Ancient Egypt has captured the Western imagination for thousands of years. Even as far back as the Roman Republican age, before the time of famed Ptolemaic queen Cleopatra, travelers have made their way to see landmarks such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx. The Nile Valley was home to one of the most fascinating civilizations of the ancient period – home of kings and queens – and it can be yours to discover on our Egypt: Valley of Kings tour scheduled for May 2022! Here’s more information on what you can expect to see with us.
We start our tour in Cairo, the capital of modern Egypt and one of the most populated cities in the world. The area surrounding Cairo is full of ancient relics, none more famous than the Pyramids of Giza. The Pyramids, the only one of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to survive to us, were resting places for Ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and we’ll be exploring some of these tombs while also getting pictures with the Sphinx, the guardian of the Pyramids.
We’ll also visit Saqqara, home to several more ancient tombs and walls covered with beautiful hieroglyphics – the writing system of the ancient Egyptian language. The Step Pyramid, the first freestanding stone building in history dating back to the mid-2600s BCE, was recently reopened to tourists after a 14 year restoration period and is also located here.
Nile River Cruise
From here we will depart for Aswan, a city located at the first cataract of the Nile River to begin a Nile River Cruise and tour. In Aswan proper, discover the Phalie Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk, which would have been the largest obelisk ever cut had it been finished! On the luxury riverboat cruise, we’ll be watching the ancient pyramids and monuments drift by with a few stops along the way. The Temple of Kom Ombo was built in ancient times for the gods Horus and Sobek. This makes Kom Ombo the only temple in Egypt that was dedicated to two gods.
We’ll also be stopping at the Valley of Kings, where tombs were carved into rocky cliffs to protect them from graverobbers. From there we move to Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, then to Karnack Temple before finishing at Luxor. Luxor Temple is one of the most well-preserved temples in Egypt because it was completely buried in sand for centuries.
Our tour finishes in Cairo with a final stop at the Egyptian Museum, which hosts the largest collection of Pharaonic relics in the world, including the world-renowned sarcophagus and mask of King Tutankhamun!
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Looking to travel this year? We still have space available on some of our exciting journeys such as Peru’s Inca Trail and New Year’s Eve on Cloud 9 in Austria!
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