If you are searching for a country with the perfect mix of every type of activity mixed with culture, relaxation, and adventure, then Egypt is the right country for you. Read through our list to find the top 10 places to visit in Egypt.
Beyond being the home of the ancient Pharaohs, Egypt is a magnificent destination with so many temples and treasures that will wow every visitor. From the vast tract of deserts to spectacular scuba diving destinations and the famous Nike River, there is something for everyone.
These unique pyramids could easily be associated with Egypt. There are a total of 120 pyramids in Egypt that serves as the tombs for the pharaohs. You could choose to visit any of these pyramids, but the Pyramids of Giza stand out amongst others. They are considered the largest and some of the oldest of all other pyramids in Egypt. Built hundreds of years ago, the Pyramids of Giza are part of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only surviving ones. We would highly recommend a visit to the Pyramids of Giza to everyone traveling to Egypt.
The Pyramids of Giza have gained so many recognitions because of the mysteries that surround them. A visit to the pyramids of Giza is not complete without going to see the Great Sphinx, which is a majestic sculpture of a supernatural creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. We would recommend a visit to the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx in the late afternoon so you would experience the sights and sounds that surround this destination.
The Valley of Kings in Luxor is a must-see for history lovers. Here, you would visit the 4500 years old tomb where most of the pharaohs from the New Kingdom were buried. These Relic and murals in the Valley of Kings would give you a deeper understanding of the rich history of Egypt. To maximize this experience, we strongly recommend the service of a tour guide. A single admission ticket will give you access to all three tombs.
While you are in Luxor, you should also consider a visit to the Karnak Temple which is the most prominent in Egypt with 134 huge columns measuring up to 21 meters. This massive temple is dedicated to a principal god of ancient Egypt called Amun-Re. The Karnak Temple, which was built in 2100 BC, still holds its old charm, which is sure to grasp your attention.
Egyptian Museum in Cairo is one you shouldn’t miss even if you have just a day to spend in Egypt. This museum is one of the World’s largest museum collections. Here, you will find all sorts of handicrafts, ceramics, and jewelry from the ancient child ruler. You could check out the royal mummies exhibit, steer at the ageless golden face of the famous King Tutankhamen, and admire the artifacts which tell tales about Egyptian history while exploring the Egyptian Museum. For a more splendid experience, you should also schedule a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, where you will find some more ancient displays.
Popularly referred to as the most beautiful place in Egypt, the Temple of Philae was built in dedication to the Egyptian goddess Isis. Most history lovers regard the Temple of Philae as the place where the last hydrographs were written. This temple, which is located on a small island near the front of Aswan Dam, is said to be the most intact temple in Egypt. You will witness the charming glow of color when you visit the Temple of Philae at night.
Aswan is recognized as a chilled alternative to big cities such as Cairo and Luxor in Egypt. Located along the banks of the Nile River, Aswan is the perfect destination to unwind for some days and soak up the relaxed atmosphere. Here, you could take a walk down to the colorful streets of the Nubian villages or take a ferry across to Elephantine Island. You could also opt for a camel ride to the desert monastery of St. Simeon on the East Bank or sip lots of tea on one of the riverboat restaurants while watching the lateen-sailed feluccas past-by. Aswan is also home to lots of historical sites and temples but, it’s popularly perceived as a destination where you could kick back and watch the boats drift by.
6. White Desert
When we hear the word desert, we expect to see a vast land filled with sand in a very hot region under the scorching heat of the sun. But here in Egypt, there’s a natural wonder called the White Desert. This spot has surreally shaped chalk mountains that look like a snowy wonderland in the middle of endless sand. The White Desert landscape looks like a science fiction movie with iceberg pinnacles and blindingly white boulders. Anyone that has visited temples and tombs would enjoy this out-of-the-box natural scenery while adventure lovers would see this destination as an ideal playground.
7. Nile Cruise
For most visitors, a multi-day cruise through the Nile is usually the highlight of the trip to Egypt. You would have an opportunity to enjoy the rich history of Egypt as you cruise through the famed waterway. The Nile cruise is said to be an unforgettable experience where visitors will have an opportunity to float through the great archaeological wonders of the ancient country.
A cruise through the Nile river is the best way to explore the temples lined up at the bank of the Nile river. You could also enjoy the tranquil views of sunrise and sunset over the sate-palm-studded river banks, which are backed by dunes. You could cruise on the big cruise boats from Luxor or Aswan, or choose the less crowded and slower experience through the Nile river on the felucca (Egypt’s traditional lateen-sailed wooden boats). Cruising the Nile by felucca would allow you to customize your itinerary based on your preference.
The Red Sea is known as a popular diving spot to explore rich marine species, but beyond that, some wrecks are as fascinating as the tombs and temples on land. You would find several shipwrecks that have sunk in the Gulf of Gubal and the Gulf of Aqaba. One that stands out amongst others is the famous Thistlegorm, which is an English World War II cargo ship that was bombed by the Germans and sank into the Red Sea on its way to resupply British troops in 1941. The Thistlegorm dive site is recognized as one of the top wreck dives in the world due to the cars, motorbikes, and other memorabilia from World War II that are seen in the shipwreck. Dives could be scheduled from Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.
9. Siwa Oasis
Located close to the western border in Egypt is the Siwa Oasis. This isolated oasis between the Great Sand Sea and Qattara is regarded as a little hidden paradise in Egypt. Every traveler that visits the Siwa Oasis enjoys a memorable cultural experience where the local culture and language are preserved. Siwa Oasis is the best spot to wind down and go slow for some days while you plan a trip to explore the surrounding desert. When you are here, you could rent a bicycle or tricycle to explore every corner of the isolated oasis. You could try out the local dishes and also experience swimming in (Cleopatra’s bath) a warm spring along the path to the Temple of the Oracle.
A visit to Egypt is incomplete without a visit to the UNESCO preserved Abu Simbel. Whether you are keen on history or not, the stunning sight of Abu Simbel will blow your mind. This site was built over three thousand years ago by Ramses II as a sign of authority over the Nubians. Abu Simbel is known for the incredible feat that saw the relocation of the temple from its original site to avoid it from disappearing under the Aswan Dam between 1964 and 1968. You will notice the statues of Ramses II, the painted walls, and the astonishing interior decoration when you visit Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel will leave a memorable experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
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