Egypt is a country shrouded in myth and legend, a place that lives and breathes history. Exploring this fascinating treasure trove of a country is guaranteed to be the adventure of a lifetime. Egypt tours allow you to do just that – to see the best that this wonderful country has to offer.
Whether you trace the course of the mighty Nile river, explore the grand monuments built by an ancient civilization, view the wildlife and untamed nature below the wide skies, or seek adrenaline thrills to match the chariot battles of a bygone age, an Egypt tour could be just what you are looking for.
To inspire you to plan your own Egyptian adventure, here are ten of the country’s most amazing destinations:
See Pyramids on Egypt Tours:
Great Pyramids at Giza
Giza is located only a few miles from Cairo, and it is by far the most visited of all the Egyptian pyramid sites. There are three great pyramids: Khufu’s pyramid, Khephren’s pyramid and Menkaure’s pyramid. Of course another famous sight to be seen here is the Sphinx, and there are many other smaller monuments, temples and outbuildings to be seen, along with the private mastabas (tombs) of the nobility.
Saqqara Proper and Saqqara South, Memphis
Saqqara is made up of two sites. Saqqara Proper boasts many pyramids and historic sites, while Saqqara south houses additional historical sights and pyramid remains. More royal ancient Egyptian pyramids are to be found here than at the more famous Giza site. While Giza has the largest and best preserved pyramids, this site boasts the first to be built: the step pyramid of Djoser. Here you can also see the first recorded ‘Pyramid texts’ written on walls, as well as many early and important tombs.
Pyramids at Dahshur
This area forms the most southerly part of the ancient city of Memphis. It is less developed and touristy than Giza, and also shows the change from step pyramid to ‘true’ pyramid that happened during the 3rd and 4th Dynasty. The bent silhouette of Snofru’s pyramid makes it perhaps the most distinctive structure in Dahshur, though the Red Pyramid, also commissioned by Snofru, is more famous. The Red Pyramid is the oldest true pyramid in Egypt. As with all the pyramid sites in Egypt, there are also a number of smaller monuments and subsidiary buildings to be seen here.
Other Historic Sites for Egypt Tours:
The Luxor Temple is to be found on the banks of the Nile in what was once the ancient city of Thebes. It is a relic of the New Kingdom, and was founded as a temple in 1400 BC. It is dedicated to three Egyptian Gods, Amun, Chons and Mut. An avenue of sphinxes links the temple to the Temple of Amun in Karnak. Luxor is now one of the premier tourist destinations in Egypt.
Karnak is the largest ancient religious site to be found anywhere in the world, and it is the work of generations of workers over the millennia. Not technically one temple, Karnak actually consists of three main temples, and a range of smaller temples and other buildings. One of the grand sights of Karnak are the imposing columns of the Hypostyle hall, there are 134 columns in 16 rows, which are intricately decorated with hieroglyphs and patterns.
One of the most recognisable of Egyptian sites is Abu Simbel. This site actually consists of two temples, constructed under the auspices of Ramses II to stand as a lasting monument to he and his beautiful wife, Nefertari. This entire monument was moved to its present location and reconstructed in the 1960s as it would otherwise have been submerged when Lake Nasser was formed by damming the Nile river.
Natural Attractions on Egypt Tours:
The Nile River
The Nile herself, that grand and ancient waterway, is a wonder in its own right, as well as providing access to many of the most spectacular man-made wonders in the area. Consider taking a cruise along the Nile to Luxor and Aswan, to enjoy the scenic beauty and historic sites along its length.
The Egyptian Deserts
If unusual natural phenomena are your thing, then why not make the effort to tour to the weird white rock formations found in the sands between Farafra and Bahariya Oases? Or take a camel tour of Jeep into the endless dunes of the Western Desert? You could visit the spring-fed pools of the beautiful Siwa Oasis.
Another of Egypt’s natural attractions is Mount Sinai, where Moses was said to have received the ten commandments from God. Hike to the summit for astounding views, or simply gaze upon the mountain from the stunning surrounding region.
Ras Mohammad Marine Nature Park
You may be surprised by the teeming reefs of Ras Mohammed, Egypt’s oldest Marine Nature Park,which are a world away from the desserts and historic sites along the Nile. This is another top destination for those looking to enjoy Egypt’s natural attractions.
Of course, Egypt tours can offer far more than just the above attractions. Though these headline destinations can be a good place to start.