Egypt is not only home to the ancient Pharaohs, but it is also a dazzling sight for tombs, temples, historic treasures, large desert tracts, Nile River, the beach, etc. It is a perfect mix of culture, adventure, and knowledge of the ancient days. The adventure in Egypt never comes to an end; probably because it is the oldest tourist destination in the world.
- Pyramids of Giza
These three structures are the only surviving seven wonders of the world. They were built for powerful kings and queens in ancient Egypt as tombs. To date, about 138 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt. They contain a maze of pathways designed solely for the protection of the mummies and treasures for the afterlife. The Sphinx, a stone carving of a lion with a human head, rests near the Giza pyramids to protect them. Till now, archaeologists are still trying to wrap their heads around how these were built. This is the highlight of any trip to Egypt and should not be missed.
This peaceful town is along the Nile. The atmosphere is cool and relaxing which is perfect for those who want some alone time. You can stroll through the beautiful Nubian villages in the Elephantine Island, ride a camel to the desert monastery, visit the riverboat restaurants, etc. There are also other historic sites in the area begging to be seen.
This modern city has a rich historical background with a tranquil atmosphere. Its founder was Alexander the Great and it was home to Cleopatra. It sits on Egypt’s north coast with the Mediterranean Sea looming at it. The historic remnants that remain from this city’s past are mostly buried in song and books. However, its former glory is still imminent making it a popular destination for travelers. Part of this reason is the lighthouse, which was once among the seven wonders of the world, although not as visible today. The Alexandria museum will help you understand the history of this great city. The seaside city is great for trying out new cafes, shopping, and walking along the seashore.
- Valley of the Kings
It is a burial site for 62 ancient pharaohs, located near Luxor, behind the Theban Hills. Popular burial sites in the area are tombs of Tutankhamen, Amenhetep, and Ramses. Local guides can explain more on the history of the area along with the mysterious curses and legends regarding early grave robbers.
- Islamic Cairo
The narrow lanes of this district are laden with mosques, madrassas, and monuments from days of old. The place hosts old Islamic empires with spectacular architecture. Visit the mosques and climb the rooftop of the medieval gates for a fantastic view of the district. It is a religious site greatly valued by the Muslim community.
- Catherine Monastery
Believed to be one of the oldest monasteries in the world, this stands at the foot of Mount Sinai. It is of great religious significance to the Christian community as this is where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments from God. Manuscripts, art and other collections are found in this monastery. It is also home to the burning bush. The hike up Mount Sinai to see the sunrise or the sunset is also worth it. You can climb the Mountain using the camel path or the popular steps of repentance.