02 Aug A Quick Guide to Egypt
Egypt- the land of the Pharaohs- boasts some of the most impressive ancient landmarks in the world. From the Pyramids of Giza to the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, these ancient sites offer an incredible insight into the mystical ancient Egyptian world. Think of Egypt and your mind probably conjures up images of mummification, Pharaohs, dynasties, hieroglyphs, tombs and pyramids. The country’s fascinating and captivating history makes it an essential on many peoples’ bucket lists. However there is more to Egypt than its ancient sites; you can take a tour into the desert and have tea with the Bedouins, hike Mount Sinai and explore its biblical past, or dive over the colourful coral reefs of the Red Sea. Whilst it is possible to backpack around Egypt, many tourists choose to take all inclusive holidays to Egypt and experience some 5-star pampering in one of the country’s luxury resorts.
The Pyramids and the Sphinx– Gazing up at the mighty Pyramids of Giza is one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that will remain etched in your mind forever. The Great Pyramid is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and an incredible example of ancient Egyptian engineering. From Cairo you can visit both the Pyramids and the Sphinx, which has a lion’s body and the head of a human.
Cairo– Egypt’s capital Cairo is home to the Egyptian Museum, which contains the largest collection of artefacts from ancient Egypt, including the contents of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Cairo is also full of bazaars and outdoor markets where you can buy local goods and souvenirs.
Mount Sinai– Mount Sinai is the location where Moses received the 10 Commandments from God. You can take a tour from Sharm el Sheikh or Dahab and hike to the top of this holy mountain to watch sunrise. Here you can also visit St. Catherine’s Monastery, which is supposedly the site of the Burning Bush where Moses spoke to God.
Abu Simbel: Abu Simbel, in the south of Egypt below Aswan, is home to the jaw-dropping Temple of Ramses II with its four massive Pharaoh statues, as well as the Temple of Nefertari. The temples were actually relocated in the 1960s to save them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
The Nile– A popular way to explore Egypt is by taking a cruise down the River Nile. Not only is it the longest River in the world, it is also incredibly beautiful and the focus of many tales and stories. Cruising the Nile is a great way to witness Egypt’s agriculture and farming, plus most of the temples and tombs were built along the banks of the river.
Sharm El Sheikh– The most popular beach resort in Egypt has to be Sharm El Sheikh, located on the Red Sea. If you’re looking at luxury Egypt holidays then there are a number of big name hotels with extravagant décor here. The main attraction of Sharm el Sheikh is the excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. The coral reefs are abundant with marine life and there are a number of wrecks to dive over. From Sharm el Sheikh you can take boat trips to Ras Mohamed and Tiran Island.
Luxor– Luxor, which was once the ancient city of Thebes, is where you’ll find the impressive Luxor and Karnak Temples, as well as the Valley of the Kings. In the Valley of the Kings you can discover the burial chambers and temples of Egypt’s Kings, Queens and rulers.
Staying in Egypt
Many tourists choose to book all inclusive Egypt holidays in 5-star resorts in places like Luxor, Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada. Whilst Egypt is full of high-end resorts, it is also possible to find budget backpacker hostels at affordable prices.
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