Egypt is not only synonymous with desert sands and the world famous pyramids near the capital Cairo. It also offers the possibility to dive in the Red Sea and sail on the world's longest river, the Nile.
One of the greatest things to see when travelling to Egypt are the famous pyramids, one of the world's largest and most photographed attractions, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. These impressive structures are located at Giza, just 20 km from Cairo. There are several ways to give the experience an extra dimension for example by visiting the burial chamber, or by exploring the erea on a camel. And you can experience even more pyramids at Memphis and Luxor in the southern direction. Everywhere you go you have the feeling of being very small among theese huge ancient monuments.
A giant sandbox: The Sahara Desert
The world's largest desert, Sahara provides more opportunities for fun and exciting activities: you can go ride by camel or horseback, try jeep safari, sand boarding, sleep under the stars or maybe find a paradise surrounded by shady date palms.
From sand to water: Egypt has some of the world's greatest diving spots
When you have had enough of all that sand, we can recommend you try diving in Egypt. We recommend Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the best dive sites in the world. Here are plenty of opportunities for both snorkeling scuba diving amongst tropical fish and corals in the Red Sea. Dahab, an old fishing town 80 km northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh, is another excellent place to dive - here you will find the fantastic Blue Hole. The place is famous for its good surfing conditions but you can also show your hidden belly dansing talents around the campfire and later go to bed in an authentic Bedouin tent. Finally, there is Hurghada - another great diving place. Like Sharm el-Sheikh it is also a very popular place among tourists.
Alexandria, an Egyptian Pearl
You can also dip your toes into the warm water in Alexandria, Egypts second largest city. It lies on the Mediterranean coast and offers plenty of good hotels, urban life and entertainment. If you prefer to keep your head above water, we highly recommend a cruise on the Nile, the world's longest river. Here you can get a fascinating journey through large parts of Egypt, and you will be pleasantly surprised by all the life that unfolds on the river banks.
Shopping and sightseeing: Cairo
Cairo, is one of the largest cities in the world, in terms of population (almost 18 million.) - and the largest in Africa. It can be a pretty crowded experience to walk around between thousands of locals who fill the streets and markets. It is a very fascinating city, chaotic, dirty and noisy, but very alluring. Visit the bustling market Khan el-Khalili, which attracts not only thousands of local merchants, but also what feels like thousands of tourists. Here you can buy camels, sheep and water pipes - but also more obvious souvenirs such as shawls, sweaters and handicrafts of various kinds.
Education and study tours to Egypt
Did you know that KILROY can also help organise your study tour to Egypt? Read on to learn more about how we can plan your study trip with the right academic content and interesting study visits in the city of your choice.