You’re Going to Egypt? You MUST see these places

Egypt has a lot to offer, and with the political situation a little more stable currently than it has been in recent times many people are considering visiting again. As with any popular tourist spot it pays to be careful; everyone should keep an eye on their belongings and women in particular should travel with a tour guide or group rather than alone. That said, there are some amazing things to see in Egypt, and these are some of the best

Valley of the Kings & Queens

This is the site of the burial of more than 160 Egyptian royals including queens, kings and their children and families. You can take a tour here from nearby Luxor, and many Nile cruises stop at this site. Get a guide if you can, this way you will get to learn lots of interesting history and see the best bits rather than wandering on your own. Remember to take plenty of sunblock, water and protect your head with a hat or scarf as the temperatures in the valley can be almost unbearable. The legendary tomb of Tutankhamun is here, but most of the treasures are now in the Egyptian museum in Cairo.

Giza

The Pyramids at Giza are the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, and the Sphinx is no less impressive. Marvel at the accomplishments of a group of people over four and a half thousand years ago; this is a truly awesome sight. Take a ride on a horse or camel up to the top of the hill and watch as the sun sets and the lights come on over the Pyramids and the rest of the landscape.

Egyptian Museum

This museum in Cairo is home to the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world, including most of the treasures found in Tutankhamun’s tomb. There are well over 100,000 items here, and some of them are over 5000 years old, dating back to 3500BC. There is a lot to see in this museum, some exhibits have a small additional charge such as Tutankhamun’s burial casket and mask, and the mummy exhibit which includes pharaohs such as Ramses II.

Temple of Karnak

This temple in Luxor is the largest temple ever built anywhere by anyone which is quite a claim to fame. It covers nearly 250 acres, and took many generations to build, and although the ruins have not been as well maintained as other Egyptian sites there is a good open air museum and an impressive light show
These are some of the best ancient sites to see in Egypt, and there are plenty of other things to do and see on your trip. Make sure you visit the Aswan Market and have a go at haggling for your souvenirs, you should be able to knock at least 50% off most prices. Climb Mount Sinai early in the morning to watch the sunrise from the top, and don’t miss the chance to snorkel in the Red Sea, which is considered to have some of the best snorkeling and diving opportunities in the world.