Private Tour of Egypt
Egypt : Ancient Egypt Tour
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Resting on both banks of the River Nile, Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Cairo has been inhabited for over 6000 years and has served as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilisations. At the heart of the city is Tahrir Square, a busy tourist hub which features the world-renowned Egyptian Museum displaying an array of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artefacts. Nearby, Giza is the site of the iconic pyramids and the Great Sphinx, dating back to the 26th century BC. While these and countless other ancient treasures are undoubtedly the main drawcards, the cosmopolitan Cairo is certainly not lacking in modern attractions. Visitors can get to know the locals at boisterous Baladi bars, enjoy excellent shopping at the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, watch the sunset from the impressive Cairo Tower, or catch a show at the stately Cairo Opera House.
Giza, while technically a separate administrative district, is part of the sprawling urban city of Cairo. The area is most famous as the location of the Giza Plateau: the site of some of the most impressive ancient monuments in the world. Although there are over a hundred pyramids in Egypt, by far the most famous are the Giza Pyramids. During the Greek and Roman eras, they were marvelled at as the first of the Seven Wonders of the World, and they still exert a powerful fascination, both as an extraordinary technical achievement and as a demonstration of the might, power, and ambition of Egypt's pharaonic rulers. No tour of Egypt would be complete without a visit to this extraordinary site which has inspired the most fantastic legends since ancient times and continues to fascinate and inspire visitors.
Resting on the east bank of the infamous Nile River in southern Egypt, the city of Luxor is renowned for its many well-preserved monuments, so much so that it has been described as the world’s greatest open-air museum. Luxor is often divided into three different areas; the city of Luxor on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak further north and Thebes on the west side of the Nile, across from Luxor. Visitors can look forward to a variety of accommodation and an abundance of exciting activities – Luxor knows how to accommodate tourists as it has been doing since ancient times. Don’t miss the Karnak and Luxor Temples, as well as the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens.
Valley of the Kings
Situated along the west bank of the Nile River, the Valley of the Kings is home to the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Also known as Biban el-Moluk, the ‘Gates of the Kings’, the Valley of the Kings is the ancient burial site of many New Kingdom pharaohs and powerful nobleman laid to rest between the sixteenth and eleventh centuries B.C. The valley contains 63 unique tombs and chambers and the entire valley has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can explore this ancient landscape featuring arid lunar terrain, discover the hidden tombs and view the work of the finest artisans of the ancient world, who paid homage to the pharaohs in detailed frescoes and wall reliefs.
Situated on the east bank of the Nile in the south of Egypt, Aswan is an arid, modern and popular city with a relaxing, Northern African atmosphere. The city is home to a number of significant archaeological sites and makes an excellent base for exploring the many world-class attractions of the surrounding area. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views by way of slow walks along the wide corniche, or while dining on fresh seafood at one of the town’s charming floating restaurants. In the evenings, Nubian dancers, musicians and folklore troupes performing at the Cultural Centre, provide memorable entertainment. City highlights include: a large, lively central market and the Nubian Museum showcasing some of Southern Egypt’s most important historical artefacts.
Located just 40 kilometres north of the Sudanese border in southern Egypt, the laidback town of Abu Simbel is renowned for its ancient temple complex, the temples of Ramses ll. The town serves as a convenient stopover for visitors wanting to spend more than a few hours exploring the temples and surrounding area. These famous 3200-year-old Egyptian temples are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nubian Monuments stretching from Abu Simbel to Philae. It is also Egypt’s second most visited attraction. The temples are comprised of two structures featuring four massive seated figures representing the pharaoh. Visit on February 22 and October 22 to catch the magnificent solar alignment which illuminates these colossal statues and its 56-metre-long inner chamber that leads to a series of hidden rooms and halls.
Nile River Egypt
Flowing through northeastern Africa, the infamous Nile River is Africa’s longest river. This majestic river cuts through the mysterious country of Egypt which boasts archaeological treasures, a rich ancient cultural heritage and spectacular landscapes. Visitors can look forward to exploring the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites dotting its banks such as the Valley of the Kings, the Temples of Karnak and Luxor, the tomb of King Tutankhamun, the beautiful Temple of Philae and the Great Sphinx of Giza and the world-renowned Pyramids of Giza. Don’t miss a scenic cruise down the Nile, ride in a traditional sailboat, and enjoy top-notch shoreline accommodations.
Located in the north of Egypt, the Nile Delta is known as one of the world’s largest river deltas. The sacred river widens in the north before draining into the Mediterranean Sea, and is considered one of the most fertile and cultivated regions in the world. The area creates a huge triangle comprised of wetlands, sand spits, and lagoons which branch through villages, cities and verdant farmlands. Visitors can explore the natural landscape’s mud-brick villages and watch buffalo lazing and wallowing in the extensive network of waterways. The Nile region provides an authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience of Egypt without the tourist masses. Highlights include: the charming little towns and cities of Rosetta, Mahalla, Tanta, and Damietta.
Vast, wild and unpredictable, Africa has always had a rugged mystique, enticing travellers to its tropical jungles, game-rich savannah lands, exquisite beaches and undulating deserts. For many years the continent was ravaged by war and unrest – between indigenous people and colonial powers, as well as internal factions – and there are still certain parts of Africa that are considered no-go zones, but many previously hostile regions have settled into peace and opened up to tourism, providing a brand new set of adventures for the intrepid tourist. From the beaches of Cape Town to the historical ruins of Great Zimbabwe, and the plains of the Serengeti to the coral gardens of the Egyptian coast, Africa offers some of the most striking scenic, natural and cultural attractions in the world.