The word Nile originates from an ancient Egyptian language and it translates as ‘the great river’. The great river is a befitting title for this river. The Nile River flows through 11 countries and attains its gorgeous form as it enters Egypt. It holds a significant place in the lives of Egyptians as it has nourished their civilization for centuries. Incidentally, there are many must-visit landmarks and iconic historic spots on the banks of Nile. Read on and know what attractions and activities you should include in your Egypt tours.
The Pyramids of Giza
The most iconic attraction of Egypt should take precedence in this list. The majestic Pyramids are on everybody’s Egypt Attractions bucket list. The Pyramids of Giza, which are approximately 4579 years old, are revered as one of the greatest creations of mankind. The general entrance fee to enter the Giza Pyramid complex is 120 Egyptian Pound for adults and 60 EGP for students. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will be open from 8 AM to 5 PM.
Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, offers many venues and activities to discern the culture and history of Egypt. Most of the ancient artifacts and other historical relics excavated from different parts of Egypt are exhibited in the museums and galleries of Cairo. One such venue is the Egyptian Museum that preserves the legacy of a glorious civilization in the best way possible. It is one of the largest museums in the area, exhibiting over 120,000 Egyptian vestiges. The museum, which is also known as the Cairo Museum, opens at 9 AM and remains open until 5 PM. Old Cairo, Cairo Tower, Tahrir Square are some other prominent tourist spots of Cairo.
Valley of the Kings
The Valley of Kings, located on the West Bank of Nile, is the resting place of many powerful Pharaohs who reigned from 16th to 11th century BC. The valley includes resting places of Tutankhamun, Ramesses VI, Ramesses I, Ramesses IV and many more. You can visit the 3 tombs for 80 EGP and there are around 19 prominent tombs in the area. All the tombs in the valley will be open from 6 AM to 5 PM.
Valley of the Queens
Similar to the Valley of the Kings, the Egyptian Queen’s had a dedicated resting place. The tombs of eminent queens- Nefertari, Titi, Amenherkhopshef and Kahemwaset can be found in the Valley of Queens. The tomb of Nefertari is currently closed and the rest of the tombs can be accessed by paying 35 EGP. The venue timing is between 6 AM to 5 PM.
Aswan is another historic city that lies on the banks of the Nile. The key attractions of this place are the Nubia Museum, Tombs of the Nobles, Unfinished Obelisk, Elephantine Island, Aswan Museum, Ruins of Abu and Aswan Botanical Gardens. The Nubian Museum and its vast galleries exhibit antiquities representing Pharaonic, Geological, Coptic, Islamic and Roman ages in Egypt. The Museum is open to visitors from 9 AM to 9 PM. The entrance fee to the museum is 140 EGP.
Tombs of the Nobles
The grand tombs and the luxury of mummification were not limited to the Kings and Queens of Egypt. The Tombs of Nobles is where the Egyptian Nobility, which includes priests, princes, princesses, administrators of Pharaohs, viziers and decorated soldiers, are laid to rest. The prominent Tombs in the area are the Tomb of Nakht, Menna, Rekmire, Userhet and many more. The tombs are located in Aswan and will open from 6 PM to 5 PM. The tombs are packaged into groups of two and three and the entry fees range from 15 EGP to 25 EGP.
Temple of Luxor
The Luxor Temple which dates back to 1400 BCE is an attraction you shouldn’t miss during your Egypt Tours. It will cost you 50 EGP to gain access to this splendid edifice and the timing is between 6 AM to 9 PM.
Temple of Karnak
The Karnak Temple complex and open-air museum comprise chapels, decayed temples and other historic buildings. The entrance fee to enter the temple complex is 65 EGP and the timing is 6 AM to 4 PM.
The Luxor Museum is located on the East Bank of Nile River and it overlooks the West Bank of the river. The Luxor Museum exhibits many splendid displays including the tomb of Tutankhamun. The first session of the museum begins at 9 AM and will go on till 3 PM. The second session is between 4 PM to 9 PM. The entrance fee to this venue of Egypt Tourism is 80 EGP.
The Nile River Cruise
How about a Nile River cruise, where you can spend hours sailing through the placid river and sightsee all the celebrated historic and cultural spots? If you can’t directly visit all the sought-after tourist spots or finish all the things to do in Egypt, embark this journey.
The Nile River starts its journey from the heart of Africa and plunges to the Mediterranean Sea. The river continues to nourish civilizations; cities and agricultural fields along its banks and a visit to these aforementioned tourist spots are bound to be exhilarating and divine. If you are still wondering what to do in Egypt during your Egypt tours, make sure that you spend it by the banks of Nile.