There are few places in the world more mysterious, steeped in both history and legend, than Egypt. Tales of the pharaohs and cursed grave robbers have captured the world’s imagination and many visit this country to satisfy their curiosity. There are of course a variety of surprising modes of transport here, so make your trip more exciting by trying a few!
Travellers frequently choose to begin their stay in Luxor, which is conveniently located for visiting sites such as the Valley of the Kings – the burial site of Tutankahmun! After reaching the west bank of the Nile by ferry or bus, why not hire a bike to reach this historical gem? Some of the tombs here are open to the public and although the cycle ride takes you uphill, it’s certainly worth it.
Take regular breaks from the heat to admire architectural masterpieces such as the Colossi of Memnon, two giant statues depicting Pharaoh Amenhotep III, which have stood overlooking the landscapes for thousands of years. Cycling ensures that you can stop whenever you feel like it, rather than being restricted by a minibus journey.
Add a touch of adventure to your Nile experience, by travelling on a boat down the Nile River to see amazing temple sights around Luxor. History will pass right before your eyes in an area that Egyptians have inhabited for thousands of years.
It is not difficult to access Giza from Luxor but tourists are often advised to fly since trains can be unreliable and they are certainly not luxurious. From Giza, history enthusiasts can bargain for a camel before traversing the desert movie-star style to see the Great Pyramids. Even if you go with an organised tour, bartering is often required and it can be an interesting process – remember that you are in a position of strength and don’t be afraid to knock money off the price. Marvel at one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Also in this area of Egypt, The Great Sphinx sits majestically looking over the desert. This giant statue has the face of a woman and the body of a lion. Thought to be built around 2,500 BC by the Pharaoh Khafra, no one is entirely certain of its original purpose. One of Egypt’s biggest mysteries, The Great Sphinx of Giza is a must-see for all travellers looking to experience Egyptian history.
From hieroglyphics to mummies and the fascinating range of gods inspired by the desert surroundings, Egypt is rich with culture and history everywhere you look. Much of it has been amazingly well-preserved so visitors can enjoy it to this day. Plan enough time to see it all, choose your mode of transport and get caught up in Egyptian mysteries.