I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Egypt and my first reaction is just WOW! During my visit I saw the Great Pyramids of Giza, cruised the Nile and much more! This was my first trip to Egypt and it was truly an unforgettable experience. In the past I have heard about and read about all that Egypt has to offer but it was not until I experienced it personally that I fully understood just how significant and amazing it is.
I, like most travelers, wanted to feel safe and secure and still experience the culture, the people and the antiquity of Egypt that I went on did that and so much more. If the antiquity, culture and mystery of Egypt is of interest to you then give me a bell. You will not be disappointed.
First stop on my visit I saw Egypt’s oldest structures in existence, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Construction on these pyramids began approximately 4,500 years ago. We also visited the nearby giant statue of the Great Sphinx. With the body of a lion and the head of a king, the Sphinx is often referred to as the national symbol of Egypt. I then went on to Aswan, a mind blowing step back in history to the temples and monuments of Upper Egypt. Here I visited the High Dam, the magnificent Temple of Isis on Philae Island and the Unfinished Obelisk.
The next day was an early start across the desert. My destination was the incredible twin temples of Abu Simbel. These temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a monument to himself and his queen, Nefertari.
The following day I visited the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris. Sobek was the crocodile god and the Temple of Kom Ombo currently displays crocodile mummies. Then on to Edfu where we visit the magnificent Temple of Horus, dedicated to the Falcon God. This beautiful ancient temple is one of the best-preserved in Egypt.
My Egypt trip also included a three day cruise ship experience along the river nile. Complete with parties and fine dining in the evening and fascinating tours of places of antiquity during the days.
One of my day tours a visit to the fascinating Karnak Temple, dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the temple’s structure over time, which explains its monumental size! We then visited Luxor Temple, once connected to Karnak Temple by a 3-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinxes. Luxor Temple is also home to a 25-metre pink granite obelisk, which was part of a matching pair until the 1830s when one was given to France. It now stands in the centre of the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
I also visited of the world’s largest open-air museum in West Bank! And just to wet your appetite a little more …I visited the Valley of the Kings. WOW. We were even able to descend into some of the tombs to see examples of the elaborate and well-preserved hieroglyphic paintings.
For my final day in Egypt I visited the 12th century Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Mohammed Ali Mosque. Built in classic Turkish style, it resembles the great mosques of Istanbul. After I went to the 14th century Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a major souk in Cairo’s Islamic District. Famous for its handmade crafts, it’s also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional Arabic coffee. There are no fixed prices here, so make sure you practice your haggling skills! In the afternoon I continued on into the lively heart of Cairo to visit the world-famous Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s priceless treasures and many other historic artefacts and a visit to the “Mummy Room”.
I am filled with special memories when I think about all the amazing things I saw during my visit in Egypt and have no doubt that you will also feel the same once you experience this wonderful land.
If you would like to see this spectacular destination, we have a hosted Egyptian Highlights group tour departing on the 1st October 2018.