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11 Best things to see & do in Ancient Egypt

  • Egypt

Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx

  • Cairo, Lower Egypt, Egypt

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Landscape of the Giza Plateau, showing 3 large pyramids and 3 smaller ones infront

Experience

The last survivor of the seven ancient wonders of the world: the remarkable 147m-high tomb of Pharaoh Khufu dates from 2,500 BC. The Sphinx sits alongside.

Good for age: 8+

Cruise the River Nile (Luxor to Aswan)

  • Upper Egypt, Egypt

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Cruise ship on Nile River, showing both banks eitherside

Experience

Still a defining experience, revealing a tapestry of astonishing ancient monuments, beautiful papyrus-dotted river banks, and a landscape that has remained largely unchanged in 4,000 years.

Adult price 800+

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 3-7 days

Temples of Abu Simbel

  • Aswan, Southern Upper Egypt Region, Egypt

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Exterior facade of the great temple showing four giant statues guarding the door

Experience

The 3,000-year-old, remarkably well-preserved temple of Ramesses II – one of the world’s greatest ancient sites and a testament to the power of the Egyptian empire at its height.

Adult price 12

Good for age: 8+

Valley of the Kings

  • Luxor, Middle Egypt, Egypt

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Valley of kings. The tombs of the pharaohs. Tutankhamun. Luxor. Egypt. Ancient monument of architecture. Museum. Excavation. Vacation holidays background wallpaper

Experience

The remarkable desert valley that’s home to 62 tombs of Egypt’s ancient pharaohs, including the famous tomb of Tutankhamun. The treasures are long gone, but the hieroglyphic-decorated ceilings and walls are no less impressive.

Adult price 8

Good for age: 13+

Egyptian Museum

  • Cairo, Lower Egypt, Egypt

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Close up of a funerary mask in the Egyptian Museum

Experience

One of the world’s great archaeological museums, home to the world’s greatest Egyptian collection, including the famous treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun.

Adult price 6

Good for age: 13+

Karnak Temple

  • Luxor, Southern Upper Egypt Region, Egypt

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Karnak Temple in Luxor, Egypt. The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings in Egypt.

Experience

The largest temple complex in the world, Karnak was the most important place of worship for ancient Egyptians, with 80,000 people working here during the reign of Ramesses II. It remains one of the world’s most impressive religious complexes, clearly illustrating the glory of ancient Egypt.

Adult price 10

Good for age: 8+

Temple of Isis at Philae

  • Aswan, Upper Egypt, Egypt

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Front entrance of the Temple of Isis at Philae

Experience

One of the most beautiful Greco Roman temples, with the most romantic setting of all. Built in the 4th century BC, and dedicated to the goddess and her husband, Osiris.

Adult price 13

Good for age: 13+

The Pyramids of Saqqara & Dahshur

  • Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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The Bent pyramid at Dahshur, Cairo, Egypt

Experience

Just 20 miles of Cairo, a complex of incredibly well-preserved pyramids even older than those in Giza and without the crowds. Highlights include the Bent and Red Pyramids, and the Step Pyramid of Djoser – the oldest stone building in the world.

Good for age: 13+

Hot-air balloon flights over Luxor

  • Luxor, Upper Egypt, Egypt

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View of a hot air balloon floating just above the valley containing the Temple of Hatshephsup

Experience

There’s nothing quite like seeing this evocative landscape of ancient sites, Nile floodplains, and villages unchanged for thousands of years, as the sun rises over the Nile. Gasp-worthy sights include Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.

Adult price 30

Good for age: 13+

Duration: 3 hours

Temple of Seti I

  • Luxor, Upper Egypt, Egypt

The Mortuary Temple of Seti I is the memorial temple of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Seti I. It is located in the Theban Necropolis in Upper Egypt, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.

Experience

Little-visited, but well-preserved temple that was one of the most important in ancient Egypt. It was built here by Seti I in 1279 BC and dedicated to Osiris, Isis and their son Horus.

Adult price 4

Good for age: 18+

Temple of Horus

  • Abydos, Upper Egypt, Egypt

front entrance of the Horus Temple , Edfu, Egypt. Africa.

Experience

The most completely preserved temple in Egypt, and one of the grandest, dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus. The temple lies about 70 miles south of Luxor.

Adult price 3

Good for age: 18+