If you are planning to explore the countries many ancient sites its best to plan ahead and pick the best spots. While many tourists travel the country by tour bus you may want to consider more comfortable ways of traveling like a cruise on the Nile or by hiring a car. However you get there, here are some of the most important sites you need to make time to see.
The Pyramids of Giza
No trip to Egypt would be complete without seeing the great pyramids, yet most tourists skip these ancient monuments because they fear the crowds. Located in Cairo, the pyramid complex includes the great pyramid of Khufu and the mighty Sphinx. While there are crowds and many tours, visiting the sites here is still possible and you can make a day of it while in the capital.
The Temple of Luxor
Resting on the east bank of the Nile this mighty temple complex has survived millennia. If you want to take a cruise of the Nile most cruises begin or end in Luxor and many of the cruise packages include guides that will give you a tour of the temple.
These tours are the best because the guides know all the secret spots most people miss. Here you can not only see the massive temples but also the gigantic statues that guard them.
Valley of the Kings
This is another iconic spot that no tourist should miss because they fear crowds. The best way to tour the site, however, is with a guide and many great guides operate in the area. Here you can see the ancient tombs of the kings of Egypt and all their artifacts and belongings. The valley lies opposite Luxor on the west bank of the Nile and walking in the valley you will feel the majesty of the place. Here you can also visit the nearby Valley of the Queens, including the tomb of Queen Nefertari.
Located in the south this ancient temple complex is carved directly into the rockface of a mountain and here you will stand in awe of the gigantic statues that guard the temple gates.
While this isn’t the original location of the temple, it is no less impressive.