The Nile Valley is a fertile area of Egypt through which flows the Nile River. The Nile is the world’s longest river. Egypt can trace its roots in this area back to the beginning of time and the first civilizations.
This is the area for the section of river between Cairo and Qena Bend. The rock tombs of Ben Hassan and the necropolis of Tuna al-Gabel are both wonderful examples of the well preserved artifacts in Middle Egypt.
If archeological sites are what interest you the best ones can be found in the area of Minya and Mallawi. Sohag is one of the towns with a large Christian population. There are monasteries around Sohag that stand as examples of early Christianity in the desert.
There is much to see and do in Upper Egypt. The Temple of Set I is an Egyptian lover’s delight. The bas-reliefs are simply exquisite. There is the Temple of Hathor at Dendara, The Temple of Luxor and the city of Qena.
Luxor is a favorite with the tourists. And the city depends strongly on its tourism to keep the local economy rolling. In Luxor visitors can explore the Luxor Temple, Luxor Museum, and colorful bazaars and open air markets. There are also numerous festivals that occur throughout the year.
Karnak is home to the Temple of Amun, the Temple of Ramses II, the Great Hypostle Hall and the temples of Hnonso and Opet.
The Theban Necropolis
Here you will find the famous Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Spend the day touring the Colossi of Memnon, the famous Tomb of Tutankhamen, the tombs of several generations of Ramses and various other pharaohs.
Darow features a weekly camel market. It is an interesting experience to watch. In Aswan and surrounding areas you can see bazaars, The Nubia Museum, Elephantine Island, the Aswan Museum and other antiquities. Philae is the location for the Temple of Isis, Hadrian’s Gate and the Osirian Shrine. The Nile Valley has much more to offer in the way of antiquities, Egyptian treasures and wonderful local entertainment, shops and places to eat.