Travelers to Egypt often find themselves pleasantly surprised by a variety of aspects that may exceed their expectations. Here are some common surprises that our travelers have reported experiencing in Egypt:
• Warm Hospitality: Many visitors are surprised by the warmth and friendliness of the Egyptian people. Hospitality is an integral part of the culture, and locals are often eager to engage with and assist tourists. Zoom Vacations guests have always been welcomed in Egypt with open arms.
• Rich Cultural Heritage: While many travelers are aware of Egypt’s historical significance, experiencing it firsthand can be awe-inspiring. The ancient wonders, such as the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, and temples along the Nile, often leave a lasting impression.
• Diverse Landscapes: Egypt is not just about deserts and ancient ruins. Travelers are often surprised by the diversity of landscapes, from the lush Nile Delta to the vibrant marine life in the Red Sea.
• Flourishing Modern Cities: Cities like Cairo are dynamic and bustling with energy. Travelers are typically impressed by the modern amenities, shopping malls, and vibrant street life that coexist with historical sites.
• Culinary Delights: Egyptian cuisine can be a tasty surprise for travelers. Flavorful dishes like koshari, falafel, and various kebabs are often praised, and the local street food scene can be a culinary adventure.
• Safety Perceptions: Despite concerns that some travelers may initially have about safety, our travelers have always found Egypt to be a safe destination for tourists. However, it’s essential for visitors to stay informed about current travel advisories and exercise general precautions.
• Colorful Bazaars: The vibrant and bustling markets, or bazaars, are a sensory overload for many visitors. The lively atmosphere, diverse products, and the art of bargaining can be a memorable part of the travel experience.
• Floating Markets: In places like Cairo and Aswan, travelers may encounter traditional floating markets where goods are sold from boats. This unique shopping experience can be unexpected and charming. Sometimes during our private Zoom Vacations four-night cruise on the Nile, “floating shopkeepers” will pull up alongside or boat to sell us local crafts and traditional garments. It is always fun to watch our travelers haggling back and forth with the sellers.
• Modern and Ancient Coexistence: Travelers are often surprised by the harmonious coexistence of ancient and modern elements in Egypt. The juxtaposition of historical sites against contemporary life creates a unique and fascinating contrast. This is perhaps most evident at GEM, the new state-of-the-art Grand Egyptian Museum.
• Nile River Cruises: Taking a cruise along the Nile River can be a surprising highlight for travelers. The scenic views, historical sites along the riverbanks, and the relaxed pace of travel contribute to a memorable experience.
While these surprises contribute to the charm of Egypt, you really have to come for yourself with an open mind and see how Egypt will leave you captivated.