Mention Egypt holidays and the first thing which springs to mind is the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza. Although the focus is rightly on these great two monuments, there are other splendid attractions in Egypt which are worth a visit. Going beyond these two sentries of ancient civilization, there is the Mosque of IbnTulun which is one of the oldest mosques in the capital city of Cairo. It was built between 876 – 879 AD by the Abbassid governor of Egypt, Ahmad IbnTulun and centres around a courtyard with covered halls on all four sides. Film buffs will enjoy visiting it as some portions of the James Bond thriller ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ was filmed at this site.
Many tourists tend to give a miss to the Egyptian Museum thinking it to be a stuffy place but it is one of the top attractions in Cairo and an interesting way to spend an afternoon. Even non-history buffs will enjoy going through the various collections of artefacts, coins and papyrus. Various objects from the tomb of Tutankhamen and the 27 mummies in the Royal Mummy room are top draws.
No Egypt tours are complete without visiting the Valley of the Kings at Luxor which contains tombs and chambers of kings and esteemed nobles from the 16th -11th century BC. Decorated with pictures of Egyptian mythology, these chambers and tombs give an insight into the beliefs and rituals of ancient Egypt. Some miles north of Luxor is the Temple of Karnak which is the largest religious site of ancient Egypt and although in ruins, its grandeur remains matchless even today. A visit to Luxor warranties a visit to both these sites.
Abu Simbel is also a most impressive archaeological site in southern Egypt with massive twin temples carved out of the mountainside as homage to Ramses, The Great and QueenNefertiti. For a truly ethnic experience on Egypt holidays, go a bit farther to Siwa oasis which is located in the Libyan Desert. An isolated settlement, Siwa comprises mainly of the Berber community and is on an ancient trade route.
Egypt holidays, however, do not mean only jaw-dropping monuments and lessons in history but can also spell a lot of fun if you know where to go. The Red Sea coast in Egypt is one of the best places for diving in the world and also has the most beautiful coral formations. Beach resorts like Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab are famous for its vibrant nightlife and various water sports like snorkelling, scuba diving and wind surfing.
Sailing the Nile is one of the most relaxing experiences of any trip to Egyptand a Nile cruise booking can easily be done from home.
So, Egypt holidays is not limited to only the Pyramids and the Great sphinx but encompasses a whole lot of other activities which let you take a peek in ancient Egyptian history and provide you with a lot of fun.
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Egypt holidays is not limited to only the Pyramids