There are a few places in the world that everyone should visit at some point in their lives. Places that provide insight on how the people before us lived and what they did. Egypt is one of these places.
When planning your Egypt vacation, it’s important to be strategic to make the most of your visit. There is so much to see in Egypt, and oh, what sites you’ll encounter. You’ll find monuments standing tall and beautiful after thousands of years; places so alluring that countless stories are still told about them. One simply has to speak of the great wonders of the world and a few sites in Egypt will pop up.
Who should travel to Egypt?
You may be wondering if a trip to Egypt is for you. The answer is simple - do you love to travel? Do you love to explore new places, old sites, and are you intrigued by the history and details of the ancient world? If your answer was 'yes' to these questions, then a trip to Egypt is for you!
Is it safe to travel to Egypt?
Some travelers have asked, "Is Egypt safe?" In countries with declining tourism, visitors are annoyed by vendors and others in tourist-driven income fields. This is also a concern in Egypt.
It is important for you to look out for your personal safety just as you would do anywhere else. Don’t walk around with expensive jewelry, be alert when on your cell phones, and be conscious at all times about your safety.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that an Egyptian vacation is not to be done alone. We recommend traveling in groups and using a guide, and that you also have a detailed itinerary for where you want to visit. This reduces your need to wander off and provides more structure for your trip. We have Egyptian tour packages that would be great for group travelers.
Why you should go to Egypt.
Because Egypt is one of the oldest countries that still exist, you can see things there that you cannot find ANYWHERE else! We've all heard about these ancient relics of the Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, but you really have to travel there to see them for yourself. Pictures truly do not depict the awesomeness of several wonders of the world.
Read on to learn about how Egypt travel is a must for you and your family.
Ancient Egypt is home to some of the world’s oldest civilizations. Imagine how difficult it must have been to build these monumental structures without the use of modern technology. The Egyptians were so advanced in science, religion, the arts, and architecture that they influenced ancient civilizations in other countries, such as Rome and Greece.
The rich history and culture of Egypt has fascinated people for centuries and will continue to do so for generations to come. With great planning, your trip to Egypt will be a life-changing experience.
Read on to see where you should visit on your Egyptian vacation.
The Pyramids of Giza
The Ancient Egyptians considered their time on earth just a short stop for their souls and that the body dies but the soul does not. Believing that they were destined to be gods in the afterlife, the Pharaohs built enormous tomb complexes for themselves which would house their souls when they transition to the afterlife. These great pyramids are what we now know as the Pyramids of Giza.
The pyramids contained all the Pharaohs needed to sustain them in the afterlife; everything they held dear. The Pyramids of Giza are essentially massive tombs in a palatial complex or cemetery. They are vast displays of wealth and power.
The world-famous Pyramids of Giza were built by three generations of Pharaohs in Egypt's Old Kingdom. The tallest was built by Pharaoh Khufu and is estimated to have taken over 20 years to build. This pyramid stands at 481 feet (147 meters tall).
The pyramid in the background is the taller of the three and was built by his son, Pharaoh Khafre, along with the Great Sphinx, which you will hear about later. The third pyramid was built by Khafre’s son, Pharaoh Menkaure, and stands at the front of the group. It is the smallest one.
When visiting the Pyramids, take care to pay attention to the tomb art in these decorated tombs. They depict every aspect of the Egyptians’ lives in ancient Egypt. The artworks show costumes, their burial practices, and even everyday activities such as farming and tending to livestock. The Pyramids of Giza are more than a burial ground for rich Pharaohs. They are our eyes into the past.
The Great Sphinx
The purpose of The Great Sphinx has been questioned over the years, but everyone can agree that it is a monumental and significant part of Egypt’s history. Built by Pharaoh Khafre along with his pyramid, the Sphinx bears a striking resemblance to a statue of Khafre found in the Valley Temple and it is highly likely he made the face in his image. The Sphinx has the body of a lion and the face of a man.
The afterlife was so important to the ancient Egyptians that they invested years of time, financial resources and manpower to build this Sphinx. It is suggested that the Sphinx was created to guard Khafre’s pyramid, as in mythology, a Sphinx is a spiritual guardian.
The Sphinx has deteriorated greatly over the years. The Egyptians have tried to preserve it, but their efforts have worsened the situation. We might not have a lot of time left to see the glory that remains of the Sphinx, so this should be a must-see when you visit Egypt.
The Karnak Temple
Egypt boasts the world’s largest religious building - The Karnak Temple. Initially built as a shrine to the god Amun, it went on to honor other gods and Egyptian rulers who added to it over the centuries. The Karnak Temple is considered the most sacred religious site in Egypt. The land has never been used for domestic or commercial purposes.
Imagine exploring over 200-acres of sacred ground. History-loving, travel enthusiasts will have a blast traversing these grounds. Think of all the religious and architectural sites to be seen in the ruins of The Karnak Temple.
See first-hand the history of Egypt through the art and inscriptions on the walls of the Temple and even the carvings and the statues. There’s countless exploration to be done here.
Egypt has an impressive array of historical, religious and architectural attractions. Scientists still baffle with how the people of ancient Egypt were able to build these structures without the help of modern equipment and technology. However they did it, we are grateful to now have these sites where the religious grandeur and history of Egypt is literally carved into their walls. You don’t want to miss the beauty of this architectural gold-mine.
Be sure to also visit the Egyptian Museum and check out the Nile Cruises.
Are you ready to go on a trip to Egypt? Let us help you to plan your trip and make the most of it.
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