Luxor contains many of the biggest and most famous monuments of ancient Egypt, making it the country’s capital of cultural tourism. But it’s not just the tombs of Luxor’s west bank and the city’s temples that draws the crowds — there are also plenty of important sites to visit in the surrounding region, many of which can easily be done on one of many day trips from Luxor.
The Red Sea cuts between Egypt and Saudi Arabia, flowing from the Indian Ocean through the Gulf of Aden. Dotted with cruise ships and fishing boats, this historic stretch of clear blue water is one of the world’s most popular diving sites, and its not hard to see why.
Located just below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser at the strategically vital narrows of the Nile’s first cataracts, Aswan is the smallest of the three major tourist cities on the Nile and by far the most laid-back. It serves as the perfect base from which to explore Upper Egypt.
Dr Ragab’s Pharaonic Village is a theme park and museum rolled into one, offering a child-friendly glimpse into what life may have been like in ancient Egypt. Ten years of work and over six million dollars went into the building of the village before its grand opening in 1984, and the result is downright fascinating.