Did you know that Egypt attracts over 9.5 million visitors worldwide a year? To be fair, with its fascinating history, breath-taking views, and beautiful culture, can you really be surprised?
Now if you haven’t considered visiting the land that was once ruled by Pharaohs, maybe my “6 Great Things You Must See and Do in Egypt” might just convince you to add Egypt to your Bucket List.
Or maybe it’s already on your Bucket List, but you’ve put if off for too long? Perhaps this post will inspire you to consider Egypt for your next holiday, and help you plan what to see and do there.
1. The Great Pyramid of Giza
No trip to Egypt is complete without seeing the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built as a tomb for the Old Kingdom Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu. Coming face-to-face with the 455 ft. tall monument, and walking through the tunnels and chambers inside the Pyramid will take you back in time, and discover the true works of Ancient Egyptians some 4,500 years ago. For over 3,800 years, it held the record of the tallest man-made structure in the world, and today, it remains as the only one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World still standing.
2. The Sphinx of Giza
Amongst the three still standing Pyramids in Giza, the middle Pyramid, which is the tomb of Pharaoh Khafra, is guarded by The Great Sphinx of Giza, a 260 feet long sculpted lion´s body with a man´s head made from a mound of natural rock. The fact that the sculpture shows wear, it truly captures the age of this magnificent piece of work.
3. Temple of Karnak, Luxor
Not only is the Temple of Karnak the world´s largest man-made temple complex, it is in fact one of, if not the largest religious complex ever to be constructed anywhere in the world.
Considered as the city of temples, it comprises a vast mix of well preserved columns, obelisks, beautifully carved hieroglyphs, and statues.
Constructions of the site began about 4,000 years ago, and took some over 2,000 years to finish it. As it took so long to finish, thirty Pharaohs made contributions to the buildings, which enabled it to reach such a great size, complexity, and diversity not seen anywhere else. Now this is a monument with a lot of history!
4. River Nile Cruise
Cruising along the most longest and famous river in the world – The River Nile, with stopovers is the best way to see Egypt. Considering most of Ancient Egypt’s historical sites are located along the banks of the River Nile, such as the temples at Abu Simbel and Edfu Temple, as well as Cairo and Luxor within easy reach too, you can tick off a lot off your list, in style, and in unforgettable way.
5. Red Sea Cruise
Cruising over the Red Sea is a great way to relax. Not only do you soak in beautiful views around you, including views of Mount Sinai and rainbow-coloured coral reefs, you can just lounge on deck taking in the sun. Or, get the chance to snorkel and swim through clouds of exotic fishes and colourful reefs.
6. Camel ride in the Sahara Desert
Camel riding has been a form of transportation and part of Egypt’s culture for centuries. Riding a camel across Egypt’s sand dunes in the Sahara Desert is an unforgettable experience. With stretches of sand and clear sky, you will truly capture tranquillity like never before, and feel like you´ve taken the reins. How can you say no to this?
Egypt is like a big open-air museum with so much to see and do!
Cross Egypt off your bucket list and book your trip.
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Which one of these attractions would you love to see or do/or have done?
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