One of the first travel journals of Egypt was written by Herodotus in the middle of the 5th century B.C.E. In his work Euterpe, he claims that Egypt has wonders more in numbers than those of any other land, and works it has to show beyond expression great. It is these wonders and much more that draws nearly nine million foreign visitors to Egypt each year. Following is a list of thing to see and do in Egypt.
Popular Egypt Destinations
First is Cairo the capital city located along the banks of the Nile River. There, you will find a mix of the ancient with the modern. Take tours of some of the best museums in the world, shop in world-famous bazaars, dine at exquisite restaurants and enjoy the comfort of five-star resorts.
Alexandria, once a great cosmopolitan and a rival to the mighty Rome in its heyday, is the second largest city in Egypt and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. Luxor is the dynastic and religious capitol of Egypt with vast temples and royal tombs.
Aswan offers hundreds of historical monuments to visit. Near Aswan is Elephantine Island. There are many important artifacts there as well as beautiful gardens. After a few hours of sightseeing, you will find enjoyment as you sit and look over the picturesque landscape.
Popular Egypt Attractions
The Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx are known and revered the world over. Many visitors are awestruck with the enormity of the pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a testimony of the incredible engineering skills of ancient Egyptians. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo features over 120,000 objects on display, showcasing over 3000 years of colorful Egyptian history.
Visit the Temple of Karnak in Luxor and then watch the Sound and Light Show in the evening. The show begins with a historical introduction covering the birth of the great city of Thebes and erection of the Karnak temple. Shows begin at 6:00 PM in the Winter and 8:00 PM in the Summer. Besides English, narration is done in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese and Arabic.
Popular Travel Activities in Egypt
Visiting museums and ancient tombs is not the only thing to do in Egypt. There are a number of activities that have nothing to do with ancient Egyptian artifacts. You can play on the beautiful Mediterranean beaches, catch huge fish at Lake Nassar, see some spectacular sights while scuba diving in the Red Sea and much more.
While other countries are better known for their golf courses, there are some fabulous places to play in Egypt. And with little rain and warm temperatures year round, you can get in a game almost any time of the year.
These are just of few of the thousands of spectacular destinations, attractions and activities for tourist in Egypt.