EGYPT

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Luxor: 25.687243, 32.639636
Language: Arabic Packlist
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP) Eco-Lodges
Size: 1,010,408 km² / 387,048 mi² Favorite Restaurants
Landscape: desert, rivers, beaches
Activities: exploring ancient sites, wildlife watching, snorkeling, diving, swimming

Egypt is the world’s only contiguos Eurafrasian nation; spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Considered a cradle of civilization, it is home of the earlierst developments of writing, agriculture, unbanisation, organised religion and central government in history. The majority of its population (the biggest in North Africa and the Arab World) lives near the banks of the Nile River, whereas the Sahara Desert is pretty uninhabited. The major draws for visitors are remote oases, iconic monuments, ancient ruins and the warm and marine life rich waters of the Red Sea.

TOP SPOTS IN EGYPT

1. LUXOR

The former capital of Egypt is so rich in culture, no matter how many days you plan to visit, it won’t be enough. One of the countless highlights is the famous sight of the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs are buried and tombs keep on being discovered. Or get lost in the temples that were built by these royals before their demise. Besides these world-famous attractions, there are many which are barely visited, though you won’t understand why after you’ve seen them. Unlike most of its indoor equivalents, Luxor’s gigantic open-air museum will make you want to see more and more, and you’ll find yourself wishing you would uncover a burial site full of ancient treasures yourself.

Top things to see in Luxor

  • The Nile River winds its way through Luxor The Nile River winds its way through Luxor
  • Luxor's temples and tombs are home to sometimes incredibly well-preserved murals and friezes Luxor's temples and tombs are home to sometimes incredibly well-preserved murals and friezes
  • The Colossi of Memnon on Luxor's West Bank The Colossi of Memnon on Luxor's West Bank
  • The female pharaoh Hatshepsut had a temple built for herself at the foot of the Theban Hills The female pharaoh Hatshepsut had a temple built for herself at the foot of the Theban Hills
  • The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut has three levels, and was covered in gardens back then The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut has three levels, and was covered in gardens back then
  • The more than 400 Tombs of the Nobles are the site where the upper class got buried and some of them can be explored The more than 400 Tombs of the Nobles are the site where the upper class got buried and some of them can be explored
  • The Valley of the Kings hosts the tombs of many pharaos and other nobles of which 18 can be explored on a rotational basis The Valley of the Kings hosts the tombs of many pharaos and other nobles of which 18 can be explored on a rotational basis
  • Karnak Temple lies within the city limits of modern Luxor and the publicly accessible part boasts many massive columns and an oblisk Karnak Temple lies within the city limits of modern Luxor and the publicly accessible part boasts many massive columns and an oblisk