For the next few weeks Rachael will be reporting on her recent small group adventure to Egypt & Jordan. This week is all about Cairo, pyramids and magnificent museums.
Step into the land of Pharaohs and discover the exotic charms of Egypt – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Egypt welcomes you with its mighty Nile and magnificent monuments, the beguiling desert and lush delta and with its long past and welcoming, story-loving people.
My husband, Paddy and I were lucky enough to do a 15-day Intrepid Egypt and Jordan tour in May. These magical destinations have been on my wish list for a long time.
After arriving in Cairo and spending the night, we drove to Giza to get our first glimpse of one of the world’s most iconic sights – the pyramids. No doubt everyone has seen pictures of these amazing structures that have stood for 4,500 years but in real life the experience is unforgettable.
We visited the Great Pyramid of Khufu and wandered around the base of the Pyramids and the Sphinx whilst our guide gave us insight into some theories of how they were built and the reasons why.
The Egyptian Museum located in downtown Cairo, houses one of the world’s most important collection of ancient artefacts. Some of the world’s greatest treasures are on display – actually an astounding 120,000 artefacts! Highlights for us were the Mummies Hall and the artefacts of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which were discovered almost intact by Howard Carter in 1922.
After an afternoon exploring the museum and soaking up the history, it was time to head to the railway station for our overnight train trip to Aswan, Egypt’s most southern city and gateway to the Nile.
As we travelled through the city, the high walls of the Aswan dam came into view. The dam, which was first completed in 1902, was a feat of engineering for its time – no doubt about those Egyptians! The dam walls were extended in the 1960’s to control the flooding. The view of the Nile from the dam wall was amazing.
Due to the large population of Nubians, Aswan is an easy-going city – much more so than chaotic Cairo. We spent a delightful evening with a Nubian family. They cooked us a delicious meal and gave us an unforgettable insight into the daily life of the local people.
We also visited the beautiful Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom) that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island.
Next stop was one of the highlights for me, Abu Simbel but that is another story.
To find out more about this alluring, exciting and friendly destination contact the travel experts at Travel Centre Coffs Harbour on 6652 1833.