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Split by the Nile River, Egypt is synonymous for its famous ancient riches and ruins. Egypt is second to none when it comes to revisiting its extensive past. A visit here is like stepping into another time and place where a sense of magic and mystery is waiting to be unearthed. The pure scale, age and volume of the ruins and tombs found along the entire course of the Nile are extraordinary.
Needing no introduction, the legendary Pyramids of Giza are no doubt Egypt’s most prized possession. Found in the capital city of Cairo, the pyramids will never fail to astonish. Experience the timeless quality of life along the Nile’s fertile banks, Egypt’s river of life for centuries and the world’s longest river. Upstream, Luxor is home to the amazing lotuscolumned Luxor and Karnak Temples which lie beside the river, while in the arid hills nearby is the famed Valley of the Kings. Further upriver is Aswan, a beautiful little city with feluccas dotting the Nile. These traditional sailboats of Egypt’s Nile still grace the river as they have done since the time of the Pharaohs.
Beyond the Nile, striking desert landscapes can be found in West Egypt, where the sand dunes and oases stretch to the Sahara. East Egypt is but the opposite – the Red Sea offers crystal waters and gleaming uncrowded coral reefs.
The Pyramids of Giza, of course, have drawn visitors for millennia. In the 2nd Century BC, Philo of Byzantium compiled his list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the first recorded travel guidebook – which included two sites from Egypt. The only one of these wonders still standing is The Great Pyramid of Giza. Twenty percent taller than the tallest building in Wellington, standing at the foot of The Great Pyramid is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
Located in Cairo and home to more than 120,000 artefacts spanning through Egyptian history, be amazed by this assemblage of antiquities. Representing the world’s largest collection of its kind, find a glittering array of gold, gems and lavishly decorated furniture. Be sure to visit the famous Tutankhamun galleries and the Royal Mummy Room.
Explore this extraordinary Cairo bazaar with its gold and silversmiths, clothmakers, metalworkers and woodworkers. Bargain hard! Be sure to enjoy a tea or coffee at Café Fishawi – famed to be the oldest continuous running restaurant on Earth, but also the place where Naguib Mahfouz wrote his wonderful novels based in and around this part of Cairo.
Named after Alexander the Great, this picturesque city has a French colonial atmosphere, with cute patisseries, grand squares and art deco architecture yet with a relaxed Greek influence. Crowded sandy beaches can be found in the summer months, as the city sits nestled next to the Mediterranean.
Carved out of sandstone cliffs high above the Nile, the two temples of Abu Simbel are one of the most famous ancient sites in Egypt. The most famous of the two are the four colossal statues of Ramses II, standing 20 metres high, flanking the entrance.
Offering white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelling, both Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab are well worth visits on the peninsula. The Red Sea justly deserves a mention for its worldwide reputation for underwater adventure as it’s teeming with colourful marine life and coral reefs.
This impressive castle was built on the very spot where the Lighthouse of Alexandria once stood, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After it was destroyed by series of earthquakes, the citadel was built to protect the harbour from the invading Ottomans in 1477AD. It has been beautifully restored and is a must visit when in Alexandria.
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