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Why Egypt?
The reasons are numerous. Great Value is the top reason. You can visit this fascinating Country at a cheaper price than most destinations in the world. Our Tour packages have amazing good quality inclusions, making Egypt an exceptional value for your money.
For the historical and archaeological reason, Egypt simply has no match. Egypt is the cradle of civilization, the land of the living past, a land of contrast, and it's truly what historians like to call as the place where it all began. You will learn the great role Egypt has played throughout history, whether ancient or modern. You will visit and see so many antiquities like no other place, you can see Pharaohnic, Nubian, Asiatic, Greek, Roman, Jewish, Coptic, Islamic, and even European monuments all in one country, Egypt!
For the weather conditions, Egypt has a very pleasant climate most of the year, if you are a beach person you can enjoy the beach resorts of the Red Sea Coast a great way to unwind before returning back home. Last but not least would be the beautiful and amazing people of Egypt. Feel the warmth, hospitality, kindness, and friendship of the Egyptian people.
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Egypt's Capital, a vibrant City, the heart of Egypt's politics, finance, culture, and of course home of one of the wonders of the Ancient World, The Pyramids of Giza. It sprawls over 453 square km, approximately half the size of New York City but with double the amount of people living there. It is crowded, noisy, and not well planned, but its streets and alleyways conceal countless treasures that make it worth to visit. Cairo straddles the Nile River and also include two Islands: Gezira (Zamalek) and Roda (Rawda, Rhoda), both connected by bridges. Cairo's highlights:
The Cairo Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
Islamic Cairo
Great Pyramids of Giza
The Step Pyramid
The Cairo Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, here you find an impressive collection of artifacts that depict the legacy of the Pharaohs and Egyptian Ancient History, located in Central Cairo, very close to Tahrir Square another of the highlights in downtown Cairo, although the Square has not much to see very quickly you realize this is where everyone meets is always busy day or night.
Islamic Cairo, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, it has many Medieval Islamic Monuments all concentrated in one area, here you also find Khan Al Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest shopping markets in the World, strolling thru Old Cairo you get transported back in time with the sounds of merchants trading and bargaining, the smells of food and sights of people going about their business the way they have done since the 14th Century. Within Islamic Cairo you find the Citadel and the Muhammad Ali Mosque, two very popular tourist attractions. Get great views of the City of Cairo from the Terraces of the Citadel, the Mosque is within the grounds of the Fortress together they are one of the most visible Monuments of Cairo.
Another important area to visit is Coptic Cairo, home to many beautiful Churches and the Coptic Museum. Learn about Egypt's Christian history before the arrival of Islam, and about the Coptic Christians that live and practice their religion in today's Egypt.
The Grand Pyramids of Giza: Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaura. No tour of Egypt is completed without a visit to one of the most well known faces of Egypt worldwide, The Grand Pyramids of Giza, with the mysterious Sphinx sitting at their footsteps, an UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Wonders of the Ancient World still standing almost intact.
Twenty four Km outside Cairo there is another important archeological site Saqqara, here you find the first Pyramid built: The Step Pyramid, built for king Imhotep, Saqqara was the Necropolis for all the Kings and Nobles of Egypt's ancient Capital Memphis. Today much of Old Memphis lies buried, all you can find is a Museum that houses a massive statue of Ramses II (Colossus of Ramses). Memphis is located on what is now the Village of Mit Rahina.
South of Saqqara you find Dashur and archeological site not very known to most tourist, here you find the Bent Pyramid a small Pyramid built after Saqqara but before Giza.
Alexandria Egypt's second largest City and also the largest Port in the Country, 225 km from Cairo in the Mediterranean Coast. Founded by Alexander the Great to be the Capital of Egypt during the Greco Roman Period, Alexandria was one of the most famous and advanced Cities of the ancient World, considered the center of learning and wealth with its famed ancient Library of Alexandria and its towering Pharos Lighthouse (said to be one of the wonders of the ancient World). But sadly none of these original monuments remain today, they all have vanished victims of wars and natural disasters.
But it is possible to visit Alexandria and get a sense of its past glory, walk thru the sites were these greatest monuments once stood and learn their fascinating history.
Visit Alexandria's new Library with its impressive and beautiful architecture built in the approximate site of the original, is one of the largest in the Arab World. Continue to the Fortress of Qaitbey this is the place where the Pharos Lighthouse once stood, the Lighthouse was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, disappeared during an earthquake in the XII century. The Fortress was built over the ruins in the XV century by Mamluk Sultan Qaitbey, built to defend Egypt against an invasion from the Turks. It is a great place to stroll you get great views of Central Alexandria from across the Harbor.
Another well known tourist attraction is the Catacombs of Kom Al-Shuqafa this is a very elaborate Roman burial complex, is well preserved and unlike anything else you will see in Egypt.
Next Pompeys Pillar and Serapeum, although named by the people Pompeys Pillar this 30 m Aswan red granite column was actually erected in honor of Emperor Diocletian, the Pillar is surrounded by ruins of Alexandria's Serapeum a Temple built to honor the new Egyptian God Serapis made popular by Ptolemy. Not to be missed is Montazah Palace, built as a place where royalty could escape the hot Egyptian summer months is now a Presidential retreat.
River Nile Cruises
One of the best ways to experience Egypt is aboard a Nile River Cruise. Itineraries vary from 3, 4, and 7 nights, travelling between Luxor and Aswan. Some of Egypt's most treasured monuments and archeological sites are located between Luxor and Aswan. Once in Aswan, Abu Simbel is also located nearby – 30 minutes by air and is always an optional tour not included in the River Cruise. Your cruise will cover the following sites:
Avenue of Sphinxes Luxor Temple:
One of the most prominent temples in Egypt built by Amenhotep III, the temple is very well preserved, you enter thru the Avenue of Sphinxes which at one time lead to Karnak 3km away. Once a year during the Festival of Opet the God Amun, his wife Mut and son Khonsu, were carried in sacred barks from Luxor Temple all the way to Karnak - one of the most important and greatest celebrations of ancient Thebes. At this site you also find the Abu Al Haggas Mosque, built before the Luxor Temple was uncovered. The mosque today is still a practicing worship place. Luxor Temple is surrounded by Luxor Town. Walking the main Nile Side boulevard is an lovely occasion, especially in the evenings when you can catch beautiful sunsets. The town has a very Victorian feeling, with open air restaurants and plenty of unique shops. You can also choose to get around in a horse drawn carriage.
Karnak Temple Karnak Temple:
Karnak was the home of the Pharaohs - therefore it was at the heart of everything in ancient Thebes. While most of it has not withstood time, this spectacular temple features a complex full of Sanctuaries, beautifully decorated pylons, imposing obelisks, and impressive Halls and courtyards. There is a groundwater Lake (Sacred Lake) within the Complex believed once to be the water supply for the Temple. In the evening partake in the Sound and Light Show witnessing a colorful display of lights, and walk through the Temple at night with the Nile nearby.
Colossi of Memnon Colossi of Memnon:
Two giant statues carved of a single stone 59 feet high, they are the only remains of a much larger Temple built by the Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
Vallley of the Queens Vallley of the Queens:
This Necropolis is where the Royal Princesses and Nobles were buried. The highlight of this location is the Tomb of Queen Nefertiti, the famous favorite wife of Ramses the Great.
Temple of Hatshepsut Temple of Hatshepsut:
Built to honor Egypt's only woman Pharaoh, beautifully settled on a series of terraces with imposing limestone cliffs in the background.
Valley of the Kings Valley of the Kings:
A royal burial site for the Kings and Nobles of ancient Egypt, is located just across from Luxor and is one of the richest archeological places in the world. One of the most famous tombs was discovered here almost intact that of Tutankhamun, all the riches found in his Tomb can be seen at the Cairo Egyptian Museum.
Esna Lock Esna:
Nile River cruises sail by Esna on their way to Edfu if sailing from Luxor or if sailing from Aswan on their way to Luxor, you will cross the Esna lock, a small but very interesting crossing as all the merchants come to offer you their wares (cotton galabiyyas) by throwing them up your deck as the ship waits to cross.
Edfu Temple Edfu:
Here you visit the one of the best preserved and completed Temples in Egypt, Edfu's Temple a Greco Roman Temple built by Ptolemy XII father of Cleopatra, it has a very impressive entrance with massive pylon and two statues of Horus.
Kom Ombo Temple Kom Ombo:
A beautiful waterfront Temple dedicated to Sobek and Horus, it was a center to worship the Crocodile God Sobek, and Horus the Falcon God. You can still see some mummified crocodiles on display but the real ones is believed have been hunted to extinction.
High Dam in Aswan High Dam in Aswan:
An impressive example of Modern engineering is 12,562 feet across the top and 364 feet high. Its construction changed enormously the life of the Egyptian people by preventing flooding and providing electricity. All the Monuments that were on the way of the Dam had to be relocated to higher ground by a multinational team of Engineers and Archeologists working under UNESCO, this is considered one of the greatest achievements apart from the construction of the Dam.
Temple of Philae Temple of Philae:
Moved from its original site to its present location of Aglika Island, is one of the most beautiful Temples specially at sunset, built to honor Isis one of the most popular Goddesses in Egypt. You can return at night for a sound and light show, this is when the Temple shows at its best the lighting makes the Island look magical.
The Unfinished Obelisk The Unfinished Obelisk:
This is a colossal Obelisk unfinished and attached to the ground, left there after cracks appeared while working on it. It is located in the Aswan Granite Quarries from where most of the stone for Egypt's monuments came from.
Sailing a Felucca Sailing a Felucca to Kitcheners Island:
The Island was named after British Lord Horatio Kitchener he was given the Island while serving as a Consul General in Egypt, he converted almost the entire Island in to a botanical garden. A lovely ride aboard a traditional Egyptian boat takes you to the Island where you can stroll the Gardens.
Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel One of the most well known sites in Egypt after the Pyramids of Giza and their Sphinx, Abu Simbel was one of the Temples moved from its original sacred place to save it from flooding, a project considered one of the greatest achievements in modern engineering. But Abu Simbel's massive facade with two seated colossi of Ramses II is certainly an inspiring sight. Behind you find a smaller Temple built to honor Nefertari Ramses beloved wife, it also has an impressive entrance with a series of standing colossal sculptures. The best way to visit Abu Simbel is by a 30 minute flight from Aswan, it can be arranged by your tour Guides as an optional tour while on your Nile River Cruise.
One of the best ways to experience Egypt is aboard a Nile River Cruise. Itineraries vary from 3, 4, and 7 nights, travelling between Luxor and Aswan. Some of Egypt's most treasured monuments and archeological sites are located between Luxor and Aswan. Once in Aswan, Abu Simbel is also located nearby – 30 minutes by air and is always an optional tour not included in the River Cruise. Your cruise will cover the following sites:
Hurghada Beach Hurghada:
Located on Egypt's eastern coast, Hurghada is renowned for its beautiful beaches, crystal waters and year round sunny warm weather. With many Coral reefs is a world class favorite spot for diving and snorkeling, sailing, fishing, and windsurfing are also readily available at most hotels. You can visit the Old Part of Hurghada "El Dahar" where you find traditional Egyptian Bazaars great for souvenir shopping, or find modern shopping Centers and stunning Golf Courses in the newly developed areas.
El Gouna El Gouna:
Situated 22 km north of Hurghada El Gouna is a privately built Resort Town with all the modern amenities from landing strip, shopping malls, hospital, golf courses, and plenty of first class hotels and restaurants. This Red Sea Coast community spreads across a series of Islands connected together by lagoons, it has 10 km of beautiful beaches popular with divers, you can find all water sports specially Kite Surfing.
Dahab Dahab:
On the southeast coast of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. A small tourist town renowned for its windsurfing, snorkeling and diving, the famous diving site Blue Hole is only 5 miles away, this is a submarine sinkhole 130 meters deep. Dahab is only two hours away from Mt. Sinai therefore an ideal base for trekking safaris.
Sharm Al Sheik Sharm Al Sheik:
On the southern tip of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula is one of the most well known beach resort areas in Egypt. A world class diving and beach destination also great for snorkeling and all water sports. Sharm as is usually called is a blend of old town feeling with all the amenities of modern accommodations and entertainment. From Sharm you can take excursions to nearby St Catherine's Monastery, Mount Moses, and Colored Canyon.
Diving Marsa Alam:
On Egypt's southeastern Red Sea Coast, is a small tourist town, famous for its coral reefed coastline very popular with divers and snorkelers alike.
The town very picturesque, with great views of the sea and the mountains as backdrop, beaches are very pristine.
Taba Taba:
On the northern tip of the Gulf Taba neighboring Israel, is a small seaside resort town, with great beaches and stunning views of the mountains. It offers good weather year round with a variety of Luxury Hotels to choose from.
The St. Catherine's Monastery
St. Catherine's Monastery The St. Catherine's Monastery is located on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula at the foot of Mount Sinai and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The monastery was built between the years 527 and 565 on the orders of Emperor Justinian and is one of the oldest practicing monasteries in the world. Although an Orthodox Christian Monastery this site is of great sacred importance to the three major religions in the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The tour is usually combined with a hike of Mount Moses, you start very early in the morning in order to see the Sun rise and then stop by the Monastery on your way down. Must see at the Monastery: Basilica of the Transfiguration, The Bell Tower, The library, The Monastery's Garden, Cemetery and Charnel House. You can visit St. Catherine's Monastery on a day tour from Sharm El Shiekh (a three hour car drive), if you want to travel from Cairo is a six hour drive or one hour flight, coming from Cairo you need to stay overnight.
Lake Nasser
Lake Nasser A man-made lake created when the Aswan High Dam was built, at over 1500 square miles is the largest in the world is also one of the most pristine unspoiled beautiful regions in Egypt, with over one hundred species of birds and many species of fish unique to this area. You can sail Lake Nasser aboard a River Cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel, itineraries are 4 or 5 days, if you have the time is well worth it to add it to your Nile River Cruise, definitely the best way to see the magnificent Temples of Abu Simbel. There are other Pharaonic Temples that you can only visit while on a Lake Nasser Cruise like: Wadi al Sebua, Temple of Dakka, Temple of Amada, and Qasr Ibrim.
Fayoum Oasis Fayoum Oasis:
It was the site of the ancient city of Crocodilopolis and a haven of sacred crocodiles worshiped in ancient times. The oasis is a virtual paradise of date palm trees and other fruits and vegetation making it the most fertile land in Egypt. Fayoum is also known for its variety of handicrafts like palm leaf baskets, tapestry, carpets and kilim. It has a mild and pleasant weather in the winter. The name Fayoum was derived from the Coptic name Peiom and that was derived from the Ancient Egyptian name PAA-Y-M, meaning the sea or the lake, referring to the nearby ancient Lake Moeris that was called Mer Wer in ancient times meaning the great canal. Lake Qarun (Moeris) is all what remains of the ancient Moeris lake. It is 1155 square kilometers and it's a good place for fishing between July and September. Bird watching and water sports are also popular here.
You can visit Fayoum Oasis on a day trip from Cairo is approximately two hour drive, trips start early in the morning and back in the evening.
Oasis Map Bahariya Oasis:
Was a transit point between the Nile Valley, the Western Desert and Libya in ancient times. The History of Bahariya dates back to the Middle Kingdom of the Ancient Egyptian history when it was called DjesDjes, and its most prosperous time dates back to the reign of King Amasis (570 B.C. – 526 B.C.) of the 26th Dynasty of the late period of Pharaohnic history.
Day trips are available from Cairo, it takes approximately four hours drive to get there, some important tourist attractions are:
The Temple of Alexander The Great was believed to have been erected in honor of Alexander when he was returning from the oracle of Amun at Siwa oasis, and passing through Bahariya.
The temple of Ain El-Muftella comprises a temple and 4 chapels. It was discovered in 1938 and date back to the 26th Dynasty. The scenes on the walls are well preserved and and show King Amasis making offerings to a number of deities worshiped in the oasis.
The Valley of the Golden Mummies was discovered by Dr. Zahi Hawwas and his Egyptian team back in 1996 containing hundreds of mummies in good condition that were covered with a thin layer of gold, portraying a wealthy people and dates back to the Greco-Roman rule in Egypt. Most mummies remain intact in their tombs and only a few have been transferred to Bahariya Museum to be viewed by the public.
Farafra Oasis Farafra Oasis:
One of the smallest Oasis, with a population of mainly Bedouins who live according to their old traditions, the main Town is an Old Village of mud brick houses. Most people visit Farafra on their way to the White Desert. If visiting from Cairo and overnight trip is recommended since the drive from Cairo is between eight to ten hours, you can also visit Bahariya and Farafra together since it is two to three hours from Bahariya Oasis. What is noteworthy in Farafra are the numerous water wells. One can bathe in the hot spring, and visit the museum of Badr "the local artist".
Minaret at El-Qasr Dakhla Oasis:
Ten hours drive from Cairo, usually visited in combination with other Oasis on a desert Safari. Is one of the most beautiful Oasis in Egypt with very unusual scenery and unique ancient monuments like The Stone Monastery (Deir El Hagar), the ancient town of El Qasr, and the Old town of Mut.
Hibis Temple - Kharga Oasis Kharga Oasis:
One of the most developed Oasis with many modern houses and facilities, is eight to ten hour drive from Cairo or a thirty minute flight. Kharga is home to many important ancient monuments like: Temple of Qaser Al Zayyan, Temple of Hibis, Cementery of Bagawat, Temple of Ghweita, and the Museum of Kharga. Another important fact about Kharga: It was the last stop on the Slave trade route for desert Caravans coming from North Africa (also called the forty days road).
Siwa Oasis Siwa Oasis:
One of the most unique Oasis, home to the Siwan people who make a living in agriculture mainly cultivating dates and olives, they have retain their native language and traditions. The scenery is beautiful you find areas of palm groves, freshwater lakes and splendid sand dunes landscapes. Siwa Oasis is usually visited as a part of an Oasis Tour or in combination with other Oasis. Distance from Cairo is approximately nine hours drive.
The White Desert
The White Desert The White Desert is a vast stretch of land in the Western Desert. It is famous for safari camping. The white desert is actually made of chalk (white limestone) that has been exposed for years to weathering and erosion, due to the many sandstorms in the region. This explains the very beautiful forms that now fill the White Desert including shapes like domes, minarets, castles, towers and so forth. One can explore the natural formations and wind carved sculptors that resemble human faces and animal bodies. Departure is by 4x4 jeep to the White Desert with a visit of the Black Desert, which consists of small volcanic black stones and rocks, and the Sand Dune Area out of Bahariya. In the evenings travellers usually have a barbeque dinner and sleep in tents under the stars. The best option is to take a two night tour from Cairo, it is combined with Bahariya Oasis, you will be picked up early morning from Cairo and drive to Bahariya Oasis approximately four hours, you will look at the sites there and spend the night. The next day you drive to the white desert where you will spend the night in tents under the stars.
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