Ancient Egypt grips the imagination, touches the soul and inspires the uninspired. You simply can’t escape over 7000 years of historical influence Ancient Egypt enjoys. The legacy of Ancient Egypt, with names like Ramses, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen and places like the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx echoes in art, literature and popular culture. When Alexander the Great conquered Egypt, Ancient Egyptian priests proclaimed him pharaoh after the oracle of Siwa declared Alexander to be a descendant of Amun, the chief deity of Ancient Egypt.  Ptolemy I, one of Alexander’s generals, succeeded Alexander as pharaoh and established the Ptolemaic dynasty.

 

Cleopatra, a direct descendant of Ptolemy I, was the last Greek ruler of Egypt.  During a Roman civil war, Augustus put an end to centuries of Ptolemaic rule when Cleopatra sided with Marc Anthony against Augustus. After winning the war, Augustus made Egypt a province of Rome. Respecting the tradition of the house of Ptolemy, the Caesars of Rome continued to honour Ancient Egyptian religion. The continuous homage offered by Greek and Roman rulers to the local traditions of Ancient Egypt is the essence of Greco Roman culture in Egypt. Greco Roman art, architecture and ruins attest to the importance of Egypt in their regard. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Greco Roman Egypt became a part of the Byzantine Empire until the Arab Muslim conquest.

 

Travel to Egypt to see breathtaking temples, fascinating mummies and stunning artwork. Ancient Egypt is truly a cradle of civilization.

 

5 things to do :

Giza Plateau

Located just outside of the outskirts of Cairo on the esplanade known as the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramids of Giza is the must-see Ancient Egyptian landmark. Known as Khufu’s Pyramid, it is the greatest pyramid of the complex: a truly overwhelming sight. Being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, it is the only one still standing to this day! When gazing at this colossal structure, there’s no way to escape the feeling of being dwarfed.. The two smaller – but still huge – pyramids in Giza are those of Khafre and Menkaure.

 

PRICE
10 $

 

AVERAGE DURATION
1 hour(s)

 

WORKING HOURS
9 AM – 5 PM

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The Egyptian Museum

No Egypt tour is complete without a visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. With over 120,000 artefacts, the museum houses an unbelievable exhibit depicting ancient Egypt’s glorious reign. Mummies, sarcophagi, pottery, jewellery and of course King Tutankhamen’s treasures, it’s all there. The boy-king’s death-mask – discovered in its tomb – is made of solid gold and it has been described as the most beautiful object ever made.

 

Opening hours: 09:00- 19:00 Fri 09:00- 11:00; 1:30- 19:00

 

Ticket Price(s): Regular: 60 EGP Student: 30 EGP Mummies Room: Regular: 100 EGP Student: 60 EGP

Graeco-Roman Museum

Displaying a great collection of art and artefacts that date back to the origins and legacy of ancient Alexandria, the Graeco-Roman Museum has a neo-classical facade and the inscription-MOYXEION, which simply means museum in Greek. With 27 exhibits that showcase Hellenic statues, busts of Roman emperors, sarcophagi , mummies, Tangara figurines and early Christian artefacts, the museum captures over 2000 years of Graeco-Roman history in Egypt.

 

PRICE
10 $

 

AVERAGE DURATION
1 hour(s)

 

WORKING HOURS
9 AM – 5 PM

Temple of Horus in Edfu

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The well preserved Ptolemaic Temple of Horus is the second biggest temple in Egypt. Second only to the Temple of Karnak in sheer size, the temple was one of the last attempts by the Ptolemaic dynasty at building in the style and grandeur of their predecessors. Construction on the site took about 200 years. Well preserved hieroglyphs have shed light on the practices of the cult of Horus and associated temples. The temple is believed to have been built on the site of the great Horus-Seth battle.

 

PRICE
10 $

 

AVERAGE DURATION
1 hour(s)

 

WORKING HOURS
9 AM – 5 PM

 

Temple of Kalabsha

 

Walk along an imposing stone causeway that leads from the banks of the lake to the first pylon of the temple, pass a colonnaded court and into the eight columned hypostyle hall. Note the hieroglyphs and the reliefs of Greek pharaohs paying homage to Ancient Egyptian deities. Look for Mandulis, the god clad in the vulture feathered cloak. Built during the late Ptolemaic period and completed during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus, the Temple of Kalabsha was dedicated to the Nubian god called Mandulis.

 

PRICE
10 $

 

AVERAGE DURATION
1 hour(s)

 

WORKING HOURS
9 AM – 5 PM

 

Temple of Kalabsha