The Best Tourist Attractions & Things To Do In Egypt

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Red Sea
Red Sea

Historically significant - as the site where Moses led the great escape of the Israelites - today the Red Sea creates a border between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, and is a magnet for people coming to explore its beautiful scenery and perfect underwater landscapes. The Red Sea is busy with pleasure craft, and rightfully so, as divers flock here to explore mysterious ship wrecks, and majestic reefs that teem with life. Come and experience it for yourself!

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Giza Pyramids
Giza Pyramids

The ancient structures that comprise the Giza Pyramids need no introduction; they are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and a visit to Egypt must include them! Explore their majesty and mystique, entering the pyramid Cheops - which towers 146 metres high - and join in marvelling at how such structures were built in those ancient times!

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Luxor Museum
Luxor Museum

While it’s not the largest museum displaying Egyptian ancient history in the world, the Luxor Museum is indeed a favourite, due to the quality of its exhibits and their excellent presentation and explanation. You will certainly enjoy this trip to ancient Egypt, with fascinating displays, including a horse carriage and weapons from the tomb of Tutankhamun, and sculptures depicting Amen Hotep III. There are mummies with the bandages removed, and many exhibits sourced from local excavations too!

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Temple of Philae
Temple of Philae

The Temple of Philae was originally built on the island of Philae, but with modern day damming of the Nile River, the temple was threatened, and over ten years was moved to higher ground. Now located on Agilka Island, take time out with a boat ride to visit and explore the temple, enjoying its engravings and towers that tell the story of that time. The island has other ancient landmarks too, so take time to wander and explore it in its entirety.

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Aswan High Dam
Aswan High Dam

With so many places honouring the achievements of the ancient world, take time to appreciate the incredible engineering feat of the Aswan High Dam. Take a trip to admire the immense dam wall built in the 1960’s, which is 3.6 kilometres long and 111meteres high. The views down the Nile are spectacular, and the photos will be memorable!

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Memphis
Memphis

In ancient Egypt, the city of Memphis was the political capital - and residence to the King - until around 2200 BC, and its ruins are a fascinating display of life at that time. Explore this amazing open air museum of ancient temples and sculptures - a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the ruins of the Temple of Ptah and the Colossus of Ramses!

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Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings

Just west of Luxor, you will find the mysterious Valley of the Kings. It’s in this harsh environment - for five centuries - the tombs of the rich and powerful were carved into the surrounding limestone cliffs. While there are many tombs available to see (over 60 discovered to date), it’s recommended that you take the time to study only a few, carefully exploring in detail, the chambers within the tombs, and the fascinating frescoes and wall reliefs.

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Abu Simbel Temples
Abu Simbel Temples

The four towering figures of Ramesses II at the entrance to the Abu Simbel Temples, show why these temples - originally carved into sandstone cliffs - are so very popular. Built in the thirteenth century BC - and relocated in the 1960’s because of the Aswan Dam - you will be amazed at the beauty and detail of the two temples. Explore the interior, and study the statues and reliefs that depict the stories of battles, as you wander through the chambers and explore the temples.

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Egyptian Museum
Egyptian Museum

You would expect the Egyptian Museum to have an outstanding collection of ancient artefacts, and with a collection of 120,000 pieces - many of them on display - this trip back in time is truly magnificent. Take a walk back to an ancient land and marvel at the culture of the people, and the skills of the artisans who crafted the beautiful statues and jewellery. With exhibits on display such as the solid-gold death mask of Tutankhamun, and the Royal Mummy Room, this is one place you just won’t get bored!

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Temple of Karnak
Temple of Karnak

A visit to the Temple of Karnak will amaze you; you quickly discover the sheer size of the original temple must have been massive! The temple complex covered 200 acres and was considered Egypt’s most sacred site for almost 2000 years. As kings sought to ensure their temple was grander than their predecessor, the complex became an ever growing, living history book. The ruins of this complex of temples, chapels and service buildings are fascinating, and if you visit in the evening, don’t miss the Sound and Light Show telling the story of the history as you explore.

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Dendera (Dandarah)
Dendera (Dandarah)

Just 60 kilometres north of Luxor you will find the small town of Dendera (Dandarah), and one of the best preserved temples complexes in Egypt - the Temple of Hathor. Explore the ruins of this beautiful temple, and absorb the ancient history told through the carvings and wall reliefs, that include depictions of Cleopatra VII.

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Old Cairo
Old Cairo

Whilst Cairo is a modern city, you can still visit its past with a walk through Old Cairo. This small part of the city dates back to 600BC, and has lived on through time as a Roman trading post, a Christian city, and a Muslim military camp. Meander through the cobbled streets and you will come across several important places to explore, including the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church and the ruins of the Babylon Fortress!

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Temple of Kom Ombo
Temple of Kom Ombo

The unique Temple of Kom Ombo was dedicated to two gods - Sobek and Horus - and in honour of each, the structure is actually two identical temples - not one - which mirror each other down the central axis. Built around 100 BC, the ruins have deteriorated, but the design of the temple and the reliefs and texts are fascinating. This magnificent structure honours both gods, and tells the stories of a mysterious bygone era.

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Lake Nasser
Lake Nasser

The construction of Lake Nassar was part of the magnificent engineering marvel that is the Aswan Dam; it is 340 miles long and up to 22 miles wide! A perfect and relaxing way to see the many tombs and temples, is to take a cruise on the lake. There are many options, from single day-trips to multi-day tours, which explore the beauty of the lake and visit many of the famous landmarks.

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Saqqara (Sakkara)
Saqqara (Sakkara)

Take a trip from Cairo to see the magnificent burial grounds of Memphis at Saqqara (Sakkara). Explore the pyramids - including the famous pyramid built for King Djoser - and see the inside of the pyramid of Teti. As you explore the area that covers ten square kilometres, you will see the preserved sphinx and the many ancient texts and paintings. And with Saqqara being named a UNESCO named a World Heritage Site in 1979, these ruins are well worth a visit!

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Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahari)
Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir el-Bahari)

Located near the Valley of the Kings, make sure you visit the majestic Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir el Bahari). This most impressive mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, is spread over three terraces with majestic columns, and is carved into the cliffs overlooking the Valley of Kings. As you enter the beautiful interior make sure you explore the amazing wall reliefs and hieroglyphics!

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Luxor Temple
Luxor Temple

The Luxor Temple has played an important role in the life of Egypt since 1400 BC, when this enormous temple was the site of ceremonies such as the crowning of a king. The temple evolved over time, being used during the Christian era, and then later as a mosque. As you approach the temple, the scale of the achievement in ancient times will hold you in awe - you will discover statues, sphinxes, and carvings and columns from one of the most amazing temple complexes in Egypt!

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Pyramid of Djoser
Pyramid of Djoser

Travel back to an ancient time - around 2700 BC - when King Djoser built the first pyramid to be used as a tomb; his own. The Pyramid of Djoser - his final burial place - towers 62 metres high, and is designed as a series of steps, facilitating the pharaoh's journey to the afterlife. Meander through this ancient site - spread over 15 hectares - and investigate the marvels of its grand history.

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El Mu'ayyad Mosque
El Mu'ayyad Mosque

As you approach the El Mu’ayyad Mosque, its entrance signals the grandeur of this magnificent building, which was constructed back in 1421. Explore this beautiful example of Mamluk architecture, and prepare to be fascinated by the stone carvings and painted ceilings, as you imagine the people who have passed through the central courtyard over the centuries. With a striking dome, and two minarets that tower over the structure, this is a marvellous building to explore!

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Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)
Valley of the Artisans (Deir el-Medina)

The army of craftsmen and labourers that were required to build the tombs in the Valley of the Kings had to live somewhere, and that site was the Valley of the Artisans (Deir el Medina). While not sharing the grandeur of the creations these people built, these well preserved ruins provide a fascinating insight into the life of the workers, with wall paintings and tombs to enjoy as you wander through the site.

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Khan al-Khalili
Khan al-Khalili

Khan al-Khalili has served as one of Cairo’s largest souks - selling everything you can imagine - since the fourteenth century. Stroll through the narrow streets and be absorbed by the hustle and bustle of this hectic open air market. Breathe in the aromas of the spice trade, and experience true Egyptian culture as the locals know it - maybe even find a special memento to remember your visit!

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Tombs of the Nobles
Tombs of the Nobles

A visit to the Tombs of the Nobles (Valley of the Nobles) is fascinating, as the walls come alive to tell the story of each person that was entombed there. There are hundreds of tombs in this valley and it is best to visit those that have particularly well preserved art; two examples are the tomb of Sennofer, and the tomb of Ramose. This visit will show the contrast to the splendour of the Valley of the Kings.

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Avenue of Sphinxes
Avenue of Sphinxes

Imagine back to 380 BC; 1350 sphinxes line the one and a half mile avenue, as the majestic procession moves between the temples of Luxor and Karnak. The achievements of this ancient civilisation are just awe-inspiring. Today, you can cover the full length of the avenue, and while several sphinxes have disappeared over time, there are still impressive examples as you approach the temples. For visitors to Luxor, this a must-see!

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Great Sphinx
Great Sphinx

When visiting Giza, the Great Sphinx needs no introduction. It is immediately recognisable and is for many, the main purpose of the visit. Dating back to 2550 BC, and built from limestone, the Sphinx stands 73 metres long and 20 metres tall - it resembles the head of a human and the body of a lion! Take time to study this magnificent example of the innovation of that ancient time, and reminisce on its mysterious and superstitious purpose!

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