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Top Tourist Attractions in Egypt

Mosque of Ibn Tulun

Mosque of Ibn Tulun is located within 3.7 km from Cairo and it is the oldest mosque in Cairo, the mosque is constructed around a courtyard, with one covered hall on each of the four sides. Ibn Tulun mosque has features of Abbasid art within the realm of architecture with a unique design.

River Nile

River Nile is about 6,670 km in length and is the longest river in Africa and in the world. Although it is generally associated with Egypt, only 22% of the Nile’s course runs through Egypt. The Nile River has been Egypt’s lifeline since ancient times and it situated within 252 km from Cairo.

Dahab

Dahab is located within 85 km north of Sharm el-Sheikh on the Gulf of Aqaba, near the southern tip of Sinai and within 595.3 km from Cairo. Attractions at Dahab coast include; wind surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, camel and jeep trips which make it one of the most popular destinations along the Red Sea.

Siwa Oasis

Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt’s settlements located within 50 km from Cairo and 50 km from the border with Libya. Siwa was an oasis vital to the trade route as it has 300 natural springs with 300,000 shade giving palm trees and 70,000 olive trees.

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum is located within Cairo City and is a home to at least 120,000 items of ancient Egyptian antiquities that is papyrus and coins used in by the ancient Egyptians, artifacts, objects from the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy Room containing 27 royal mummies from pharaonic times.

Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is an archaeological site comprising two massive rock-cut temples in southern Egypt on the western bank of Lake Nasser within 1,111km from Cairo. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses in the 13th century. They remain attractive due to Lake Nasser and Aswan High Dam.

Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is located within 674 km from Cairo. The valley contains 63 tombs and chambers, ranging in size from a simple pit to a complex tomb with over 120 chambers. The royal tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and give clues to the beliefs and funerary rituals of the period.

Red Sea Reef

The Red Sea off the coast of Egypt is one of the most beautiful places in the world to go diving. The waters of the Red Sea are renowned for their spectacular visibility and features like coral reefs. Red Sea beach resorts are located on both sides of the sea, on the east side and part of the Sinai Peninsula is the long established Sharm el Sheikh

Karnak

Karnak is situated within 650 km from Cairo and this is the largest ancient religious site. The Temple of Karnak actually consists of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples located about 2.5 km north of Luxor. One of most famous structures of Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall, a hall area of 5,000 m2 with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows.

Giza Pyramids

Pyramids of Giza situated in the immediate vicinity of the south-western suburbs of Cairo. The pyramids at Giza were built over the span of three generations by Khufu. The Great Pyramid of Khufu is an awe-inspiring 139 meters high making it the largest pyramid in Egypt.

Sphinx

Great Sphinx is a large human-headed lion that was carved from a mound of natural rock. It is located in Giza south western of Cairo. The beard of Sphinx was added during the New Kingdom- hundreds of years after the Great Sphinx was first carved.

The Pharaonic Village

The Pharaonic Village is located in downtown Cairo and offers a variety of many ancient Egyptian
settings which takes you to a traditional way of life as the pharoah’s lived it. At the end of the cruise, gift shops and restaurants are plentiful.

Khan El Khalili Souq

Khan el Khalil open-air market is located within Cairo and has been in business since the 14th century and is still going strong today. It’s comprised of independent merchants carrying everything from fine jewellery to beans and haggling

Pharaoh’s Bath Hot Spring

The pharaoh’s Bath is situated within 250 km from Cairo, laying on 1 km along Golf of Suez. The water of the hot spring is used by people as bathe and as a natural sauna and water also helps in treatment of diseases such as rheumatoid pains, skin diseases and kidney diseases.

Lake Manzala

Lake Manzala is a brackish lake, sometimes called a lagoon located in north-eastern Egypt on the Nile Delta near Port Said which is approximately 226 km from Cairo. It is the largest of the northern deltaic lakes of Egypt with 47 km long and 30 km wide.

Wadi El-Rayan Water fall

Wadi El Ryan fall Stretches on an area of 113 km2 of which are the dominating water body of Wadi El-Rayan lakes. Located within 65 km southwest of Faiyum city and 80 km west of the Nile River. Wadi El Rayan is important because it accommodates one of the world’s few remaining populations of the endangered Slender-horned gazelle.

Temple Complex at Luxor

Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the Luxor City. Luxor temple was built with sandstone (Nubian Sandstone) from the Gebel el-Silsila area.

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