A cradle of ancient civilisation, Egypt is a country you must visit at least once in your lifetime. Steeped in ancient history, where a rich culture stands proud, Egypt has achieved a delicate balance between the old and the new. If you have always wanted to visit this stunning country, here are some of the most brilliant experiences in Egypt which will make you want to book yourself an Egypt travel package right now!
Pyramids of Giza
The last standing landmark of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, these pyramids were built by the ancient Egyptian civilisation as tombs for their powerful Pharaohs and it is the biggest identifying landmark of Egypt. These pyramids are guarded by the majestic Sphinx and this entire construction is a testament to the highly advanced scientific feats of ancient Greek civilsation.
Temples of Luxor
The old capital of the pharaohs, Luxor is practically an open air museum with its rich history scattered in every corner of the city. While it is most famous for Karnak Temple, the Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut, the Valley of the Kings, there are numerous ancient tombs and temples which will absolutely blow your mind.
Explore the ancient Islamic Cairo and visit the famous Al-Azhar Mosque, dazzling Sultan Hassan Mosque, and several other mosques and minarets from the Fatimid to Mameluke era. Climb up to the roof of the Bab Zuweila, shop at the famous Khan el-Khalili souk and soak the essence of the ancient city in its myriad labyrinths of history.
Founded by Alexander the Great, this seaside city was the home to Cleopatra. There are some remnants of the rich past, which is seen in its époque architecture of buildings, grand squares, gardens, citadel etc. It is a laidback city where you can relax after a long day, or take a lazy stroll along the seashore Corniche, enjoy Egyptian food at the cafés, or shop till you drop at the souk.
Yet another city, a reminder of Egypt’s rich past and culture is Aswan, a historical city on the south end of the Nile River. Visit the Ruins of Abu, Nubian villages, Tombs of the Nobles, Aswan Botanical Gardens, Elephantine Island, unfinished obelisk, and take a camel ride to the desert monastery St. Simeon.
After a hectic trip, relax and enjoy the sights, sounds and beauty of Egypt, its history and nature on a Nile river cruise. There are several options ranging from a day cruise to a three or more day long cruises covering different areas to the unique cruise by felucca. These cruises start from Luxor and Aswan.
Apart from its enormous religious significance as mentioned in the book of Exodus of the Bible and the Quran, Mount Sinai is also a stunning place to enjoy the natural beauty of Egypt. You can hike the mountain and enjoy a glorious sunrise or take a dip in the soothing waters of the Red Sea.
Built around the ruins of an ancient mud-brick citadel, Siwa Oasis is famous for its desert, rugged terrain and hot springs. You can also find some of the most exquisite jewelers crafted by the local Siwans. Don’t forget to taste the freshly grown dates and olives.
The Fjord Bay
One of the most spectacular and uncommon destinations that you can visit in Egypt is the Fjord Bay, a bustling, scenic and colorful town, at the border of Egypt and Israel. Indulge in some of the best adventures and sports or simply enjoy the beauty of the azure waters and let the balmy weather caress you.
A marvel of nature, the White Desert is an otherworldly experience for all the nature lovers. The naturally occurring snow white rock formations in the middle of the desert are absolutely surreal! Created by nature out of chalk during sandstorms, it looks something straight out of a sci-fi movie set.
History, culture, food and nature come together to bless Egypt with unending bounties which makes it one of the most stunning countries of the world. Home to a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Egypt is an experience which you will never forget.