Resting on the ancient site of Thebes, Luxor is a monumental city and is oftentimes referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum. Nestled on the east bank of the Nile in southern Egypt, this one-of-a-kind destination has been drawing travelers in with its allure since the end of the 18th century. The east bank boasts both the Luxor and Kamak Temples, while the west bank is the sight of the sacred Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.
Once home to the Pharos lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this Mediterranean port city has a fascinatingly decorated past. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and was later home to the Great Library, recognized as the archive of ancient knowledge. Dotted with Greco-Roman landmarks and historic buildings, this city offers visitors a peak at its grandiose, although sometimes hidden, past.
This chaotic yet majestic capital is a place unlike any other. Once known as “the Paris of the Middle East”, Cairo is a conglomeration of old world might and current day vibrance. Take a journey through the senses as you admire ancient artifacts, savor the local flavors of “koshary” and “mahshi”, and feel the desert’s intense heat, all while surrounded by the sounds of this bustling city: car horns blaring, hawkers advertising their latest offers, and mosques broadcasting the call to prayer.
Not far from the busy streets of Cairo, Giza rests on the west bank of the Nile River and is home to some of the world’s most iconic sights. Standing strong for some 4500 years, the Pyramids of Giza are a rare breed, and hold the title of the ancient world’s last remaining wonder. Full of mystery and enchantment, these massive tombs are something everyone must visit at least once in their lives.