HIGHLIGHTS OF EGYPT from US$285
Cairo has always attracted travelers, as far back as 10 centuries ago to the time of the Mamluks. Cairo is one of the world’s largest urban areas and offers many exciting sites to visit. The Great Pyramids of Giza is situated on the very edge of the city. There are also ancient temples, tombs, beautiful Christian churches, magnificent Muslim monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum.
Aswan is an ancient frontier town located south of Luxor, and has a distinctively African atmosphere. Small enough to walk around in and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life here is slow and relaxing. Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. On the opposite shore (the west bank), the cliffs rise above the tomb of a marabut, Qubbet el-Hawwa, who was a local saint. Below are tombs of the local pharaonic nobles and dignitaries.
Located in the town of Kom-Ombo, north of Aswan, the Kom-Ombo Temple, dating to the Ptolemies, is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. The actual temple was started by Ptolemy VI Philometor in the early second century BC. Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. The outer enclosure wall and part of the court were built by Augustus sometime after 30 BC, and are mostly gone. There are also tombs from the Old Kingdom in the vicinity of Kom-Ombo village.
The Temple of Horus in Edfu (also known as the Temple of Edfu) is considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. This is partly because it was built later than most, between 237 to 57 BC. Yet despite its later date, it reflects traditional pharaonic architecture and provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked. Edfu is also very large, the second largest in Egypt after Karnak Temple.
Luxor has often been called the worlds greatest open air museum, as indeed it is and much more. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Luxor consists of three different areas, the City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor and Thebes, which the ancient Egyptians called Waset, which is on the west side of the Nile.
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