Egypt, the land of pharaohs, pyramids, and rich historical marvels, beckoned me for an unforgettable 10-day expedition in October. I embarked on a remarkable journey through this mesmerizing country, immersing myself in its ancient culture, encountering breathtaking monuments, and navigating the diverse landscapes that define Egypt’s allure.
Embarking on a 10-day adventure through Egypt from October 13th to the 23rd, with the core days being October 14th to the 22nd, I opted for the safety and security of GoAhead EF Tours rather than solo travel. As a Black woman, navigating Egypt alone isn’t always safe psychologically or physically, so joining a group seemed prudent. However, being the sole Black individual among a group of 20 travelers brought a complex set of experiences that I discuss candidly on my YouTube Live. While the journey overall was enjoyable and enriched by Egypt’s wonders, the absence of diversity within the tour group raised discomforting insights, prompting me to reconsider future tours with GoAhead EF despite the overall positive experience. Exploring Egypt’s marvels was awe-inspiring, yet my reflections highlight the importance of inclusive travel experiences and the need for a more diverse representation within group tours.
What to Pack and What to Wear to Egypt in October?
October in Egypt offers favorable weather for exploration, with temperatures ranging from the mid-80s to low 90s and a dry climate conducive to sightseeing. To ensure a respectful and comfortable experience, adhere to local customs by opting for modest attire like maxi skirts, linen pants, short-sleeve cotton shirts, and culturally appropriate maxi dresses or jumpsuits, while embracing tradition with a traditional Gallabia. Avoiding shorts or miniskirts helps minimize unwanted attention.
Additionally, essential travel accessories such as a portable neck fan for the heat, hand sanitizing wipes, travel-sized toiletries for hygiene, and a hydrating hand sanitizer are invaluable companions for a smooth journey. By respecting the culture and packing appropriately, travelers can relish an enriching and memorable adventure in Egypt.
Here are the MVPs of my trip to Egypt.
1️⃣ Gaiatop Portable Neck Fan – A lifesaver in the scorching heat! ☀️
2️⃣ Wet Ones Travel-Sized Hand Sanitizing Wipes – Keeping it clean on the go! 🙌
3️⃣ Travel-Size Cottonelle Flushable Toilet Wipes – Comfort in unexpected places! 🚽
4️⃣ Travel-Size Flushable Toilet Seat Covers – Hygiene first, always! 🧻
5️⃣ Hydrating Hand Sanitizer – My trusty travel companion for staying fresh!
You can find all of these and more in my Amazon StoreFront under Solo Travel Essentials.
Best route to Egypt from the United States of America is through London or the Middle East. I flew from the Washington, DC area and then from DC nonstop to Jeddah Saudi Arabia and from there to Cairo. I flew Saudia Airways. Overall the flight experience was positive but note: They do NOT serve alcohol on their flights!
Things to Do and See
I traveled to Egypt and met up with a Group in Cairo. Here are my suggestions for things to do and experience in Egypt based on my group trip there. While solo travel is an option, consider touring with a group for added security; Viator offers excellent excursion options for a seamless experience. Here are the excursions that I did that I highly recommend.
- Egyptian Museum of Antiquities – See King Tutankhamen’s mask
- Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Salah el-Din fortress
- Step Pyramid
- Great Pyramids of Giza
- The Great Sphinx
- Visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque and Salah el-Din fortress
- Do the Nile Cruise from Luxur to Aswan and do the following
- Karnak Temple
- Kom Ombo Temple
- Luxor Temple
- Luxor Musuem
- Visit a jewelry factory and get a cartouche with your name or initials
- Visit a perfume factory in Aswan
- Visit a Papyrus Store
- Visit a carpet factory IF that’s your thing – it’s not mine
- Visit the Nubian Village when in Aswan
- Take a Felucca Cruise down the Nile just before Sunset
If carpets pique your interest, a visit to a carpet factory could be included. Whether solo or with a tour, Egypt’s wonders await your exploration! If planning, consider using Viator for booking ease.
Places to Stay
Discover the epitome of comfort and luxury in Egypt with a range of exceptional accommodations curated for an unforgettable stay. Booking.com offers an array of choices, including the opulent Steinberger Pyramid Hotel boasting modern elegance and convenience. For an immersive Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, the Mövenpick MS Royal Lily comes highly recommended, offering unparalleled experiences while sailing the Nile. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Mövenpick Resort Aswan, a property that exudes charm and tranquility. Indulge in the historical allure of the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam, blending modern amenities with rich heritage. Additionally, the strategically located Hilton Heliopolis offers convenience near Cairo Airport without compromising on luxury. Your Egyptian adventure awaits, enhanced by these remarkable accommodations available through Booking.com.
Places to Eat
Discover the epitome of comfort and luxury in Egypt with a range of exceptional accommodations curated for an unforgettable stay. Booking.com offers an array of choices, including the opulent Steinberger Pyramid Hotel boasting modern elegance and convenience. For an immersive Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, the Mövenpick MS Royal Lily comes highly recommended, offering unparalleled experiences while sailing the Nile. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the Mövenpick Resort Aswan, a property that exudes charm and tranquility. Indulge in the historical allure of the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam, blending modern amenities with rich heritage. Additionally, the strategically located Hilton Heliopolis offers convenience near Cairo Airport without compromising on luxury. Your Egyptian adventure awaits, enhanced by these remarkable accommodations available through Booking.com
Cairo airport can be very chaotic. Upon arrival for hassle-free transportation consider a private car service booked via Booking.com for a seamless journey from the airport to your hotel and back. Within Cairo, Uber offers a convenient and reliable way to navigate the city’s bustling streets. To travel between cities, opt for a flight to Luxor for swift and comfortable transit. Embrace the enchanting Nile by embarking on a cruise to Aswan, immersing yourself in the timeless beauty of the river. Booking.com provides convenient arrangements for travel between Luxor and Aswan, ensuring a smooth transition and allowing you to focus on soaking in the wonders of Egypt without the stress of logistics. Whether it’s the convenience of private car services or the scenic allure of a Nile cruise, these travel options cater to varying preferences, enhancing your Egyptian adventure.
Safety and Security
Traveling solo as a Black woman over 40 to Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan can be an enriching and rewarding experience, but it’s important to prioritize safety. Here are some key considerations:
1. Research and Planning:
– Research your destinations thoroughly, including their cultures, customs, and local laws.
– Create a detailed itinerary, including transportation, accommodations, and activities.
2. Dress Code:
– Respect local customs by dressing modestly, especially in conservative areas.
– Consider packing lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
3. Cultural Sensitivity:
– Be culturally sensitive and respectful of local customs and traditions.
– Learn some basic Arabic phrases to facilitate communication and build rapport with locals.
4. Safety Precautions:
– Stay informed about the local safety situation and any travel advisories.
– Avoid walking alone at night in unfamiliar areas and use reputable transportation options.
– Choose well-reviewed, reputable accommodations, and consider hotels with good security measures.
– Inform the hotel staff about your daily plans, so they are aware of your whereabouts.
6. Local Transportation:
– Use registered taxis or rideshare services, and negotiate fares in advance.
– If possible, have your accommodations arrange transportation from airports or train stations.
7. Travel Insurance:
– Obtain comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
8. Money and Valuables:
– Carry a money belt or concealed pouch for important documents, cash, and valuables.
– Keep a copy of your passport, ID, and travel insurance in a separate location.
9. Health Precautions:
– Check if vaccinations or health precautions are necessary before traveling.
– Stay hydrated, use sunscreen, and protect yourself from the sun’s strong rays.
10. Local Advice:
– Seek advice from other travelers or expats and engage with locals to gain insights into the safest areas and practices.
11. Emergency Contacts:
– Keep a list of emergency contacts, including the local embassy or consulate, with you at all times.
12. Stay Connected:
– Carry a working mobile phone with a local SIM card and have a reliable method of communication.
13. Solo Travel Communities:
– Connect with local and online solo travel communities for advice and support.
Remember that while these precautions are important, it’s also essential to remain open-minded and embrace the local culture and people. Solo travel can be a deeply fulfilling and educational experience, and with the right preparation, you can explore Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan safely and enjoyably.
No matter where you plan to solo travel your travel should include a travel safety plan. Grab the BaldGirlWillTravel: A Guide to Travel Safety and Security for Solo Female Travelers and ensure you follow the safety tips to ensure a safe solo travel experience.
Make sure you check out my Vlogs about my Visit to Egypt and my Live where I gave an honest and open assessment of my entire trip including the Group experience from the perspective of someone who usually travels alone.