Egypt Tourism is very important to this huge country’s economy. It is a dazzling destination, not only of temples and other historic treasures, but also of great beaches and scuba diving, amazing deserts and above all the legendary Nile River with its famous Nile Cruises.
A visit to Egypt is an unforgettable one. More than 20 years ago I took hundreds of people to Egypt doing all the above and visiting this marvelous country sometime two or three times a year.
The Giza Pyramids in Cairo are a Wonder of the World
Pyramids of Giza
Built as tombs for the mighty Pharaohs and guarded by the enigmatic Sphinx, Giza's pyramid complex has surprised travelers and archaeologists for centuries.
It is the most visited of all Egypt’s tourist attractions and one of the most visited in the world, attracting thousands of visitors every single day. They are located on the outskirts of Cairo.
This is the area of mosques, madrassas and monuments dating to the eras of Fatimid to the Mamelukes. Here you find the narrow streets leading the world famous souk of Khan el-Khalili, with the tiny workshops of artisans and coppersmiths in a labyrinth of streets.
Also many stalls full with ceramics, textiles, spices and perfumes. It is one of the best preserved architectural structures of the old Islamic Empire.
The Egyptian Museum
Located in the heart of Cairo next to the famous Tahrir Square it is the most important museum in Egypt, with more than 120,000 artifacts mainly displayed on the first floor.
The artifacts document the history of the final two dynasties and many more recovered from the Valley of the Kings in Luxor. Your will also see the “Mummies Room”
A Once in a Lifetime Nile River Cruise
This is in my opinion, one of the highlights of Egypt Tourism. The longest river in the world, the Nile has been part of Egypt’s lifeline during millennia. You take a plane from Cairo to Luxor, where you board one of the River Boats for a four-day cruise all the way to Aswan.
During the cruise you stop in places like Kom Ombo to visit the many temples of antiquity and finally arrive in Aswan, where you are taken to ride a felucca and be part of the daily life of locals.
This cruise can be taken in the opposite direction for the same results.
This tranquil town is the end or the beginning of your Nile Cruise. You may take the river ferry to 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. Or just drink endless cups of tea on one of the riverboat restaurants, while watching the feluccas drift past. Don’t miss a visit to the Aswan Dam.
Abu Simbel is something special. This is Ramses II's great temple, adorned with colossal statuary standing guard outside, and with an interior sumptuously decorated with wall paintings.
The entire temple was moved from its original setting, that was supposed to disappear due to the construction of the Aswan Dam.
Valley of the Kings
Located in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Karnak Temple and the Memorial Temple of Hatshepsut, are a must on any Egyptian tourist trip. Luxor is a busy town with many souks and many activities and also home to many temples mainly on the west bank of the river. It has been called the biggest open air museum in the world.
Beautiful Mediterranean city of Alexcandria
This Mediterranean city keeps the old charm of times gone by. Founded by Alexander the Great and home of Cleopatra, this seaside city resort on the Mediterranean is a must when visiting Egypt.
It has been mentioned in books and songs and still shows some historic remnants of its illustrious past.
Just walk at leisure on the seashore Corniche with many cafes and souks. And for those beach goers among my readers, there are many possibilities for great summer day at the beach.
Hurgada, Red Sea
This is where the Europeans come to relax on the clear waters of the Red Sea with its coral reefs and dolphins. It is a popular resort town for those looking for water sports, swimming and scuba diving. It also offers horseback riding, sailing wind surfing and deep sea fishing.
It is famous for its vibrant nightlife and shopping opportunities and a great place to unwind and relax.
St. Catherine's Monastery
This old monastery stands at the foot of Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God.
I visited it one while taking a group to climb Mount Sinai. We stayed in a small guest house, went to sleep early and at 2:00 am started the Stairs of Repentance climb. We reached the top at sunrise. It was worth all the effort.
All the coast of the Sinai Peninsula south of Eilat Israel, features some of the most beautiful beaches you may imagine. Lines with European Style Beach resorts, luxury hotels and restaurants all the way south to Sharm El Sheikh.
The visitor has many options, like Dahab which is for the budget traveler as well as the town of Nuweiba.
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