Visiting the pyramids in Egypt is on pretty much everyone’s shortlist of epic world experiences, but there’s far more to one of Africa’s most visited countries than these wonders of the world. Journey a little deeper into Egypt and you’ll find a whole world of history — like along a Nile river cruise or while biking the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Those sites can sometimes get crowded too, but we’ll show you some of the best sites that most visitors miss.

We’ll also show you some of the best beaches in Egypt — that won’t have massive crowds — as well as offer tips on the best dive sites and how to swim with dolphins. Egypt even has a long-distance hiking trail, and we’ll tell you the best ways to hike it. And since Cairo is the country’s main airport, you may as well check out all its best restaurants, bars, and historic sites in our comprehensive city guide.