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Egypt travel guide

Find out what to see and do when travelling or backpacking around Egypt.

Egypt highlights

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Cairo, Egypt
One of the most densely populated cities in the world, Cairo is famous for a number of attractions including the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, and of course, the River Nile. Alternatively, hours can be spent experiencing the hustle and bustle of the many bazaars.
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Giza, Egypt
About 10 miles west of Cairo, Giza is an amazing site housing one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid of Khufu. There are actually three pyramids on site, as well as the Sphinx and this destination is perhaps the best known of all of Egypt's many attractions and is highly recommended.
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Sinai, Egypt
The Sinai Peninsula
Famed for its magnificent diving destinations such as Sharm el-Sheikh and the hippie Mecca of Dahab, Sinai also offers some beautiful hiking routes if you venture inland into the Red Mountains. One must-see destination is Mount Sinai and the ancient St Katherine's Monastery.
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Felucca ride, Egypt
Luxor and the Valley of the Kings
Luxor is the main southern Egyptian destination and is known for the Valley of the Kings, an ancient archaeological site housing a vast array of tombs and burial chambers of the ancient Pharaohs. Must-see sights include the tomb of Tutankhamen and a leisurely Felucca cruise along the Nile is highly recommended.
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Aswan, Egypt
Egypt's southernmost city is more African in feel than the northern cities and has a large Nubian population. Aswan is probably most famous for the huge dam across the River Nile but a visit to this city would not be complete without seeing the temple of Abu Simbel and the Tombs of the Nobles, many of which are decorated with amazing wall paintings.
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Alexandria, Egypt
Situated on the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria is Egypt's second largest city. There are many ancient monuments to see, including the Roman Theatre, the Citadel of Qaitbay and Pompey's Pillar. Alexandria also has a large number of museums such as Alexandria National Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum and the Greco-Roman Museum.
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Hurghada, Egypt
This Red Sea resort has great transport connections and has become known for being one of Egypt's main dive destinations. The sea is this resort's main attraction with Scuba diving, snorkelling and other water sports being the main reason to visit.
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