THE ‘TOP 12’ BUCKET-LIST
THINGS TO DO IN EGYPT
Dive the SS Thistlegorm

The SS Thistlegorm was a British supply ship that sank in October 1941 after being bombed by German aircraft. She was chock-full of Allied military supplies, including motorbikes, Bren gun carriers, trucks, rubber boots, rifles and munitions, and is now like an underwater museum.

Visit the Valley of the Kings

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Valley of the Kings is a place where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock-cut tombs were excavated for the Pharoahs and powerful nobles of the time. It is one of the most-famous archaeological sites in the world.

Ride a camel

You can’t come to Egypt and not experience a camel ride. Once you are ensconced and get used to the undulating way they walk, it is a quite civilised way to cover rough terrain.

Smoke a shisha

Another local favourite that has to be tried is shisha, also known as hookah in other parts of the world. This ornate water pipe, through which flavoured tobacco is smoked, is a staple at many Egyptian cafes and restaurants.

Dive the Brothers

The Brother Islands lie some 60 miles offshore in the middle of the Red Sea and offer some of the most-exciting diving in Egypt. Sometimes swept by strong currents, they display prolific coral growth and boast some serious shark action.

Visit the temples of Karnak

Karnak, near Luxor, was known as Ipet-isu – or ‘most select of places’ – by the ancient Egyptians, and is a city of temples built over 2,000 years ago. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big that St Peter’s, Milan and Notre Dame Cathedrals could fit comfortably within its walls!

Try local Egyptian food

You can’t spend an entire holiday in Egypt and not sample the delicious local food. There are a multitude of dishes, but some of the best include fava beans and falafel, kushari, veal or lamb kofta kebab, Alexandrian sausages and Baladi bread.

Explore the Deep South

Marsa Alam and beyond is your gateway to some of the best reef diving in the Egyptian Red Sea. Regions like St John’s – famed for its caverns – and Fury Shoals are teeming with marine life and myriad species of soft and hard corals.

Cruise the River Nile

To fully discover the ancient wonders of Egypt, a cruise on the River Nile is truly an unforgettable experience. Most cruises sail between the historical majesty of Luxor and Aswan, both of which are bursting at the seams with ancient wonders.

Snorkel the reefs

Just because you are here scuba diving doesn’t mean you should overlook or dismiss the many snorkelling opportunities on hand. It is a great way to spend surface intervals, or on any non-diving days. If you have any non-divers with you, use the fantastic snorkelling as a means to get them into the water.

Barter with the shopkeepers

The store owners in the souks, markets and main streets love nothing more than a good barter. Feel free to browse their wares, but when it comes to purchasing, be ready to try your bartering skills. You’ll end up with a bargain, they’ll still make a profit, and everyone is happy.

Visit St Catherine’s Monastery

Saint Catherine’s Monastery lies at the mouth of a gorge at the foot of Mount Sinai. This dramatic UNESCO World Heritage Site was built between 548 and 565, and the monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world.