Egypt is one of the top destinations that everyone should visit in their lives at least once. If you’re in the middle of ancient history for an adventure, then Egypt is your place. But just won’t go on a short trip to the Land of Pyramids because there are so many places to visit and so many things to enjoy. Planning a 10-day trip is the best option and not living in the same place all the time. For example, spend a couple of days in Cairo enjoying the scenery, then take a short flight to Luxor and a Nile river cruise to finish your trip in the best way possible. But there are plenty of options, depending on what you want to mark off the list.
PLACES TO VISIT
This is the spot for you if you want to immerse yourself in history. Temples, tombs and the famous Kings Valley are not to be missed:
Karnak Temple: a temple complex and probably the most amazing shrine in Luxor. This includes Amun’s Great Temple, Khons Temple, and Tuthmosis III Festival Temple. Both temples are massive and may make you feel like an ant during your visit. During the succession of many kings, the complex was constructed over time, making it even more impressive.
The Kings ‘ Valley: being the final resting place of kings from the 18th to 20th dynasties, the wall paintings are the most impressive of the tombs here. The walls are painted with scenes of the journeys, in line with the idea that dead men should float back through the underworld, along with Ra, the God of the Sun. Such pictures and texts are meant to serve as reminders for the dead.
Luxor Temple: it was built to worship Amun Ra, the God of the Kings and the King of the Gods at that time. Built during the reigns of Amenhotep III and Ramses II, it houses impressive statues of deities and kings, as many pharaohs and even a mosque built during the Islamic era underwent a lot of changes.
If you’re considering a trip on the Nile, make sure you’re visiting Aswan, a comfortable city extending across the river. It was once the location from which Egyptians sailed to Africa and that’s why the best way to get a view of the city is from a traditional sailing boat called felucca: Elephantine Island: the colorful picture-perfect houses make it Aswan’s main tourist attraction. Here you can find the Aswan Museum, the ruins of Abu (the oldest settlement in Aswan) and the island of Kitchener, which features plenty of exotic plants and gardens.
Nubian Museum: preserves the historical heritage of Nubia, with objects from the Kingdom of Kush, a statue of Ramses II and a collection of crafts from the ancient Nubians.
Philae Tempe: also known as the Temple of Isis, it was completely transferred by UNESCO from the Philae Island to the Agilika Island to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
Last but not least, if the world does, Cairo is an eclectic wonder. It’s no wonder that the Arabs call it The Mother of the World:
Giza Pyramids: comprising, among others, the Cheops Pyramid and the Chephren Pyramid, guarded by the famed Sphinx, the plateau also houses the Solar Boat Museum, showcasing a restored solar barque.
Al-Azhar Mosque: one of the oldest mosques in Egypt and also the oldest universities in the world. Today’s University is still considered the Islamic world’s center of theology.
Bab Zuweila: climb up to the top of one of the gates of Islamic Cairo for a stunning view of the district. This is the old town’s last standing gate and is near the Tentmakers Lane, where the bright fabric used for special ceremonies is sold.