1. Get a hot air balloon ride at sunrise at Luxor.
Warning: this requires you to wake up at an ungodly hour (we did 4am) and forego your breakfast buffet. But 10/10 would tell you it is highly worth it.
It took about 15 minutes to inflate and on board everyone and the view was astounding. At 6 am we saw the full moon setting down and the Sun coming up at the same time while navigating over the Valley of the kings (resting place of all the great Pharaohs including Ramses II and Tutankhamun)
(I am still working on the GoPro edits of this video, will be up soon!)
2. ATV in the Giza desert
It’s not hard to miss. There are plenty of vendors waiting to rent theirs out (make sure to bargain with them). We set off on ours around 5pm. On the way there we raced with the horses and camels (scared a few of them too). When we got to the desert we played in the sand around the Great pyramids of Giza and caught the sunset there over a cup of strong tea and chatting with some funny locals. Divine experience.
3. Get a visit out to Alexandria
We did a day tour. My main objective of this trip was to locate and seduce Cleopatra but I learned she’s in the Mediterranean somewhere. Quickly shed a tear and move on.
So instead I checked out the largest library in the world, Alexandria Library and Citadel of Qaitbay.
I am tremendously impressed by Alexander the Great’s accomplishments and his choice of making Alexandria the capital when he conquered. Many had tried to conquer Egypt and failed before him, I will probably write a post soon exploring Alexander’s strategies to dominate.
4. Get inside the pyramids. DUH.
Actually not so DUH since it’s actually 4th on my list. Treasures and tombs inside have been removed (check them at the Cairo Museum) but it still gave me goosebumps. Some of them are somewhat tough to climb so make sure your VO2 is at it’s max. Join a crossfit gym and train for a couple weeks before it.
Just kidding, but if cardio is not in your repertoire it will definitely test you. Onwards.
5. Visit the temples.
They are grandiose and absolutely larger than life. I learned to appreciate Egyptian architecture and picked up some hieroglyphs as well. I can now identify the God of fertility (actually you can too possibly. It’s the dude with the massive boner. Sticks out like a sore thumb midst all the other sober artwork. No pun intended).