Hear about travel to Egypt including Cairo and climbing Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula as the Amateur Traveler talks to Greg from ThePresentPerspective.com about their recent trip to see a different part of Egypt.
Why should you go to Egypt?
Greg says, “I think there are a million reasons why someone should go to Egypt. Warm and hospitable people. Great culture. Egyptian history obviously is vast, and it’s one of the oldest civilizations in the world. There’s so much to see in Lower Egypt, in Cairo there’s just an endless wealth of treasures to explore but when we visited Egypt, we decided to go a little bit off of the traditional route that a lot of tourists go it’s not that we weren’t interested in going to Luxor and Aswan and doing a Nile cruise. We enjoy history, but we’re not history buffs, and I think, to us, there was enough ancient history in Cairo.”
“So while Luxor would have been great to visit, we had enough of a time with Egyptian history in Cairo, with the pyramids and Saqqara and all of that. So we decided to go a different route and instead of heading south, head east. So we headed into the Sinai Peninsula.”
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
- Arrive in Cairo, the capital of Egypt.
- Check into your accommodation in Giza.
Day 2: Exploring the Pyramids
- Spend the day exploring the Giza Plateau.
- Visit the iconic Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
- Explore the Sphinx and the ancient temples in the area.
Day 3: Saqqara and Memphis
- Head to Saqqara, known for the Step Pyramid, which is one of the oldest pyramid structures.
- Explore the ancient city of Memphis, the former capital of Egypt.
- Return to your accommodation in Cairo or Giza for the night.
Day 4: Coptic Cairo and St. Simon the Tanner Monastery
- Explore the historic district of Coptic Cairo.
- Visit St. Simon the Tanner Monastery, located in caves on Mount Makatum.
- Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this historic site.
- Spend the night in Cairo.
Day 5: Travel to St. Catharine
- Depart for St. Catharine, a town located at the base of Mount Sinai.
- Choose either a road trip from Cairo or fly to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport and arrange transportation to St. Catharine.
- Check into your accommodation in St. Catharine.
Day 6: Hiking Mount Sinai
- Wake up early to begin your sunrise hike up Mount Sinai.
- Enjoy the breathtaking views from the summit as the sun rises.
- Visit St. Catherine’s Monastery, one of the oldest in the world, located at the foot of the mountain.
- Spend the night in St. Catharine.
Day 7: Dahab and the Red Sea
- Head to the coastal town of Dahab.
- Explore the vibrant underwater world by snorkeling or diving in the Blue Hole.
- Visit the Colored Canyon, which offers stunning natural beauty.
- Enjoy the Magic Lake for a unique swimming experience.
- Stay in Dahab for the night.
Day 8: Relaxing in Dahab
- Spend a leisurely day on the beach, enjoying the clear waters of the Red Sea.
- Visit the Blue Lagoon for a peaceful experience.
- Take in the local culture and cuisine in Dahab.
- Relax and unwind in this beautiful coastal town.
Day 9: Return to Cairo
- Travel to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport.
- Fly back to Cairo and home
Egypt has so much to see. The Pyramids are amazing, but also consider heading into the Sinai to climb the sacred mountain of Sinai.
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Marriott Mena House, Cairo, Cairo
Saint Samaan : The Tanner Monastery
Saint Catherine, Egypt
Saint Catherine’s Monastery
Blue Hole (Red Sea)
The Magic Lake in Fayoum
Le Méridien Dahab Resort, Dahab
Koshary Abou Tarek, Cairo
Cairo Travel Guide: Tips for Visiting Egypt’s Capital 
Hiking Mt. Sinai: Our Experience and What You Should Know
Hiking Mt Sinai Video
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