Egypt is a highly sought after travel destination with good reason; it contains some of the most famous landmarks in the entire world including the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Nile River. With sights that are older than many countries, Egypt has enough history and beauty to leave any visitor happy and fulfilled. Get ready to fall in love with this ancient country and learn more about the great pharaohs, landmarks, past civilizations and so much more, that this authentic country has to offer. Pack your bags because we are sending you to the heart of the Nile and the land of the pharaohs; Welcome to Egypt!
7. Nile River Cruise
Two of our current Egypt itineraries include a Nile Cruise that will send you on the second longest river in the world! Your cruise takes you on the Queen of Hansa river boat and will take you to excellent spots along the Nile including the cities of Luxor, Karnak, Edfu, Aswan and more. Optional tours while on board include a tour of the ancient sites of Luxor including Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon and a Sunset Felucca Ride. Your cruise will be truly unforgettable with exploration of these fascinating sites while at port and sailing effortlessly down the Nile while you relax and enjoy your cruise.
Welcome to the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, current day Luxor. This ancient city was once the capital when pharaoh’s ruled the area in the 16th-11th century BC. You will be brought to Luxor via your river cruise ship and you are free to either explore at your own pace or join the optional tours to Valley of the Kings, burial site of pharaohs from around 1539-1075 BC, Valley of the Queens, the burial site of the queens and royal children from 1292-1075 BC, Temple of Hatshepsut, entrance to the Valley of the Kings and burial spot of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon, two large stone statues of Amenhotep III. An included tour brings you to see the East bank of Luxor, which includes the magnificent Temples of Karnak, including the Great Temple of Amon, an ancient temple dedicated to the king of the gods, avenue of the Sphinxes, a row of Sphinx statues connecting Luxor Temple and the Temple of Amon, Hypostyle Hall, 134 massive sandstone columns and Luxor Temple, the site of an ancient temple dating back to 1400 BC. You are sure to see all that Luxor has to offer when you book your Egypt tour with Gate 1 Travel.
5. Temple of Edfu/Temple of Horus
Visit the Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved ancient monuments in the entire country, and there are a lot, located in Edfu, Egypt. This temple was dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus, who is the falcon-headed god, who you can see depicted around the temple. The site was built more recently than others on our list, around 237 BC, and took 180 years to build. The temple itself was buried by sand, rubble and part of the Edfu village and was excavated in the mid-19th century. This site is truly marvelous and highlights the prosperity the country enjoyed at the time period it was built.
4. Kom Ombo
Next up, visit the town of Kom Ombo, that itself is simply an agricultural town located in the Southeast of the country. The town is most famous for the Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual looking double-sided temple with a temple built for both Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god. The temples were built this way in order to separate the two gods places of worship, because they were known to not get along. For this reason, the complex has two entrances, two courts and so on. Enjoy these temples, which are some of the most famous ancient buildings and monuments in the entire world and feel what it must have felt like to live in the days of the pharaohs worshiping their gods.
Welcome to a city that is a true mix of ancient and modern, in the current capital of the country; Cairo. While in Cairo, either explore independently or join the optional half day Egyptian Museum and Bazaar tour that takes you to the Egyptian Museum and the Khan el Khalili Bazaar. The museum contains the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts and has more than 120.000 items on display! Some of the most famous items include mummies and King Tutankhamun artifacts. The bazaar is a must-visit for souvenirs and is the perfect spot to find copper, leather, perfume, brass-ware and much more. While in bustling Cairo be sure to try some traditional dishes and street foods such as kabab, falafel, shwarma, fiteer, ful mudamas or koshary. Yum!
2. Abu Simbel
The tour of Abu Simbel is an optional tour on your Egyptian journey, but it is an excellent one and highly recommended! A flight from Aswan takes you to the South of Egypt on the Nile River in Abu Simbel, a village in Nubia, to see these unforgettable temples. The site is comprised of two temples; the Great Temple and the Small Temple both created during the time of Ramses II. This huge ancient sire had to be completely moved to another location when the Aswan High Dam was planned because it would have completely submerged both temples. The site is now as close to the original as possible, with the temples even facing in the exact same direction. Abu Simbel is the second most visited site in all of Egypt, after a very well-known site that is coming up next.
1. The Pyramids of Giza/ Great Sphinx
Welcome to the most famous site in the country and one of the most well-known landmarks in the world; the Pyramids of Giza. The Great Pyramid is the oldest and biggest of the three pyramids in the complex and was built for the pharaoh Khufu. The other two smaller pyramids are called Pyramid of Khafre and the Phyramid of Menkaure. They are part of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and they are the oldest surviving site on the list. After exploring the immense pyramids, continue onto the Sphinx that guards the Giza plateau. This half-lion half-human is constructed out of a single-piece of limestone and sits in a reclining position. Both sites are located in the city of Giza, Egypt on the west bank of the Nile River and you’ll be surprised by how close they are to the city. Enjoy some of the most beautiful and magnificent sites of Egypt here and take it all in because there is nothing else on Earth quite like it!