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The mysteries of ancient Egypt continue to fascinate visitors from all walks of life.
There are more historical attractions and adventures in Egypt than any other country in North Africa. Visitors are so concerned they might miss something, escorted holidays are becoming a hit trend.
We’ve beaten private guides to the punch and put a top ten list together. Let us know what we missed in the comments below.
- Pyramids of Giza
The most famous of the Egyptian pyramids, the Giza plateau 24km outside Cairo is often used to highlight how technologically advanced the ancient Egyptians were. Aligned with the stars of Orion’s Belt and featuring precise mathematical measurements, engineers are baffled by the building work of the pyramids and Sphinx.
2. Guided Tour of Alexandria
Built on the orders of Alexander the Great in 334 BCE, Alexandria is one of the oldest surviving cities in the world. Best explored with a private guide, discover the catacombs of Kon el-Shoqafa, Pompey’s Pillar and the Serapium, the Fort of Qaitbay and other hidden secrets.
3. Nile Cruise
The classic way to explore Egypt is along the iconic Nile. A cruise from Cairo to Aswan will give you access to numerous highlights including the Valley of the Kings, the Temples of Luxor and the Aswan High Dam.
4. Karnak Temple
Another of Egypt’s must-see temples is the monumental Temple of Karnak between Luxor and Thebes. Dedicated to the Creator God Amon-Ra, Karnak means ‘The most select of places’ and boasts an avenue of Sphinx and the 100m obelisk of Queen Hapshetsut.
5. White Desert
Once you tire of crowded temples, why not head into the wilderness of the White Desert sands of the Farafra Oasis. In the distant past, the region was beneath the ocean, but when the water receded, the dead carcasses of the marine animals formed an unusual range of sedimentary rock layers across the plateau. This unique area is only accessible along designated routes by 4WD vehicles.
Egypt’s official tourist board describe Abu-Simbel as one of most breathtaking monuments in the world. Although not as famous as the Giza Pyramids, Abu-Simbel is more aesthetically pleasing. Built with precise measurements in alignment with the sun, light spills directly on to the statue of Ramses II on the two annual solstices.
7. Dolphin House and Banana Boat
When it’s time to have some fun, a boat trip the dolphin habitat in the crystalline waters of Hurghada is a popular choice. Snorkel alongside dolphins and be blown away by the stunning coral reefs and tropical fish before rounding off the day with a thrilling spin on a banana boat.
8. Kom Ombo Temple
Kom Ombo temple is surprisingly one of the lesser known temples in Egypt despite being one of the most stunning. The immense pillars feature some of the most ornate hieroglyphs including well-known gods Thoth and Horus and the vestibule of Hypostyle Hall is one of the most remarkable temple experiences in the world.
9. Hot-Air Balloon in Cairo
Once you’ve explored Egypt’s famous temples and landmarks from ground level, why not take a hot-air balloon and admire the architectural anomalies from above.
10. Samadai Reef
The Red Sea is touted as one of the best places on the planet to go scuba diving thanks to the awe-inspiring coral reefs of Samadai.
The horseshoe-shaped reef is among the most colourful underwater attractions and home to thousands of fascinating aquatic animals.
If you’re planning a trip to Egypt, don’t miss out on the top attractions. Investing in an escorted holiday with a private guide means you won’t miss a trick.