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Things to See & Do in Egypt
One of the nice things about visiting Egypt is that there are plenty of attractions to visit - in fact, it would be difficult to fit all the main attractions in to just one trip. Some of the most popular places to visit have been listed below;
The Pyramids of Giza
The pyramids are the most well known of all the attractions in Egypt, and these are what most tourists come to see. The Pyramids of Giza is one of the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, and were built around 2560 BC as a type of tomb. The Great Pyramid of Giza was originally 146. 5 metres tall but now it is slightly smaller at 138.8 metres. Most people will have seen pictures of the pyramids, but it is only by getting close to them that it is possible to really appreciate the work that must have been involved in creating them.
Reef at the Red Sea
The coral reef near to Sharm el Sheikh in the Red Sea is simply amazing. The marine life here is abundant, and the best way to explore the reef is to go scuba diving - snorkelling can also be a good option as well. The Red Sea Reef is considered one of the best dive spots in the world, so it is worth visiting Egypt for this alone.
Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings is located on the west bank of the Nile River. This area is full of tombs (63 have been found so far) that were built to hold the bodies of pharaohs from thousands of years ago. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and there are 18 tombs that are open to the public.
River Nile
The Nile is one of the, if not the, most famous rivers in the world. Many of the most important historical sites in Egypt are located close to this river. The nicest ways to explore the Nile is to go on a cruise.
Karnak
Karnak is arguably the most impressive of all the ancient constructions found in Egypt. This temple complex is located near Luxor. Visitors to Karnak feel as if they are walking through a huge open-air museum, and it would take days to really get to grips with the place. This is the second most visited tourist attraction in Egypt after the Pyramids at Giza.