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Egypt is the cradle of civilization, the land of the living past, the first melting pot in the history of mankind, the land of all heavenly religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam, a land of contrast, and itís truly what historians like to call as the place where it all began. For over 5000 years of rich history and great civilization, Egypt still continues to inspire the whole world. We invite you to visit the land of Egypt at least once in a life time.
Most popular places to visit:
CENTRAL CAIRO:
Here you will find Tahir Square, the Egyptian Museum, The Nile Hotel the first 5* hotel built in Cairo, The Mugamma government building, and the downtown campus of the American University in Cairo.
EGYPTIAN MUSEUM:
Officially opened in 1902 at the present location, it houses over 120,000 items, dedicated entirely to the history of the Pharaohs. It is one of the most fascinating Museums you will ever visit. Not to be missed is the Royal Mummy Room where you can see the remains of Ramses II, and the Tutankhamun Galleries.
ISLAMIC CAIRO:
An Unesco World Heritage Site. A fascinating historic area, that contains one of the largest and well preserved amount of Islamic monuments. Here you will find the famous Khan Al Khalili bazaar one of the oldest markets in the world, several hundred old Mosques among them: Al Azhar Mosque, and A Sultan Hassan Mosque, the only tent covered market in Cairo named Street of the Tentmakers, the Carpet Bazaar, and the Museum of Islamic Art. Dressing modestly while visiting this area is recommended.
THE CITADEL:
Built in 1176 by Muslim General Saladin, it houses varios Mosques and museums within its walls, the most famous is the Muhammad Ali Mosque. The Citadel terraces offers the best views of Cairo.
COPTIC CAIRO:
Explore the past and present of Egypt's Christian History. Some of the Churches to visit are: The famous Church of the Virgin Mary also known as the hanging Church (Mass is still celebrated here), Church of St. Sergius where according to tradition the Holy family took shelter, Church of St. George and the Church of Santa Barbara. In this area you will find the Ben Ezra Synagogue one of the oldest founded in the 9th Century. There is also The Coptic Museum to visit.
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA AND THE SPHINX:
One of the seven Wonders of the ancient World. Located in the Giza Plateau 16 kilometers southwest of Central Cairo. They are three Pyramids: The Great Pyramid of Khufu (its Greek name Cheops), The Khafre Pyramid (also known as Chephren), and The Pyramid of Menkaura also known as Mycerinus. The mysterious Sphinx sits next to the Khufu Pyramid. You may want to visit at night for the Sound and Light Show.
SAQQARA:
Situated 15 miles southeast of Cairo. This is the very first Pyramid (also known as the Step Pyramid), built for King Djoser by the high Priest Imhotep in 2667 B.C. Many great artifacts and paintings were found here, there is a Museum on site for you to learn more about this Complex.
MEMPHIS:
Once the Capital of Egypt, here you can find the mighty Statue of Ramses II, this Colossus was discovered in 1820, missing it's legs, the body rest on his back on a specially built viewing room, it is said with legs it would have stood the size of a five-story building.
FAYOUM OASIS:
An hour and a half drive from Cairo, is a great one day trip site, Lake Qarun is at the Center of the Oasis and is an spot excellent for birdwatching.
WADI NATRUN:
One hour drive from Cairo this site is a must see part of any Christian Tour of Egypt. There are four monasteries in this area: the most popular Monastery of Bishoi followed by Monastery of St Mary the other two Monastery of St. Baramus and Monastery of St. Makarius.
ALEXANDRIA:
Egypt's second largest City, situated along the Coast of the Medittereanean sea. Famous in the ancient world for it's Lighthouse And Library, unfortunately these two amazing monuments are not longer standing in Alexandria, you can visit the spot where the tower once stood, and you can visit the New impressive Biblioteca Alexandrina wich is one of the most modern and largest in the Arab World.
BAHARIYYA OASIS:
Part of Egypt's Western desert, situated 330 km southwest of Cairo. Bawiti is the main town, the Valley of the Mummies is located approximately 6 km from town, but it is off limits to the public you can view the Mummies at the Sharia Al Mathaf Museum. Two temples to visit the Amun-Re Temple and the Alexander the Great Temple. A trip to Bahariyya Oasis is usually combined with a tour of the White Dessert.
WHITE DESSERT:
Part of Egypt's Western Desert, home to fascinating rock formations sculpted overtime by the wind, the color of the limestone is white at times given the appearance of snow. Here you will also find a number of springs. You can visit this site for a day trip or experience a safari overnight with the guidance of a Bedouin tour guide. This trip can be combined with a visit to Farafra Oasis.
LUXOR TOWN:
A perfect town to stroll by the Nile Side boulevard, horse drawn carriages take visitors around the Temples of Luxor and Karnak.
LUXOR TEMPLE:
Situated beside the Nile and surrounded by the Town of Luxor. Start on the Avenue of the Sphinxes wich originally extended 2 km reaching Karnak, before entering the temple encounter the twin colossi of Ramses II. This is an impressive and large temple complex a world heritage site, an Obelisk from this Temple is at Place de la Concorde in Paris.
ESNA/EDFU:
Edfu's main tour site is the Temple of Horus, one of the most well preserved Temples in Egypt, it has a very impressive entrance: two identical towers decorated with scenes of the God Horus.
Esna. On your way to Aswan and back your cruiseship will pass the "Esna Lock" a small but very interesting crossing that you can watch from deck.
KOM OMBO:
Just north of Aswan visit this waterfront Temple built to worship Sobek the crocodile God and Horus the Falcon God.
ASWAN:
A beautiful and relaxing spot, with a very nice waterfront boulevard and interesting market. Sail the Nile aboard a traditional sailing boat "Felucca", visiting some of the Nile Islands in Aswan like Kitchener's Island and Elephantine Island. Other Highlights in Aswan are the Unfinished Obelisk, and the Aga Khan Mausoleum.
PHILAE:
A magnificent Temple Complex originally situated in Philae Island, the Temple had to be moved stone by stone to it's present location in Aglika Island when the High Dam threatened to submerge it forever. This Temple is of great importance and was built to worship Isis the Goddess of women.
HIGH DAM:
The largest Dam in the world, 364 feet tall, and 12,562 feet across the top. An impressive structure that has given many benefits to Egypt, from better agriculture to the fact that their power supply has doubled.
LAKE NASSER:
Created as a consequence of the construction of the High Dam. You can Sail the length of the Lake from Aswan down to Abu Simbel, the lake is a sanctuary for migrating birds, wildlife and Nile crocodiles.
ABU SIMBEL:
Rescued by the UNESCO from drowing due the building of the High Dam, the Temple was cut in to more than 2,000 big blocks and moved to higher ground. Abu Simbel is one of the most famous Temples in Egypt.
HURGHADA:
Situated 370 km southeast of Cairo on the Red Coast, Hurghada gives you a great opportunity to extend your Egypt holiday with a few days of relaxing by the beach along with great night entertainment. Hurghada is also a great diving destination.
ST CATHERINE'S AND MOUNT SINAI:
The Monastery of St Catherine is a fascinating site still functioning and home to Greek Orthodox Monks.
Mount Sinai: Popular with tourist is to witness dawn from the summit of this 7,500 feet Mountain.
SHARM AL SHEIKH:
Great for snorkeling and diving with many offshore reefs, you find many beachfront hotels that offer water based activities. Sharm al Sheik is one of the most complete beach resort areas in Egypt.
KARNAK:
One of the largest and most impressive temple complex ever built, situated about 2.4 km South of downtown Luxor, the site covers 247 acres. In Ancient Egypt Karnak was the heart of Thebes Capital of Egypt. Karnak was the place were the Pharos lived, only Priest and Royal's were allowed to enter it. One of the highlights is the Great Hypostyle Hall, wich contains 134 monumental 50 feet high columns.
COLOSSI OF MEMNON:
These two figures of Amenhotep III is all that remains of one of Egypt's greatest Temples. Each carved from a single piece of stone, the statues are 59 feet high. The two 700 ton statues stood at the entrance of Amenhotep's Memorial Temple in Ancient Egypt. Today you can find them alone by the side of the road in the westbank of Luxor.
VALLEY OF THE QUEENS:
At least 75 tombs are burrowed in the hillside with bunker like entrances. This Valley is where the Royal brides, Princes, and Princesses of Ancient Egypt's Royal Court are buried. The highlight here is the Tomb of Nefertari, one of the most extraordinary Tombs in Egypt. Nefertari was the favourite wife of Ramses II her name means "The most beautiful".
TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT:
Located on a beautiful setting this temple was built for Queen Hatshpsut one of the most Successful women pharaos on Ancient Egypt.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS:
A vast archaeological site, the tombs are deeply sunk in the steep and rocky Valley. Every Pharao in ancient Egypt is buried here, the hightlight is Tutankamun's Tomb. All the treasures that were found at this tomb are now at the Cairo Egyptian Museum.
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