10 Things to See and do in Egypt.
Egypt is a treasure trove of history and culture, a country that is home to iconic ancient sights, Pyramids and temples. Home of the ancient Pharaohs, Egypt is a dazzling destination of temples and tombs that leave all who visit, Breathless.
- Abu Simbel Temple: The Temple was constructed by the most celebrated Egyptian King Ramses II, dedicated to a number of ancient Egyptian gods such as Ptah and Amon. The Temple contains a number of paths and rooms with script written on the walls. The Small temple was constructed for Queen Nefertari, Ramses II most beloved wife.
- The Temples of Karnak: One of the grandest buildings in Egypt, Karnak was the house of the gods. The Great Temple of Amun is Karnak’s main temple building, and the temple has seen additions and improvements by the hands of many pharaohs over the centuries.
The temples include: Avenue of Sphinxes, Karnak Open air Museum (shrine collection), Kiosk of Sesostris, Great Temple of Amun, Temple of Ptah, Temple of Monthu and more.
Making the most of your trip: Karnak’s Sound & Light Show plays two shows nightly with the first show always in English also, try to get here for 5 pm to see the stonework glow in the late afternoon sun.
- Egyptian Antiquities Museum: The Museum houses the world’s biggest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts and a Section in the museum is dedicated to the “boy king” Tutankhamen. The Egyptian Museum houses a spectacular jewellery display which is considered to be the finest in the world. Coincidentally, the display also often includes two beautiful ivory and gold bracelets that were recovered from the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Sculptures in the museum can be seen in many shapes, forms and sizes. The Royal Mummy Room includes 27 mummies on display.
- Pyramids of Giza: Built to endure an eternity, the monumental tombs are relics of Egypt’s Old Kingdom era and were constructed some 4,500 years ago. The Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. Deep inside the pyramids lays the Pharaoh’s burial chamber which would be filled with treasure for the Pharaoh in the afterlife.
- SOHO Square: Bright lights, international restaurants, unique shops and exhilarating shows await visitors. Soho Square has something for everyone including an ice rink, bowling alley, tennis centre and dedicated kids’ zone.
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina: The unique role of the Library of Alexandria focuses on four main aspects that seek to recapture the spirit of the original ancient Library of Alexandria. The Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world.
- The Nile River: The Nile River is the longest river in the world. The Nile flows into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile has a length of about 6,695 kilometres (4,160 miles) and was popular with ancient Egyptians due to excellent soil for crop growth.
- Old City (Coptic Cairo): One of the most historic and beautiful spots in the heart of old Cairo. It is believed to be the area where the Holy Family visited and stayed – the fortress of Christianity until Islamic rule. Must-See: Hanging Church and Coptic Museum housing 15,000 pieces.
- The Great Sphinx: The Great Sphinx of Giza is the most instantly recognizable statue associated with ancient Egypt and among the most famous in the world. The sculpture, of a lion with the head of an Egyptian The monument, was carved from one single piece of limestone and is an impressive 20 metres high.
- Valley of the Kings: One of the most popular tourist destinations is located on the west bank of the Nile. Only 18 of the valley’s 63 tombs can be visited by the public, and are rarely open simultaneously. Authorities rotate which ones are open in trying to minimise the damaging effects of mass tourism. In several tombs, the murals are protected by dehumidifiers and glass screens; while others are now equipped with electric lighting.
Many Day Tours are available alongside less historical things to see like Makadi Water World, Hurghada Grand Aquarium, Senzo Mall and Jungle Aqua Park. A trip to Egypt is a culture trip of note! Visit the City of The Dead, sample unique food and drink, and meet the most interesting of people and make new friends.