Touring Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Touring Cairo, the city of a thousand minarets

Best known for the three Pyramids of Giza, the city of Cairo has much more to offer outside of the Giza plateau. With millennia of history that span through all civilisations, a day visiting Cairo will give you the chance to discover some of the most relevant civilisations in the history of mankind.

My full day visit included the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin with the majestic Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Coptic Cairo to enjoy the beautiful Hanging Church, and the labyrinthine Kahn el-Khalili bazaar. I finished the day by enjoying a breathtaking sunset and the sound and light show in the Pyramids of Giza.

Have a look to find out what to expect from this chaotic yet emblematic city!

Karnak Temple, exploring the East Bank of the Nile

Karnak Temple, exploring the East Bank of the Nile

Once the main place of worship of the Theban Triad, the stunning Karnak Temple in the city of Luxor is the biggest religious building ever constructed. The complex is so large that it constitutes an entire city of temples built over a period of 2,000 years.

This is what you can expect from a visit to the most prominent temple in the East Bank of the Nile!

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Visiting Edfu & Luxor Temple

Located in between the cities of Aswan and Luxor and dedicated to God Horus, the impressive Edfu Temple is a must in any trip to Egypt.

After arriving back in Luxor for the second time, I walked in the heat to also explore Luxor Temple on the East Bank of the Nile. A magnificent example of Egyptian architecture that changes completely when visiting by day and by night. That's why I decided to visit both times!

Felucca ride on the Nile River, Nubian Museum & Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

Felucca ride on the Nile River, Nubian Museum & Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan

The city of Aswan, one of the main cities of the no longer existing country of Nubia, is by far the best place in Egypt to discover this millenary civilisation.

During my free day in Aswan, I took a felucca ride on the Nile River to contemplate the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands. In the afternoon, I visited the Nubian Museum of Aswan, the cultural centre of this unknown but fascinating civilisation, followed by a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk ever built and that never left its quarry as it cracked before it could be completed.

Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam & Philae Temple in Aswan

Abu Simbel temples, the High Dam & Philae Temple in Aswan

South of Aswan and next to the Sudanese border hides one of the most impressive temples of ancient Egypt: Abu Simbel, a Nubian monument carved out of the mountainside over 3,200 years ago. Almost destroyed in the 60s after the construction of the High Dam, these temples were moved stone by stone to an artificial hill made above the dam to protect them from the floods.

In the fourth day of my Essential Egypt tour, I visited these fascinating temples along with two of the big highlights of the city of Aswan: the High Dam and Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis.

The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

 The Valley of the Kings & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor

The city of Luxor, which for centuries was the capital of Pharaonic Egypt, is home to some of the most impressive monuments of this ancient civilisation.

During my first day in Luxor, I explored the West Bank of the River Nile, where two of the most impressive funerary sites are located: the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple.

The Step Pyramid of Sakkara & the Great Pyramids of Giza

The Step Pyramid of Sakkara & the Great Pyramids of Giza

The first day of my tour in Egypt was undoubtedly the big highlight of any trip to Egypt: exploring the fascinating pyramids. Our visit started in Sakkara, the first capital of Egypt and famous for the unique Step Pyramid built by King Zoser. 

After visiting what is considered to be the first pyramids ever constructed, we headed to the only remaining wonder of the ancient world: the Great Pyramids of Giza (Cheops, Chephren and Mycrenos). But, what is it really like to explore one of the most notorious world heritage sites?

Essential Egypt in 9 days: itinerary, arrival & first impressions of Cairo

Essential Egypt in 9 days: itinerary, arrival & first impressions of Cairo

Land of the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramid of Giza and some of the most impressive ancient temples, everyone has dreamed at some point of visiting Egypt.

For my trip, I decided to join the Essential Egypt tour with Travel Talk Tours, a fascinating journey through time and one of the most incredible civilisations of the history of mankind. Here is an overview of my itinerary and my first impressions of the city of Cairo!

Why you must visit Ho Chi Minh to understand Vietnamese culture

Why you must visit Ho Chi Minh to understand Vietnamese culture

If you are thinking of exploring the enchanting country of Vietnam, you’ll no doubt be torn between visiting Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. Both cities are exceedingly different in terms of their pace of life and culture. However, this article is designed to show you just why Ho Chi Minh City edges out Hanoi as the best place to understand Vietnamese culture.

6.3 million other people would agree with us too. That’s how many visitors Ho Chi Minh City had in 2017, making it the most visited city in Vietnam that year. So, what makes Ho Chi Minh City such a fascinating and enriching place to explore? In truth, it’s a combination of the city’s history and the here and now.