Ancient Egypt was home to one of the world’s most advanced civilizations of the time. Today, it is a beautiful, vibrant country that teems with culture and history. Egypt takes excellent care of its historical sites and heritage, making it one of the best places in the world to start learning about humanity’s history and accomplishments.
Honestly, there are just too many points of interest in Egypt to absorb in the short space of a trip, but isn’t that a perfect reason to plan another? Below are some of the most incredible places for your first journey to Egypt.
1) The Great Pyramid of Giza
Let’s start with the obvious one, but there are good reasons for it being obvious. Some 4,500 years before we had the Empire State Building and modern-day skyscrapers, the Egyptians created this monumental structure as a tomb for the Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops). While the story comes across as somewhat morbid, it’s a fantastic way to show your children that life wasn’t always like it is today.
Besides that, the Great Pyramid is astonishing in terms of scale when you stand in front of it. It is the most intact remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and if there’s anything you’re going to see in a new country, a wonder surely has to be up there from the word go.
2) The White Desert
While the desert isn’t a human-made structure, seeing it up close is almost a challenge. The unearthly limestone structures and barren landscape bring home the sheer breadth of amazing visuals the world has to offer. The White Desert challenges you to wonder what those ancient folk must have thought when they settled in Egypt, thousands and thousands of years ago. The awe they must have felt is tangible when you gaze out across this bizarre landscape.
For a long time, Alexandria was the cultural center of the ancient world. Founded on a small settlement by Alexander the Great, it flourished and became one of the most remarkable places in human history. It was the home of what was once the most extensive library in the world. Due to fires, vandalism, and the passing of time, much of what it once held is irrevocably lost. All the same, the mystique of such a site of lost knowledge will send shivers down the spine and kindle your kids’ fascination with the distant past.
Whether you choose to travel to Alexandria, Cairo, or anywhere else for the central part of your stay, it almost goes without saying that Egypt is a big country with a lot to see. For this reason, it’s best to make sure you’re in good hands before you travel. Getting in touch with someone who will be able to give you expert information on local culture and history will enrich your trip, and you might find it just as educational as your kids! Find a responsible agent to help you get the most out of your Egypt family tours.
4) The Valley of the Kings
One of the most awe-inspiring sights the world has to offer, the Valley of the Kings is home to the tombs of many of the ancient nobility. Understanding the way a civilization treated its rulers in death is a sobering affair, but it’s also exciting knowing how much is still undiscovered in this ancient place. Frequent floods have buried many tombs, which archaeologists have discovered only in the last half-century.
Any curious child will find fascinating the mysteries of this lost civilization. Showing them the ancient Egyptians’ extraordinary range of accomplishments is a wonderful and organic way to spark their interest in history.