Egypt is a place of endless discovery. For solo / single travellers over 50, this country offers culture, adventure and rich history as well as opportunities to relax if a beach holiday is more up your street. From the bustling Khan Al-Khallili Bazaar and the Pyramids of Giza, it’s hard not to be beguiled by Egypt.
Here we round up a handful of the best places to visit as a single / solo traveller over 50 in Egypt.
Destination holidays to Egypt for solo / single travellers over 50
The energy in Cairo is full of charm, chaos and colour. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be hit by heady heat, fragrant smells and continual clatter of the city. The best time to explore the streets and famous shopping bazaars is in the evening when you can watch the sun sink into the horizon and then go in search of delicious local cuisines at one of the many restaurants.
The pyramids are not to be missed. They’re almost otherworldly, peeking out from the sand in their perfect symmetry. You can admire these triangular feats of architectural engineering at three sites; Giza, Dahshur and Saqqara. If you want to visit all three, you can book a full-day tour with a driver and guide.
An hours’ drive inland from Egypt’s gold-sand beaches, Abu Mena is an archaeological site where you can visit the remains of an ancient holy city. Even today, relics of basilicas, public buildings, streets, monasteries, houses and workshops are in identifiable condition after careful restoration. For a solo traveller, a visit here is a chance to step back in time.
Valley Of The Kings
The Valley of the Kings is not to be missed on your solo adventure to Egypt. It’s home to 63 magnificent royal tombs, a lot of which are still intact with hyroglyphics and ornate decoration. Some of the tombs have been partly destroyed by treasure hunters, floods and the effects of mass tourism but it’s a worthwhile day trip even if just to experience the dusty drive out to the Valley. The entry ticket gains access to three tombs, with additional tickets to see the tombs of Ay, Tutankhamun, Seti I and Ramses VI.
Temple of Karnak
If diving into an ancient land of pharohs and hyroglyhpics is on your solo travel agenda, book a tour to the Temple of Karnak. Here you’ll find a sprawling network of sanctuaries, kiosks and obelisks, covering more than two square kilometres and large enough to fit ten cathedrals. To see this magical place in all its splendour, visit early morning or late afternoon when the light is golden and soft.
Located on Egypt’s East Coast, Hurghada is a traditional beach town overlooking the Red Sea. Here you’ll find golden sands and plenty of restaurants, shops and bars peppering the seafront. From Hurghada, you can take a boat trip to Giftun Island – a deserted slice of paradise – or visit historical sites on a day trip to Luxor. If you’re simply looking for a bit of R&R on your solo holiday to Egypt, you’re in the right place.
The best time to visit Egypt for solo / single travellers over 50
The best time to visit Egypt as a single traveller over 50 is between October and April. During this time the temperatures are cooler but the sunshine is still abundant. Generally, the hottest period is between June and August when daily temperatures can hit 40°C – this is a popular period for beach holidays, snorkelling and surfing but it’s best to avoid the bustling cities, souks and shopping bazaars.
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