Solving the Riddle of Mysterious Egypt
In earlier times, Egyptian sorcerers possessed secrets and techniques that kept their enemies away. High priests, also known as Heyroutep, were also respected and feared for their spiritual divine power. What’s more, Egyptian armies were the most skilled in the region.
Today, fascinating cultural heritage in the form of architecture, museums, remains, statues, and other treasure sites has magnetized tourists to flock to the country. A trip to Egypt wouldn’t be complete without a tour of these famous historical places. Here are some of them:
Where to Go
In 2007, the government rejoiced as its effort to boost the tourism industry paid off with the country hitting some 10 million visitors. If you are planning to experience Egypt for yourself, try visiting the following places:
Cairo Tower: You can catch a breathtaking view of the city skyline at the top of this 187-meter-tall-tower. The panoramic view is highlighted by striking lights and the glow of Egypt alive at night.
The Nile River: Yes, you can now really walk along the famous river in the Bible. The Nile River has been witness to more than 5,000 years of history. One way to view this river is on a cruise. Let the ship sail you down to the heart of Egypt.
The Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx: When you say “Egypt”, the first thing that comes into the minds of foreigners is the pyramids. These mysterious structures have more than 4,000 years of history and are the most visited site throughout Egypt. You can also visit the Great Sphinx in Khafre’s pyramid. (If you want to replicate the Egyptian Pyramids, read how to build an Egyptian Pyramid)
The Luxor Temple: This ancient temple is located in Luxor. The entrance of the temple is stunning, and you can also find coliseums and the courtyards of both Amenhotep and Ramses II.
The Valley of the Kings: As its name suggests, this area is where the great Kings of Egypt are buried. You can find it on the west bank of the Nile, across from Luxor.
Red Sea Coast: Would you like to cross the Red Sea? You can actually enjoy not only its shore, but can see it from underwater. There are some resorts like Hurghada that offer diving.
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo: Feast your eyes on the more than 120,000 artifacts in this museum. Some of them are Tutankhamen’s treasures, mummies, and sculptures.
What to Do
You can bargain for products. Challenge your bargaining prowess at the famous Khan-el Khalili bazaar where you can buy spices, perfume, trinkets, and coppersmiths for cheaper prices. You can also find the Fishawi’s tea house, which has already been in business for more than 200 years.
You can cool off on the beaches of Alexandria. Also called the “Pearl of Mediterranean”, beaches here are frequented by wealthy vacationers. The Ma’amoura beach is more Westernized and liberal, while the Hannoville and Agami beaches are less crowded and cleaner. You may also dive in at the Montazah beach.
You can go on an adventure in Egypt’s six oases. The largest oasis is Kharga, which houses several museums and temples. Another one is Dhakla, which has desert camel rides and hot springs. Among these oases, the smallest is Farafra, and the most idyllic is Siwa, which is a bit remote. Al-Faiyum has small pyramids around, while Bahariyya has many olives.
You can go on a cruise along the Nile River. Usually traveling between Aswan and Luxor, the Nile cruise can last for around five days. You’ll be able to experience sunset on the Banana Islands and have an amazing view of Luxor on hot-air balloon trips. (Tips on how to cruise cheaply)
You can go diving at Sharm el-Sheikh, which is a resort located at the Sinai Peninsula and is neighboring Na’ama Bay. You can also visit Ras Mohamed National Park, one of the finest diving sites for reefs.
What to Remember
When traveling around Egypt, you will need sun block, water holder, walking shoes, medications, and more.
You will definitely need sun block as the climate in this country can be extremely hot. Many tourists ignore this fact and as a result, they damage their skin with serious sun burn in just a day of sightseeing. Though you can buy sunscreen in Egypt, it is better if you pack your favorite brand and strength with you.
Egypt is composed of many real deserts where water is, of course, scarce. To do a lot of sightseeing and traveling, you need to keep yourself healthy and hydrated. Be sure to take a water bottle or bottled water with you. You can also bring along pouches to carry the jug.
Also, have your walking shoes ready to embark on a journey through the mountains and on land. When it comes to your health, it is always best to take your prescription medication with you. Some may be sold in Egyptian drugstores, while some may come with a different name. One of the most important medications for travel is Imodium. To put an end to “Tut’s Trot” or “Mummy’s Tummy,” take Imodium or any other anti-diarrheic medication with you. When interacting with the locals, you must remember that Egypt is a conservative country that does not tolerate nude sunbathing or topless beach-goers. Be careful with your words and actions. You can then enjoy your vacation and have a great Egyptian holiday.