Honestly, this trip for me was a dream come true! Who hasn't dreamt about seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza, not to mention the famous Sphinx…? I know I had! And I blame it all on the movie; The Mummy. Of course, a couple years later I tragically realized that The Mummy was a phony. For starters it wasn't even filmed in Egypt; not even one scene! Not to mention the story itself, although it was believable and VERY entertaining, came nowhere near the actual Egyptian legends…. I was heartbroken, but that didn't stop me from wanting to visit this country to experience true Egyptian culture and to visit one of the 7 wonders of the world. I am so glad that we did a 3 day the cruise on the Nile. So many tourists run to the Pyramids, take a few photos, and say they have seen Egypt. Cairo is a cacophony of sounds and feast for the eyes, but the real Egypt, I felt, was along the Nile with little children swimming and waving as we passed, oxen carrying loads of something on their backs in the water, women doing laundry on the shore, and groups of teenagers sitting on roof tops waving as we passed. This is a great country and people are warm and beautiful.
Our first stop was the Great Pyramids of Giza. The three main pyramids of Giza are the pyramid of Khufu (the great pyramid), Khafre, and Menkaure. The Great Pyramid is awesome and even taller and bigger in real life. You are even allowed to climb on it, just not allowed to climb to the top of it! We even bought tickets to go inside the Great Pyramid. The passageway is very steep and narrow and you have to walk it while hunched over! The passageway ends in the tomb's chamber, which in reality isn't much. To be honest, I wouldn't recommend buying tickets to go into the pyramid because it's not very exciting, just a strenuous climb, but how many people can say that they've been inside the Great Pyramid? So it's up to you, just know there's not much to see once your inside. After our visit to the Great Pyramid, we did a camel ride around the other two pyramids.
Then we visited the Kom-Ombo Temple located in Kom Ombo town, 45 km north of Aswan. It is built on a hillside overlooking the Nile. This temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. It is noted for relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby there are three mummified crocodiles. Not a fan of crocodiles so we didn’t go.
Visit the West Bank including: Valley of the Kings Is a valley in Egypt where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom . The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. Colossi of Memnon .The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, it's pretty tall and represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead.
Until now I'm not sure which is my favorite, I keep changing my mind. In fact, I love visiting different temples all over the world - there's just something about these ancient places of worship.
Practice saying Shukran (pronounced show-kran), which means thank you. Everyone and their moms expect you to give them a tip.... they all have this misconception that tourists are just loaded with money to hand out. Expect to give anyone who helps you a tip. Egyptian people are very friendly; don't be afraid to start a conversation. Also, make sure and exchange your money for Egyptian pounds. It makes it less of a hassle when you’re trying to bargain- which is something you should ALWAYS do! Never settle for the original price, they will bring it down, TRUST ME!
There are several very famous Egyptian Temples that I think you'll enjoy learning about and visiting when you get the chance. You might not be able to cover all of them in one trip though, so choose the ones that inspire you the most rather than what tour operators recommend.
Ladies, suck it up and wear pants in Egypt or toughen up to the harassing. I was wearing shorts and a tank top,( it was 110 degrees outside) within 10 minutes of walking into the market area, I was harassed, almost in tears, went back to the hotel, put on jeans and wrapped a scarf around me. I will add that I was just as harassed wearing jeans pants as I was when I wore shorts. In all seriousness, it’s important to respect the culture of the country you are traveling too. I will also add I never truly felt threatened when I was in Egypt. Will this experience keep me from traveling back to Egypt or to other similar countries? Not in the least.