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Traveling To Egypt - Must-see Destinations (part 2)

Different sceneries

With hot dry desert climate in most area, Egypt surprisingly owns quite various sceneries. Traveling to Egypt, make sure that you manage your time to pay them a visit.

The Nile River

No visit to Egypt can be complete without a cruise on the Nile River, the second longest river in the world. Considered as one of the cradles of human civilizations, around 4000 BC the country Egypt was born and developed its life and agriculture when ancient Egyptians settled down on the banks of the Nile River. Therefore, a cruise on the Nile River, whether in a boat or a felucca, in the morning or at night, is a fascinating way to listen to the country’s history echoing.

Picture 7 - The Nile River

Picture 1 - The Nile River

Cruising along the river, you will have the chance to admire the revealing scenes including the famous Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings – the place where Tutankhamen and Ramses VI were buried, and the Sphinx of Giza. Also, be aware of the famous Nile crocodiles with the length of over 6.45m and weight up to 1090kg. One-hour floating on the Nile river will be not only visually and physically satisfying but also a little adventurous.

The White Desert

Being the amazing unique attraction of Egypt, White Desert is also known as Sahara el Beyda, in which “sahara” means desert. White Desert owns to itself a chalk-white landscape like on the moon, with a huge natural collection of large, otherworldly rock formations. Formed by centuries of erosion and sandstorms, these unique large calcium rock formations are surprisingly like abstract masterpiece of mother nature.

Picture 8 - The White Desert

Picture 2 - The White Desert

Many visitors choose to spend a night in the desert camping with Bedouin guides. They have a chance to observe the light change how the calcium giants look as the very last sun rays dive into darkness, while a night under the charming sea of sparkling stars is an unforgettable experience. If lucky enough to be in White Desert during a full moon, travelers will witness a ghostly, iridescent beauty of the chalk-white landscape.

Mount Sinai

Do you not know that Egypt also has other terrains beside desert? Located in the Sinai Peninsula with the height of 2,285m above sea level, Mount Sinai is believed to be the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. That is why it is also called “Gebel Mosa”, which means “Mount of Moses” in Arabic. Whether it is true or not, the mountain is still a very popular tourist attraction with a variety of activities visitors can enjoy.

Picture 9 - Sunrise from Mount Sinai

Picture 3 - Sunrise from Mount Sinai

For most tourists, climbing Mount Sinai is the main objective. For the view of sunrise at the top of the mountain, visitors usually start climbing between midnight and 3AM, depending on their level of fitness. The average time to reach the summit is no more than three hours. If you want to avoid the crowds or climbing at night when the temperature is low, start your climb in the early afternoon. The sunset is also a stunningly beautiful alternative beside the glorious sunrise.

Estimated to be founded in the early 4th century, at the foot of Mount Sinai is St. Catherine Monastery, one of the oldest ones in the world. Its official name is Sacred Monastery of the God-Trodden Mount Sinai, which is after Catherine of Alexandria, a Christian martyr with a melancholy historical tale. People believe that after she was beheaded, her remains were taken by angels to Mount Sinai.

Picture 10 - St. Catherine Monastery

Picture 4 - St. Catherine Monastery

Coming to St. Catherine Monastery, you will be amazed by inscriptions about Emperor Justinian, empress Theodora I, the doors from cedar with various ornaments, and especially the iconostases and mosaics from several epochs, in which the most infamous is the Mosaic of the Transfiguration. On the northwest of the monastery is the Well of Moses, the water supply for the monastery, which is believed to be the place Moses first met his wife.

Red Sea Reef

Thanks to Red Sea Reef, Egypt owns to itself astonishing sights underwater that appeals as many visitors as any other sceneries in the country. The fantasia under the sea of coral mountains and shallow reefs with brightly colored fish will fascinate even the most difficult tourists.

Picture 11 - Undersea view in Ras Mohammed National Park

Picture 5 - Undersea view in Ras Mohammed National Park

The best way to enjoy Egyptian Red Sea is to dive. Diving in Red Sea is available all year round, with high season from July to September when the sea is more calm and the average temperature is 26oC. The most popular sites for diving are around the southernmost of the Sinai Peninsula where is home to the jewels in the Red Sea's crown. Ras Mohammed National Park, the home to the “Holy Trinity” of Shark Reef, Eel Garden and the Jolanda wreck, is one of the reasons why the northern part of Red Sea was voted as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World in 1989. The national park is a good site for diving activity. Another main diving area is in the Straits of Tiran. They form a narrow area to the Gulf Aqaba where the currents sweeping through the deep channel conditioning coral to grow prolifically, attracting a wide variety of marine life.

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