Things To Do In Egypt

One of the oldest tourist destinations in the world, Egypt is renowned for its stunning history and world-famous ancient sites. The legendary national treasures have been wowing the crowds for centuries. Egypt promises everything from world-famous historical sites to sunny laid-back beach resorts.


Egypt is known for its unique geographical location, and for thousands of years, it has cradled several civilizations. From ancient Egyptian to Ptolemaic and Roman dynasties, the monuments and remains of each civilization live to tell amazing stories, explaining the complex nature of the current Egyptian culture.


This year, Fab15 will take you across the diverse, vibrant Egyptian culture and breathtaking nature. From the old rich city of Cairo to the modern coastal city of nature and beauty, El Gouna, you will have the chance to stand within history, live through different eras, and enjoy warm, sandy beaches.


There is so much to do in Egypt; with magical Arabian nights under the stars, pedestrian bazaar streets and markets, world renowned antiquities and UN world heritage sites, felucca rides and cruises on the River Nile, diving and exploring the coral reefs of the Red Sea. And let’s not forget the mouthwatering cuisine, from falafel and kebabs to local vegetables and rice, all the way to the traditional dishes like koshary and feteer.


Whether you are a nature traveler, an archaeology buff, or a history enthusiast, in Egypt, you will certainly find what you are looking for!


Here are some places and activities you can choose from during your visit to Egypt


Tours

There will be three tours available daily before and after the Fab15 conference: starting July 24th until July 26th and again from August 5th until August 9th. You can only book one tour per day. All tours will start at 9 a.m., and the transportation available will be a Toyota HiAce minivan.


The pick up location will be based on hotels’ locations; hence, will be determined after booking your accommodation.


The cost for each tour includes: entrance ticket, transportation, and tour guide compensation.


To book your tour(s), kindly send an email to anyossef@intratour-eg , or call through telephone: +227360181 , or mobile: +201280222683 stating: your name, tour name, and date preference.


Deadline for booking your tour(s) is June 30th

First Tour
Giza Pyramids & Egyptian Museum
This tour costs $39/person

  • 1- Giza Pyramids - Duration: 3 Hours

The last remaining wonder of the ancient world! For nearly 4000 years, the Pyramids of Giza have amazed people all around the world and raised many questions as to how they were built and who built them? During a 3-hours tour, you will get to visit the awe-inspiring Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, believed to be an astronomical clock.

  • 2- Egyptian Museum - Duration: 2 Hours

No Egypt tour is complete without a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The Egyptian Museum holds over 120,000 artefacts from mummies and sarcophagi, to pottery, jewellery, and King Tutankhamun’s treasures. On your 2-hours tour, you will get to explore 15,000 sq. meters of Ancient Egypt’s historic treasures.

Second Tour
Museum of Islamic Art & Salah El Din Citadel Citadel
This tour costs $36/person

  • 1- Museum of Islamic Art - Duration: 1 Hour

The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo is considered one of Egypt’s most curated museums. It is home to one of the finest Islamic art collections in the world. The collection includes rare manuscripts of the Qur'an, with some calligraphy written in silver ink on pages with elaborate borders. Exceptional works showcased include artefacts of rare woodwork, plaster, metal, ceramic, crystal, glass, and textiles from different periods from all around the globe. The museum showcases about 4,500 artefacts, which is only a fraction of the amount of artefacts it owns.

  • 2- Salah El Din Citadel - Duration: 2 Hours

The Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a medieval Islamic fortification commissioned by Salah El Din El Ayouby, also known as Saladin, founder of the Ayyubid Caliphate and completed in 1183. It is located in the Mokattam area in Cairo and is part of Historic Islamic Cairo. The Citadel was built to act as a fortification against threats of invasion by the Crusaders, and later on it became the seat of the government. Since then, the Citadel has always played a major political role and protected Egypt against a number of attacks. Many dynasties took turns ruling Egypt, including the Ayyubid, Mamluks and Ottomans. You will find Mohamed Ali Mosque, a great example of the Ottoman architecture in Egypt, The Mamluks Mosque of El Nasser Mohamed, as well as the Mosque of Suleiman Pasha El Khadim. The Citadel doesn’t only include mosques, but also four exquisite museums, which are the Military Museum, the Police Museum, the Royal Carriages Museum, and the Qasr El Gawhara Museum. There’s a lot of history behind the Citadel’s wall ready to be explored.

Third Tour
Khan El-Khalili & El-Moez Street
This tour costs $40/person

  • 1- Khan El-Khalili Duration: 1 Hour

Step back in time to medieval Cairo with a visit to Khan El-Khalili - the major bazar district in the historic center of Islamic Cairo. Stroll through the various alleys of the market to see a variety of goods from silverware, gold accessories and bronze artifacts to souvenirs, spices, handmade accessories and carpets. A trip to Khan El-Khalili will not be complete without visiting one of Cairo’s oldest cafes dating back to 1797, El Fishawi cafe, which is also one of Naguib Mahfouz’s favorite cafes.

  • 2- El-Moez Street: Duration 2 Hours

    El-Moez Street dates back to the Fatimid period. Walking along the 1 km long street, you will discover amazing Islamic medieval architecture. The trip begins from Al Azhar Mosque, then continues on to Bab Zuweila, a medieval gate still standing in modern day Cairo! El Moez Street also houses thousands of workshops for craftsmen making wares to be sold in Khan El-Khalili. The walk then takes you to Al Hakim Mosque, Bab al-Fetouh and Bab al-Nasr. From there you continue on to Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, Al-Rifa'i Mosque, next to Mosque of Ibn Tulun, ending in Khan El Khalili.

  • Tours Outside Cairo

    Information:

    - Deadline for booking is 30th of June

    - To book send an email on anyossef@intratour-eg.com
    Or call: Telephone: +2 27360181 / Mobile: +201280222683

    • 1- Aswan City

    Given its beautiful scenery along the Nile River and significant archaeological sites, Aswan is a must visit destination in Egypt! It is home to Philae Temple, Aga Khan Mausoleum, Elephantine Island, the Nubian Museum, and the High Dam. It is also around 3.5 hours away from the Abu Simbel Temple Complex.


    • 2- Luxor City

      Luxor, originally called Thebes in ancient Egypt and considered the Pharaoh's capital at the height of their power, is known as the world’s greatest open air museum. It is home to the Karnak and Luxor Temples, as well as many other major monuments. On the west bank of the river, you’ll get to visit the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens as well.

    • 1- Aswan Nile Cruise Tour

    Starting from Aswan – 3 Nights (Full board)
    - Standard Room: $40/Person/Night total of $120 for 3 Nights in a double room
    - Deluxe Room: $55/Person/Night total of $165 for 3 Nights in double room
    Excursions:
    Aswan Dam – Philae (USD 125) There is a cruise every Friday & Wednesday

    • 2- Luxor Nile Cruise Tour

      Starting from Luxor – 4 Nights (Full board)
      - Standard Room: $40/person/Night total of $160 for 4 nights in a double room
      - Deluxe Room $55/person/Night total of $220 in a double room.
      Excursions:
      Valley of the Kings – Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut (USD 125) There is a cruise every Saturday & Monday

    Weather in Egypt

    We are going to do our best to keep our conference spaces cool. August is hot in Egypt. The average temperature reaches a high of 35°C to 38°C (95°F to 100°F) during the day and at night, it is a low of 22°C to 28°C (72°F to 84°F).

    General Tips

    - Egyptians are very friendly and welcoming. You may find that people approach you to ask you where you are from or to recommend            places for you to go.

    - While Arabic is the primary language in Egypt, you will find that most people speak English as well.

    - Cairo is a bustling, chaotic city with a large population that rarely ever sleeps. You will generally find shops, coffee and food places open         well into the night.

    - If you are a light sleeper, then definitely bring your earplugs and sleep masks, as Cairo can get quite noisy.

    - It is not advised that you rent a car for your trips; driving requires being familiar with the Egyptian streets and traffic. Instead, you can rely   on location-based ride-hailing service apps.

    - Always be familiar with your destination, and make sure you carry a charged phone programmed with useful numbers, like your hotel,         local colleagues, etc.

    - Always carry your sunscreen, do not stand under the sun for extended hours, and make sure to stay hydrated.

    - Though tap water is potable, it is advised to buy bottled water.

    - As it is very hot during the summer, it is advisable to always pack a scarf, tissues, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and water.

    - Credit and debit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and stores, but always make sure to carry a sum of cash in local-currency at all     times.

    - Tipping is expected in Egypt for pretty much everything, but it is not mandatory.

    - During your visit to Cairo, it is preferable for women to dress modestly for the city and any monumental mosque visits. Shorts, short                dresses and beachwear are culturally acceptable around coastal cities and resorts, such as ElGouna.

    - Drinking in city streets can encourage public disapproval – unlike in coastal cities and resorts. Therefore, it is only advised to drink in              restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, etc.

    - You can take photos in the streets and at sites (sometimes for a fee). However, there are governmental sites where it is prohibited to take      photos..

    - If you get sick, or need to consult a doctor, try the main hospitals like El Salam Hospital, Dar El Fouad, New Kasr El Eini, and many others.     They have 24-hour clinics for emergencies, and they have good professional doctors.

    - If you have any inquiry or need any help; do not hesitate to seek assistance from our volunteers; they are always ready and glad to be of        assistance.

    Security Precautions

    Though Egypt has always been an extremely safe destination, with the number of isolated incidents as of late, we are taking additional security measures during Fab15 to ensure that everyone is safe. In addition to the national tourist police forces, a security company will be on-board to secure the conference at all times.

    Security personnel will be placed at the entries and exits of the venues, and spread all throughout the conference grounds to ensure the security of all the participants.

    Regarding the transportation to and from ElGouna, there is ample security forces in all Egyptian airports. For those opting for the bus as means of transportation to the Fab Conference, authorities will be advised and alerted to have national tourist police forces accompany the buses in addition to the private security onboard.

    All hotels have their own private security staff, as well as officers who are present at all times from the national tourist police.

    Moreover, our team of local volunteers will be available to help you navigate different areas of interest you would like to visit whether as part of a group or alone.

    In Egypt, search points, policemen, and metal detectors are common to be found on the streets, inside hotels, and at historical or touristic sites – they are there for your safety.

    There is not a large prevalence of violent crimes in Cairo, but tourists should be aware of petty crimes, such as purse-snatchings, which are more common.

    It is recommended that tourists that are women should be cautious while traveling alone and dress modestly in Cairo to avoid any unwanted attention.

    Be aware of people who approach you on the street and try to take you shopping to areas or places that you do not know. Stick to shops recommended by others, or choose them on your own.

    Also, be aware of your surroundings if you have to cross the streets in Cairo. Traffic is not as it is in Europe or North America, as cars don’t always stop for pedestrians. Try to be patient and wait until there are no cars before crossing.