Egypt is the land of wonders home to the greatest collection of artifacts and monuments ever created in the history of the human race dating back to more than 4500 years. Travelers from all over the world come to explore its hidden tales and wonders while enjoying their time to the fullest. Egypt has more than the third of the world’s monuments that’s why it’s a recommended travel destination by everyone even the UNESCO. Due to the countless number of Egypt monuments & attractive destinations, it is easy for anyone to go to any of Egypt’s majestic destinations and enjoy an unforgettable vacation. Here are the best places in Egypt to visit in 2020, starting with:
Best Places to Visit in Cairo in 2020
Cairo has always been the city of wonder, minarets, and skyscrapers which also includes amazing tourist attractions from the pharaonic, the Coptic, and the Islamic sights in old Cairo which make it the first tourist attraction in Egypt for travelers.
1. The Pyramids of Giza
Giza pyramids are one of the most majestic attractions to visit in Egypt. Giza Pyramids are located on the Giza plateau, on the west bank of the Nile. It includes three pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menquare, which were built about 4,500 years ago. They are the royal tombs, each of them bears the name of the king which was built in his reign. The Pyramid of Khufu is the most famous and one of the wonders of the ancient world that remained the tallest building until the 17th century. Your Egypt tours are not complete without visiting the Pyramids of Giza. The pyramid is a stage of the development of the architecture of tombs in ancient Egypt.
2. The Great Sphinx
The Sphinx is a statue of a mythical creature called the Sphinx with the body of a lion and a human head. It was carved from one block of limestone, believed to be built by the Egyptians in the reign of Pharaoh Khafre “2558-2532 B.C“ to resemble him, located on the Giza plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Cairo.
3. The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum contains a large number of exhibits, which include several ancient Egyptian artifacts dating back to ancient times, as the number of pieces displayed, is approximately one hundred and thirty-six thousand pieces.
4. The Grand Egyptian Museum
The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the largest museums in the world dedicated to the entire history of ancient Egypt. it contains a large number of facilities, entertainment centers, and exhibits, which include several ancient Egyptian artifacts up to more than 150,000 datings back to ancient times including the entire full collection of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
5. Khan El Khalili Bazaar
This magical market dates to the 14th century to be a labyrinth of golden art and beauty on each of its corners. Khan El Khalili is one of the most famous landmarks in old Cairo which is characterized by the existence of marvelous handicrafts of copper, wood, and other materials, tourists can buy what they want as souvenirs from this wonderful place,.
Best Places to Visit in Luxor in 2020
Luxor is a true reflection of the ancient Egyptian heaven located in Upper Egypt; it’s one of the best places to visit in Egypt that includes marvelous tourist attractions, many travelers of Egypt prefer to explore its attractions during a Nile river cruise such as:
1. Karnak Temple
Karnak temple represents the true soul and spirit of the entire city of Luxor which has many temples built by the ancient Egyptians Kings and Queens from the middle kingdom(2040-1782 BC) during the reign of Senusret I in the 16th century BC and the new Kingdom (1570-1050 BC) which continued till the Ptolemaic period (323-30 BC). The Karnak temple was known as Ipet-isu “The Most Selected Of Places” and Pr-Imn “House Of Amon”. These temples return to the god Amon and other Egyptian mythology gods and goddesses mainly dedicated to God Amun with his wife Mut and son Khnsou, other gods like Osiris, Montu, Ptah, and Isis that were found at that time. There are beautiful presentations of sound and light, which held at night every day, the legendary avenue of sphinxes and these spectacles are a great way to discover these temples. The distance between Luxor and Karnak is estimated at about 3 kilometers.
2. Luxor Temple
Luxor temple is one of the most important and beautiful landmarks to be visited by many tourists on the east bank of the Nile. The Luxor temple or as it was known the southern sanctuary was constructed in 1400 BC in the new Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) with sandstone from the Gebel el-Silsila area under the reign of pharaoh Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC)of the 18th dynasty then completed by king Tutankhamun (1336-1327 BC) to honor the creator god Amun of the Theban Triad with Mut the goddess of justice and Khonsu the god of the moon and the rejuvenation of kingship and hold the annual Opet festival. It contains the edifice belonging to King Ramses II, in addition to the obelisk decorated with all the victories achieved by the King, and the many statues placed in the forefront of the expanse. The sound and light show of the Luxor temple are not to be missed.
3. The Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings is located on the western side of the Nile River and has been used for a long period of time, as the final resting place for many Pharaohs for more than 500 years during the new kingdom. It contains about 63 cut-rock decorated tombs and chambers and this valley contains a lot of tombs that belong to the kings and queens of that era such as Ramses (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, IX, X), Amenhotep I, Hatshepsut, Seti I and the famous boy-king Tutankhamun, and these graves are decorated with great engravings and images. All these elements have made this majestic valley the ultimate tourist attraction that bewitched a large number of tourists worldwide.
4. Hatshepsut Temple
The temple of Queen Hatshepsut also known as Djeser-Djeseru (Holy of Holies) was built in the Eighteenth Dynasty during the new kingdom to honor the god Amun. It is located on the west bank of the Nile River and remains one of the most preserved temples in Egypt and the world. it was built for in her honor and consists of three ascending terraces, the temple has a great view which makes it one of the beautiful archaeological sites in upper Egypt.
Best Places to Visit in Aswan in 2020
The Nubia city of Aswan is known as a mythical golden city of art and originality and the home to a number of the famous archaeological site and some of the most beautiful scenes of natural beauty, Aswan includes wonderful historical monuments, it’s located after Luxor city in Upper Egypt, the tourists in Egypt prefer to enjoy a Nile cruise, as it’s one of the best experiences to partake in Egypt.
1. Philae Island
Philae temple is one of the last temples to ever be built in Egypt, constructed between 380 BC and362 BC by king Ptolemy II and enlarged by various kings across the Ptolemaic Era. It is located in the Nile River, opposite the Aswan desert where it used to be the worship center for Isis goddess of Motherhood and healing, and contains the remains of several ancient temples which were constructed for commemorating the Pharaohs. A great deal of information about the mythology of ancient Egypt was known through this temple like the myth of Osiris.
2. The Unfinished Obelisk
The unfinished obelisk dates back to the modern era in the reign of Queen Hatshepsut which is affiliated to the Pharaohs’ empire. it is characterized by its enormous size and incomplete construction.
3. Aswan High Dam
Aswan High Dam is a water dam located on the Nile River in the southern part of the Republic of Egypt. It was established during the reign of Gamal Abdel Nasser in the mid-50s. The dam controls the Nile water flow rate and reduces the effects of its flood. It is used to generate electricity in Egypt.
4. Two Temples of Abu Simbel
The temple of Abu Simbel is an archaeological site containing two huge temple rocks in southern Egypt on the west bank of Lake Nasser, about 290 km southwest of Aswan, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as the Nubian Antiquities. the temple consists of two temples, one belongs to King Ramses II reflecting on his great victories like the ancient battle of Kadesh, and the other to his wife Nefertari, a lot of people who care about ancient history come to visit this majestic place to discover the great civilization of ancient Egyptian. This fantastic monument is one of the best places to visit in Egypt in 2020.
Best Places to Visit in Alexandria in 2020
Alexandria is a heavenly gem and a truly historical city that needs to be visited, it has beautiful sites to discover, Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt, and it’s the second capital of Egypt as well as one of the best cities in Egypt, the city of Alexandria contains some tourist attractions to visit such as:
1. Qaitbay Citadel
Qaitbay citadel was built at the site of the ancient Alexandria lighthouse using some of its salvaged stones that were destroyed because of a devastating earthquake in 702 AH. It was built by Sultan Al-Ashraf Abu Al-Nasr Qaitbay in 882 AH and was completed in 884 AH.
2. Pompey’s Pillar
Pompey’s pillar is one of the highest monuments in the world and the only roman artifact located outside its original country. It was built from granite in the third century AD to commemorate Emperor Diocletian. It is located on the hill of Sedra and about 27 meters long and 26.85 meters high.
3. Kom Al-Shakafa
The archaeological Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa are located in the south of the neighborhood of Mina Al-Basal in the area of Kom El-Shoqafa, Its name relative to the crushers and pottery remnants found in them.
4. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandria library is one of the most important cultural monuments in the city and the world. It is located in the Shatby area on the Mediterranean coast and contains more than eight million books.
A Chance from the Heavens
Step into the ancient Pharaoh’s land, a world of majestic temples, mysterious mummies, marvelous felucca sailboats, and exotic bazaars through our Egypt private tours. Take a look around the suburbs of Cairo with a professional Egyptologist guide. At the Grand Egyptian Museum, you will cast your eyes on the enchanting artifacts such as the mummy of King Ramses II and the treasures of the King boy Tutankhamun. Then step onboard a luxury Nile cruise and watch some of the most beautiful scenery on the banks of the Nile between Luxor & Aswan such as the beautiful palms, banks, and great modern & ancient buildings. Create unforgettable memories through our tours below: