A truly legendary destination! Who hasn't dreamed of going back to the time of the Pharaohs and their extraordinary temples by exploring the Valley of the Nile? On the banks of this long fertile strip of water surrounded by the immense Sahara desert stand some of the greatest masterpieces ever made by man.Before heading off on a fabulous Nile cruise, start your visit to Egypt in Alexandria, enjoying the fresh sea air as you take a stroll along its famous Corniche, and Cairo, where you can admire the extraordinary treasure of Tutankhamun. As a taster for the Ancient treasures which await along the Nile, don't miss the pyramid of Cheops, the seventh wonder of the world, situated in Giza just a stone's throw from the monumental Sphinx, one of the country's eternal symbols.Next, make your way to Luxor, where the whole history of the pharaohs seems to be concentrated. Visit the huge temples in Karnak, dedicated to the Theban triad of gods, as well as the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, which are home to dozens of tombs. From here, take a picturesque felucca or motor boat south. Aswan is the gateway to other important sites, such as the island of Philae and the colossal statues of Abu Simbel, the most famous of the temples built by Ramses II.Finally, if you still have time, take a trip to Hurghada on the Red Sea, where the coral reefs are among the most beautiful in the world.
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