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Travel To Egypt For An Inspiring Vacation | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources

Vacation In Egypt

Egypt’s Valley of the Kings

If you’re looking for a once in a lifetime family vacation, take a look at Egypt. How often do you get to present your children with one of the Seven Wonders of the World? The Pyramids are a sight they will never forget.

An Egyptian vacation would be an inspiring adventure that will trigger an interest in world history and archeology. The educational opportunities are limitless.

The Sphinx and Pyramids at Gizah, near Cairo Egypt

The Sphinx and Pyramids at Gizah, near Cairo Egypt

A typical vacation in Egypt for ten days may include:

*Days 1 and 2: After arriving in Cairo, you can unpack and rest from your traveling in your hotel. Take a little time to explore the city. The next day, you may want to see the Egyptian Museum, where you will find an astounding collection of Egyptian antiquities. Don’t miss the treasures from King Tut’s tomb! Being able to see several royal mummies and over 120,000 other objects will wet your appetite for the Pyramids.

*Days 3 and 4: Ah, the wonder that is Giza! Hop on a camel and ride past the Great Pyramid. Spin your own theories on how more than 2.5 million limestone blocks weighing 2.6 tons each were moved and put into place. Marvel at the 500 foot high creation, only one of three in Giza. You’ll be able to see the Sphinx, Khan al Khalili Bazaar as well as Memphis and Sakkara.

*Days 5 and 6: Take a break from the past for a couple of days and enjoy Sharm El Sheikh. Surrounded by desert, the family-friendly resorts here offer white sand beaches and enough water activities to make this spot a traveler’s oasis! Enjoy some shopping and dining along the waterfront. Climb up Mount Sinai if you can tear yourself away from the beach so you can see the view from this historic landmark.

*Days 7 and 8: Tour the glory that is Luxor. See some of the amazingly preserved temples in the town formerly known as Thebes. You’ll never forget your visit to Karnak. This is the largest temple in the country, and sits on 247 acres. Enjoy one of the world’s most fabulous open-air museums. Don’t miss the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings. Ride on an ancient sailboat known as a Felucca to get to the Mosque of Muhammed Ali. One of the most beautiful temples in Egypt, it was built in 1848 on top of a Citadel.

*Day 9: Spend your afternoon following your interests and cap it off with a dinner cruise on the famous River Nile.

*Day 10: Leave for home, full of memories.

Traveling tips for Egypt:

1. Make sure your passports and visas are current.

2. Get up to date on any vaccinations you may need for international travel.

3. Bring plenty of extra water with you for tours.

4. Don’t forget the insect repellent.

5. Bring hats and light-colored clothing for the entire family.

6. Many tour guides may suggest you visit shops selling gold and alabaster. Do most of your shopping in Luxor or Cairo, as you may find better bargains there. Many guides are paid a commission to send traffic to the shops they recommend.

7. If you want to buy everyone in the family their own cartouche, shop around. Gold prices are very high. Cartouche jewelry is very popular with tourists, as they engrave your name using Egyptian hieroglyphics.

To prepare for your trip, you may want to get a copy of “Mummies & Pyramids (Magic Tree House Research Guide)” to read. There are more than fifty tombs that have been discovered in Giza, with more being opened and excavated every day.

Be sure and sign up for the light and sound show presented at the Sphinx. You may also want to seek out a shop in Giza to buy papyrus, which is the parchment paper used by the ancient Egyptians. You can find them with images of King Tut and other famous historical Egyptian figures. Framed and hung on the wall, they can make a great souvenir of your trip.

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