Thoughts of visiting Egypt conjure images of pyramids, sphinxes
and Pharaohs - but soft sand Mediterranean beaches, lush tropical
oases, scuba diving excursions and desert safaris may be some of
the best-kept secrets of this fascinating destination.
Situated on the northern portion of the African continent, Egypt
is isolated from other lands by deserts on two sides, which stand
in contrast to the fertile banks of the Nile River. A desert safari
does away with convention and lets visitors revel in the verdant
Bahariya Oasis, see the unusual rock formations of the White Desert
and bathe in natural hot springs.
Sphinx and the Great Pyramid
Of course, no visit to Egypt would be complete without a
sightseeing expedition to Giza, just south of Cairo, to see the
ancient pyramids. Khufu's Pyramid is the tallest and covers about
13 acres of land. Two other pyramids stand on the Giza plateau as
does the iconic Great Sphinx and Giza Village, the pyramid town
thought to be the royal residence during the great monuments'
construction period. It's a significant find and is still slowly
being uncovered by archaeologists.
Time: GMT +2 hrs
Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP)
An excursion to the west bank will take you to the Temple of
Luxor, a magnificent site built by pharaohs for rituals and
festivities, as well as the Karnak Temple and the Valley of the
Kings and Queens. If all this is not enough for you, cruises down
the Nile, fishing expeditions and Moses Mountain await you in this
most captivating ancient land.