the ancient world of Egypt

We have always wanted to visit Egypt since we were little kids. The great Pyramids, the hieroglyphics, Cleopatra and the sacred scarab beetles have always made us want to visit this incredible country. And when we eventually got there, Egypt definitely did not disappoint.
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Cairo and the Pyramids
The city of Cairo is a little bit crazy (especially when you are there during Eid al-Adha – “Festival of the Sacrifice”) but the main reason to head here is to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The Egyptian Museum is also a fantastic place to start off your trip in Egypt to get you started on learning about the history of the country.
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Aswan – Abu Simbul 
We didn’t see much of Aswan itself but we used it as our base to get out to Abu Simbul – a deserted, incredible temple in the middle of the desert. To get out there you must join a convoy early in the morning or take a short flight, and it is well worth waking up early. The structure is absolutely unbelievable as huge pharaohs sit at the entrance to a temple. Compared to them, you are an ant.
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Nile RIver Cruise
There are two options to cruise one of the most famous rivers in the world, on a small cruise line (in comfort), or on a felucca (sleeping in the open air and pulling up to the side of the river to go to the toilet). We opted for the comfort with an afternoon sail on a felucca. As you make your way downstream, you will stop at some astonishing little towns that host amazing temples that you would have never heard of but are truly as great as visiting the pyramids. Towns such as Kom Ombo and Edfu.
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Luxur – Valley of the Kings
The brochures are right. The best way to see the Valley of the Kings is to wake up at a ridiculous hour and go in a hot air balloon, flying in silence, at sunrise over the top of the Egyptian desert and temples. It is an absolutely unforgettable experience. Once you’re finished flying, go on foot to discover the Tombs of the Pharaohs from the New Kingdom including Tutankhamun.
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Hurghada
A trip to the Red Sea is a once in a lifetime in our books. Stay somewhere fancy along the waters edge and head out on a boat trip to go snorkelling in some pretty clear water. Even though it may not be the best snorkelling in the world, the fact that you can say you’ve had a swim in the Red Sea is pretty cool.
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Dahab
We liked Egypt so much that when we were there we extended it so we could spend a few more days and visit Dahab. Dahab is also along the Red Sea and is a big tourist town (very popular with Russian tourists). There are endless activities to do but the town itself is very relaxing to walk around and do that last minute shopping.
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Mt Sinai
You can also use Dahab as  a base to head to Mt Sinai one morning to visit the site believed to be where Moses received the Ten Commandments. It is great to head up for sunrise but it can be a dangerous walk so make sure you come prepared with a head torch and proper walking shoes.

One thought on “the ancient world of Egypt

  1. Amazing photos – it’s the most incredible country isn’t it?! A bit jealous about the hot air balloon pics though, I really wanted to do that while I was there!

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