Egypt

Things to do in Egypt

What Lies Beneath: Three levels of burial chambers dating back to the 2nd century A.D. An impressive architectural achievement, its three levels of tombs reach a depth of 100 feet.

For those looking to arrive at their hotel in style, use this car service (the shuttle bus name is a bit of a misnomer—it’s a high-class car company). Pick-up spots are found at all three terminals, and drivers will bring travelers from the airport to any destination in Egypt.

Cruise along the Nile for four days from Aswan to Luxor in this 1885 steamship that was renovated in 2007. The 23 rooms and five suites are arranged on two tiers that overlook the wide generous deck equipped with tables and wicker chairs.

Where It Is: Where the parched landscapes of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula surrender to the Red Sea, Ras Mohammed National Park splays out as an arid preserve with cliffs, sand dunes, beaches, inlets, and—for divers—unique underwater topography.

Take a diving trip along the reef with Emperor Divers.

Though self-service check-in is less than surprising for U.S. travelers, it’s big news in Egypt. At Cairo Airport’s kiosks, passengers heading on to other Egyptian cities can check in and print boarding passes without waiting in line.

Located east of downtown, this old quarter of narrow alleys and soaring minarets (which dates to the Fatimid period) is the city’s traditional center of culture and commerce.

Youngsters looking for fun before takeoff should head to the play areas in every departure terminal. Look for plastic seesaws and playhouses from American toy company Step 2, touch-screen video games in Terminal 3, and a climbing wall outside the food court in Terminal 3.

Though this small shop sells Segafredo espresso and plenty of small bites, in-the-know travelers come to Coffee Time for Egypt’s local beer, Sakara.

Composed of many historic ruins under restoration, the museum creates facsimiles put in place to hold up the fragile structures.

Craving a hot cup of tea and crumpet? Take a seat on the tufted leather couches at the airport’s English Lounge. Are pasta and a glass of Chianti more your thing? You’ll find bliss in the blue-and-white Italian Lounge.