Egypt

20 Photos to Inspire you to Visit Egypt

The Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza

I kissed a girl and I liked it!

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo

The Luxor Temple

Colossi of Ramses II, Luxor Temple

Giant obelisk at the Luxor Temple

Statues of Ramses II as the god Osiris

Temple of Hatshepsut, Valley of the Kings

Horus, the falcon headed god

Hathor – goddess of fertility, motherhood and beauty

 

The Karnak Temple, Luxor

The Incomparable Karnak Temple with Avenue of Rams

Abu Simbel Temples, Aswan

Indian female standing in front of Great Temple of Abu Simbel

Temple of Abu Simbel

Ramses II and his favourite wife, Nefertari

Queen Nefertari

Nile River Cruise, Aswan

Afternoon boat cruise on the Nile !

 

Egypt is a destination close to, or at the very top of every world traveler’s bucket list. It was certainly at the top of mine! Egyptophile or not, you cannot help but be awed by Egypt’s jaw-dropping monuments, priceless artifacts, and its history as a powerful civilization that laid the foundations for modern life. Selecting 20 photos to inspire you to visit Egypt was not easy! From chaotic Cairo in the north to laid back Aswan in the south, the present is always juxtaposed with the past. New discoveries are unearthed constantly that fuel the world’s fascination with ancient Egypt.

I had a childhood dream of visiting the land of the mighty Pharaohs and being immersed in the enthralling history that I saw in movies and documentaries. In June 2015,  I leapt at the opportunity to visit Egypt when my cousin received a diplomatic posting at the U.S Embassy in Cairo. Memories of my most epic journey to date are still vivid in my mind and I always dream of returning in the near future!

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Reasons why I chose these 20 photos to inspire you to visit Egypt

  1. The Pyramids of Giza  and Sphinx are a MUST. They’re the last of the 7 Wonders of the ancient world!
  2. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is a glorious treasure trove of relics for history lovers. See the mask and possessions of the boy-king King Tutankhamen! And be sure to visit the Royal Mummies collection to view some of the most important rulers in ancient history!
  3. The Karnak and Luxor Temples will blow your mind with their colossal statues, obelisks and pillars.
  4. The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut was built by Egypt’s first female pharaoh of the same name. She seized power from her young stepson, Thutmose III, and built this shrine for herself!
  5. Aswan provides an ultra-relaxing getaway on the River Nile. It is home to Egypt’s Nubian population and the incredible UNESCO Heritage site, the Abu Simbel Temples.

We’re all aware of travel advisories and security concerns regarding Egypt. Note however, that if an incident happens in one area it doesn’t mean that the entire country is in an uproar! As with all destinations, exercise common sense and be vigilant. I hope my 20 selected photos will pique your interest and inspire you to visit this amazing country!

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44 Comments

  • Reply
    Sami
    at 12:50 PM

    How did you manage to get hardly anyone in the background? I have heard that some of those places are always busy! I want to go to Egypt so bad but I have heard that harassment is a real issue when you travel as a solo female. I may wait and go with someone!

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 1:18 PM

      I went to visit my cousin in summertime, so the off-season coupled with going extra early in the morning got me some better pics. We had a great guide called Ali Ahmed who did tours with us and that kept the harassment at bay at the sites. Harassment is real though, nobody does anything out of the goodness of their heart over there, they always want a tip! As a solo female, I recommend a tour guide or group.

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    Anu
    at 1:05 PM

    Ancient cities are my thing. Visiting Egypt is on my list and your post and brilliant photos inspire me even more to plan a trip.

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    lena
    at 2:35 PM

    I am so fascinated by old Egyptian mysteries and stories about Faraos and treasures. I must really move it higher on my bucket list. Beautiful pictures

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    Abby Jo Bowes
    at 3:21 PM

    ugh so jealous! this is huge on my bucket list

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    Suzy
    at 7:10 PM

    These photos are SO great! I just love the fun illusory ones. You’re totally right, it’s certainly on everyone’s bucket list. I really hope I get the chance to visit one day and this just reminds me why. Great post!

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    Michelle
    at 8:25 PM

    Incredible. I feel like Egypt is one of those places that you just have to see to believe. It’s on my list for sure!

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    Summer
    at 8:57 PM

    These photos are awesome! My favorite is the fourth one! So much personality. Was it crowded when you went? Were you able to speak to locals who live next to the Nile? How did they feel about living in such a historic place? Thanks for sharing your pictures!

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 10:06 AM

      Thanks so much! Surprisingly the Pyramids weren’t terribly crowded when we went in the afternoon. We were able to move freely with our guide Ali. In Aswan, we stayed at a BnB run by a local with local Nubian staff. Egyptians are proud of their ancient history!

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    Victoria
    at 9:01 PM

    I was already convinced a while ago that I need to go but your photos sealed the deal! Looks like you had an awesome time!

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 9:59 AM

      I did this post wondering…do people really need to be inspired to visit Egypt of all places ???? LOL. The relics and monuments are awesome to behold. I simply can’t forget the place!

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    Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World
    at 8:38 AM

    What an epic opportunity to be able to explore this amazing country. You have definitely inspired. It’s amazing how well preserved so much of the ancient Egyptian monuments and temples are to this day. Super cool. Thanks for sharing your perspective.

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 10:01 AM

      Thank you very much! I want to do more posts on this amazing destination, one isn’t enough!

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    Janine Good
    at 11:04 PM

    These are fab! I was supposed to see Egypt in 2013 but my tour had to divert due to unrest. Your photos inspire me to try and go again. Love the photo of you and the Sphinx.

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 1:10 PM

      I had concerns about unrest during my visit but thank goodness my trip was incident free. There’s much that I haven’t seen and want to revisit!

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    Chirasree Banerjee
    at 10:57 AM

    Wow! You inspired me Victoria. You gave me a mega dose of wanderlust! I would love to read about the Colossi of Ramses II, Luxor Temple. If you share it, I will be your first reader.

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 1:09 PM

      I’m so glad, thank you! I’m looking forward to writing some long overdue posts about my Egyptian adventures very soon!

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    Nicole | The Professional Mom Project
    at 1:33 PM

    Wow these photos are awesome! I look forward to visiting Egypt one day for sure. It’s definitely on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing.

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    Abbie
    at 10:01 AM

    Your forced perspective photos really show what a fun adventure you had! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Aga
    at 6:43 AM

    These photos brought some good memories! I really enjoyed my time in Egypt, maybe I should come back one day 🙂

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    Viola
    at 3:46 AM

    You nailed those poses with the phinx and pyramid! So cool!

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    Tanya
    at 1:34 PM

    You are cracking me up with your iconic photos pointing to and holding iconic pyramids. It looks like you had fun!

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    Louise
    at 2:04 PM

    I’ve always been very facinated with Egypt and it’s definitely on my bucketlist to visit😍 loved your photos!

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    Nerissa
    at 2:51 PM

    I’ve always wanted to visit here, but I’ve been hesitant as a female solo traveler. I think I’d look into a tour or something if i ever visited. Lovely pictures.

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    Heidi
    at 4:44 PM

    Hehe! You nailed every cliche photo of Egypt possible plus added some amazing ones of your own. Eygpt is so full of wonderful sights to see, that we have to get there one day soon. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Annei Soul
    at 4:50 PM

    I’ve been to Luxor – the Valley of the Kings and Queens is fab, especially the tomb of Nefertari which was spectacular. Need to visit Cairo and Aswan though, thanks for the reminder 🙂

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    Krystle
    at 6:45 PM

    Incredible photos!! Egypt is definitely on my bucket list now 🙂

  • Reply
    Ruth
    at 8:42 PM

    Your post brings back so many memories! I visited all the places you presented in here a long time ago. There is no doubt Egypt is a unique place. It feels like a different world. So, I understand why you chose these pictures. I read the Egyptian Museum was renovated and improved. I would like to go back and see the new exhibits. The museum itself is an all-day affair.

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    Nicky
    at 6:31 AM

    As something of a historian, I’m loving these! I’d absolutely love to visit, though I admit that security fears have put me off – these photos are making me rethink that! Thanks for sharing!

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 7:05 PM

      My family and I had those concerns also but note that disturbances happening in one area rarely affect the entire nation.

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    Shivani
    at 5:20 AM

    I am a history fan and visiting Egyptian pyramids is my bucket list. Your pictures are absolutely stunning, how did you capture pictures with literally negligible tourists?

    • Victoria Hawkins
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      Victoria Hawkins
      at 7:02 PM

      Thanks so much luv! I’d say visiting Egypt in the summertime (off-season) and going early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds certainly contributed!

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    Katie Dickinson
    at 9:26 PM

    Love the note about being careful listening to news stories – you’re totally right that just because something bad is happening in one area doesn’t mean that the whole country is in turmoil! I would looove to go to Egypy (and I love river cruises – they usually offer an interesting historical perspective that you don’t get on land!)

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    Kris
    at 11:05 PM

    I love your quirky pictures at these landmarks. Those are exactly the kinds of fun shots I like to take on vacation. I’ve dreamed of visiting the pyramids for years, but I wasn’t at all familiar with the temples. I’d love to learn more about them!

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    queenie
    at 11:44 PM

    I’m convinced!! These photos look so amazing! It must feel so surreal when you were there. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mayuri
    at 12:00 AM

    I am raising my hand! I definitely wish to visit Egypt! Your pictures are amazing, so jealous 🙂

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    JEN
    at 1:30 AM

    I am so extremely interested in Egypt! I’ve watched so many documentaries and it is definitely on the bucket list to visit one day. Thanks for sharing!

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    Mayuri Patel
    at 1:40 AM

    I love ancient temples and architectures.Definately egypt is on wish list and your lovely pictures giving me some travel goals;its amazing.

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    Viviane Claire Feeney
    at 7:11 AM

    ‘I kissed a girl and I liked it’; XD.
    I liked the photo of the Abu Simbel Temples with the palm trees & bright sun in the background behind the engraved columns.

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    Richa
    at 3:28 PM

    Both me and my husband love history which is why Egypt has been such an important place in our hearts. However, we have yet not made a hike up there. These photos have definitely inspired me to get back in gear to plan that dream trip! 🙂

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    sarah
    at 10:23 PM

    Oh we almost booked a trip to Egypt a couple years ago when my son was just one year old but we backed out at the last minute because we were hesitant to travel there with a baby if we ran into any troubles. I’m so glad you felt safe! I really hope we can visit soon!!

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    Natasha
    at 12:06 PM

    The photos are top-notch! They make me look at Egypt from a different point of view. By the way, I write about Russia on my blog.

  • Reply
    eli
    at 9:32 AM

    Egypt’s been on my list for such a long time. I love that there’s so much more than just the pyramids to see!

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