Reach a serene state of mine, retreat to Egypt.
Ahlan wa sahlan. As-salām ‘alaykum. Motasharefon bema’refatek. Riḥlah saʿīdah.
Most of Egypt tourists describe their trip to Egypt as an overwhelming experience: the culture, the nature, the sights, the history, the people, the lifestyle, the cuisine… It is a retreat from the daily demands of everyday living. The stillness of ancient places of worship, the serene settings of Egypt and the calm of a few restful days are the hallmarks of a vacation that allows you to open your mind to thoughts that rarely see the light of day.
The stunning, colossal monuments of Ancient Egypt never fail to astonish. The heat, sight and the light of the desert invigorate. The cool, turquoise waters rejuvenate. A romantic cruise along the world’s longest river dazzles the senses. A first class getaway resort in the Red Sea Riviera is pure escapism. No place has the magic, mystery and pleasures of Egypt. Travel to Egypt to discover a world of wonder. This video is provided by the Egyptian Tourism Authority.
REGIONS AND DESTINATIONS
GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
Located just outside of the outskirts of Cairo on the esplanade known as the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramids of Giza is the must-see Ancient Egyptian landmark.
Known as Khufu’s Pyramid, it is the greatest pyramid of the complex: a truly overwhelming sight. Being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it is the only one still standing to this day! When gazing at this colossal structure, there’s no way to escape the feeling of being dwarfed…
The two smaller – but still huge – pyramids in Giza are those of Khafre and Menkaure. A few steps to the east you will notice three small (20 m high) piles of rumble: the queens’ pyramids, tombs of Khufu’s wives and sisters.
Nearby, on the Giza Plateau, you’ll also find the Great Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum. The site is also where the Sound & Light Show at Giza takes place, and where every newcomer to Egypt experiences Giza camel rides for the first time.
TEMPLE OF RAMSES II
About 24 km west of Marsa Matrouh, you can explore the ruins of the Temple of Ramses II, which dates back to the 26th dynasty (1200 BC). The site is known as Umm Al-Rakhm, it was discovered by the Egyptian archaeologist Labib Habash back in 1942, and houses some admirable hieroglyphic inscriptions referring to the Ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
Near the temple, you’ll also find ruins of the pharaoh’s fortress, in particular the remains of the surrounding brick wall which was erected to protect Egypt from the attacks of Libyan tribes.
Hiking up the biblical mountain to reach the 2285m peak is a special experience you’ll find in few destinations around the globe. Mystical, spiritual, natural and uncanny, there is something awe inspiring in a night time walk along the rocky path under a starry night sky while following a candle lit trail of pilgrims as they march up Mount Sinai.
It is worth mentioning that there are two ways to climb the Mount Sinai, one of which is the camel path traced by the Egyptian viceroy Abbas Hilmi Pasha. It is preferable to follow this trail for the climb and to use the stairs route that was built by the monastery monks for the descent. It is also possible to ride a camel on the Hilmi Pasha path.
TEMPLE OF LUXOR
The Temple of Luxor is a must see site on any trip to Egypt; it is a testimony to the history of the continuous history of Egypt, beginning from the 18th dynasty of Ancient Egyptian rule to the 14th century AD when a mosque was built in the complex to commemorate Abu Al-Haggag, who is responsible for bringing Islam to Luxor.
Many pharaohs played a part in building this temple over the years including Tutankhamen, Hatshepsut, Ramses II, and Amenhotep III; as you walk through the temple you can see the contributions of each one usually where you find statues and images of them carved in the walls.
The Romans and later the Christians also had an effect on the temple.
The temple of Luxor is incredibly rich with the chronicles of the past, see descriptions of the battle of Kadesh, accounts of the festival of Opet, the tale of how Amenhotep III’s mother was impregnated by a God, and other stories told of the pharoah’s exploits on the pillars, obelisks and walls of the temples.
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