There is no doubt about it, if you enjoy visiting ancient lands and seeing ruins and buildings that are hundreds of years old, Egypt is probably on the top of your list of places to visit. And if it’s not at the top of your list, it probably should be. Here are some of the top things you can see while visiting the country.
Pyramids: Everyone has heard of the Great Pyramids of Giza, and more than likely seen a whole lot of pictures of them, but until you are standing beside them and looking up at them in awe, you don’t truly understand how impressive they are. And of course their guardian Sphinx is no slouch either. You’ll also want to check out the pyramid of King Zoser, which is the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2,700 BC.
The Egyptian Museum: You might think that some of the museums in the U.S. (yes, we’re looking at you Smithsonian) would have the richest collection of antiquities ever discovered, but you’d be wrong. As amazing as the Smithsonian is, the Egyptian Museum is the richest by far. Of course a large part of that might have to do with it containing the burial treasures of King Tutankhamon.
The Temples of Luxor and Karnak: The Luxor Temple is located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city of Luxor and was constructed around 1400 BC. There are several great temples in the area, including the Temple of Seti I at Gurnah, the Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri, the Temple of Ramesses II (a.k.a. Ramesseum), and the Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu. You can easily spend a day or two int he area exploring everything the area has to offer.
The Nile: You really can’t go to Egypt with taking a cruise down the Nile like Cleopatra. You will get to see what the country is all about, from spotting ruins from afar to seeing the wildlife and beautiful cities as you relax like a Pharaoh.
The Valley of the Kings and Queens: For close to 500 years, tombs were cut into the side of the valley for pharaohs and nobles, and there they rested until being discovered by archaeologists. These two valleys are a sight to behold. It was here the tomb of Tutankhamun was found, and in 1979 is became a World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis.
The Sahara Desert: While there’s not a lot to see, other than sand, sand dunes, rocks and the occasional flora and fauna, you really can’t truly understand the magnificence of the largest desert in the world until you see it.
Citadel of Salah El-Din: The Citadel of Cairo is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in the centre of Cairo, which has an amazing panoramic view of the city. When it was built it was one of the most ambitious military fortification projects of its time, and now it’s one of the cities top tourist attractions.
If Egypt is on your list of places to visit, Talk of the Town Travel can take you there. We offer several different tour packages to the country, or can help you build a package specifically for you. Check out: https://www.talkofthetowntravel.com/egypt/ or call us at(416) 818-1423.