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A Trip to Egypt – The land of the Pharaohs

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The land of the pharaohs is one of the most popular travel destinations for German holidaymakers who want to combine a visit to cultural highlights such as the Giza pyramids with a stay in the capital Cairo and a beach holiday on the Red Sea. Egypt is a versatile travel destination and offers numerous possibilities for a varied stay. The fertile Nile Valley is Egypt’s granary. At the same time, the river is one of the most beautiful travel routes for tourists. This operator offers an eventful Nile River cruise via Aswan, Luxor, Kom Ombo and Edfu on a Nile ship with comfortable equipment, excellent service, and interesting shore excursions.

When is the best time to travel to Egypt?

The months between mid-March and mid-May, which are characterized by their pleasant air temperatures of around 20 degrees, are considered the best travel time for European vacationers. While the summer months in Egypt are dry and very hot with temperatures of up to 45 degrees, the time from mid-September to mid-November is suitable for beach holidays and round trips. In the winter months, the nights are cool, but temperatures of up to 20 degrees are reached during the day. While the climate on the Egyptian Mediterranean coast is rather humid and sometimes humid, the Arabian Desert, the Nile Valley and the Sinai region on the Red Sea are characterized by a dry climate.

The top 10 sights in Egypt

The top sights in Egypt include the pyramids of Giza, impressive tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. The rush of visitors is particularly high on Fridays, as many Egyptians use their day off to visit the famous facilities. The metropolis of Alexandria, located on the Mediterranean coast, is a lively port city and has, with the Nusha and Antoniadis Gardens, impressive parks with partially subtropical vegetation. End of the 4th millennium BC the pyramids of Saqqara were built by famous ancient builders. Today these, together with the Memphis ruins, are among the most visited attractions in Egypt. The most important sanctuary of the ancient Egyptians is the temple complex of Karnak, which is located near the Nile. 

The Luxor Temple is connected to the excavations of Karnak with a two-kilometer-long sphinx avenue. The Valley of the Kings is a real magnet for visitors, with the famous royal tombs in the middle of a mountain range. The city of Aswan with Elephantine Island and the rock tombs is located on the east bank of the Nile. A highlight of any trip to Egypt is a visit to the Aswan dams. These can best be discovered on a Luxury Nile cruise

Allow enough time for the Abu Simbel temple. Excursions to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan are also offered by the Nile cruise ship. The city of Aswan with the island of Elephantine and the rock tombs is located on the east bank of the Nile. A highlight of any Egypt tour package is a visit to the Aswan dams. These can best be discovered on a Nile cruise. Allow enough time for the Abu Simbel temple. 

Excursions to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan are also offered by the Nile cruise ship. The city of Aswan with the island of Elephantine and the rock tombs is located on the east bank of the Nile. A highlight of any trip to Egypt is a visit to the Aswan dams. These can best be discovered on a Nile cruise. Allow enough time for the Abu Simbel temple. Excursions to Cairo, Luxor and Aswan are also offered by the Nile cruise ship.

The capital Cairo

The Egyptian capital Cairo is located in the north of the country and is the largest city in Africa. A visit to the striking citadel from 1176 offers an impressive view of the mega-metropolis on the Nile from the hill. The majestic structure once served as protection against enemy attacks and is now a neat, stately building. One of the interesting sights of the Egyptian capital is the Arabic-style old town with its numerous mosques and some Christian places of worship. 

The most beautiful mosque in Cairo is the alabaster mosque with its typical decorations on the interior walls. The 80-meter-high minaret can be seen from afar, as well as the 52 meter high dome decorated with gold. Bargaining is part of shopping at the Khan el Khalili bazaar, the largest market in Cairo, is a must. 

The largest bazaar in the Middle East has a diverse range of goods, from local fruit and vegetables to textiles and jewelry to consumer goods and furniture. A stroll through the narrow streets of the bazaar with their oriental atmosphere and the scent of spices is part of the program of every discovery tour through the Egyptian capital and is also offered as part of a shore excursion from the Nile cruise ship. The “el Fishawi”, the oldest coffee house in the Egyptian capital, is located on the market square

The Valley of the Kings in Luxor

The Valley of the Kings is one of the largest archaeological sites in the world, including more than 60 tombs of Egyptian pharaohs. Also worth seeing is the majestic Luxor temple grounds, which are entered from the Nile promenade. As the only remains of the temple of Amenhoteps III. the famous Colossi of Memnon stand at the entrance to the Valley of the Kings. Important masterpieces of ancient architecture are the gigantic Karnak Temple on the east bank of the Nile and the imposing mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Most of the temple complexes in Luxor were built at the time of the New Kingdom. The Luxor temple was dedicated to the god Amun as well as his wife Mut and the moon god Chons, their common son. This temple has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979, as is the Karnak Temple and the Theban necropolis.

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