Discover Egypt (Country Guide)
Jessica Lee, Michael Benanav, Anthony Sattin, Zora O'Neill
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The Pyramids of Giza, Siwa Oasis, Luxor Museum – we’ve selected the most iconic sights and incredible places so you can enjoy the real Egypt with the minimum of fuss.
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returns to Thebes. Right: Tutankhamun 1184–1153 BC Ramses III defeats external threats and internal dissent, but the empire ends with his death. 663 BC Ashurbanipal, King of the Assyrians, attacks Egypt, sacks Thebes and loots the Temple of Amun. 518 BC Darius I of Persia visits Egypt, completes the canal to the Red Sea and introduces the camel. 331 BC Alexander lays out Alexandria, the pivot of the Hellenic world. c AD 271 St Anthony retreats to the Eastern Desert, inspiring
) a long way south of Aswan, along his furthest frontier and just beyond the Tropic of Cancer. But these two enormous temples are a marvel of modern engineering as well: in the 1960s they were relocated, block by block, to their current site, to protect them from the flooding of Lake Nasser. To appreciate the isolation, spend the night at Abu Simbel, either on a boat on the lake or at the lodge and Nubian cultural centre, Eskaleh ( Click here ). Detail of Temple of Ramses II, Abu Simbel PATRICK
small sandstone blocks named talatat or ‘threes’ by workmen – probably because their height and length was about three hand lengths – that came from Amenhotep IV’s contribution at Karnak before he changed his name to Akhenaten and left Thebes for Tell al-Amarna. THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW Offline map; Corniche an-Nil; adult/student E£80/40; 9am-1pm & 4-9pm Oct-Apr, 9am-1pm & 5-10pm May-Sep Allow at least an hour, preferably two, for a full visit. MUMMIFICATION MUSEUM Museum Offline map
on his family’s feluccas at a fixed price (E£30 to E£40 per boat for an hour, E£35 to E£45 for a motor boat). Gelal is from Seheyl Island and can also arrange a visit to the island and lunch (E£40) in his house, as well as a swim on a safe beach. See Click here . SHANIA SHEGEDYN / LONELY PLANET IMAGES © Don't Miss Temple of Kom Ombo Standing on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank, is the Temple of Kom Ombo.
Ras Um Sid Reef. At night have a seafood dinner in one of the resort’s many restaurants and check out the lively nightlife scene. The second day rent a car or take a tour through your hotel, or with one of the many local diving centres, to (2) Ras Mohammed National Park , where you’ll find plenty of options for beaches and various dive sites. On the third day drive yourself or take a taxi to (3) Dahab for more beach lounging and more fabulous snorkelling and diving – check out the Lighthouse Reef