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Giza and the pyramids 'must be preserved for future generations'

The sights that travellers can enjoy on Egypt holidays - such as Giza and the pyramids - must be preserved for future generations.

This is the view of Dr Zahi Hawass, the general secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), who shared his opinions in a column for Arabic news source Asharq Alawsat.

He underlined how ancient Egyptians left evidence of their lives through hieroglyphics and paintings, meaning that visitors to the tombs thousands of years later can better understand their legacy.

"The difference between ancient Egyptians and other societies of that era was that the ancient Egyptians were more optimistic about death. The pharaohs knew life and so they wrote for themselves immortality," Dr Hawass explained.

Along with his role at the SCA, Dr Hawass also leads expeditions at Luxor and the Valley of the Kings.

Earlier this month, his team discovered two new tombs in the Saqqara necropolis, which he described as a significant breakthrough.

Those keen to discover their own piece of history should check out The Adventure Company's Egypt holidays.

For example, the itinerary of Feluccas & Pharaohs Family Holiday includes trips to Cairo, Giza and the pyramids, Aswan, Luxor and the River Nile.

If this article sparks your imagination then have a look at our activity holidays or our family holidays to Egypt page