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    Sakkara

    by solopes Updated Jul 17, 2014

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    Considered the oldest of the known pyramids, the pyramid of Djoser is the only one in steps, and is a milestone in architectural evolution.

    The complex is wide and reasonably preserved, though impossible to understand without the inevitable guide's explanation. In our trip to Sakkara and at a short distance from the pyramid, we had the chance to visit also the mastaba of Irukaptah, which shows a more modest but also interesting burial architecture.

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    Cruise of the Nile

    by shavy Updated Dec 15, 2013

    There is no better way to experience the wonders of Egypt, cruise of the nile is a beautiful way to see behind and discover the country through by the nile

    A seven- night cruise involves a round-trip journey southwards from Luxor to Aswan. Nile cruisers are distinctive in appearance and are designed for comfort, with opulently decorated interiors on-board facilities vary from ship to ship, but all have restaurant, lounge, bars, sun deck with pool

    Cruise of the Nile is one of the highlight or central activity of the trip, cruises up and down the Nile stop for shore excursions to the pyramids, archaeological sites, historic temples and city tours

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    Memphis

    by solopes Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    Memphis is today only a memorial: an open air museum with an alabaster sphinx for the touristy photo, and an huge statue of Ramses II protected in an expressly built construction.

    In a fresh and well maintained garden, some other relics justify your trip, and differently from Cairo Museum, you can easily walk around and... breath.

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    Philae Temple

    by solopes Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    I bought what seemed to be an excellent package (it was) but decided to demand some changes. It was a perfect idea. In two weeks I joined four different groups, sharing their experiences but also seeing what they were missing.

    The changes were simple: reverse the cruise (Aswan-Luxor and not the opposite) and replace the long stay in Hurghada by Sharm-el-Sheik. That gave me the chance to save a flight, reaching the Red Sea by land and to profit some exclusive advantages.

    For instance, after the tour of Aswan, the guide found that we were the only costumers to have the Philae Temple in the program.

    So, while everybody else returned to the cruise ship, we and the guide entered a small boat that took us across the lake to that jewel that is the Philae Temple. The visit was quick and easy, but I wouldn't miss it for nothing.

    The protection of the tourists is carefully assured as discreetly as possible. Sometimes they cannot be so discreet.

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    St Katherine's Monastery

    by solopes Updated Dec 12, 2013

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    Time is stopped in Saint Katherine's monastery, in Sinai. History and religion mix in an "impossible" place, in the middle of nowhere. Easy to reach from Sharm-el-Sheik by taxi, after enjoying the colors and textures of the desert, you are stuck by the impressive austerity of the site.

    Sacred for several religions towers and minarets stand side-by-side in the small space of the fortified complex. Costumes are carefully controlled and our pants were found unappropriated. The solution? - Wearing local clothes they gently supplied for a modest donation.

    I may go back there in August. I will not be surprised now!

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    The Sphinx

    by machomikemd Written Nov 20, 2013

    a warning, the sellers and touts and hawkers in the walkway going to the sphinx is the more aggressive of them all around the Giza Complex, so be sure to be in a big group when going to the Sphinx.

    the sphinx is the iconic guardian of the pyramids and is where the light and sound show plays everynight (unfortunately i did not have time to see it). the sphinx is the largest monolith structure in the world at 73.5 meters (241 feet) long, 19.3 meters (63 feet) wide, and 20.22 meters(66.34 feet) high and is made from a single large block of sandstone during the reign of Pharoah Khafre during the fourth dynasty and it was believed to be called the horus of the horizon and there are conflicting theories on what it was made for and the origins. even the destroyed nose and beard of the sphinx has several theories on when it was defaced like napoleon's soldiers, ottomans, sufi saint and more.

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    The Great Sphinx of Giza (Arabic: أبو الهول‎ Abū al Hūl, English: The Terrifying One), commonly referred to as the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining or couchant sphinx (a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head) that stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the face of the Pharaoh Khafra.

    It is the largest monolith statue in the world, standing 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 19.3 metres (63 ft) wide, and 20.22 m (66.34 ft) high.[1] It is the oldest known monumental sculpture, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafra (c. 2558–2532 BC).[1][2]

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    Abu Simbel

    by jorgejuansanchez Written Aug 19, 2013

    In Aswan I took a minibus very early in the morning, together with a dozen of foreigners, all backpackers, in direction to Abu Simbel.
    We all were anxious to admire one of the marvels of the world, a Patrimony of the Humankind according the Organization UNESCO.
    Apart from Abu Simbel we had made an agreement with the minibus driver to stop in the Nasser Dam in the way back to Aswan.
    The minibus employed almost four hours crossing the desert until Abu Simbel.
    We were given 4 hours free time to admire the two temples erected during Ramses II times.
    We could notice the cuts made by the machines to divide the two temples into pieces.
    The first temple is devoted to the gods Ra, Ptah and Amon, while the second is dedicated to the goddess Hathor, where Ramses II wife, Nefertari, is represented.
    I understood that paying the entry fee you had right to a guide, so when I saw a group of tourists explaining the history of the site in Spanish language, I joined them.
    Not only the view of those temples was something fantastic, but inside you had a feeling that I would define of eternity.
    I was especially happy to have reached Abu Simbel, because Spain was one of the four countries to answer to a UNESCO call to help to change the emplacements of those two temples of Abu Simbel when the Nasser Dam was being constructed. In compensation Spain received a gift from the Egyptian Government: the Temple of Debod, which is located in Madrid, at a few meters of the Plaza de España. Italy was given Ellesiya (today is in Torino), USA received Dendura (today is in New York), and Holland received Taffa (today is in Leiden).

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    Luxor

    by solopes Updated Feb 13, 2013

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    Our guide told us that half of all the monuments in the world were in Luxor. We easily believed. Maybe not in quantity, but in size and expression.

    The temples and palaces in the east bank, and the burial places in the west bank justify that you spend in Luxor all the time that you can. Of course, Luxor deserves a separated page, and I tried to do it. You're invited!

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    Nile Cruise

    by solopes Updated Feb 6, 2013

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    A cruise in the Nile is mandatory but things will be different according to the quality of the boat that you take.

    We were in the Nephtys and everything worked fine. Some passengers were moved from another boat with severe complaints, but they also found Nephtys perfect. They have been really relaxing days, with isolated visits serving well to break monotony.

    Another aspect to have in mind is the option of going up the river or down. We did it from Aswan to Luxor, and I think it was the best option.

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    9-day in Egypt

    by Poling Written Feb 4, 2013

    Some suggestions.
    1. Buy the overnight train ticket from Cairo to Aswan (it takes time!!)/ PM Cairo Museum
    2. Giza / Dahshur/ Saqqara (night train to Aswan)
    3. Aswan Philae, hang around
    4. Abu Simbel (short trip package), evening Felucca
    5. Nile cruise (Kom Ombo+Edfu)
    6. Nile cruise (Luxor), Luxor East shore (Karnak, Luxor temple)
    7. Luxor west shore (VOTK)
    8. Early morning Balloon ride, back to Cairo
    9. Cario hang around

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    Nile cruise & cairo

    by HusseinS Written Dec 12, 2012

    the weather in December is pretty warm, not hot (like 30c) but warm enough to sunbathe, especially in the south Luxor & Aswan, where the best attraction is the nile cruise trip. u can try come to egypt tours www.facebook.com/events/306431869474465/?context=create or www.cometoegypt.com or call them on +201277007070

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    Sinai

    by solopes Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    One of the strongest reasons to visit Egypt is the Red Sea. Diving, or only snorkeling, there you may have a remarkable experience. Most of the people go to Hurghada, maybe because it is more accessible, maybe because the publicity. I think that Sinai is a better alternative.

    The hotels are also excellent (maybe better), the reefs are magnificent, and, if you don't want to fly there or drive from Cairo, you have a hovercraft from Hurghada at a reasonable price. And, being there, there's St, Katherine only a few kilometers away.

    Much more information about Sinai in my Sharm-el-Sheik page

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    Kom Ombo

    by solopes Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    Kom Ombo is the best point of the Nile cruise, standing in the deck, and watching the history coming closer, growing by the river, and inviting you to step outside to an easy visit.

    That's also the place where everybody their his boat party, and, knowing that, the way to the monument is lined with merchants selling you the local costumes everybody wears for diner.

    Under 42 degrees Celsius, we didn't appreciate much the ruins. As a matter of fact, we saw some bigger, some better preserved, some more decorated, but this location by the river values for itself.

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    Cairo

    by solopes Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    Cairo is a huge, dirty, noisy, and marvellous town.

    We didn't have time to explore it extensively, maybe we will, in another visit.

    The strongest impressions that remain are Khan el-Khalili, the heart of old town, the City of the Dead, where thousands of people solved the housing crisis lodging in the cemeteries, Saladino's Citadel, and the Egyptian Museum.

    This one, was the most impressive collection of artefacts, fighting for space, in an interesting building that should be tem times greater to old the collection with the dignity it deserves. And Tutankhamum's treasure it's... well... go and see for yourself.

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    Sharm-el-Sheik

    by solopes Updated Sep 5, 2012

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    The best place to enjoy the red sea.

    Either snorkelling or diving, or only swimming, the hot waters and their rich fauna are in Sharm-el-Sheik at their best. Surrounded by the desert, local life is clearly pointed to the tourists needs and opportunities.

    So good, that we went there again and collected much more information for a Sharm-el-Sheik page.

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