Egypt is famous for mummies and hieroglyphics, but there is so much more for a tourist and his Gnome to explore in this historic African country.
The Pyramid of Giza will be a highlight of your trip. One of the original Seven Wonders of the World, this attraction is actually composed of three main pyramids, each of which is an Egyptian king’s tomb.
You will marvel at these great structures, which historians believe took thousands of workers more than eight decades to construct, but your awe will pale in comparison to that of your Gnome, who is sure to experience a stiff neck after gazing up at these monstrous creations. He may need some reassurance, too, when he comes upon the Sphinx, a half-man, half-lion craved from a single, massive block of stone.
Want to see the pyramids from a different vantage point? Sign up for a camel ride through the desert. Let your Gnome perch atop the camel’s back as you pass by the ancient tombs.
While the Giza pyramids are probably most well known, they are not the only ancient tombs. The Pyramids at Dahshur include the Bent Pyramid, so named for its unusual appearance, and the Red Pyramid, which was constructed from colored limestone. The Red Pyramid will be particularly interesting to you and your Gnome, as you’ll be able to explore the inside.
Also fascinating is the Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs built for pharaohs including Tutankhamen. King Tut’s collection of priceless jewelry and artifacts can be viewed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo– a one-stop shop where you and your Gnome to get your fill of all things Egyptian.
Of course, no trip to Egypt would be complete without checking out the Nile River. We suggest booking a tour so that you get the most out of your adventure (and so you won’t lose your way. If you’ve never been lost in an ancient land with just a Gnome for company, well, you want to keep it that way.) Instead, indulge in a five-day cruise, which includes opportunities for guided tours, hot-air balloon rides and ethnic food and entertainment.
If you haven’t quite had your fill of nature, plan a hiking tour through the White Desert, where you can spend a night under the stars , or climb up Mount Sinai to witness a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
Your Gnome will surely miss the ancient land when he returns home. You can help ease the transition by helping him construct his very own pyramid (luckily, a small-scale version will suffice) and perhaps by giving him a recording of The Bangles’ 1986 hit single. In no time at all, you’ll find him in his garden, walking like a native Egyptian.