The longest river in the world
If water could talk, the Nile would have some tales to tell. The longest river in the world was the silent witness to the creation of the world’s first civilised state, the ancient Egyptians believed it was the causeway between life and death and, more recently, it’s carried its fair share of VIPs along its length.
The stockpile of stories begins in Cairo. Egypt’s capital city has been in a state of perpetual motion since the 4th century. Its 20 million residents tear through the working day, ducking in and out of coffee shops for blink-and-you’ll-miss-me meetings over super strength coffee. The city’s tourists, meanwhile, run the gauntlet of traders in the Khan el-Khali Bazar and make the short journey to the outskirts of town to stand in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza.
The Valley of the Kings
More tales amass along the Nile’s west bank. Dating back to the 16th century BC, The Valley of the Kings is the final resting place of nearly 100 pharaohs and noblemen. Then there’s the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, the original iron lady, who ruled over Egypt for 22 years.
Luxor, across the river from the Valley of Kings, has a list of reasons to visit as long as your arm. The city is known as the world’s greatest open-air museum, and one of its highlights is the Temple of Karnak, which is the largest religious complex the world has ever seen.