Eager travelers are ready to explore the world once again - particularly those who have the time and resources to travel far from home. These bucket-list destinations (think Japan, South Africa, Egypt) are coming to the forefront of our planning because, well, if not now, when? If you’re in that carpe diem state of mind, we say, now’s the time to go. 

Of our favorite dream destinations, Egypt stands out. Ancient treasures, remarkable history, golden-sand beaches - there is a staggering amount to see and do in this wow-worthy country. Here are the top ten reasons we think you’ll love Egypt. 

1. You Can Step Inside Ancient History

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Revisit your world civilizations courses from way back when and step into a living, breathing history book. As you explore ancient Egypt, you’ll come face to face with one of the oldest civilizations in the world - and there are still artifacts and evidence of civilization that have yet to be discovered. From the Great Pyramids of Giza (the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing) to the many resplendent statues and tombs, you’ll be immersed in the sands of time. Join a small-group tour and enjoy an expert-led day in Luxor or Aswan. 

2. You Can Cruise the Longest River in the World

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Stretching more than 4,000 miles, the Nile River is not only the world’s longest but perhaps its most storied. There are countless attractions along the river, especially between Luxor and Aswan. Listen for “Masr Hebat Al Nile,” which means that Egypt benefits from the gift of the mighty Nile, as a birthplace of civilization and agriculture. As you pass by lush jungles and arid deserts, you’ll see why the river is considered so sacred. There are many cruise options available, including sunset sails on a traditional felucca (wooden sailboat). 

3. You Can Float Over the Valley of the Kings

Get a bird’s-eye view of the Valley of the Kings and the Nile River Valley on a sunrise hot-air balloon rise. Daylight creeps in, casting pink and orange hues over the mythical landscape. Seeing the ancient tombs and temples, as you glide silently above, is a surreal experience. 

4. You Can Trace the Path of Moses

Religious pilgrims of many faiths consider Mount Sinai, also known as Jabal Al Tor, a sacred site. Islamic, Christian and Jewish visitors will enjoy visiting the site where the prophet Moses received the divine commandments. Those seeking a slightly more adventurous experience here can witness sunrise after hiking Mount Sinai and visit St. Catherine’s Monastery. 

5. You Can Visit an Egyptian Beach 

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Egypt’s beaches are stunning, inviting you to take a break from sightseeing and enjoy a lazy day at the ocean. The Red Sea coastline and its resort towns are an easy day-trip distance from Luxor. South Sinai also offers its fair share of glorious sandy stretches, backed by desert and mountain scenery.

6. You Can Embark on a Desert Safari

Those seeking an immersive Egyptian desert experience can set off on a White Desert safari. Choose from soaking in hot springs or honing your photography skills during an exquisite sunset. Visit hidden historical treasures in the desert. Camp in comfort under the stars and enjoy a BBQ dinner in a setting like no other. 

7. You Can Indulge in Egyptian Cuisine

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From kofta (meatballs) to dolma (stuffed grape leaves), you’ll savor every meal in Egypt. Try local lamb kebab and baba ghanoush. Those with courageous taste may even opt for mahshi hamam (roasted pigeon stuffed with rice and herbs). There are several small-group experiences available that focus on Egyptian food. You can follow a private guide through the bazaars of Cairo, eating at the cafes the locals love and learning about food’s role in Egyptian culture. Definitely try kushari, one of the most traditional lunch meals eaten in Egypt, and consisting of rice, macaroni, lentils, tomato sauce, chickpeas and fried onions. 

8. You Can Shop for Hours

Bring home unique souvenirs and treasures from Cairo’s huge Khan al-Khalili market. Shop for copper, spices, alabaster, silver and perfumes. Practice your bargaining as you browse the stalls of the narrow alleyways. This is an excellent way to immerse oneself in authentic local culture and traditions. 

9. You Can Admire Ancient Art and Architecture

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Explore the many centuries-old mosques of Cairo, which house some of the world’s best Islamic art and display incredible architecture. Favorites include the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan. The mosques throughout the city reflect different eras and the reign of different kingdoms. 

10. You Can Heal

The waters and sands of Egypt have long been considered naturally therapeutic. The hot springs alone have been known to cure respiratory diseases, kidney and bone issues. The mud relieves skin ailments. Therapeutic tourism is on the rise in Egypt - look for small-group tours to Helwan, Hurghada, the Rayoum Oases, Aswan, Sinai and Safaga on the Red Sea coast. 

Intrigued by Egypt? Let’s discuss.