Egypt is known for its luxury resorts and all-inclusive hotels, but the country has more to offer than just a beach holiday. The country is an absolute must for culture and history lovers. Visit the land of the pharaohs and pyramids, home to one of the oldest civilisations in the world. A visa is required for a holiday in Egypt, which can be applied for online.
Pyramids of Giza near the capital Cairo
One of the most visited parts of the country is Cairo and the surrounding area. On the outskirts of the capital are the Pyramids of Giza, one of the most famous and oldest structures of mankind. The pyramids are almost 5,000 years old and are the only classical wonder of the world that is still standing. Among the Pyramids of Giza are The Great Pyramid of Giza (Khufu) - the largest pyramid -, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. Next to the Pyramid of Khafre is the famous Sphinx of Giza, an impressive construction of 20 metres high and 73 metres long.
Cairo itself is also definitely worth a visit. The museums in the capital are an absolute must for travellers interested in Ancient Egypt. In the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, also called the Egyptian Museum, the golden mask of Tutankhamun - one of the most famous works of art in the world - can be seen. In 2021, the new Giza Museum in Cairo will open, which should be completed in 2020, but whose opening was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Another highlight of Cairo is the souk Khan-el Khalili, the largest covered Arab market in the world, where you can find spicy spices, jewellery, traditional clothing and other souvenirs.
Luxor: the former capital of Egypt
Another tourist attraction in Egypt is Luxor, a city located in the middle of the country, on the eastern side of the Nile. The city is also known as the heart of Ancient Egypt. The Valley of the Kings, located next to Luxor, is one of the most famous archaeological sites of Egypt and therefore one of the most visited sights in the country. In the valley you can see the tombs of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, including those of Tutankhamun, Ramses I, Ramses II and Ramses III.
Near the valley are also the Colossi of Memnon, two enormous massive statues in honour of pharaoh Amenhotep III. Other highlights of Luxor are the Temple of Amon - a huge temple complex with columns as high as 15 metres - and the Luxor Temple in the middle of the city, one of the largest temples in Egypt.
Aswan and the south of Egypt
South of Luxor lies Aswan, a city best known for its dams that seal off the Nile and protect the land behind it from flooding. The construction of the Aswan Dam created Lake Nasser, a reservoir some 550 kilometres long in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. Aswan's most famous landmark is the Temple of Philae, a temple on an island in the Nile, dedicated to the goddess Isis.
Many tourists from Aswan visit Abu Simbel, a gigantic temple complex carved out of the rock. The temples were built in honour of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari. During the construction of the Aswan Dam, the temples were cut into large blocks to protect them from the water and later rebuilt. Twice a year, on 21 February and 21 October, sunlight hits the statues of three of the four saints precisely through the entrance to the complex. The fourth saint, Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in darkness even on these days.
Egypt visa online application
For a visit to the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings or the temple complex of Abu Simbel an Egypt visa is required. This visa can easily be applied for online, making it no longer necessary to go to the Egyptian embassy. However, there are a few requirements for applying for an Egypt visa online. Travellers must have a passport that is valid for at least 8 months upon arrival in Egypt, and they must be able to show a printed itinerary upon arrival showing which places in Egypt will be visited and which flights and hotels have been booked.
In addition, a visa only allows you to stay in Egypt for 30 consecutive days. The e-visa is available in two variants: a visa that allows you to enter Egypt once and a visa that allows you to enter the country multiple times within the validity period of 90 days. Even with a multiple-entry visa, you can only stay in Egypt for a maximum of 30 days. With an e-visa, you have enough time to visit all the aforementioned sights of Egypt.
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