2 Weeks In Egypt
Egypt might seem like a cliche destination for your vacation and as a backpacker, you might not feel like the country is not worth visiting but there is a reason why it is so popular among tourists. After traveling through Egypt for 2 weeks, I realize that even though there were many tourists, there is just no other place like Egypt. Within this article, you will find everything you need to backpack through Egypt in 2 weeks. Without further ado, let's begin!
The first day you arrive, you will likely want to hit the ground running and check the Pyramids of Giza off your bucket list. Unfortunately, the pyramids are not in the city so you will have to either hail a taxi, which is extremely troublesome or book an organized tour, which I recommend to the Pyramids. The tour should take you to see all the pyramids including the further ones like Saqqara Necropolis, etc.
Be sure check out all 3 pyramids and the Sphinx while you are there.
The second day, you can spend your time seeing the real Cairo. First, you can go to the area called Coptic Cairo where the Coptic Christian resides. In this area, you will find the famous Hanging Church, one of the oldest churches in Egypt that dated back to 3rd century AD.
Also, be sure to spend some time walking around the markets in the area and you might find a hidden gem like I did. There was this book market tucked away from the crowds that stood out to me. With small alleyways and bookshops along both sides, you can feel the knowledge flowing into you just by walking through the market.
Mosque of Muhammad Ali is another must-see stop in Cairo. The architecture and the sheer size of the mosque will take your breath away.
From the Mosque, you will also be able to see the cityscape of Cairo.
In the evening, you can also visit the famous Cairo bazaar called Khan el-Khalili. Khan el-Khalili is the main hub of trade in the historic center of Islamic Cairo. You can find all kinds of souvenir here (bargain hard) or if you are not interested in shopping, this place can be a good place for you to grab a cup of coffee and watch people.