I’m going to Egypt!
I am so excited to be going back to Africa to visit Egypt for the first time! As a child, the movie Prince of Egypt was one of my favorites and I’ve always wanted to visit the place where one of the ancient wonders of the world, the great Giza pyramids are. The language spoken in Egypt is Arabic and the currency used the Egyptian pound. Upon arrival I’ll be required to get a visa, which I’ll purchase for a small fee. Along the Nile River, the longest river in the world, stand millennia-old monuments and temples that date back to times of pharaohs. Because most of the amazing sites are spread out along the Nile, the best way to see them is to take a cruise. There are many Nile tours you can take, but on our tour, I will be going up the river toward Cairo. Here’s a brief overview of my itinerary:
On day one, I will be visiting the Giza plateau, where I’ll see the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx, a statue of a lion with a human face. I’ll also see the Sakkra, the step pyramid. That night, I will get on a sleeper train and travel to Aswan where my Nile Cruise tour will begin.
Day two, I will start my tour of the city of Aswan at the Aswan Dam and see the Temple of Philae. After I will sail to Kom Ombo to visit the famous Temple of Sobek, the crocodile god in Egyptian mythology.
Day three: After breakfast, I’ll visit the Greco-Roman temple of Edfu, which is dedicated to Sobek and Horus, the Sun God.
Day four will be spent visiting the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Hatshepsut (Hatshepsut was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, ruling for 20 years in the 15th century), and the Colossi of Memnon.
On the fifth day I’m going to visit Karnak Temple and the Luxor Temple and at the end of the Day go to the train station to go back to Cairo.
The sixth day will consist of a tour of the city. I’ll discover what the Egyptian museum has to offer and see old Cairo. There I will visit the alabaster mosque and end my day shopping for some souvenirs.