Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Ancient sites of Egypt

April 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Tourist Attractions

All inclusive holiday deals to Mediterranean destinations are becoming even more popular. They are the perfect way to control your daily spending as all your food, drink and entertainment is covered before you even get to your destination.

One ideal destination is Egypt and no wonder. This country with its mix of ancient history and popularity for scuba diving offers something for everyone.

Pyramid of KhafreThe Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is near Luxor but many destinations offer trips to this amazing place. The limestone rocks of these hills are sparsely beautiful in their own right. Here you’ll find the tombs of the Pharaohs which date back to the 16th – 11th Centuries BC.

Inside you can marvel at the art work on the walls and ceilings which is so intricate. And remember they are thousands of years old, so please refrain from leaving your own graffiti tag.

An entrance ticket allows you to visit three tombs of your choice. However if you want to see Tutankhamen’s tomb you will need to buy a separate ticket (an extra £10 or LE100). The tomb is small and not as decorated as some, but King Tut’s mummified body is still in residence (nice).

The Pyramids

You can’t visit Egypt without seeing the Pyramids. It’s like travelling to India and not seeing the Taj Mahal or Athens and not visiting the Acropolis.

Although there are over 100 pyramids in Egypt the most famous and most visited ones are the three at Giza just outside of Cairo. These date from about 2,000 BC which makes them younger than the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The pyramids too are thought to be burial chambers for the Pharaohs of the time.

The tallest one here, the Great Pyramid, is almost 500ft high and is believed to have taken 20 years to erect. Too many tea breaks we reckon. They open in rotation for visitors, so if you want to see inside make sure you go a on a day that it is open obviously! But really the size of these alongside the Sphinx is enough to impress. It can also take your breath away realising that by visiting the pyramids, you are seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

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