Smiling Sphinx: Top Sites for You in Egypt

Egypt was a cultural leader in the ancient world, but did you know Egypt is considered the cultural leader of the modern Arab speaking world today? The ancient culture of Egypt has influenced the world from antiquity, to the movies and music of the swinging 1950s and 60s, to travel and tourism today. Take a visit to Egypt and enjoy all the culture and sites that this amazing and mysterious country has to offer travelers. Go and see why the Great Sphinx wears that smile.

Giza

Home of the Great Pyramid and the mysterious (and romantic) Great Sphinx.

Giza

Photo by Travelling my way.

Karnak

The second largest ancient religious site in the world, home to temples, pylons and many other buildings.

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Photo by Ludwig Wager.

The Blue Hole Diving Spot in the Red Sea Coral Reef

The diving offers beautiful views of fish in the clear waters and is home to the infamous Blue Hole.

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Photo by CrazyTravelista.

River Nile

The famous traveler and historian Herodotus said, “Egypt is the gift of the Nile.”

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Photo by Franziska Dimo.

Valley of the Kings

The final resting place for many of ancient Egypt’s kings and queens.

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Photo by Prytz.

Egyptian Museum

Home to the largest collection of ancient Pharaonic and Egyptian antiquities in the world.

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Photo by Photo by Majid Shaheen.

Siwa Oasis

A revered ancient site dedicated to the Egyptian god Amon, it is now home to a large Berber population.

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Photo by Mindseye.

Dahab

A world famous resort known for wind surfing and world class diving.

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Photo by Klando va de viaje.

Mosque of Ibn Tulun

The largest and oldest mosque in Cairo, founded in 876 AD.

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Photo by freetobe_mel

Find more ancient places to visit in our Ancient Ruins & Temples list. Or if you are interested in scuba, take a deep dive in our here in a Scuba Junkie list. Find more inspiration and travel ideas on Trover.com.

 

15 of the Most Isolated Monasteries in the World

Some of the world’s most incredible places of worship and spiritual study are also some of the most difficult to access. Most of the time, this was intentional in the design of the complex.

Whether perched on a cliff, hidden in high mountains, or built into the side of rock formations, these monasteries, temples and abbeys were designed to isolate and test the dedication of the monks and nuns who inhabit them, bringing them closer to God in a place of peace.

Though some of these ancient monasteries are no longer in use, all of them make for fascinating travel destinations, especially for those interested in religion, architecture, history and geology. If that sounds like you, read on for 15 of the world’s most isolated monasteries:

 

1. The incredible Greek Orthodox monasteries of Meteora, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

2. The ninth-century Sevanavank Monastery on Lake Sevan in Armenia

Trover photo by Mattyboy876

 

3. The fifth-century Hanging Temple in Datong, China

Trover photo by Ai Long

 

4. The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa in Amorgos, Greece

Trover photo by Travel with all senses

 

5. The 1st-century BC Monastery at Petra in Jordan

Trover photo by Prytz

 

6. The Taktsang Palphug Monastery (aka “Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, Bhutan

Trover photo by Earth Trekkers

 

7. The 16th-century Blagaj Tekke in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Trover photo by Candice Walsh

 

8. The 1st-century Saint Catherine’s Monastery at the base of Mount Sinai in Egypt

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

 

9. Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona in Spiazzi, Italy

Trover photo by Paige Spee

 

10. Kye Monastery in the Spiti Valley of India

Trover photo by Mihir Shah

 

11. The fourth-century Greek Orthodox Sumela Monastery in Maçka, Turkey

Trover photo by Klando va de viaje

 

12. The sixth-century St. George’s Monastery in Wadi Qelt, Israel

Trover photo by Adina Troper Dayan

 

13. Santa Maria of Montserrat Abbey in Catalonia, Spain

Trover photo by Tom Stahl

 

14. Basarbovo Monastery in Basarbovo, Bulgaria

 

15. Ypapanti Monastery in Kalambaka, Greece

Trover photo by Allan Tipon

 

How’s that for some monastic inspiration? To see more of the world’s most isolated monasteries, check out the full list here, and don’t forget to share your own isolated discoveries on Trover!

 

7 Summer Trips to Plan on Trover This Year

Did you know… not only is Trover the perfect place for posting your own travel photos, but also for getting inspiration and planning future summer trips?

A great place to start are the literally thousands of great lists filled with curated photos and discoveries from around the world. Here are 7 of our favorites to get the inspiration flowing as you plan your summer trips!

1. Explore Europe

You know you’ve always wanted to see the Colosseum in Rome, the Tower Bridge in London, the picturesque Nyhavn in Copenhagen, and the thousands of other stunning and historic sites throughout Europe – so what’s keeping you from finally going?! You have a list full of all the inspiration you could ever need right here!

Trover photo by Bill Dillard

Trover photo by Johan Koke

Trover photo by Nick Bond

 

2. Iconic Places Around the World

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Neuschwanstein Castle…it’s time to make these global icons more than postcards and screensavers – check out our list of favorites and begin your bucket list planning yesterday!

Trover photo by Betina Winsig Hansen

Trover photo by Elza Hayen

Trover photo by cherishka@NomNomNomads

 

3. Gorgeous Beaches Around the World

Grab the sunscreen, a good book, and your favorite cocktail, cause this summer has a beach with your name on it! From Catseye Beach in Australia to Praia Do Amado in Portugal and the thousands of others in between, there’s sure to be a beach destination that can fit into your plans this summer.

Trover photo by Mel T

Trover photo by Henrique Santos

 

4. Explore New Zealand

New Zealand may be known best as the filming location for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, but the country boasts enough natural beauty and exhilarating activities to demand more than just a quick visit. So plan a trip to explore New Zealand and stay a while!

Trover photo by MapNomads

Trover photo by Stoked for Saturday

 

5. Ancient Ruins & Temples

If you have a soft spot for history, mythology, or religion, a tour of the world’s many ancient ruins and temples may be the right summer trip for you. From the Prambanan Temple in Indonesia to the Acropolis of Athens, there’s no shortage of history to uncover this summer!

Trover photo by Bien Nguyen

Trover photo by David Bjorgen

 

6. Surf Spots

From the Mentawi Islands in Indonesia to Otaki Beach in New Zealand, there are hundreds of sick surf spots around the world. Venture outside your Californian comfort zone this summer and find new waters to play in!

Trover photo by Simon Ferguson

Trover photo by Stoked for Saturday

 

7. Camping Spots Around the World

Traveling on a budget this summer? Want to disconnect from your phone and reconnect with nature? Got a van full of kids that need to learn survival skills? Whether you explore Big Pine, California or the coast of Baja California in Mexico, there are thousands of prime camping spots around the world that can satisfy your travel needs this summer!

Trover photo by Bernini

Trover photo by The Adventure Junkies

 

How’s that for some summer trip planning inspiration? If you want more, check out some of the other great lists on the Explore tab on our website or Explore menu on our apps:

If you don’t see a list you like, make your own! Whatever you do this summer, make sure you get out, have fun, and share your adventures on Trover!