Are you thinking of booking a holiday to Egypt? You may know a little about the Ancient Egyptians and be keen to see the pyramids, but there is so much more to making it a perfect Egypt holiday. Of course the majesty of the pyramids is unrivalled, but why don’t you combine this with some intriguing day trips to get the cultural juices flowing?
Egypt is a magical land full of wonder and intrigue; here are five excursions you just simply cannot miss!
What better place to start than the most famous of Egyptian landmarks? The Giza Plateau is home to four stunning pyramids, the Great Sphinx and many smaller pyramids, tombs and causeways. Arguably the most famous of the Pyramids is the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which was built in 2550 BC. It was named as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; being the only one still standing.
The Great Sphinx is carved from limestone, stands 66 feet high and is 240 feet in length. It has the body of a lion and bears the face of the pharaoh whose honour it was built in. Representing a guardian figure, warding off evil spirits to protect the pharaoh’s tomb, it truly is a stunning site.
St. Catherine’s Monastery
For those with an interest in religious history and religiously significant buildings, a trip to St. Catherine’s Monastery truly is one of the most exciting excursions in Egypt. The monastery is an Orthodox Monastery located at the foot of Mount Sinai and is below the point where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Incorporated into the monastery is a direct descendant of the burning bush seen by Moses and many other valuable icons.
The site is a sacred for Christianity, Judaism and Islam, but all visitors are welcome. A trip here may well prove a truly unique and spiritual experience.
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The Valley of the Kings
On any trip to Egypt it’s impossible to not become enamoured with the history of the Ancient Egyptian’s, with one of the best ways to evoke your interest being a visit to the Valley of the Kings. Here you’ll find the tomb of the most well-known Pharaoh of all; Tutankhamen. The late discovery of the tomb has made this place world renowned and it’s definitely somewhere where those with an inquisitive taste for the ancient world are drawn.
However, to say that the Valley of the Kings is just about Tutankhamen would be doing it a disservice, as it’s home to the tombs of nine other Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be Lara Croft to get yourself there, as daily tours ensure it’s accessible for everyone!
Are you drawn to the desert by its wonder and inhospitable nature? Is that one of the reasons you decided on an Egyptian holiday? If so, there are plenty of ways to explore this intriguing of lands with none better than a traditional Bedouin tour.
Bedouin tribes have wandered the desert for thousands of years and are the best people to really provide an understanding of how people survive there on a daily basis. You’ll be taken out to the desert to meet with your guides before you hop on the back of a camel to see the best spots in the desert. The tour will then finish with a feast under the stars at a traditional Bedouin camp.
The Luxor Temple remains one of the most popular sites for tourists to visit while in Egypt. The temple itself in modern Luxor is dedicated to Amun – a creator god fused with the sun god Ra into Amun Ra.
It’s also unique amongst Egyptian temples as it contains the marks on its structure of two different Pharaohs. It is certainly a huge structure with a vast amount to see meaning any trip here will be memorable. Highlights are the avenue of the Sphinxes, the monumental statues of Ramesses and a 25 metre obelisk.
So, what are you waiting for? With all these fantastic excursions awaiting you, a holiday to Egypt may well be a life changing experience.