POSTCARDS FROM 8 DAYS IN EGYPT

“GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK, TRAVEL, RESPECT YOUR HEALTH AND CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING” 

Let me start off by saying there are not enough words in the English language to describe just how incredible Egypt is. Each day I was completely in awe. In the hopes of doing Egypt justice, I’ve put together a photo diary from the eight days I spent there.

I did my tour in Egypt through Contiki. Now whilst some of you may cringe at that, rest assured, Egypt Contiki isn’t much like your regular Contiki tours. Whilst still very fast paced, it’s not quite a ‘party tour’ but you’ll still have a great time and make lifelong friends. The tour starts and finishes in Cairo, traveling through Aswan, Edfu, Luxor and Hurghada. Contiki also offer a day trip out to Alexandria the day after the tour finishes, so keep that in mind when it comes to booking flights as you won’t want to miss out. Security is top notch and the accommodation is great – I would recommend this tour to everyone, especially solo or female travelers.

 

CAIRO

Set on the Nile, Cairo is Egypt’s bustling capital city. At its center is the famous Egypt Museum and just on the outskirts, dating back to the 26th century BC, the world renowned Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza.

We spent a great amount of time exploring Giza and the famous Egypt Museum on our first day in Cairo.

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Great Sphinx of Giza
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Pyramids of Giza

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Tutankhamum’s Mask

ABU SIMBEL

Two massive and awe inspiring rock temples located just south of Egypt that were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BC. The twin temples was relocated in their entirety in 1968.

We took a short, small flight into Abu Simbel for a day trip. It is expensive, but definitely something that can’t be missed when visiting Egypt.

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The Great Temple of Ramesses II

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The Small Temple of Nefertari

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CRUISING THE NILE

Generally regarded as the longest river in the world, the Nile is the primary water source of Egypt and Sudan, flowing 6,853 km (4,258 miles) long.

We cruised from Aswan to Edfu stopping at the temple of Kom Ombo, Crocodile Museum and The Temple of Horus. From Edfu to Luxor where we witnessed the Avenue of Sphinxes, The Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak finishing in Hurghada.

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Temple of Kom Ombo

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Temple of Edfu – dedicated to Horus

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Temple of Karnak

TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT

Dedicated to the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, the temple is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari, on the west side of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings.

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Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut

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Horus
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Hieroglyphics

HURGHADA & THE SAHARA

Renowned for scuba diving, this stunning beach resort town stretches approximately 40km along Egypt’s Red Sea coast. There are many restaurants, bars and nightclubs, while the old town, El Dahar, is home to traditional Egyptian coffee shops and souks.

We took a day trip out to the Sahara Desert from here (we visited in Winter, so very cold to do any diving unfortunately). With an area of 9,200,000 kilometres, the Sahara is the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. There’s some great experiences to be had here including Quad Biking, Camel Trekking/Riding, 4WD adventures and loads more!

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ALEXANDRIA

Alexandria is a port city on the Mediterranean Sea in northern Egypt founded in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great. Best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its Great Library (the largest in the ancient world; now replaced by a modern one); and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.

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Pompey’s Pillar

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Citadel of Qaitbay

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Great Library
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Roman Theatre and Bathhouse

 

SAQQARA AND DAHSHUR

Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step pyramid of Djoser, built during the Third Dynasty. Dahshur is known for several pyramids, two of which are among the oldest, largest and best preserved in Egypt, built from 2613–2589 BC.

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The Red Pyramid

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The Step Pyramid


My time in Egypt was one of the most spectacular travel experiences of my life!

I know a lot of people are nervous about visiting, but traveling with a tour is very safe as all of your guides and drivers are local and are very knowledgeable. They meet you in the airport and transport you straight to your hotel which is fully secure.

Tourism is what keeps Egypt thriving. Without it, they have suffered incredibly and it’s so heartbreaking to witness. I heard many stories from locals who remember when the streets were buzzing with tourists and they were wealthy business owners.

Let’s not let the evils of the world dictate where we can and can’t travel. The places we may have classified as ‘safe’ to visit are not necessarily guaranteed to be safe anymore. It would be a shame to miss out on the magic that is Egypt!

“NO AMOUNT OF SECURITY IS WORTH THE SUFFERING OF A MEDIOCRE LIFE CHAINED TO A ROUTINE THAT HAS KILLED YOUR DREAMS” – Maya Mendoza

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53 Comments Add yours

  1. wow! Beautiful pics!

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    1. Thank you Sandra 🙂

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  2. Hayley says:

    I love your photos! Thanks for the follow!:)

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  3. Miriam says:

    Egypt looks amazing. I bet you had a ball.

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    1. It was spectacular! Loved every moment 🙂

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      1. Miriam says:

        That’s great. You must have soooo many amazing photos. 🙂

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      2. More than I know what to do with! It was so hard picking ones for this post. I could have uploaded hundreds 🙂

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  4. The Happy Healthy Kiwi says:

    It just looks incredible! So pleased you had a great time 😁

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  5. So glad you visited and had a great time. This beautiful country needs visitors. Your photos brought back wonderful memories from when I was there almost exactly 5 years ago. Thank you!

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    1. I completely agree! The tourist numbers are so low and it’s heartbreaking. Glad it brought back wonderful memories 🙂

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  6. Great pictures, Egypt is on our bucket list, hopefully we’ll get there soon 🙂

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    1. I hope you get there soon as well! It’s nothing short of spectacular 🙂

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  7. ymabroad says:

    Awesome pictures!

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  8. Paul says:

    So much history. What a fascinating place. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. daoinemaithe says:

    LOVE the photos! Makes me want to go. I’ll keep in mind that tour company too, as I will likely travel solo. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You’re welcome! I hope you make it there 🙂

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  10. scar says:

    Beautiful! I’ve wanted to go to Egypt all my life and this post just made me want it even more!

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    1. I hope you make it there soon 🙂

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  11. Wow what a dream! Looks like a wonderful trip. I hope to go one day. I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids.

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    1. It’s beyond spectacular!! You’ll love every moment 🙂

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  12. This is amazing 😍 I miss Egypt!

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  13. akdicken says:

    Amazing! So it felt pretty safe there? I’ve been dying to go. Great photos!

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    1. Honestly, there was never a time I felt unsafe. I’d still recommend going through a tour. Contiki was great as they had reps pick you up from the airport and take you straight to the hotel. You also have armed security with you at all times and if necessary police escorts…this is all precautionary though – they survive off tourism, so they will do everything to keep tourists safe. I am so glad I went. It was incredible 🙂

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  14. Awesome photos! Definitely a place I plan on visiting one day – good to know you felt safe during your stay. Makes me want to buy a ticket today!

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    1. I hope you make it there one day soon! It truly is incredible 🙂

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  15. I’ve always wanted to visit Egypt, it just doesn’t feel like a great place to be at the moment, especially as a female solo traveler, you know? But you say it’s a great idea, so I’m assuming you felt safe?

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    1. I felt completely safe! I was in a tour group which helped – safety in numbers! But we had security with us at all times, coach transfers everywhere – including pick up from the airport. Our local guide was funny and made us all feel comfortable. It’s such an incredible place to visit. It breaks my heart that their tourism is suffering so badly because people are scared to go. I don’t think it will ever be completely ‘safe’ to visit, if anything, it will only get worse, so I encourage people to go now rather than later – if it’s somewhere you really want to go 🙂

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  16. Super cool pics all the way! 👌

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  17. Marie says:

    Wonderful pictures. I too want to go and am glad to hear you felt safe.

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    1. Hi Marie! I can definitely recommend it. Although I went with Contiki there were other tour companies I recognised like Trafalgar who would have very similar and equally as safe tours 🙂

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      1. Marie says:

        Thanks for the info.

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  18. Marissa says:

    Your photos are great! I’m torn about going to Egypt next year but your photos have got me leaning closer to going there now!!!

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    1. Definitely visit Marissa! It’s so incredible. It was one of the most amazing travel experiences of my life!

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  19. I was in Egypt 15 years ago and it still remains one of my favorite places! I am hoping to go back soon. Thanks for this blog, it will help me convince my husband we need this. lol 🙂

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    1. It definitely stays with you long after you’ve returned home. I hope you make it back there soon! 🙂

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  20. Future Expat says:

    This speaks to me on so many levels! First let me say your pictures are incredible and it looks like an awesome time. I am very thankful for your recommendation. I am planning a trip to Egypt in December and I was frankly nervous about it because every time I bring it up everyone is like, “you’re crazy, it’s so dangerous!” You have reignited my excitement 🙂

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    1. I’m happy to hear that! I got a lot of the same thing before I left, but had any of those people actually experienced Egypt firsthand? No they hadn’t. All their opinions were based solely off what they see in the media, and most of it is rubbish! I definitely recommend having guides and transfers for most of your travels, as it makes it easier to communicate with locals and tourism is so crucial to them, so they will look after you! Have the most amazing time and let me know if you have any questions 🙂

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      1. Future Expat says:

        You are absolutely right. Thank you so much, I’m sure I’ll take you up on that when I get further into my planning.

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  21. I spent a couple of days in Cairo, in 2008, It was a wonderful experience and seeing and touching the pyramids was a thrill of a lifetime. I enjoyed your blog, thanks for the like.

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    1. It’s a very special place! Some of my best travel moment were in Egypt. Thank you for stopping by!

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  22. Raj says:

    Just 8 day looks like you covered a lot, we did 12 days and we still could not do Abu simbel and Alexandria.. Egypt is always a majestic place.. never will be bored… btw superb pictures!

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    1. It was VERY fast paced. It wasn’t a ‘relaxing’ holiday by any means. We were always on the go!

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      1. Raj says:

        Yes.. I can see that, country is too big and things are too much.. But glad that you were able to do that!

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  23. Egypt has been on my bucket list since I was young. I’ve always been fascinated by ancient Egypt, and would love to get there some day. It sounds like the Contiki tour offers a great list of sites to see! Gorgeous photos.

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    1. It is a very fast paced tour! Always on the go – but it’s worth it. You get the opportunity to see it all. I can’t recommend it enough 🙂

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