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Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Egypt

Destination(s): Cairo

Egypt is a great place to go on a romantic trip, precisely because the range of romantic activities in this country is so large and generous. The locals have come up with many ways for you to enjoy their rich and fascinating past through some memorable tours and trips, and the natural landscape offers a perfect setting as well. Go for a unique Felucca Ride on the Nile and get some water peace away from the traffic noises of Cairo, or escape by air with a Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River. Riding a camel at sunset by the pyramids is also a great and original way to discover the Egyptian culture, while for those of you who prefer a more urban experience there is always the Cairo Tower, which offers the best views of the city and the opportunity to dine in the rotating restaurant on top. read more about Top 10 Romantic Things To Do in Egypt

Felucca Ride on the Nile

Felucca Ride on the Nile

  • Maadi ferry, next to Grand Café
  • Maadi Cornice
  • Cairo

The Greek historian Herodotus described Egypt as the "gift of the Nile". One of the best things to do in Cairo is go for a sail on the Nile on a felucca. A felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailing boat, that can be crewed by just one man.

Sailing the Nile on a felucca is one of the few ways to escape the chaos of Cairo, and actually get some peace and quiet! All you can hear is the gentle lapping of the water against the hull, and the flapping of the sails (OK, you will probably still hear some traffic, but it will be muted)! Time ceases to have any meaning, since you are at the mercy of the elements.

There are a number of places to do a felucca ride in Cairo, such as from opposite the Grand Hyatt hotel, but the best place is down in Maadi. There are no bridges here to interrupt your sailing, and it is a lot more peaceful. You can pick up a felucca from the local ferry port on the cornice, next to the Grand Café.

The standard charge for tourists is 60 LE for an hour, though you can certainly bargain this down. Note that you should also tip the captain on top. You can do a felucca ride at any time of day or night, but by far the best time to do it is for sunset. read more about Felucca Ride on the Nile

Camel Ride by the Pyramids

Camel Ride by the Pyramids

  • FB stables
  • Gamal Abdul Nasser St
  • tel:20 (0)16 5070288
  • Visit website
  • Cairo

Many people who visit the Pyramids choose to do a camel ride around the enclosure there. A better idea is to do a camel ride into the desert behind the Pyramids. You get fantastic views of the Pyramids, and can imagine you are part of an old trade caravan, travelling across the desert to sell your wares in far off, exotic locations.

There is nothing quite like a camel ride in the desert: you will really start to appreciate the power and beauty of these haughtily majestic creatures, as you sway from side to side on the camel's back, lulled both by the hypnotic motion and the monotonous beauty of the desert.

Many stables near the Sphinx can offer camel rides. FB Stables are highly recommended: they are used to dealing with tourists, are friendly and responsible, and their camels are in good shape. You can organise any sort of trip with them, from a one hour jaunt around the desert, to a multi-day safari.

One of the best times to do a camel ride is for sunset: as well as a magnificent view of the Pyramids, you will hear the beautifully mournful evening Call to Prayer from hundreds of mosques at the same time. Pure magic! read more about Camel Ride by the Pyramids

Giza Pyramids: Sound and Light Show

Giza Pyramids: Sound and Light Show

  • Giza Pyramids Plateau
  • tel:+20 (0)2 386 3469 / +20 (0)2 385 2880 / +20 (0)2 285 4509 (Egyptian Tou
  • Visit website
  • Cairo, 12561
Cairo Tower

Cairo Tower

The 187 metre high Cairo Tower is arguably Cairo's second most famous landmark (no prizes for guessing number one)! It is the fourth largest tower in the world, made of granite, and styled to look like a lotus plant (the symbol of Upper Egypt).

The Cairo Tower offers fantastic views of the city, and on a clear day you can see all the way from the Pyramids in the west to the Muqattam Hills in the east. The River Nile looks particularly spectacular from this far up, and there are telescopes available to enhance your city-gazing. You ascend the tower in a lift, and there is a revolving restaurant and a café at the top.

The Cairo Tower was completed in 1961, and was caught up in the politics of the age. It was built with American money, and some say that it was actually Russian engineers that designed the tower. Locals believe that as well as a lotus plant, the tower represents the 'middle finger' directed towards the USA, for blocking Nasser's request for a World Bank loan to build the Aswan High Dam.

Whatever the truth of these claims, the Cairo Tower is an unforgettable landmark with spectacular views, and is therefore well worth a visit. It is particularly pretty at night, when lit up by a shifting display of coloured lights. Situated on Gezira Island (more commonly known as Zamalek), the tower is best reached by taxi. read more about Cairo Tower

Beit Al Souhaymi

Beit Al Souhaymi

  • Darb al-Asfar Street
  • Around Bab el Futuh
  • tel:+20 2 285 4509
  • Visit website
  • Cairo

Beit al-Souhaymi is part of the lovingly restored Darb al-Asfar district of Islamic Cairo, situated down an alleyway just past al-Aqmar Mosque. Beit al-Souhaymi is a typical example of the family mansions built in Cairo from the Mamluk period all the way to the 19th Century. It costs 30 LE to enter, but is well worth it. You emerge in to a pretty, tree lined open courtyard complete with singing birds, around which the rest of the house is based. In fact, the Beit al-Souhaymi complex actually merges with two other houses to the west. The whole area is a maze of stairs, passageways and hidden rooms, all of which have been restored, and many of which are wonderfully decorated. Spend some time poking around the nooks and crannies, and you will find rooms with colourful marble mosaic floors, vividly painted wooden ceilings, exquisite mashrabia lattice work (to allow the women to observe the goings on in the house without being seen), and ornate mother of pearl chests that have clearly been the inspiration behind many of the souvenirs sold in Khan al-Khalili. You could easily get lost for an hour or two exploring Beit al-Souhaymi; just make sure you finish your visit in the second, even greener, open courtyard, and take a rest before rejoining the hustle and bustle of the outside world! read more about Beit Al Souhaymi

soho square

soho square

  • Sharm El Shiekh
  • El Attareen
Shallalat Gardens

Shallalat Gardens

  • Hebokrat, El Azarbata We El Shatby, Bab Shark, Alexandria, Egypt
Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River

Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Luxor West Bank and Nile River

  • Hebokrat, El Azarbata We El Shatby, Bab Shark, Alexandria, Egypt
  • Visit website
  • Luxor
Banana Island (Gezira el-Mozh)

Banana Island (Gezira el-Mozh)

  • Egypt
Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos

Private Tour: Dendara and Abydos