With colossal pyramids, towering temples, mysterious mummies and ancient artifacts, Egypt carries you back in time to the world of the pharaohs. From the desert to the Red Sea to the Nile, the world’s longest river, Egypt is an explorer’s wonderland.
Where to Go in Egypt
Cairo – A city of a thousand minarets, Cairo is packed with some of the greatest architecture of medieval Islam. A must-see is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and artifacts dating back to 4000 BC.
Giza – The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built about 4500 years ago. Nearby sits the mystifying Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth.
Luxor –Valley of the Kings, one of the most remarkable archaeological destinations in the world and legendary burial ground of most of the pharaohs of Egypt. The Great Hypostyle Hall in the Temple of Karnak has expertly aligned columns that are a sight to behold.
Aswan –Impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk, a structure that is one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk — even in its unfinished state.
Abu Simbel – A complex of temples dedicated to Ramses II is impressive in its own right, but perhaps even more astonishing is that the entire site was painstakingly disassembled, moved and reconstructed on its present location to save it from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam.
When to Go
October through February is the best time to travel to Egypt as it is warm and comfortable during the day. Nights can be cool. You will want to avoid the scorching heat and sun June through August.