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The magnificent and iconic images of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the ancient temples, tombs and treasures that line the vast River Nile have been luring us to Egypt for over 4000 years. But although the pyramids and vast desert have come to symbolise the exotic destination that is Egypt, really they’re just a small portion of the archaeological plethora that Egypt possesses.
Once home to one of the oldest and most advanced ancient civilisations on the planet, Egypt is a country brimming with some of the world’s richest and most fascinating history, and all of this is yours to explore amongst the realms of Egypt’s ancient remnants. Few feelings can rival that of standing in front of the only surviving wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids, or smelling the musty air of the 3000 year-old tombs in the Valley of the Kings, some of which still look like they were painted with the infamous blue and gold scenes of the pharaohs just yesterday.
Visit Luxor - also known as the ‘world’s greatest open air museum’ - where every temple is more spectacular than the last, and each tells its own wealth of fascinating stories about one of the most sophisticated and mysterious peoples that ever lived. To say the remains of Luxor’s Avenue of the Sphinx or the impressive Valley of the Kings are breathtaking would be an understatement; this spectacular place must be seen to be believed.
Egypt’s capital, Cairo, offers plenty of ornate mosques, churches and museums, but make the Egyptian Museum your first port of call; this is where you’ll find King Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures, first discovered in 1922. From Cairo you can swiftly travel to Memphis to admire the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx, or Sakkara where the Step Pyramid heralded the start of the pyramid age.
After an optional excursion by air to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel and its colossal stone statues or a visit to the roofless Temple of Kom-Ombo or the Aswan Dam, take a traditional felucca boat ride across the Nile, where all the other felucca sails are silhouetted against the blood-red sunset. This is the perfect time to reflect upon the great feats the human race is capable of, as proven by the ancient Egyptians.
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