Whether you’re watching the sun rise from the lofty heights of Mt. Sinai or the shimmering horizon from the comfort of a hot spring in Siwa Oasis, Egypt’s desert landscapes are endlessly fascinating—good thing, because they make up 95% of the country. In a land where time is measured by dynasties and distance by the setting sun, there are plenty of opportunities to relax into the infinite expanse of sand and sea.
The old saying that Egypt is the gift of the Nile still rings true: without the river there would be no fertile land, no food and no electricity. And although people’s lives are increasingly physically detached from the water, the Nile still exerts a uniquely powerful role. Luckily for visitors, the river is also the perfect place from which to see many of the most spectacular ancient monuments, which is one reason why a Nile cruise remains such a popular way to travel.
With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us. The Valley of the Kings in Luxor, the tomb of Tutankhamun or the Sphinx of Giza are just three examples of the historical legacy left by Egypt.
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