Egypt has amassed a rich history and civilization which stretches over approximately 7000 years. Whilst Egypt's enthralling historical monuments are a must see for travellers visiting this beautiful destination, Egypt also possesses a myriad of unique sites to see and activities to enjoy.
From dreamy desert landscapes and stunning waterways to unique cuisine, Egypt has so much to offer for travellers to see and do. Find the best places to visit with our list of the top 5 things you simply have to see during your Egypt tour.
One does not visit Egypt without seeing the pyramids. Actually, you will most likely see them poking above the Cairo city skyline as you arrive. As the last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza are the world's most recognizable landmarks. In fact, with some squinting, the Pyramids of Giza can even be seen from space! Giza's pyramid complex has fascinated travelers and archeologists throughout the ages, with millions of people scratching their heads over how these giant structures were built.
Even though the pyramids are thousands of years old, these megalithic memorials to the dead kings are still as mysterious and breath-taking as ever before. The pyramids consist of Great Pyramid of Giza, the smaller Pyramid of Khafre, the medium sized Pyramid of Menkaure and the Great Sphinx which guards the pyramids to the East. As an incredible highlight of any Egypt trip, Giza's pyramids should definitely not be missed.
The Valley of the Kings, also known as the Valley of the Gates of the Kings, is a valley in Egypt where rock cut tombs were excavated during the 11th century BC for the pharaohs of the New Kingdom. The valley is situated opposite Luxor, on the west bank of the Nile. The valley is known to contain over 60 tombs and chambers and has been a focus of archeological exploration since the 18th century. To this day, the Valley of the Kings is a breath-taking sight to behold and continues to fascinate Egyptologists and tourists, making it a must-see attraction during your visit to Egypt.
Abu Simbel is one of the most recognizable ancient sites in Egypt and dates back to over 3000 years ago. The sight was built by the Egyptian king Ramses II and is situated in Aswan, in southern Egypt. There are four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple, which are fantastic examples of ancient Egyptian art. These statues which guard the entrance to the main temple are an astonishing 20 meter/66 foot in height and are a must-see site when visiting Egypt.
A visit to Egypt is not complete without experiencing a cruise on the Nile River(the world's longest river which has been the source of life for Egypt for thousands of years) in a traditional Felucca. A felucca is a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat which dates back to centuries ago. Cruising down the Nile on a felucca sailboat is not only highly relaxing, but an exciting and entrancing way to learn about Egypt while seeing the banks of the Nile from a new perspective.
The Red Sea is a seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean which lies between Africa and Asia. The Red Sea is a sought-after destination for tourists and justifiably so. From the kaleidoscope of coral reefs and buzzing array of marine life to the warm temperatures all year-round, a visit to the Red Sea makes for a beautiful, sunny holiday.
Egypt's breath-taking array of ancient historical sights, unique and enthralling activities and stunning sea-side resorts makes it the perfect destination for anyone's bucket-list. Interested in visiting Egypt? Check out our selection of Egypt tours and start planning your Egyptian adventure.