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Planning for the Wonders of Egypt

The pyramids of Giza are the most famous and oldest of the ancient Egyptian monuments. They were built as tombs for the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, who ruled during the Fourth Dynasty (c. 2613-2494 BC). The largest and oldest pyramid is the Great Pyramid of Khufu, which is also one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The pyramids are located on the west bank of the Nile River, about 20 km (12 mi) from Cairo.

Aswan's temple of Philae is a complex of temples and shrines dedicated to various gods and goddesses, especially Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. The temple was originally located on Philae Island, near the First Cataract of the Nile, but was moved to nearby Agilkia Island in the 1960s to save it from flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The temple dates back to the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (c. 300 BC-AD 300), and features beautiful reliefs and inscriptions.

The valley of the kings is a necropolis where many pharaohs and nobles of the New Kingdom (c. 1539-1075 BC) were buried in rock-cut tombs. The valley is located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Luxor, and contains 65 known tombs and chambers. The most famous tomb is that of Tutankhamun, which was discovered intact in 1922 by Howard Carter. The tombs are decorated with scenes from Egyptian mythology and funerary texts that reveal the beliefs and practices of the ancient Egyptians regarding the afterlife.

Queen Hatshepsut's Deir el-Bahri is a mortuary temple built by Hatshepsut, one of the few female pharaohs in Egyptian history. She ruled during the 18th Dynasty (c. 1473-1458 BC), and was known for her peaceful and prosperous reign. Her temple is located at Deir el-Bahri, a site that also contains temples of Mentuhotep II and Thutmose III. Hatshepsut's temple is designed as a series of terraces and colonnades that blend harmoniously with the natural landscape. The temple walls depict her divine birth, coronation, military achievements, and expedition to Punt, a mysterious land rich in exotic goods.

From Cairo to Aswan and throughout your luxurious four-night Nile cruise, you'll be joined by a private expert Egyptologist who will guide you through these amazing sites and more. You'll also enjoy gourmet dining, comfortable accommodation, and scenic views of the Nile and its surroundings.

You could join the following group trips through Reckless Travelers:

- Oct 14 - 22, 2023. From $4,999

- Dec 2 - 10, 2023. From $5,299

Some highlights of your trip are:

- The High Dam in Aswan, a modern engineering marvel that controls the flooding of the Nile and provides hydroelectric power

- A felucca ride to the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island, a peaceful oasis with exotic plants from around the world

- The ancient capital of Memphis, where you can see the colossal statue of Ramesses II and other relics from Egypt's first dynasty

- The Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, the iconic symbols of ancient Egypt that still awe visitors today

- Cruising in luxury on a four-night Nile cruise, where you can relax on board or explore the temples and tombs along the river banks


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