Holidaymakers travelling to Egypt have plenty of wonderful destinations to choose from. These range from the ancient to the thoroughly modern. Holidaymakers staying in and around the Red Sea coast of Egypt can venture to the Nile valley for exciting day excursions to the sites of Luxor. Those who are fans of ancient history and the desert can even book luxor excursion holidays that include Nile river cruises all the way up to Cairo; the capital which is still the beating heart of Egypt after thousands of years.
Hurghada on the east coast of Egypt is a good base for travellers who wish to spend some time in the mountains or in Luxor and Thebes. The sites in Luxor and Thebes include some of the most famous desert destinations in Egypt, such as the Valley of the Kings and the Hatshepsut temple, built in honour of Egypt’s only female ruler before Cleopatra, Queen Hatshepsut. The temple is one of few that have been so spectacularly carved directly out of the surrounding rock which it stands so grandly in front of.
The Valley of the Kings is a literal treasure trove which – despite plunder and the removal of artefacts for academic purposes – still has tombs and other things of interest within its walls. Back across the Nile in Luxor there are some other places that constitute common highlights of Egypt holidays, such as the great Luxor temple with its avenue of sphinxes leading up to the entrance. The grand entrance once had two giant obelisks either side but one currently stands in Paris’ Place de la Concorde.
Other sites in Luxor include the mummification museum for visitors who want all of the gruesome details about the process of preparing Paharoahs for eternal life. The well-stocked Luxor museum is between the Luxor and Karnak temple and has an excellent collection of artefacts collected from both. Close to Luxor, the Temple of Amun stands out as another of the ancient region’s main historic sites. Having been buried for over 1,000 years, the temple was unearthed again in the 19th century. The complex includes the temple of Ramses III, the smaller temple of Opet and the tomb of Seti II.
Travellers booking Sharm el Sheikh holidays in the Sinai Peninsula’s most popular holiday resorts can spend their days enjoying the beaches and excursions to swim around Egypt’s pristine coral reefs. Holidaymakers can also book excursions into the desert to see Mount Sinai, the place where Moses was said to have received the Ten Commandments. At the foot of the mountain visitors can spend some time looking around St Catherine’s Monastery, one of the oldest Christian churches in the world.
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