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Luxor

Characterised as the world’s greatest open-air museum,Luxor is home to a large number of monuments. Deep rooted in the history of Egypt, the capital of Luxor governorate holds a range of temples. It also holds the ruins of the Karnak and Luxor temples, as well as the below listed historical sightseeings that play a key role in the narrative of Egyptian history. Also known as the ‘city of 100 gates’ - Luxor is the religious hotbed of Egypt and features a range of temples with a myriad landscape sprawling across rivers, deserts and ancient ruins. The Sound and Light shows are a must-watch and so are the West Bank Necropolis sites. A breathtaking experience steeped in the history of Egypt, Luxor is sure to charm you with it’s vintage vibes.

 

Key attractions :

  • Luxor Temple
  • Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Valley of the Queens
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Hot air balloons festival
  • Luxor Museum 
  • Deir Al-Bahari Temple 
  • Tombs of the Nobles 
  • Ramessum 

Cairo

Magnificent, mesmerising and majestic - Egypt’s capital city stands true to all of it. Lining the banks of the Nile, Cairo is a fusion of the best of both worlds - Modern as well as ancient. There are historical ruins from ancient days of Egyptian civilization, you are also sure to find skyscrapers with the most marvellous technology. It also is home and duly preserves one of the last seven wonders of the world - The Pyramids of Giza. A city so diverse and rich in culture, history and cuisine. Explore the pharaonic antiques, discover early christian scriptures all while bustling to the local markets and sipping on more Egyptian coffee. The vibrancy of the city with its myriad landscapes and tales are sure to leave you spell-bound.

 

Key attractions:

  • Pyramids of Gaza
  • The Great Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo Citadel
  • Cairo Tower Cairo
  • Opera house
  • Hanging Church

Aswan

Unparalleled in local cuisine and it’s rich cultural heritage is what makes Aswan a favourite amongst travel-lovers. It’s myriad landscapes range from the most mesmerising temples of Abu Simbel and Philae to peaceful boat rides to Elephantine, heart-warming sights of the botanical garden and the iconic obelisk. Experience life like a local in the Nubian villages. The best and some of the most picturesque views can be witnessed from here, which makes Aswan the most sought after city in Egypt. Lose yourself in the beauty of the tranquil waters flowing through amber desert and granite rocks. A treasure trove of Egyptian history awaits to be explored.

 

Key attractions:

  • High Dam & Unfinished Obelisk
  • Philae Temple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Abu Simbel Temple
  • Edfu Temple
  • Kalabsha Temple
  • Wadi El Seboua Temple
  • Temple of Amada
  • Qasr Ibrim

Abu Simbel

One of the most recognisable ancient site in Egypt, Abu Simbel, is a remarkable proof of the world’s largest and spectacular dismantling and reassembly projects. The rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel are the key attractions in all of Egypt exhibiting the ambitious Pharaoh reign with a  touch of modern-day engineering. Deep dive into century old tales of culture at the great temple of Ramses II, Temple of Hathor and with the splendid sound and light show. Witness the finest of modern-day technology in the re-assembly of the twin temples to rescue it from flooding during the construction of the High Dam.

Key attractions:

  • Great Temple of Ramses II
  • Colossi of Ramses II
  • Temple of Hathor
  • Temple Complex
  • Sound and Light Show T
  • emple of Wadi El-Sebua
  • Ramasside Day Tours

Kom Ombo

It’s exotic ancient ruins sets Kom Ombo apart from the rest of the world. A small town situated on the Eastern banks of the gorgeous Nile, Kom Ombo is a land thriving of agriculture. The historical temple sites and the ancient ruins stand a testament to the spectacular architecture and it’s precision. It is rightly named the ‘hill of gold’ in Arabic. Ancient remains from the historical times of Pharaohs have been explored at the temples. Travel back in time as you visit this Golden city.

 

Key attractions:

  • Edfu Temple
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Crocodile Museum

Edfu

An ancient settlement on the western banks of the Nile between the cities of Esna and Aswan, Edfu is a quaint old city with the ancient remains of the pyramids. It is most notable for being the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. Home to the remains of Tell Edfu, an ancient settlement that dates back to 3000 years of history. The ancient cultural treasures are linked back to the Old Kingdom to the Graeco-Roman period. While being comparatively newer to the temples of Luxor and Abydos, it’s architectural style talks about the work from over 2000 years back. Showcasing the lost art and the true spirit of the ancient Egyptian civilisation, it states the profound bond shared between Ptolemaic and Egyptian culture.

 

Key attractions:

  • Temple of Horus
  • Tombs of El Kab
  • Edfu Sound and Light Show
  • Kanais
  • Gibel Silsila
  • Emo Tours Egypt

Minya

Primely located in the middle of Egypt, Minya is fondly known as the ‘Bride of Upper Egypt. There are numerous archaeological sites that will leave you spell-binding as you walk through Tell El Amarna. The ruins of the ancient city of El Ashmunein that stands gloriously is a treat to the eyes. Stumble upon history around Tuna El Gabal which contains the temple of Crisis. The historical burial site of Beni Hassan, including the tombstones of the lineage, lies south of Minya. 

 

Key attractions:

  • Beni Hassan
  • Tell El-Amarna
  • Tuna El-Gebel
  • Malawy Museum
  • El Ashmunein
  • Fraser Tombs
  • Shafei Mosque 

Esna

Located on the Western bank of the Nile, Esna was formerly part of the modern Qena Governorate. While Esna is popularly known for it’s Temple of Khnum, the farming town also has a number of other charming properties. Esna is home to many Pharaonic treasures - Temple of Esna, dedicated to the worship of the gods Khnum, Menhit, Nebtu, Heka, and Neith. Along the waterfront of this temple are the remains of the 19th century houses using an elaborate mashrabbiya. North of the Temple is home to the caravanserais like Wikalat Al Gidawi. Enjoy an exciting cruise as you immerse into all the prestigious local sites and pass through the loca with the changing water levels.

 

Key attractions:

  • Temple of Khnum
  • Caravanserai
  • Emari Minaret

Assiut

Egypt’s textile city, Assiut is renowned for its silver applique-work shawls. A city of art, preserving the legacy of fine pottery, inlaid woodwork and tapestry that has been passed on from generations. The city also boasts of it’s delectable flavours of local cuisine that would give you an authentic sense of Egyptian cuisine. Home to Egypt’s largest catholic diocese, Assuit is your go-to city for the secrets of the regional culture.

 

Key attractions:

  • Holy Virgin Mary Monastery
  • Meir Monumental Tombs
  • Deir Rife Tombs
  • Al masjid Al Amauoi
  • Masjid Al Mujahideen
  • Al-Hammamiya Monumental Tombs
  • The Western Mountain Tombs
  • Masjid Abo Alouyon
  • Monastery of Al-Anba Serabamoon
  • Shots Tombs
  • Al Majzoub Monumental Barrage

Sohag

Situated on the western bank of the Nile, Sohag is a world of its own. The tranquil locations make for a break from the hustle and chaos of city life. Sohag is a gem that holds some of the most preserved archeological treasures including the mummies dating back to Roman times. The iconic White and Red Monasteries hold some of the most notable historic artworks. For an authentic local experience, explore the town of Akhmim that gives an insight into the historic era of Egypt.

 

Key attractions:

  • Abydos
  • The Red Monastery
  • White Monastery
  • Akhmim National Museum

Beni Sweif

A true testament of transformation and growth, Beni Sweif grew from a small village at the turn of the century into one of the key tourist spots of Egypt. It was regarded as one of the most dynamic and vibrant Egyptian cities in the era of the Greek. A treasure trove of archeological wonders, Beni Sweif is home to the world’s second oldest pyramid - Medium Pyramid. The Museum at Beni Sweif is a must-visit. First floor of the museum is dedicated to Pharaohic artefacts like statues and other Graeco-Roman structures. Second floor includes remains that came from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

 

Key attractions:

  • Medium Pyramid
  • Wadi Sannur Cave
  • Dear Al-Maymun Village
  • Saint Anthony Monastery
  • Monastery of Mary Gerges
  • Anaboloa

Nagaa Hamadi

Located in Upper Egypt on the western banks of the Nile, Nagaa Hamadi is a little gem that was discovered less than a century back. It became noted in 1945 with the Nagaa Hamadi Library that held a collection of early Judeo-Christian religious manuscripts on spirituality, morality, philosophy, and theology. The name comes from it’s founder Mahmoud Pasha Hammed from the Hammed family in Sohag.

Kalabsha

Seldom visited, Kalabsha is the most off-beat city to visit in Egypt. The Kalabsha temple is the largest free-standing temple of Egyptian Nubia, second only to the mighty Abu Simbel. Built in the early Roman era, it is considered one of the finest and most intricate showcases of the mighty Egyptian architecture. Located on an island in the middle of Lake Nasser, it is a beauty to behold. The land of where the high land stands was originally where the temple stood and had to be relocated to protect it from the rising waters.

 

Key attractions:

  • Kalabsha temple
  • High Damn
  • Gera Hussein
  • Beit el-Wali
  • Kiosk of Qertassi

Amada

The oldest Egyptian Temple in Nubia, Temple of Amada, makes this city the most sought after, to complete the historical narrative. Constructed by Pharaoh Thutmose III of the 18th dynasty, this temple takes you back in time, to life and civilization from centuries back. Moved just 3 kms from its original site, it is the oldest surviving Nubian temple with the most preserved historic antiquities. A short distance across the desert is also the relocated Temple of Derr. Dive deep into the ancient tales as you visit the Nubian reliefs and from the remains of the scriptures and architecture.

 

Key attractions:

  • Temple of Amada
  • Temple of Derr
  • Tomb of Pennout

Qasr Ibrim

Born out of the rising water level in Lake Nasser, Qasr Ibrim is now an island area that has been separated from the mainland. It boasts of rich archaeological work that covers the history transcending the times of Pharaohs, Romans, Christians, Nubians. It is also home to the temples from the ancient dynasties dedicated to the different gods and Pharaohs of the then civilization. Explore the remains from the various era at the island of Qasr Ibrim

Qena

Quaint old city of Egypt, Qena, is home to Dendera Temple, one of the important religious centres from as early as the 6th dynasty. It was built towards the end of the Pharaonic era but still remains to be one of the iconic pieces of architecture work.

 

Key attractions:

  • Dendera Temple Complex
  • Sidi Abd Ef-Rahim Mosque
  • Come el dab Ancient Ferka textiles workshop
  • Nubet Pyramid

El Balyana

Located on the western banks of the Nile, El Balyana is a small town in Sohag. It sits adjacent to the ancient city of Abydos. The name comes from the Coptic distortion of a Greek name. It’s many monuments take you back to the ancient Egyptian era. Stumbling through the streets of Abydos gives you a peek into the traditional culture and lifestyle that is still preserved in the modern times.

 

Key attractions:

  • Abydos
  • Temple of Seti I
  • Temple of Osiris
  • Ramses II Temple

Tell El-Amarna

Site of ruins and Tombs, Tell El Amarna, is also fondly known as the city of Akhenaton (Horizon of Aton). Amana sits on the banks of Upper Egypt on the banks of modern Asyut on one side. While on the other side it lines the beautiful Nile. Each dwelling remains at Tell el-Amarna composed of all the natural elements that were used in olden days with a shrine. The shrine stands to depict Akhenaton in the embrace of his family.

 

Key attraction:

Great Team of Aton

Wadi El-Sebua

Valley of the Lions, as it is widely popular for the avenue of sphinxes that leads up to the site, Wadi es-sebua holds the temples from the two new kingdoms of Egyptian pharaohs. An inner-cut rock sanctuary is guarded by a monumental gate at entry. The intricate wall paintings and scriptures in the temples are sure to take you back in time on a historical journey. It is also home to the Temple of Maharaja an unfinished structure from the Roman times and the Temple of Dakka, a Greco-Roman Temple.

 

Key attractions:

  • Temple of Amenhotep III
  • Temple of Amun of Rameses II
  • Temple of Dakka
  • Temple of Maharaja