Egypt Tourism has been very important for centuries. Everyone in the world would like to see the Pyramids, cruise the Nile and visit the amazing city of Cairo, at least once in a lifetime.
We were privileged to visit Egypt many times during the years, accompanying groups, mostly on tours to Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Greece.
Egypt lies in two continents, while the vast part of the country is in Africa, the Sinai Peninsula is in Asia. It also has a large coast to the Mediterranean on the north and the Red Sea on the east.
Pyramids of Giza
This is the last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is one of the world’s most renowned landmarks. They were built as tombs for the Pharaohs and guarded by the Sphinx seating there in its majestic posture.
It attracts millions of visitors every year, that come not only to see them in person, but to wonder how they were built son many thousand years ago, bringing to so many conspiracies and theories by experts and not so experts.
It is by far the #1 attraction on a visit to Egypt.
Cairo the Capital of Egypt
Cairo is a huge city where most of the Egyptians live. It is modern at the same time as old and mysterious. Just walking through the corniche of the Nile, with the views to the other side is a treat. Visit the Egyptian Museum and wander through the Khan El Khalil Market where coppersmiths and artisans still have their tiny workshops, and stalls are laden with ceramics, textiles, spice, and perfume.
Make sure you climb to the roof of the ancient medieval gate of Bab Zuweila for the best minaret-speckled panoramas across the district.
Located behind the Nile Hilton on Tahrir Square, witness of all revolutions, is this great world museum. This pink mansion is home to many exhibits.
Upstairs is the golden glory of King Tutankhamen and the fascinating royal mummies exhibits, but every corner you turn here, you’ll find some wonderful ancient art that would form a highlight of any other museum.
Satellite view of Egypt and the Nile Delta
Facts about Egypt
Karnak Temple in Luxor
For this you may have to fly over to Luxor, because going by land or train is not recommended. When in Luxor, visit the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, and the Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut
The Nile-side town of Luxor in Upper Egypt is very attractive to tourists for its marvels and for its climate. Luxor is ancient Thebes, the bae of many Pharaohs.
In the west bank is where you’ll stay and where the action is with vibrant souks, while the West Bank of the Nile is where you’ll find the temples and tombs.
Feluccas on the Nile at Aswan
To Aswan you may get by either two ways, flying is one of them and the other is with a Nile cruise of 4 days that goes from Luxor to Aswan with many interesting spots on the way.
Once in Aswan, visit the Elephantine Island and stroll the colorful streets of the Nubian villages. Ride a camel to the desert monastery of St. Simeon on the East Bank.
And don’t miss one of the marvels of engineering, the Aswan Dam on the Nile creating energy for most of Egypt.
Abu Simbel important site on Egypt Tourism
One more flight, this time from Aswan to Abu Simbel, Ramses II's great temple, adorned with colossal statuary standing guard outside, and with an interior sumptuously decorated with wall paintings.
This temple was “moved” in its entirety from its original settings, since it was going to disappear under the water when they built the Aswan Dam. This massive UNESCO operation took four years.
White Desert in Western Egypt
The chalk mountains have created what it looks like a snowy wonderland in the middle of the arid desert. The landscape looks like something taken from a science fiction movie with white boulders and iceberg-like pinnacles.
Once you have had enough of temples and tombs, this is the right place to relax and enjoy part of you Egypt Tourism trip.
Located in the far west close to Libya, this is a tranquil oasis surrounded by palm trees and featuring many water springs.
It is one of the western dessert most interesting spots. The town is built on the ruins of an old citadel that dominates the view.
If you have the time, this is where to go for relaxation and a laid-back atmosphere for a few days.
Sitting on the Mediterranean coast, this is the most European of Egyptian cities. It has a history matched only by a few. Founded by Alexander the Great and home of Cleopatra, it was a renegade city for most of its history.
Today it’s a modern sea city where many rich-and-famous have their homes and enjoy the summer months on the beach.
Stroll along the seashore Corniche, and enjoy its restaurants, cafes and above all some souk shopping.
St Catherine's Monastery
For this we have to travel all the way from Cairo to the middle of the Sinai where Mount Sinai is located. I have visited this place many times coming from Israel with my pilgrimage tours. I even climbed its full number of stairs one, when I was much younger. You start the climb at 2 am in order to reach the top by sunrise. It is a once in a lifetime experience.
This is one of the oldest monasteries in the world standing at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments. This desert monastery is home to an incredible collection of religious iconography, art, and manuscripts as well as the home of the burning bush.
The Beaches of Nuweiba in South Sinai
This is the “Caribbean” side of Egypt where most of the beach resorts are located on a strip of beach that goes from Eilat, Israel and the border city of Taba on the north, though Nuweiba to Sharm El Sheikh on the tip of the peninsula.
This is the place to go diving on the Red Sea and explore the amazing marine life; go swimming, sun tanning and at the end of the day stay in any kind of accommodations, from the cheapest shacks on the beach to the most fabulous hotels of recognized chains offering extreme luxury.
It is a tricolor flag consisting of the three equal horizontal red, white, and black bands of the Egyptian revolutionary flag dating back to the 1952 Egyptian Revolution. The flag bears Egypt's national emblem, the Egyptian eagle of Saladin centered in the white band.
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pyramids by samehm1998
museum by kristoferb
karnak by hamerani
aswan by blueshade
abu simbel by asoka
white by roland unger
swiva by wad saad
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Map of Egypt Tourism