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Egypt’s long and rich history is split into several different periods according to the Pharaoh that ruled the dynasty. Its banks and delta are fertile because of the river Nile that flows through the different regions of Egypt. Go back in time and write your name in hieroglyphic – the ancient Egyptian language dating back to 3400 BC.

Pyramids of Giza

Located just outside of the outskirts of Cairo on the esplanade known as the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramids of Giza is the must-see Ancient Egyptian landmark. The Khufu’s Pyramid, is the greatest pyramid of the complex: a truly overwhelming sight. It is the only surviving wonder of the ancient world ! When gazing at this colossal structure, there’s no way to escape the feeling of being dwarfed…The two smaller – but still huge – pyramids in Giza are those of Khafre and Menkaure. A few steps to the east you will notice three small (20 m high) piles of rumble: the queens’ pyramids, tombs of Khufu’s wives and sisters.

Nearby, on the Giza Plateau, you’ll also find the Great Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum. The site is also where the Sound & Light Show at Giza takes place, and where every newcomer to Egypt experiences Giza camel rides for the first time.

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The sound and light show at the Karnak Temple complex narrates the achievements of great Pharaohs, while describing the great treasures of ancient Thebes.

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Elephantine Island

Probably the most beautiful place to visit in Aswan! The Elephantine island is a truly paradisiacal spot with wonderful gardens and some truly significant artifacts.

It is a great place to spend some leisure time, wandering among the colorful houses of the Nubian villages Siou and Koti, fishing in the Nile, or having a picnic on the river banks.

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Philae Island

The ancient island of Philae was a sacred center for the cult of Isis and the location of a great temple complex now known as Philae Temple. For millennia, Philea Island attracted pilgrims from all over the world. It was flooded and eventually became fully submerged after the creation of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser.

The flooding prompted the UNESCO initiative to preserve the magnificent Temple of Philae. It was dismantled and relocated to Agilkia Island, which was renamed Philae Island. Take a felucca cruise to sail to Philae Island and see the magnificent Ancient Egyptian ruins.

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Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa

Initially the Catacombs were built for a single wealthy family practicing a fusion of Ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman religion; the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa entombed over 300 mummies.

See bearded serpents crowned with the crowns of upper and lower Egypt, the hovering solar disc above the archway and customary funerary deities joined with Graeco-Roman motifs. The catacombs are a monumental testament to the enduring myths of Ancient Egypt despite centuries of Greek and Roman rule. Kom el-Shoqqafa means literally “piles of shreds.” It was discovered by pure chance in 1900 when a donkey drawn cart fell into a pit.

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Cleopatra's Palace

There’s something magical about Cleopatra’s Palace where legend has it that Mark Anthony and Cleopatra declared their love in 37 BC. Next to the ruins of the ancient palace, you can also see some of Cleopatra’s sun boats, around which are littered dozens of clay amphorae that once contained wheat or wine depending on their shape and size.

Your diving instructor will probably tell you that, if a woman throws a penny or a flower in the water at this particular spot her wish about her loved one will come true! And nobody said men can’t try it as well.

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