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One among the most ancient places in Egypt is the classical tour of Egypt (pharaonic) but often time it includes a few of the religions as well as Islam .The eminent pyramids of Egypt around Giza almost close to Cairo sightseeing.The famous classic tour is normally 10 to 14 days, and mostly includes Cairo, Luxor in addition to Aswan, even though not in that order. They are usually organized with, or without a Nile cruise.

Normally, such Egypt holidays will start in Cairo, due to the major Airport where several of the tourists get in Egypt. On the other hand, tours are usually split between the start as well as the end of the trip. For instance, a tour may possibly cover the Giza pyramids in addition to saqqarra (step pyramid) together with the Egyptian Antiquities museum on the day of arrival. Therefore, after moving to Luxor and Aswan as well as Cairo, tours will focus on visiting the citadel and khan el-khalili market in Islamic
Cairo, the churches as well as Coptic museum in ancient Cairo. Actually, the tours may not be in this particular order.

After taking a day or two in Cairo, these tours often travel to either Luxor or Aswan, regurally by air although a train can also do. Nevertheless, other types of travel are usually arganised, including bus travel. In fact, the bus may possibly stop at antiquity sites along the way, and the antiquity near the fayoum.The next session of the tour regularly starts in either Luxor or Aswan.
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Take note that Luxor is usually organized within one or two day tour. At dawn, or one day of a two-day stay, the tour most likely visits the west Bank where several monuments as well as tombs are found, including some of the greatest in Egypt. This often takes place in the morning so as to avoid the heat of the afternoon. Thus one afternoon or one day will probably be kept for the East Bank, where the Luxor as well as Karnak temples are easily located, in addition to the great Luxor museum. There are many activities and among these include visiting the local bazaar.

For Aswan nearby south of Egypt, a day tour is normally enough for many people, furthermore these may include visits to Elephantine island, st.simon’s monastery, the unfinished obelisk, the Nubian museum, the high Dam as well as philae island, even though the given time may not allow most standard tours to check all these sites.But, regural addition to the standard classical tour is the temples at Abu simbel.This in most times adds a day to the Aswan tour. Various tours fly to Abu Simbel and still get back in one day, allowing much time to accumulate on the visits to Aswan sites. The unknown tours may end up in Abu Simbel, probably with a stay in a local hotel there in.

Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt, once the Captial known as Thebes in past times
Whenever, after cairo, atour usually ends up in luxor,the following destination taking place at Aswan,or if probably Aswan is the first stop,the nearby destination will normally be luxor.The usually used type of transport between these two destinations are tour bus or Nile cruise boat.As one may perhaps take a train or fly between the two destinations,this is not done because of the antiquity sites which may include the temples of kom ombo and Edfu, which are positioned between the two cities

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Any Places to Visit in Egypt

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 Places to see, attractions and main cities

Egypt AttractionsVisit Egypt

Egypt offers innumerable attractions where tourists can immerse themselves in a rich ancient culture and history. Every major city boasts of magnificent monuments that must be seen to be believed.

In Cairo, witness the colossal Pyramids of Giza and the majestic Sphinx, which has been presiding over the desert sands for centuries. In Luxor, the Luxor and Karnak Temples cannot be missed. The Valley of the Kings, the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, is also found in Luxor.
The High Dam of Aswan, which ushered a revolution in Egypt, and Lake Nasser—the world’s largest man-made lake—are also popular tourist destinations. In Aswan, the stupendous rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel, which were cut and reconstructed in 1968, are simply breathtaking.

Saint Catherine’s monastery is located at the foot of Mount Moses in Sinai, where the prophet is believed to have received the Ten Commandments from God. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About Ancient Egyptancient egypt

For many, the scope of Egypt's history is difficult to comprehend. Its history covers some five thousand years, and encompasses the origin of civilization, the rise of the Greeks and Romans, the establishment of the Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions, the colonial era when first France and then the English ruled the country, and finally, a return to independence. Egypt has played an important role through all of these eras, and today one can find monuments that evidence Egypt's role in most of the world's historic events, from the beginning of mankind until the present. More and more, we are not only learning about the history of mankind in Egypt, but also about his prehistory, the way that he migrated and finally began to organize communities that eventually lead to a civilized world.
In Egypt, we find the earliest detailed records of warfare recorded thousands of years ago, but we also find the cemeteries and monuments of the world's last global war, World War II. In Egypt, we find some of the first written words of civilization, but we also find great thinkers and writers through the Greek period, into the Christian era, the archaic Islamic period and even modern Nobel Literates. In Egypt, we find ancient pyramids and giant columns supporting massive temples, but we can now find these architectural elements spread throughout the world. Here, along with the first monumental buildings made of stone, we also find the first paved roads, the first wines and beer and even the first peace treaties between organized governments. However, we also find the world's first scientists, doctors, architects and mathematicians.
Egypt is our window to humanity's distant past and in understanding its history, we find both mankind's greatest glories and achievements, as well as his often repeated mistakes. We may follow along with the building of empires, only to see them collapse again and again. We find great men and rulers of renowned, but we often also see their ultimate demise.
And here, we learn about religion, its evolution and, as the world grows older, its replacement with newer religions. Yet, the ancient Egyptian religion has never really completely died out. Even today, many Egyptians continue customs, including some aspects of religion, held over from thousands of years ago. In fact, throughout the world, aspects of the ancient Egyptian religion, particularly funerary, continue to effect our modern lives.
We hope you enjoy our efforts to bring Egyptian history and its monuments to your fingertips. Here one will find just about every aspect of ancient Egypt, from culture to people, from monuments to knowledge. Take the time to understand ancient Egyptian history, and we feel certain you will find, within this knowledge, a better understanding of this modern world in which we live.

Egypt Culture and Geography

Being one of the earliest civilisations known to mankind, the Nile has been a site of constant human habitation. A unified Egyptian kingdom was established in 3150 BC, under the rule of King Menes. The following three millenniums saw Egypt under the rule of various dynasties. The last native dynasty fell to the Persians in 343 BC. Later, Egypt was under the rule of Greeks, Romans and Byzantines, which resulted in almost two thousand years of foreign rule. With the Muslim Arabs, in 639 AD, Islam and the Arabic language came to Egypt. With the completion of the Suez Canal, in 1857, Egypt became an important transportation hub.

Having a history that is as old as Egypt, the culture of the country is a rich mixture of the various cultures. Religion plays a predominant role in the culture of Egypt. Art is a very important aspect of Egyptian culture, with structured paintings done in reverence of the Pharaohs. 

Egypt shares its boundaries with two water bodies—the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. The land boundaries of Egypt are shared by the Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya and Sudan. The Qattara Depression (–133 m) is the lowest point of the region, while the highest is Mount Catherine (2,629 m).

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 What to Visit in Egypt

When you visit Egypt, there are so many sites that you will want to visit, the length of your trip will never seem long enough! We often meet people during our tours , that have been to Egypt more than 15 times, and they keep returning to see something new! They ask about this newly discovered site, or some new tomb that has been recently uncovered, or even places that they have heard other people talk about! Here in Egypt, you will always find new sites to visit and enjoy.

The adventure that is Egypt never ends! That is why it is a shame if you come to Egypt, especially for the first time, and miss the grandiose sites, such as the Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel or the west bank of Luxor, to name but a few. There are so many travellers who fly direct to Upper Egypt to see Luxor and Aswan, hoping that they will be stumble across the Pyramids as well, and then they realize that they have to travel 720Km to Cairo, where the Pyramids actually are, and end up paying $400 extra to travel and see one site, which is most probably about half of what they paid for their entire trip!

So my advice for you, dear traveller, is to plan well for your trip before you come. Advance planning is the best way to save time, money and effort, and of course to ensure that you get to see the sites that you have been dreaming about for some time.

Try, as much as possible, to visit as many of the places that your trip will allow! There is nothing worse than going home and wishing you had visited somewhere you didn’t! We both know that you don't get the opportunity to visit Egypt everyday!

Areas To be Avoided:

When travelling through Egypt, you should avoid certain areas, particularly sites located in the centre of the Nile Valley! About 20 years ago there was rising tensions at these sites, Islamic fundamentalists had targeted tourists in order to destroy the tourist industry and the economy. This was part of a larger plan to bring down the government, seize power themselves, and install the political ideas of their own vision, a vision which no more resembles the rules of the Qur’an than the Inquisition resembled the Christianity of Christ.

Some certain incidents occurred during the '80s and the '90s, a handful of events took place again targeting the tourist industry. Without for a moment trying to deny the reality of these events, the situation has been blown out of all proportion by the world's press, while the situation in other countries with flourishing tourist industries is far worse, their incidents rarely make headlines. But in Egypt, if anything happens, it becomes front-page news! In the mid '90s, a widespread, and harsh, government crackdown campaign was implemented to try and stop any threats to tourism and visitors.

A trip to Egypt still entails far less danger than a trip to anywhere else in the world. During the realm of the violence in the mid '90s, there were certain areas appointed as not good for tourists. These areas are located in the centre of the Nile Valley, particularly Minia, Asyout and Sohag. Unfortunately these places happen to have some of the most beautiful monuments in Egypt, like the beautiful tombs at Bani Hassan in Minia, the marvellous monasteries of Asyout and the Temple of Abydos in Sohag. In time, all of these sites will be fully re-opened for tourists.

If you still think that you would like to visit these places as an individual travelers, Well, you still can! However, be prepared for a police escort with you, local police will not let you travel alone in these areas, they will give an an escort ! I would suggest that the safest, cheapest and most informative way to visit these sites is through a reputable travel agent.


From the glorious Pyramids standing at the desert, proudly looking down at the city’s inhabitants, to the magnificent Nile flowing through the capital, Cairo is a vibrant city of contrasts and contradictions. One of the biggest cities in the world and home to 18 million people, this vibrant metropolis is the perfect example of the East and West coming together. Bright lights, busy streets, friendly locals and a variety of trendy restaurants and nightspots pulsate through the city, creating a startling contrast to the glittering stillness of the Nile. Whether visiting the ancient sites and the bustling bazaars, exploring the myriad of restaurant-packed streets or enjoying a quiet felucca ride on the Nile, Cairo will sweep you off your feet.

Cairo, the Triumphant City, is Egypt’s wonderful capital. It is the largest city in both the Middle East and Africa and lies at the centre of all routes leading to, and from Asia, Africa and Europe.
The city extends on the banks of the River Nile to the south of its delta.
Cairo is the administrative capital and, close by, is almost every Egypt Pyramid, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Ancient Egyptian City of Memphis and Capital of the Old Kingdom, on the very edge of the city.
Cairo provides great and well organized culture, including art galleries and music halls, such as the Cairo Opera House.
The city also provides some of the best accommodations and restaurants in the world, such as the Cairo Marriott and the Four Seasons.
Great part of the incredible and unbelievable charm of the capital of Egypt is the result of 2000 years mixture of Islamic, Christian Coptic and Jewish culture. An incredible and unique mixture that still keeps on flourishing to this day.

pyramids & sphinx
  One of the most visited sights in the world, seeing the Pyramids and the Sphinx is an overwhelming experience, whether seeing them for the first or the tenth time. Standing on the desert plateau of Giza for centuries, the three pyramids - Great Pyramid built by Cheops, the two others built by Hephren and Mycerinus - and the imposing Sphinx, with the body of a lion and a human head, built to stand guard, have witnessed the rise and fall of dynasties, surviving conquests and wars. Just standing in front of them makes one feels part of history. Unquestionably, a must-see for visitors.
The Pyramids of Egypt, which served as tombs for the Ancient Pharaohs , and the statue of the Sphinx, which dates from 2565 BC and is probably the country's most famous monument, are located just west of Cairo in the suburb of Giza. Despite the desert background usually depicted in photographs, the Pyramids are extremely close to Cairo and are likely to be affected by the city's continued expansion.
Cairo contains numerous religious and governmental structures. The ornate architecture of the Citadel, in eastern Cairo, enhances the city's skyline. Begun by Saladin in 1176 and modified and expanded by later sultans, the Citadel is famous for its Mosques, Museums, and fort; within the complex the Mohammad Ali Mosque (1830) is particularly notable, with its storied domes and twin minarets. The Coptic Church known as Al Mu'allaqa, located in Old Cairo, is believed to be the earliest known site of Christian worship in Egypt; the church was built in the 3rd century, though it has been almost entirely replaced through successive restorations. Old Cairo also contains the Ben Ezra synagogue, the central house of worship for Cairo's small Jewish population, and the distinctive and imposing gates of Cairo. Once part of a wall that encircled the city, these three gates are all that remain of the original eight. Among Cairo's modern buildings are the Cairo Tower, which stands at a height of 187 m (about 614 ft) and commands a view of the Pyramids and the Citadel.

Egyptian Museum
  Housing more than 250,000 antiquities spanning more than 7,000 years of Egyptian history, from 2700BC to 6th century AD, the museum is one of the most important visits to make in Cairo. View King Tutankhamun’s tomb, still preserved and in excellent condition, and more than 12 rooms filled with his jewels and possessions including his famous mask made out of gold. The museum also houses a Mummies Room, holding the mummy of ancient Egypt’s greatest pharaoh, Ramses II, in addition to an extensive and marvelous collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, jewels and status.


Islamic Cairo
  One of the most dramatic sites in Islamic Cairo, the Citadel, which was built in 1176AD by Salah El Din, the legendary figure who conquered the Crusaders in Palestine, includes several palaces and mosques that were later built around it, and best exemplify the way in which Islamic history affected art and architecture at that period, such as the Mohamed Ali mosque, built in 1830, which is considered an architectural tour de force.

Several mosques in Islamic Cairo, with their rich architecture, are sights to behold. The Sultan Hassan mosque is believed to have been built with stones taken from the Pyramids; the Amr Ib El Aas mosque is considered the oldest mosque in Egypt, built in 642AD; and the Ahmed Ibn Tulun mosque, erected in 879AD, is the largest mosque in Egypt to still retain its original structure.

khan el khalili
  Located in close proximity to Islamic Cairo, Khan El Khalili is one of the largest bazaars in the region. Originally founded in the 14th century, the bazaar is home to Egypt’s oldest crafts and crafts workshops. Jam-packed with shops and vendors selling anything and everything from gold and silver jewelry, leather goods, perfume, papyrus and ancient Egyptian trinkets, this is the perfect venue to buy souvenirs and unique items, or to practice your bargaining skills – a must-do at the bazaar!


The River Nilenile

   It is the Nile -- the Father of Rivers -- that, more than any other feature of the country, characterizes Egypt. The Nile emanates from the Sudan, flowing north through the country for 1,545km (960mi), emptying into the Mediterranean Sea and all along its course provides Egypt and her people with life and sustenance.

    Throughout history the Egyptian Nile Valley has been defined as two distinct regions -- Upper Egypt which extends south of Cairo to the Sudanese border, and Lower Egypt, which encompasses the Nile Delta, which begins north of Cai




Luxor luxor

Luxor, a city in southern Egypt, is the capital of the Al Uqsur governorate. With a population of 200,000 inhabitants, it is the site of Thebes, an ancient city. It is also referred to as the ‘world’s greatest open air museum’.

Luxor experiences an overall mild climate with the exception of its summers, which are scorching hot. Winters are dry and sunny with cold nights. October to February is the coolest period, while May to October is hot. April is the best time to visit.

The region of Luxor attracted tourists even in the ancient times during the Greek and Roman empires. Today, it is well known for its temples and the ‘Valley of the Kings’. Tourism has the largest share in Luxor’s economy followed by agriculture.


Aswan, in southern Egypt, stands on the east bank of the Nile. It is one of the driest inhabited areas in the world and is home to approximately 200,000 people.

Aswan is a popular Egyptian winter resort; the summer months of May-October are hot with highs of 41C; the winter months of November-April are mild with temperatures dipping to 10C.

Once a military station, even today, due to its strategic location, it houses a garrison of the Egyptian army.
The majority of the population is of Numidian origin and sustains their livelihood through agricultural and tourism.


Sharm El Sheikh camel

A small Bedouins fishing village turned into a large tourist resort city situated on the southern most tip of the Sinai Peninsula and capital of Janub Sina, Southern Sinai province.
For thousands of years the Sinai Peninsula has attracted pilgrims from all over the world.
In the last few decades the tourism has changed considerably, and today visitors are flocking to go diving in the spectacular dive sites the region offers.

Dahab dahab

Dahab is located on the southeast coast of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
It experiences dry desert climate. In summer, temperatures rise to 40C. Its proximity to the mountains, however, makes the heat bearable. In the winter months of January and February, temperatures dip to 15C.

Formerly a small Bedouin fishing village, Dahab has transformed into a busy costal tourist centre. The economy now depends on the tourist flow.
Expectedly, the local population, the Bedouins, make their living through the Tourism industry, with establishments on the waterfront, working as guides and as traders and craftsmen in the local markets.

Marsa Alam Marsa Alam

Marsa Alam, in south-eastern Egypt, is situated near the Red Sea. This upcoming tourist hotspot has a small population of only 6000 inhabitants.

Situated near the Tropic of Cancer, winter (October to March) temperatures range from 18-35C and summers (April to September) range from 20-45C.

Previously a small fishing village, Marsa Alam is fast developing into one of Egypt’s most popular sea side destinations.

The local population is mainly of Bedouin origin.

El Gouna El Gouna

El Gouna is a privately owned man-made resort along the Red Sea, in Egypt. This resort with a permanent population of approximately 10,000 inhabitants is a luxury resort with a distinct Arabian style.

El Gouna enjoys a hospitable climate throughout the year. In winter, the dry, sunny climate maintains a pleasant atmosphere, while in summer, the cool breezes blowing in from the sea provide relief from the high temperatures.

The resort is built on a cluster of small islands connected by several lagoons. The resort houses all amenities and recreational activities found in luxury resorts around the world.