Embark on the voyage of a lifetime as you tour the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, the Pyramids of Giza and camel trek past the mystical Sphinx. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, then board a luxury Nile ship and sail to the temples of Karnak and Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel. Study the mysterious realm of the pharaohs and their hieroglyphics, as you visit their colossal monuments and elaborate tombs.
The Great Pyramids
You can't come to Egypt and not visit the pyramids. They are as vast and imposing as they were when they were built more than 4 millennia ago, and are the icons most associated with Egypt. The Egyptian pyramids are not only a huge architectural accomplishment, but also a source of imaginative thought for over three thousand years. The Great Pyramids of Giza are some of the most famous manmade objects in the world and the only original "Wonder of the Ancient World" that still survives. Like most pyramids, they are located within a few miles of Egypt's capital, Cairo. Modern Cairo is near the ancient city known as the White Walls, although most people know it better by its Greek name, Memphis.
The Nile River
The Nile is the heart of the ancient and modern Egypt, and the mere mention of the name evokes images of pyramids, great temples, fantastic tales of mummies, and wondrous treasures. But to the people of Egypt, both ancient and modern, the Nile is life itself. For thousands of years, the river has made life possible for millions of people and animals, and has shaped the culture we are only beginning to understand. The world's longest river flows south to north for about 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean. The ancient Egyptians called it simply Iteru, meaning, the River. Three other rivers, considered its sources flow into the Nile: the Blue Nile, the White Nile and the Arbara. Southern Egypt, being upstream, is called the Upper Egypt, and the Delta and northern Egypt, being downstream are called the Lower Egypt.
Luxor, a principal city in the Upper Egypt, today is also called El-Aksur. Famous as the site of the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city, Thebes, is often referred to as the “world’s greatest open-air museum”. The Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, and the Malkata are the most visited sites in the city. Across the River Nile from Luxor, spreads Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings with numerous temples, monuments, and intricately decorated tombs of the West Bank Necropolis.