There is a lot more to Egypt than the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza. This is a land that is dotted with iconic monuments and ancient treasures. As the cradle of human history, the sweeping landscape of Egypt connected the Middle East with Africa.
Egypt is the land of the Kings and Pharaohs, their tombs, and other archaeological wonders. However, the country’s most remarkable experience can be found in its astounding landscapes.
Here is how to have an adventure of a lifetime in Egypt.
Sail from Abu Simbel towards Kom Ombo
Drive through the deserts of Abu Simbel and explore the rock-hewn temples and visit Aswan. Have a look at the 20m high statues of the most powerful Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, Ramses II. Once the trip is over, sail downstream through the Nile Valley and gaze at the intensive cultivation points along the river. All you need to do is browse the flights to Egypt if thinking of an adventurous trip here and then the country will fascinate you and pump your adrenaline.
A camel ride to St Simeon’s
Embark on the ‘ships of the desert’ to visit the largest Coptic monasteries in Egypt, St Simeon’s. These monasteries were built in the 7th century and are located in splendid isolation towards the end of a desert valley. They were finally abandoned by the 13th century and indeed makes for an impressive sight. It is indeed a unique experience to make this adventurous trip to those monasteries that look like some desert fortress.
Take the Nile Cruise
Stop at the Kom Ombo Temple that overlooks the Nile and dates back to the second century BC. The picturesque complex with its mirror-image design is dedicated to different gods; one half is the Temple of Sobek, while the other half is dedicated to Haroeris. Spend some time relaxing on the sundeck and gaze at those desert hills, the fishermen casting their nets on the lush riverbanks. Take one of the flights from Dubai to Cairo to explore the country’s most extraordinary landscapes and plan your Egyptian adventure at the Nile.
Enjoy a Nubian Homestay
Why not take advantage of the Nubian homestay on the west bank of the Nile and get familiar with the local way of life. Visit the surrounding countryside and agriculture and stay with a Nubian family. Learn about traditional Egyptian life as the family gathers in the sandy courtyard for meals and conversations during the homestay. You can also help the family in the kitchen or play football in the courtyard with their kids.
A boat trip on the Red Sea
One can also plan a full day trip on a boat on the Red Sea and enjoy looking at the coral reefs around Safaga. You will find that there are more than 1500 species of fish and over 400 varieties of corals in the Red Sea. There are every possible shade and hue of the reef fish here living amongst the corals. The rich marine life also boasts of small sharks, turtles, rays, and other species. You will feel like swimming in a huge tropical fish tank.