Egypt

Egypt is renowned for its monuments and history. Egyptian hospitality will ensure that wherever you come from, you'll feel quite at home. It has a unique atmosphere both exciting and relaxing. The cities pulsate with life while the Nile flows calmly on towards the sea. Egypt is also part of the Holy Land, and tours to Christian and other religious monuments are popular. It offers many adventure tours as well, including nature and desert treks, great scuba diving and even golf. Egypt is an all year round destination with perfect weather patterns.

The map of Egypt to the right, shows the different locations in Egypt and gives you a taste of the wide variety of sites and experiences waiting to be explored in Egypt. Ancient monuments, historic sites, vibrant cities, magnificent scenic spectacles - where else in the world would you find such a concentration of attractions?

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Egypt information
Language:
Arabic, English & French
Capital:
Cairo
Currency:
Egyptian Pound
Visas:
Visas required in advance
Photography:

Ask permission to photograph local people

Time:

Oct - Apr same as SA,
May to Sep +1hour

Electricity:
220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Socket sizes vary
Weather:

Nov - Mar; 18 - 23°C, little rainfall. Apr - Oct; 20 - 36°C, minimal rainfall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THINGS TO DO AND SEE IN EGYPT:
CairoCAIRO
Cairo has five thousand years of culture all concentrated here, at the centre of three continents. Modern Cairo is still the largest city in Africa and it encompasses many former cities and their monuments - the Pyramids of the Pharaohs, the Sphinx, early Christian monastries and churches, Salah Al-Din Citadel, mosques of the Mumluke and Ottoman sultans.
Must see while in Cairo
Giza Pyramids - The Three Pyramids & Sphinx are one of the seven wonders of the world. The Great Pyramid was built by King Cheops in 2650BC, Second Pyramid - Built by King Chephren, south west of his father Cheops and the Third Pyramid - built by King Mycerinus, son of Chephren. The Sphinx - The pyramids are guarded by the mysterious Sphinx, a mythical statue with the body of a lion and a human head. Solar Boat of Choeps - Made of Cedar wood for the King to go on his last journey to the sun god “Ra” in the other world. The Egyptian Museum - One of the world's most famous, it houses Tut Ankh Amun's tomb plus 250,000 antique pieces including the mummies. Cairo Gates - Part of the city's fortifications, built in 968A.D. by Gawhar Al-Sekelli. Shopping - The Khan El-Khalil souk, a bazaar largely unchanged since 14th century. All the bounty of the East is here, from spices, perfumes, gold, silver, rugs, brass to fabrics to tent making. Islamic Cairo - Visit the Citadel of Saladin or the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali and many more. The Coptic Museum - it houses the finest collection of Coptic art and antiquities in the world. Sound and Lights Show - A spectacle not to be missed of the Sphinx and Pyramids.
LuxorLUXOR
Luxor was known as Thebes, the capital of the New Kingdom for 500 years and is a site of the crowning achievements of ancient Egyptian civilization. Today it stands as the world's largest open air museum, it contains nearly a third of the worlds antiquities. Luxor is split in two by the Nile having the West Bank and East Bank. Here is where you either embark or disembark your Nile cruise trip. Walking along the Nile, relaxing in a horse drawn carriage to sailing lasily along in a felucca on the Nile its all the taste of Luxor.
Must see while in Luxor
On the West Bank - The City of the Dead where the the sunsets symbolizes the eclipse of life. Valley of the Kings - Here you find the tombs of Ankh-Amon, Ramses III, Seti I, Ramses IV, Thutmosis III and more. Valley of the Queens - Contains 57 tombs, the finest of the tombs is that of Queen Nefertari wife of Ramses II. Queen Hatshepsut Temple - A magnificent rock-face mortuary temple consisting of three impressive terraces. Colossi of Memnon - Ruins of the funerary tomb of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. The valley of the Noble - The more important tombs found here are of Ra'am Mes, Menena, Ramuza. On the East Bank - The City of the Living where the sun rises is the source of life. The Temple Of Karnack - History's greatest sanctuary of worship and architectural achievement of antiquity. Sound & Light Spectacle in Karnack - The show narrates in words, light and music the history of the Karnak temple. Temple of Luxor - It was built to worship Amon Ra and dates back Ramsis II. It has huge pylon and statues of the King and the famous Obelisks is found here. Luxor Museum - It houses Pharaonic relics plus 150 relics of mummies, coffins, tools ancient Egyptian physicians used.

AswanASWAN
Aswan is small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Here is where you embark or disembark your Nile cruiser.
Must see while in Aswan
Nubian Museum - It houses 3000 artifacts representing various archeological periods of Egypt. Botanical (Kitchener) Island - A Natural exhibition of exotic plants and trees, reached only by Felucca (sail boat) Elephantine Island - The Island houses “the Nilometer” dating from the Roman era and a museum with Greco-Roman relics. Agha Khan Mausoleum - A typical Fatimid style of architecture. The Unfinished Obelisk - A huge Obelisk of 41 meters high and more than 1150 tons weight incomplete. Philae Temple - This temple was dedicated to goddess Isis. It was reassembled in a new site after it was flooded. The High Dam - One of the outstanding architectural achievements of the 12th century.
Day trips or longer from Aswan
Lake Nasser Cruise - Discovering the “New Nubia” viewing temples that, because of their former inaccessibility, have rarely been seen since the beginning of 19th Century. Abu Simbel - is among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction were historic events also. This temple is dedicated to Ramsis himself and to his wife Nefertari. Accessible by air or road.

Saint Catherine's Monastery
The Red Sea
SINAI
The land of discovery. Here is where Isis sought Osiris and the Pharaohs found gold. Where Moses witnessed the Burning Bush and Bedouins camped by Crusader forts.
Must see while in The Sinai
Saint Catherine's Monastery - Built in the 4th century A.D. it lies in the foot hills of Moses' mountain. Here you see The Basilica, The Chapel of the Burning Bush, The Library, Museum of the Monastery and Moses Mountain where God spoke to him.
National Parks in the South Sinai
Ras Mohammed - Declared as an Underwater National Park. Dive into a world-famous paradise of coral gardens and tropical fish. Nabq - Rich in wild life, rodents and rare reptiles.

THE RED SEA
The beaches of the Red Sea are an exquisite gift of nature. And the sea has exquisite underwater marine life. The Red Sea resorts have a unique ambience of leisure, fun and relaxation.
Hurghada - Tourist attraction especially for divers and water sports, annual international fishing competition held here. El Gouna - Just 25 km north of Hurghada, this unique ultra modern village known as “Little Venice” is excellent for the discerning traveler and diver. Beautiful beaches and clear blue sea. It even has its own private scheduled plane. Ain Souknha - 55 km from Suez, the nearest to Cairo, “hot springs” named after the nearby sulphur springs, this popular resort has fine beach and coral reefs. Sharm El Sheikh - Paradise for those seeking recreation and exploring the marine life.

Cruising
Desert

THE NILE & LAKE NASSER
Egypt is the land where civilization was nurtured and cruising the Nile is where you visit the landmarks of civilization. See page 8 for more information on cruising the Nile. Most travelers believe that the Nile ends at Aswan which is far from the truth it is now possible to cruise along Lake Nasser and through lower Nubia starting at Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel being the furthest point of Egypt where Ramsis II built a monument for his Queen.

DESERT
An unspoilt refuge from the modern world, pockets of civilization in the dramatic setting of the desert. For adventure and excitement, explore the majesty of the desert by camel or jeep safari, spend a night under the stars. Take a morning dip in the hot sulphur springs, the water and silt which have numerous curative properties.

Sleeper Trains
Bus Travel

TRAIN TRAVEL
Traveling through Egypt from Cairo to Luxor or Aswan return by train is the best way to experience Egypt and enjoy your precious vacation time by spending it in convenience and luxury of a world class overnight sleeping train. Arriving fresh and relaxed at your destination, and having spent the night traveling in comfortable style, gives you the chance to make the best use of your holidays. The cabins are equipped with double fold down beds, basins, razor plugs, tap water, soap & towel, luggage compartment, music audio volume control, cabin temperature control, cabin light and call of steward. Dinner & breakfast included. Club car serving your choice of drinks.

BUS TRAVEL
Here is an inexpensive way to get to Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada. These luxury buses are equipped with reclining seats and TV screens, ablutions, air-conditioning and service offering drinks. While getting to your destination you can see Egypt in a reclining chair.

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