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Do you dream of meeting up in the time of the Pharaohs? We have selected you 15 of the most beautiful places to visit in Egypt! We are all in search of our roots, and studying ancient civilizations upon entering college often sparks a passion that prompts us to explore the countries that formed the cradle of modern times.
The use of writing in Mesopotamia and Egypt more than 5,000 years ago was the major element in their development and allows us to understand today the messages left long ago. In Egypt, the testimonies of the greatness of these first civilizations are still particularly numerous and continue to surprise us by their majesty. We invite you to discover the most beautiful of them on www.memphistours.com/Egypt/Packages Egypt tours and the setting in which they are located.
1. Abu Simbel
In the 1960s, when the Egyptian government decided to build the Aswan Dam to regulate the devastating floods of the Nile, the problem of the disappearance of a large number of temples arose. A great international movement sprang up, the main purpose of which was to save Abu Simbel and his royal colossi.
As we are in Egypt, it took a Pharaonic work to cut the 2 temples into blocks of several tons and reinstall them 100 m higher. The result is spectacular, especially since we have taken the precaution to respect the same orientation, which allows the sun to penetrate to the bottom of the temple, twice a year. Located in the far south, the Abu Simbel site is definitely to include when you want to visit Egypt. It's all the easier since an airport has been built right next door.
The city created by Alexander in the years 300 BC, then enlarged and magnified by Ptolemy is the most European of Egyptian cities. Even if it lost the lighthouse which was its emblem, and whose scale and sophistication earned it to appear among the 7 wonders of the world, Alexandria still retains many ancient monuments.
3. Al Qoseir
If you are looking for an authentic village away from the tourist crowds, stop off at Qoseir, on the Red Sea. Once an important port, when the Suez Canal was not yet pierced, it has kept its charm, with its pretty Ottoman houses by the sea.
4. Aswan and its islands
The rocky encumbrances of the Nile are from cataracts, which are six in number. The first is located at Aswan, at the gates of Nubia. The landscape here is particularly striking: the blue waters of the Nile meander between the green islands that face the city.
5. Cruise on the Nile
The highlight of any visit to Egypt is undoubtedly the discovery of the main sites from a boat sliding on the Nile. From one day to more than 3 weeks, cruises on the Nile are an opportunity to admire and visit the most beautiful places in Egypt.
6. White desert
Most of the places to visit in Egypt are along the Nile or the Red Sea, but the desert also holds wonders. The most spectacular is probably the White Desert. Seeing these sparkling white limestone concretions emerge in the middle of a sea of ocher-colored sand is an unforgettable scene.
7. Karnak Temple
More than a temple, Karnak is a huge religious complex, the construction of which took place over more than 2,000 years. The city contained all the buildings necessary for the life of the servants of the supreme deity.
It is difficult to visit Egypt without devoting at least a day to visiting its capital, Cairo. You can start by going up to the Cairo Tower, in order to have a panoramic view of the city, stroll through the old city, lose yourself in the maze of the Khan El Khalili souk and spend a good part of the day in the fantastic Egyptian Museum, where you will be able to perfect your knowledge of the ancient world. And it is from Cairo that you will be able to discover the pyramids of the Giza plateau.
Thebes has become Luxor, but its temple is still imposing. The Alley of the Sphynxes already makes you dizzy, and you feel really small at the foot of the immense columns of the court of Ramses II and the monumental statues of the famous sovereign. You cannot go to Luxor without visiting the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Colossi of Memnon, and Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
10. Hurghada and the Red Sea
In between visits to temples, it is good to go and relax by the sea. If you also want to enjoy superb scuba diving spots, then Hurghada is the place to be. Fishing port converted into a tourist area with many hotels, this town enjoys a long sandy beach and offers a sublime landscape of islands surrounded by perfectly transparent water.
A visit to Egypt would not be complete without discovering the Sinai Peninsula, its desert, and its extraordinary geology. Landscapes of dunes and palm groves coexist with high, pointed peaks, like that of Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Moses.
12. Dakhla Oasis
Sinking into the desert, towards Libya, the path is dotted with oases, relatively far from each other. Dakhla, in the south, is the largest of them. Many small villages have sprung up on its edges, including that of Dakhla, which has 4000 inhabitants, most of them are Bedouin.
13. Philae Temple
After the rescue of the temple of Abu Simbel, the world began to dream of a similar operation to rehabilitate the island of Philæ and its temple of Isis. It was indeed regularly under-water because of the first Aswan Dam, erected at the beginning of the 20th century.
What would a visit to Egypt be without visiting some of its pyramids? There are about a hundred, whose construction spanned from -2 700 to -1 550 BC, with evolution in architecture over time. The oldest was erected at Saqqara, near the ancient capital, Memphis.
The Giza plateau, not far from Cairo, includes the 3 pyramids of Cheops, Khafre, and Menkaure. These were built around 200 years after Saqqarah and are smooth in type. This is where you can see the famous and imposing Sphinx.
It is possible to enter the pyramids to go to the burial chamber. You will have to walk curved in the gallery which leads there, but the impression is striking, you must not miss it!