Those who would like to go on a cycling holiday, might not immediately think of Egypt because of the desert. Nevertheless, you can take a nice cycling trip in Egypt in many places. In this article, you can read about some beautiful mountain bike and cycling routes and why you need an Egypt e-visa for this trip.
A short tour to warm up
Al-Bawiti, a town about 180 kilometres west of Samalut, is close to a beautiful salt water oasis. Many guides charge money to show you the way to the oasis, as there are no road signs. However, it is easy to find if you have a map or a phone with navigation. In this case, it is a beautiful and cheap outing. This bike ride is only 20 kilometres there and back between Al-Bawiti and Salt Lake, and on the way back you will also pass some hot springs. This is a pleasant and quiet warm-up for the next cycling trip.
From Beni Suef to El Minya
This 131-kilometre long cycling route runs for a large part along the banks of the Nile, where there is a lot of green vegetation, lots of shade and has a lower temperature. Also, the difference in altitude is very small, which makes it a pleasant bicycle trip that offers enough possibilities to enjoy the surroundings and to take a break in the villages along the route to eat and drink something. This tour will take about 4 days. Therefore, it is useful to have an idea in advance how you will spend the night.
Mountain biking through the Valley of the Kings, Luxor
For the more adventurous, there is also a mountain bike tour through the Valley of the Kings, which includes the tomb of Ramses II, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the necropolis of Thebes. This 24 km long tour passes at least seven of the many sights there. Just before the end, there is a steep climb and descent, making this a pretty intense ride, but there are plenty of places where you can stop and enjoy Egyptian history.
Every year in January, the Tour dʼAfrique starts, a bicycle tour that goes all across Africa. The starting point is in Cairo and the tour ends in Cape Town. This tour is very exclusive, as only a maximum of 50 participants are admitted each year. But that does not mean that you cannot do part of this tour on your own initiative. In Egypt, the tour goes from Cairo along the coastline of the Red Sea to Luxor. The remaining part of the tour in Egypt goes along the banks of the Nile and Lake Nasser. This part of the Tour dʼAfrique is about 1200 kilometres long and is therefore suitable for a somewhat longer cycling holiday, which is certainly possible with the Egypt visa.
Before you cycle away
For the trip to Egypt, to enjoy all these wonderful cycling tours, you need an e-visa Egypt. The e-visa is a digital travel authorisation that can be easily applied for online. An Egypt visa costs £49.95 per person and is valid for 90 days. Be sure to read the requirements carefully before you leave, so that there are no surprises along the way.
Disclaimer: Some of these cycle routes pass through areas with a yellow or orange travel warning. Therefore, please read the current travel advice before you leave.