Grand Rising loves, have you ever wondered what it would be like waking up to the cool breeze of the desert air of Cairo? Yes, I said Cairo and at your fingertips. Let me take you on a visual journey as I escape city life for a bit of RNR and adventure in Cairo and Luxor.
Five Pretravel tips before you head to your destination during COVID:
Get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before your travel
Check travel restrictions before you go.
Check the weather for the duration of the trip and pack accordingly.
Bring extra supplies, such as masks and hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth without cleaning your hands first.
Used Uber for transportation to &from the airport.
Arrive and check in to hotel - Marriott Mena House, Cairo
Experience the luxury of their 5-star accommodations. 4 floors, 326 rooms, and suites with seven meeting rooms to cater to your needs, whether it be a business or leisure trip.
I came to relax and rest for a bit, and if you are like me, I recommend trying Saray spa. Try the 50 minute Dead sea mud scrub and finish with 90 minutes of traditional Swedish massage for complete relaxation. But don't forget to make your dinner reservations at either the international 139 Restaurant or the Moghul Room for authentic Indian cuisine. Top your night off with a night-cap and libations at the M Club Lounge.
Enjoy the luxury hotel in Cairo within walking distance of the Pyramids in Giza and near Cairo University, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Grand Museum. I had the opportunity to adventure out to the Pyramids right before my flight to Luxor.
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Arrive and check in to the hotel - Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, Luxor. The resort rests on the River Nile'sNile's edge, less than seven kilometers from central Luxor via shuttle, facing the West Bank. They have traditional felucca sailing and horseback and camelback tours of the riverbanks, with Karnak and Luxor temples within four kilometers. Perks include a holistic spa, two infinity pools, and a kids' corner.
With the early morning at the Pyramids and a busy 2nd day, tomorrow night will be very low key to relaxing at the hotel.
Order room service from the Silk Road restaurant and enjoy spicy Indian curry with rice.
Today started with my daily meditation to prepare myself for a busy day. First, stop breakfast on Felucca floating on the Nile. Now, if you are hearing about Felucca for the first time, you are in for a real treat.
For centuries, the Felucca remained the primary transportation method of the Nile and has always been known for its romantic vibes. The Felucca's ancient form still graces the Nile river as it used to since the Pharaohs. Discover Felucca rides on the Nile in Cairo. These Egyptian sailboats have been used for millennia to move up and down the Nile, but they are also an ideal recreational way to enjoy fantastic night views of Cairo or a warm sunrise, making the most of your stay. Start your morning fresh with a delightful continental breakfast (breakfast box) while admiring the charm of the Nile River on a two-hour Felucca ride, enjoying the nice weather and some Egyptian music.
After my surreal breakfast, I began my tour of the East and West Banks that The Hilton Luxor Set up for me. Here are a few fun facts about the places I visited:
Karnak Temple - remains the most remarkable religious complex ever built on earth. Its 250 acres of temples and chapels, obelisks, columns, and statues built over 2,000 years incorporate the most exemplary aspects of Egyptian art and architecture into a great historical monument of stone.
Valley of the Kings -the New Kingdom Pharaohs' burial place and some of their relatives, officials, and priests. It's tombs are concealed by the cliffs of Western Thebes. It was in high regard to the pharaohs, as their tombs would be their resting place for eternity.
Temple of Hatshepsut - considered to be the closest to ancient Egyptian history. It aggrandizes the pharaoh and includes sanctuaries to honor the gods relevant to her afterlife. The construction of this temple is mirrored on the following temples of the new kingdom.
Colossi of Memnon - two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, [who] reigned in Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt.
Luxor Temple - On the east bank of the Nile River, it was built to celebrate Egypt'sEgypt's Opet Festival. "Most of the temple of Luxor in its present state was built by Amenhotep III.
Wow, a very informative yet exciting day, tomorrow will be more of a relaxing day.
I started my day with a sunrise hot air balloon, now if you have never been in a hot air balloon, you are in for a real treat.
I wanted to treat myself to a bit of self-care before heading back to the States, soooooo yes, spa day!
I began with the body scrub, a gentle all-over polish that removes impurities to give your skin a healthy glow. Then I ended my self-care day with a massage--who doesn't love a great massage after an adventurous trip?
I hope that you enjoyed my experience through Cairo and Luxor. Now it's time to head to the airport in Cairo back to New York.
The Hilton Luxor can help you set up a nurse to come to the hotel and administer the test. PCR test required to enter Egypt.
For more information about Marriott Mena House, Cairo, check the link here.
For additional information about Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, check the link here.
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