Egypt

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Egypt’s modern history may be in the spotlight, but it’s ancient history is it’s gem.  Having given birth to the world’s first major civilization, Egypt amazes with the depth and breadth of experiences to have, places to go, and ancient wonders to see.  While the Pyramids and temples are the main attraction, the magnificent beaches of the Red Sea and chaos of Cairo add to the intrigue of this country caught somewhere between Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

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DON’T MISS: The Pyramids at Giza.  They are magnificent.
MUST SEE: The Temples of Karnak (Luxor), Luxor Temple at night, Valley of the Kings (Luxor), the marine life of the Red Sea, the Library in Alexandria and the striking temple of Abu Simbel.
MUST TASTE: GAD, Egyptian fast food…it’s delicious.  Also try koshary, all the carbs that fit in one dish…you have to taste, because it can’t be described!

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TRIP PLANNING: Two weeks provides enough to see the historic sights, but adding another week for the Red Sea will make the trip.
GETTING AROUND: The main sights of the country along the Nile, Alexandria-Cairo-Luxor-Aswan, are connected by train.  Take tours to get to far-flung sights and consider flying to the Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh or Dahab on the Red Sea).

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OUR COST PER DAY (2 ppl): $55.87
COST OF A BEER: $1-$2.50 for the local brew at restaurants and liquor stores (if you can find one).
KEY MONEY-SAVING TIP: Traveling to the main attractions independently will save you loads of money, but taking a tour to get to many relieve a lot of the hassle.

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: There is no avoiding the touts, even if you are on a fully inclusive guided tour…be prepared.
IF WE KNEW WHAT WE KNOW NOW: We wouldn’t take a first class train.  There isn’t much of a difference between first and second class other than first class costs twice as much.
HELPFUL LINKS TO LEARN MORE: The Egyptian Railways website for train schedules and booking and wikitravel for an overview of sights to see.

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WE WERE THERE FOR: 3 weeks
OUR HIGHLIGHT: Finally making it to the Pyramids, one of the main sights we wanted to see when we started our trip two years ago!
WHERE WE WENT: Dahab, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Cairo, Alexandria, Pyramids of Giza
WE REGRET MISSING: The Western Desert.

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Egypt Highlights

Egypt has captured the imagination of travelers for thousands of years. Today is no exception, the sights are beautiful beyond imagination including the tombs of Luxor, temples of the South, the world class diving in the Red Sea, and the "can't miss" Pyramids. Take a tour of this special country in only 30 photos!

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Luxor

The Pyramids are what comes to mind when Ancient Egypt is mentioned, but the true beauty, art and splendor of the Ancient Egyptians is in Luxor. Visiting the Valley of Kings, Luxor Museum, Temples of Karnak and Luxor Temple are arguably the most memorable sights of all of Egypt.

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Giza

Home of the Pyramids...do you need to know more? As the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World, no visit to Egypt can be complete without a visit to these massive structures that rise from the desert. One of the must-see sights of the world, it's an unforgettable time.

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Aswan

Aswan is Egypt's southernmost city on the Nile and a great starting off point for trips to the gorgeous Abu Simbel temples or cruises up the Nile to Luxor. Lacking the tourist-centric touts of Luxor it's a relaxing place with few of the hassels of it's northern neighbor.

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Abu Simbel

Situated at the historic end of Ancient Egypt, the temples of Abu Simbel stood as an imposing symbol of Egyptian power to people arriving on the Nile. With spectacular statues, colorful paintings, and stunning surroundings, Abu Simbel is a highlight on an Egyptian tour.

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Edfu & Kom Ombo

Two of Ancient Egypt's best preserved temples, Edfu and Kom Ombo are must-see sights of Egypt. Edfu stands tall as it did when it was built over 2200 years ago complete with ceilings, intricate carvings and scale that has to been seen to be believed. Kom Ombo enthralls visitors as a temple to the crocodile god, Sobek, a human-crocodile image, and even has a crocodile mummy museum. Short trips from Luxor, both of these temples are well worth the trip.

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Cairo

The sprawling metropolis of Cairo, home to 21 million people, is the heart of Egypt. Filled with the frustrations of big city life: traffic, chaos, and noise; it also has must see sights such as thousand year-old mosques, the Egyptian Museum, and just enjoy the comforts of a city. Make sure to spend 2-3 days to take in the wonderful parts of Cairo before making your exit from Egypt.

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Alexandria

Founded by and named after Alexander the Great, Alexandria is an example of living history. Formerly the home to one of the ancient Seven Wonders and the center of the world's knowledge, it's modern form doesn't disappoint either. The city stretches along the Mediterranean Sea which is made walkable by a corniche from end-to-end. Along the way visitors will find fantastic cafes, bakeries and a modern library that is a center of knowledge for the Islamic world. As foreigners for millennia have been enthralled, you won't regret time spent in Alexandria.

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Dahab

The "quiet" city on the Red Sea, Dahab is laid-back compared to resort filled Hurgada and Sharm el-Sheikh, but features the same world class diving/snorkeling, seafood and hospitality. Make time to visit the rugged canyons of the Sinai Peninsula to fully experience what makes Dahab a special place in the world.

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