it’s perfectly warm and the water temperature is just perfect.

Summer is good too, even though it gets really hot, but it’s nothing that a splash in the water cannot cure!

Dahab

Dahab is one of the most beautiful holiday places in Egypt for relaxation, taking a break from life, and enjoying a mesmerizing view. Famous for its Bedouin life and exciting water sports, people visit it from all around the world to enjoy the inexplicable serenity that it offers.

Dahab

Location and How to Get There

Located in south Sinai, about 80 kilometers away from Sharm El Sheikh.

There are many ways to get to Dahab:

  • By Plane: 1 hour drive from Sharm El Sheikh Airport (Flight takes about an hour, and tickets average around EGP 1,993). Bus from Sharm El Sheikh Costs about EGP 11.
  • Bus: about 10 hours – starting from EGP 100
  • Car: about 7 hours – 562.7 kilometers

Internal Transportation

  • You can move around nearby places by foot, especially if you’re in El Mamsha near Al-Mashraba beach.
  • There are also bicycles available for rent.
  • For distant locations, you can hail a cab (pickup truck) from a main road, which you can then hire as your private driver for the trip.

Attractions and Activities

People mainly go to Dahab to relax and do water sports like diving and snorkeling, and for safaris, in addition to horseback riding. But there are some places that you cannot miss:

Blue Hole is a diving area some kilometers north of Dahab (pretty close), that people visit to dive. What makes it a special diving and snorkeling area is the clearly visible blue spot of water in the sea. It is considered one of the best places for freediving, as it is accessible from the shore. People visiting generally go to Ras Mohammed and the Blue Lagoon on the same shore. The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful and somewhat secluded beach that is the epitome of serenity and relaxation.

Dahab Blue Hole

Eel Garden is also another amazing place for diving, and it is special because of the eels that live in the water. They come out and swim around, but once the divers approach them, the eels disappear again.

Three Pools is one of the most popular snorkelling and diving spots in Dahab. It is a must visit if you’re holidaying in Dahab, and you can relax by the beach, or go for a dip in the marvellous, fish- and coral reef-filled waters.

Ras Shitan is a beach not that far away from Dahab, people generally go there to spend the day at the quiet beach, swim, snorkel, or just chill on the sand. Otherwise, you can spend a few days in a tent, hut, or little cabin on the beach. At night, you can enjoy campfires, as electricity works by generators, so it cuts at around midnight. You experience a Bedouin life that makes the experience all the more magical.


Taba and Nuweiba are not very far from Dahab, and you may feel inclined to spend a few days there, enjoying the many places they have to offer such as the Fjord Bay in Taba.

Luxor

Luxor is an ancient Egyptian city that was referred to as Thebes in ancient times. It holds so many Pharaonic monuments and tombs, and is considered the largest open air museum.

Luxor

Location and How to Get There

Located in Upper Egypt (the south), on the east bank of the Nile.

  • Train: takes about 9 hours, prices start from EGP 46 and go up to EGP 105 for sleeper trains
  • Plane: takes about 1 hour – starts from EGP 1,541

Internal Transportation

  • Ferry
  • Microbus costs about
  • Feluca
  • Horse-Drawn Carriages
  • Donkeys and Camels

Attractions and Activities

  • Valley of the Kings: ticket costs EGP 80
  • Temple of Deir al-Bahri (Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple)
  • Temple of Karnak: ticket costs EGP 65
  • Luxor Museum
  • Luxor Temple: ticket costs EGP 100
  • Tombs of the Nobles
  • Medinet Habu: Ticket costs EGP 25
  • Valley of the Queens: ticket costs EGP 60
  • Felucca Ride to Banana Island:
  • Tomb of Tutankhamun Replica & Carter’s House
  • Deir el-Medina
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride: Ticket costs between EGP 300 to EGP 1000
  • Colossi of Memnon: free
  • Temple of Hatshepsut: Ticket costs EGP 65

Best Season to Visit

The best season to visit Luxor is between March to April, and in October and November. Other times are fine as well, but you may find the weather to be too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

Aswan

Aswan is one of the most beautiful historic cities in Egypt, and it is one of the Egyptian cities most rich in Pharaonic history.

Location and How to Get There

Located about 130 kilometers south of Luxor.

  • Plane: takes 1 hour and 20 minutes – starts from EGP 1,592
  • Train: takes about 12 hours, prices start from EGP 55 and go up to EGP 120 for sleeper trains

Internal Transportation

  • Taxi
  • Ferry

Attractions and Activities

  • Nilometer
  • Nubian Museum
  • Elephantine Island
  • Unfinished Obelisk
  • Sail to Kitchener Island
  • The High Dam
  • Philae Temple
  • Abu Simbel
  • Monastery of St Simien
Aswan

Best Season to Visit

The best season to visit Aswan is the same as Luxor: between March to April, and in October and November. Other times are fine as well, but you may find the weather to be too hot in summer and too cold in winter.

Hurghada

Hurghada is a beautiful city along the Red Sea, that has everything you need in a resort, and everything you need in a city. This mix of merits makes it ideal for couples and families holidaying in Egypt.

Hurghada

Location and How to Get There

Located southeast of Sharm el Sheikh, and takes up about 40 kilometers along the Red Sea.

You can get to Hurghada by:

  • Plane: takes about 1 hour – starts from EGP 1,541
  • Bus: takes about 6 hours – starts from EGP 100
  • Car: takes about 5 hours – 463 kilometers

Internal Transportation

  • Taxi
  • Minibuses

Attractions and Activities

  • Water Sports: snorkeling, diving, and other water games
  • Shopping
  • Dining at Restaurants and Chilling at Cafes

Best Season to Visit

All year long, but especially in Spring and Fall, as the weather is hot, but not burning hot.

El Gouna

El Gouna is one of the most beautiful places in Egypt along the Red Sea, and built on Islands, which makes it a perfect place to spend your vacation. This city is quickly becoming one of the most popular Egypt holiday destinations.

El Gouna

Location and How to Get There

Located 25 kilometers north of Hurghada.

  • Bus: takes about 6 hours – starts from EGP 55
  • Plane: takes an hour, but lands in Hurghada – starts from EGP 1,541
  • Car: takes about 5 hours – 454 kilometers

Internal Transportation

  • Toktok: EGP 5 per person
  • Taxi: from EGP 15 to EGP 20 inside El Gouna
  • Shuttle Busses: start from EGP 5

Attractions and Activities

  • Enjoy the beaches and swimming pools
  • Enjoy the different water sports
  • Go on a boat trip
  • Try land sports like mini golf, horseback riding, tennis and squash, and others.

Best Season to Visit

All year long, but especially in Spring and Fall, as the weather is hot, but not burning hot.

Ismailia

Ismailia is one of the most beautiful cities in Egypt on the Suez Canal.

Ismailia

Location and How to Get There

Located on the west bank of the Suez Canal, and 120 kilometers east of Cairo.

  • Car: it takes about 2 hours to get there – 127 kilometers
  • Train: takes about 40 minutes – EGP 15 for second class ticket
  • Bus: takes about 4 hours – starts from EGP 25

Internal Transportation

Buses, taxis and normal transportation is available, as it is a city.

Attractions and Activities

  • Enjoy the beautiful view of gardens and orchards
  • Eat at different restaurants, especially grilled fish restaurants
  • Go to different cafes
  • Visit The De Lesseps Museum
  • Visit Temsah Lake
  • Visit Ismailia Museum

Best Season to Visit

During February to May as the weather is mostly warm and not too hot, especially in May.

Fayoum

Fayoum is a beautiful, sort of not fully discovered place in Egypt. It has so many places to visit, and activities to do.

Location and How to Get There

Located southwest of Cairo, about 100 kilometers away from Cairo.

  • Microbus: takes from 1 and a half hours to 2 hours – start from EGP 10
  • Car: takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes – 105 kilometers using Fayoum Desert Road

Internal Transportation

  • Microbuses
  • Car

Attractions and Activities

Fayoum
  • Jabal El Medawara & Magic Lake: enjoy their beautiful view
  • Wadi El Hitan Protectorate: learn about how there were actual whales in this area, and learn about the different kinds while watching their skeletons.
  • Different Historical Sites: visit different pyramids and Pharaonic monuments, as well as religious places and monuments.
  • Tunis Village: take a break from modern, busy life, and experience a primal life while you enjoy a peaceful, beautiful view.
  • Waterwheels: watch the Waterwheels Fayoum is famous for
  • Qaroun Lake: relax by the water, enjoy some water activities, or do bird watching.

Fayoum is also famous for horseback riding.

Best Season to Visit

All year long.

Western Desert

Experience a whole new level of sand in the Western Desert in Egypt. You will see a variety of sand formation that will mesmerize you! In addition to the oasis in the middle of the desert, it is basically an experience you do not want to miss.

Western Desert

Location and How to Get There

Located at the west bank of the Nile until the borders with Libya.

  • Bus: takes about 9 to 10 hours – starts from EGP 105

Internal Transportation

  • Buses
  • Camels
  • All-wheel-drive cars are available when you books trips

Attractions and Activities

  • White Desert: best time to view is sunrise and sunset. You can climb the Twin Peaks and enjoy the view from there, or enjoy the view of the different mountain and land formations, and look at the beauty and wonder of the Crystal Mountain.
  • Siwa Oasis: a peaceful, amazing view with crystal clear water in the middle of the desert, with olive and palm trees spread everywhere. Take a little break, and enjoy a new life there.
  • Al Kharga Oasis: a modern oasis where you can enjoy a nice view.
  • Dakhla Oasis: experience the Oasis life while you learn a bit about history by visiting Al Quasr there.
  • Al Farafra Oasis: a wonderful, isolated oasis where you can experience the beauty and relaxation.

Alexandria

The Greco-Roman gem of Egypt that is a city on the beach of the Meditteranean Sea. It is impossible for you not to fall in love with this city. It definitely is one of Egypt’s best holiday destinations.

Location and How to Get There

Located on the southern coast of the Miditerranean sea, 179 kilometers north of Cairo.

  • Train: takes about 3 hours – starts from EGP 35 second class
  • Bus: takes about 3 hours – starts from EGP 50
  • Car: takes about 2 hours – 219 kilometers

Internal Transportation

  • Taxi
  • Tram
  • Microbus

Attractions and Activities

  • Walk along its beautiful corniche
  • Visit its library that is disc-shaped, and has space for 8 million books, and has books in Classic Arabic, English, and French.
  • Visit Citadel of Qaitbay and learn about the history of Alexandria.
  • Visit one of the most beautiful places in Alexandria: El Montazah Palace and its wonderful Gardens, where you can swim at the Montazah beach, and watch the beautiful trees that look like the woods, and the breathtaking gardens.

Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam is one of the must-visit places in Egypt for its unique beaches and colorful coral reefs. Though it’s far away, the sights there makes it worthwhile.

Marsa Alam

Location and How To Get There

Located southeast of Egypt, on the western shore of the Red Sea.

  • Plane: takes 1 hour and 25 minutes – about EGP 3,452
  • Bus: takes around 10 hours – starts from EGP 45
  • Car: takes about 8 hours and 23 minutes – 737 kilometers

Internal Transportation

  • Taxi
  • Minibus

Attractions and Activities

  • Enjoy Water Sports
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery
  • Go Sightseeing in El Quseir
  • Go on a Desert Safari
  • Have a wonderful night at Port Ghalib

Best Season to Visit

In Spring and Fall where the temperature is warm, but not burning hot.

Shalateen

Shalateen is one of the places known only by name in Egypt, and it may not be on most people’s list of of the best vacation spots in Egypt. However, if you do visit it, you will be surprised by how nice the place is, and how much it has to offer.

Shalateen

Location and How to Get There

Located in southern Upper Egypt, close to the border with Sudan.

  • Bus: takes about 12 hours – start from EGP 190

Attractions and Activities

  • Visit the camel market
  • Go hiking and mountain climbing
  • View prehistoric artifacts and drawings on the walls in Abraq Area
  • Hike up the Abraq and Al-Arqa mountains
  • Watch the animal life and see the Palm Oasis in Abo Seafa valley
  • Visit Gebel Elba and hike up the mountain


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