Reasons to Visit
The Ancient Egyptians have attracted more interest and attention than almost any other ancient civilisation. Their feats of engineering, and the details of their lives we can glean from tomb and temple walls make them seem very alive; similarly their obsession with death also fascinates us.
From the temples of Upper Egypt, to the numerous fantastic pyramids near Cairo, Egypt is probably best known for its ancient ruins. Even once away from the ever-popular Nile Valley, there are oasis tombs, and remnants of Roman Alexandria to uncover.
The shores of the Red Sea are rightly famous the world over. The water is a stunning clear blue and the coral reefs are simply amazing. Year-round, the sun shines, and there are excursions into the mountainous interior to tempt you away from the sand and lapping waves.
Gliding serenely past lush green fields, farmed by ox-drawn ploughshares, admiring the sleek form of a egret is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Egypt. The fact that this glimpse of unchanged rural life also links together some of the greatest historical monuments in Egypt makes a Nile cruise a must!
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is one of the world's great treasure troves, crammed with artefacts from the country's illustrious past. Other, much smaller museums are more than worthy of your time: Luxor museum is especially noteworthy.
As you twist and turn deeper into the Khan El Khalili, passing under Mamluke arches and admiring Ottoman 'mashrabiya' window screens, you're drawn into a traditional world where charismatic vendors try to persuade you to purchase handicrafts and goods manufactured in a tiny workshop behind the shop front.
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Dakhla is situated about 200 kilometres from Kharga and is one of the more interesting oases with its Pharaonic, Roman and Coptic antiquities combined with exotic architecture, palm groves, hot springs and dunes.
Full of history and culture, Dakhla Oasis is also probably the most fertile and cultivated of all the oases
Situated about 200 kilometres from Kharga, it is one of the more interesting oases with its Pharaonic, Roman and Coptic antiquities combined with exotic architecture, palm groves, hot springs and dunes.
A relative abundance of water has allowed farming to flourish and also makes Dakhla a surprisingly good spot for bird-watching. A highlight is exploring the still-inhabited old town with its twisting passages and alleyways, and its mud-brick walls.
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