Egypt, the land of mysteries and magnificent treasures, has captivated travellers for centuries, drawing them to this land of remarkable beauty and history. The wonders of Cairo, the world's greatest outdoor museum - Luxor, the dramatic setting of Aswan and the beautiful Mediterranean and Red Sea beaches, are all truly unforgettable. Nothing compares with the experience of Egypt. Explore Egypt with Luxor Tours.
There are five must areas in and around Cairo that are the following:
1. Giza: When one thinks of Egypt, one thinks of Pyramids, and the Pyramids one thinks of are in Giza. Here are the three Great Pyramids consisting of the Pyramids of Menkaure, Chephren and Cheops. Of these, the Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest, and the largest in Egypt, and is often referred to as the Great Pyramid. However, there are other sites to see at Giza, including the famous Sphinx, as well as the three queen's pyramids.
2. Memphis: Memphis, founded around 3,100 BC, really has the least to see, of the pharaonic sites around Cairo, but its importance in history is unchallenged, as the world’s first seat of civilized power.
3. Saqqara: Saqqara contains Pyramids which displays an evolution of Pyramid building, such as the Bent Pyramid.
4. Old Cairo: Coptic Cairo, also known as Old Cairo, predates Cairo itself to the village that was once Fort Babylon. Here, one finds some of the earliest Christian churches in the World and indeed the path of the Holy Family while in Egypt.
5. Islamic Cairo: Is a part of central Cairo noted for its historically important mosques and other Islamic monuments.
Luxor is well known though out the world as the largest open air museum. The sheer number and size of the ancient sites are overwhelming. The Temple of Luxor promotes vast colonnades and colossal statutes. Luxor itself offers the Mummification Museum. The Temple of Karnak is one of the largest ancient religious sites in the world, the columns, the altars and shrines, and the avenues of ram-headed sphynxes are awe-inspiring. The famous Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the tomb of Tutankhamun are other fascinating cultural attractions.
Aswan is a traditional tourist area in Egypt, located in Egypt's extreme south, and is interesting for many different reasons. Lake Nasser and one of the world's largest dams is nearby, along with the garden island of Kitchener. However, most short tours do not provide the time to visit many of the sites around Aswan. Primarily, they focus on Edfu and theTemple of Horus, the Temple of Kom-Ombo, Philae and Abu Simbel in further south in what was once Nubia. All of these great temples and shrines are significant.