Abu Simbel is a historic site comprising two massive rock-cut temples in the village of Abu Simbel, Aswan Governorate, Upper Egypt, near the border with Sudan. It is situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan.
Qatar is a small Arabian nation where traditional Bedouin culture blends harmoniously with a stylish, urban landscape. It is is 1 of 7 countries in the Arabian Peninsula and 1 of 18 countries in the Middle East. Most of the country is made up of desert.
Jordan is officially called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and is situated in Western Asia at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe. It is home to more than 100,000 archaeological, religious and tourist sights. Like Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Jerash, only to name a few. Jordan is rich in history and culture, it is a great holiday destination to enjoy your time and educate yourself on Middle Eastern heritage.
The Atlas mountains run from south-west to northeast of Morocco and the landscape includes beaches, desert, mountains, lakes and forests. Marrakech, the Red City.... a place where Europe, Africa and the Middle East merge....this centuries old trading hub has an eclectic atmosphere - from snake charmers to food touts to henna tattoos - it is intoxicating!
Dubai is a city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower, dominates the skyscraper-filled skyline. At its foot lies Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music. On artificial islands just offshore is Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. When we first visited in the early 90s on stopovers to visit a friend en route to SA it was mostly desert with little development!!
Dahab is a small Egyptian town on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, approximately 80 km northeast of Sharm el-Sheikh. Formerly a Bedouin fishing village, Dahab is now considered to be one of Egypt's most treasured diving destinations.
Luxor is a city on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. Luxor has frequently been characterized as the "world's greatest open-air museum", as the ruins of the Egyptian temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power, during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. Today's city surrounds 2 huge, surviving ancient monuments: graceful Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, a mile north. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank.
We explored the scenic valley of the River Nile on a cruise from Aswan to Luxor stopping off to visit the pristine temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu, marvelled at the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Karnak and enjoyed the scenic desert and oasis views from this luxury 5-star cruise boat for an absolute bargain!
Aswan, a city on the Nile River, has been southern Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple complex, on Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include the columned Temple of Isis, dating to the 4th century B.C. Downriver, Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum, from the Third Dynasty.
Egypt is famous for the Pyramids and Sphinx, Sahara Desert, and Nile River. It is known for its ruins, historical places, and sites of world wonders. It is also famous for its mesmerising beaches and coral reefs. The afterlife was incredibly important to the Egyptians. They believed that by preserving a dead person’s body – which they did through the process of mummification – their soul would live on in the afterlife forever. The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs! Cats were considered sacred animals by the Ancient Egyptians.