Prepare to step back in time when you witness the Egyptian pyramids.
They are magnificent man-made ancient shaped structures, built during a time when Egypt was one of the richest and most powerful civilizations in the world. Most were built as tombs for the country’s pharaohs.
The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built and one of them is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence. Take a glimpse at these majestic monuments which will take your mind into the country’s glorious past.
In addition to all these pleasures, Egypt has wonderful beaches and fascinating coral reefs along the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.
The Nile River is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa and is the longest river in Africa.
The Nile has been the lifeline of civilization in Egypt since the Stone Age, with most of the population and all of the cities of Egypt resting along those parts of the Nile valley.
The River was critical to the development of ancient Egypt. The Nile River delta was also an ideal growing location for the papyrus plant. Ancient Egyptians used the papyrus plant in many ways, such as making cloth, boxes, and rope, but by far its most important use was in making paper.
Besides using the river’s natural resources for themselves and trading them with others, early Egyptians also used the river as a trade route, as well as for irrigation, bathing, drinking, recreation, and transportation.
The Book of Exodus in the Hebrew Bible tells of the finding of Moses as a baby, in the River Nile, by the daughter of Pharaoh. Even today, families come to gather water from the riverbank, surrounded by ruins left by ancient civilizations.
Egypt and the Nile River manifest a place where you will see the old and new coming together.
Don’t miss The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, a village in Aswan, Upper Egypt, near the border with Sudan. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the 19th dynasty reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II. They serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari and commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. They are recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The relics of this ancient human civilization were under threat from the rising waters of the Nile due to the construction of a Dam. The salvage began in 1964 by a multinational team of archeologists, engineers, and skilled heavy equipment operators working together under UNESCO. he two Abu Simbel temples were cut into large blocks, dismantled and completely moved, in one of the greatest challenges of archaeological engineering in history. Their new location is set 65 meters higher, 200 meters away from the Nile. Today, a few hundred tourists visit the temples daily. You can be one of them!