Things to do whilst in Egypt
Most flights to Egypt land in the capital, Cairo, and it would be a mistake to overlook this fascinating city as a merely a launching pad to more exotic locations. Cairo is one of the oldest cities in the world, yet has modernized in keeping with the progression of this most ancient of countries. While Cairo is the political and economic heart of the country, it is also the social heart and there is so much to see and do while here. With only a short amount of time in the city, it is a good idea to arrange for a guided tour that can penetrate the surface and give you an idea of the lived experience of everyday Cairo.
Cairo tour guides and shopping markets
The overwhelmingly most popular choice for tourists visiting Cairo is to visit one of the famous markets, or bazaars, which are liberally scattered across the city. These are great places to get to grips with real Egypt as everyday commerce takes place all around you, in much the same way as it has always done. People barter and exchange, argue and make up and all the while the vicissitudes of life play out in these exchanges. For many tourists, going with a guide is the best way to ensure that you are getting the best deals, as many of the people in these markets do not speak English and therefore it can be complicated to bargain, although a handy calculator is always on hand if needs be!
Another always popular activity for visitors to Egypt is to ride a camel and take some pictures doing just that. Camel riding is the ancient form of transport that is just as practical today as it always ways. Camels have a personality all of their own, and nobody ever forgets their first camel ride, it is a barrel of laughs, as these idiosyncratic beasts often seem to have a mind of their own! Fear not though, as you will be guided by an experienced camel handler who will ensure that your ride goes smoothly, or at least as smoothly as the experience of sitting upon a hump can ever be! In all seriousness, you will no doubt fall in love with your beastly transport and, if nothing else, you will have a great picture for your Facebook profile picture.