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Top Five Temples in Egypt.

Top Five Temples in Egypt :

1- Karnak

Its Pylons and Great Hypostyle Hall are on an epic scale, reflecting the supermacy of the cult of Amun during the New Kingdom.

Karnak Temple in Luxor Egypt

Karnak Temple in Luxor Egypt

2- Dendara

The Temple’s magnificent astronomical ceiling has been restored to its original bright colours, unseen for centuries.

Dendera Temple complex - Upper Egypt

Dendera Temple complex - Upper Egypt

3- Deir el-Bahri

Overhung by sheer cliffs, Queen Hatshepsut’s temple is almost Modernist in its linear simplicity.

Hatshepsut temple , Luxor Egypt

Hatshepsut temple , Luxor Egypt

4- Abydos

Seti I’s mortuary temple contains some of the finest bas-reliefs from the New Kingdom, retaining much of their original colours.

Abydos temple - Upper Egyp

Abydos temple - Upper Egyp

5- Abu Simbel

This rock-hewn sun-temple is a monument to unabashed egoism, dominated by four colossi of Ramses II.

Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt.

Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt.

 

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The face of Tutankhamun

Every time I go to the Egyptian Museum with visitors or a film crew, I always love to take them up to the room of Tutankhamun’s treasures and show them the boy king’s golden mask. This beautiful treasure, which was unfortunately cut from the face of Tutankhamun with hot knives, is one of the most beautiful and stirring images of ancient Egypt. I have worked so much with Tutankhamun and his family over the past several years and we continue to look for the tomb of his wife, Ankhesenamun, in the Valley of the Kings. In addition to the search for her tomb, we are working on a full-scale, exact replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb, which will hopefully be installed soon next to Howard Carter‘s rest house in Luxor. Tut’s replica tomb will be the first in a new “replica valley” that will include the tombs of Seti I and Nefertari, which have long been closed off to the public.

King Tut Mask in the Egyptinan Museum

King Tut Mask in the Egyptinan Museum

The Deminsion of the Golden Mask of king Tut is 54 cm Height and 39.3 cm Width. The death mask of King Tut is a magnificent sight, gleaming with hammered gold and semi-precious stones. King Tut was buried in three golden coffins, two wooden ones with gold overlay and the third of gold. The well-known artifact, the golden mask, covered the head of the mummy on the third and most elaborate coffin.

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Egypt Nile Cruise and Travel Packages

Egypt Holds a lot of secrets, Monuments, Tombs, People, Culture, Inspiration, Pyramids, The Nile River, Streets, Joy, beauty, Variety in religions and more uncountable secrets that you can discover when you walk in its spiritual streets, when you smell the air of its great civilization. Introducing Egypt in words isn’t the perfect way to explore the magic of the city of magic. Egypt attract every year millions and millions of visitors.

Cruise on Nile River Between Luxor and Aswan

Cruise on Nile River Between Luxor and Aswan

Egypt Nile Cruise is definitely the most fantastic and interested thing to do in Egypt. Spend a few days on board one of the 5* Nile Cruise to sail for about 5 to 8 days along the Nile River at the same time explore the magnificent beauty of the Egyptian Monuments and temples.

The Nile has been one of the main secrets of the prosperous of the ancient Egypt and the long lasting of it’s civilization. Explore the secrets of the Nile River and the spread monuments on it’s banks.

Memphis Tours Egypt provides Egypt’s visitors with a large variety of Nile Cruises with different options and customization your tour option. Nile Cruise tour starts from Luxor, no words can describe the meaning of Luxor. Luxor is the city of the ancient ruins, during yourNile Cruise you will have the chance to walk little around this beautiful city where in every corner you can see a landmark of the human progress in using the stone and math.

Visiting the landmark of Luxor then spend some time relaxing on board your Nile Cruise and enjoying the sun rays with the warm breeze of the Nile River with different activities organized specially for the joy and to provide more fun to our travelers.

It’s the time for Aswan, The city of the Upper Egypt, a part of the Egyptian heritage if it’s not most of the heritage. Nice People with amazing weather and hospitality from the locals, of course during your Nile cruise you will be introduced to the monuments of the city of Aswan.

Dahabyia Nile Cruise

Dahabyia Nile Cruise

The Luxury of the Nile, it’s all about Dahabyia Cruise. Dahabyia is a small cruise holds a few cabins with a very limited number of people it’s more like a private cruise for honeymooners and it’s the perfect choice to enjoy your new life and even for the couples who wants to celebrate their anniversary.

Enjoy the combination between modern Egypt and ancient Egypt. A few days on board 5 Stars Nile Cruise in Egypt is by far one of the most interested things to do in Egypt to enjoy the beauty of Egypt and the comfortable trip you would ever have.

Nile Cruise for the handicapped also is available. Appreciating People with special needs is one of our top priorities and the 5 stars Nile Cruise is provided with 5 stars facilities as the Nile River 5 stars cruises were designed to meet the needs of travelers  who are seeking for a memorable and unforgettable holiday in Egypt full of amazement and happiness,,,,, Enjoy Your Tour to Egypt

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Marsa Alam Holidays, Egypt.

marsa-alam-map

marsa-alam-map

Marsa Alam is located in the south of the Eastern Desert in Egypt on the Red Sea. It is 790 kilometers south of Cairo and about 300 kilometers from Hurghada.

Marsa Alam is one of the fastest growing holiday resorts in Egypt, which is popular with wind surfers and divers. Sun worshippers are fortunate enough to discover the resort’s remote tranquility.

 

In the past few years, Marsa Alam has become an important touristic destination, especially after the opening of Marsa Alam international Air Port. Many people, tourists and Egyptians, believe that Marsa Alam, in the few coming years, will become another Sharm El-Shiekh. The new Marsa Alam International Air Port is the first privately owned and operated International commercial airport in Egypt.Furthermore, it is the first airport in aviation history operating under a complete BOT system.Although previously a small fishing village, the construction of an International Airport in 2001 has established Marsa Alam as an upcoming and exclusive holiday resort. With a host of tourism projects planned for the near future, Marsa Alam is set to rival the popularity of established Egyptian resorts, such as Hurghada and Sharm El-Shiekh.

 

 

 

Snorkelling and Diving at Marsa Alam - Red sea , Egypt

Snorkelling and Diving at Marsa Alam – Red sea , Egypt

The city is from the major region to be visited in the Red Sea because of its unique beaches, it is also the starting point of deep fishing. Marsa Alam is definitely unique in itself, because it is the best in the world as a whole where you can enjoy diving, snorkeling and the different water sports and desert Safari.
Memphis Tours Egypt ,  tour operator in Egypt since 1955, offers the opportunity to make a wonderful excursion aboard one of the nicest boats. There, you can practice all your favorite hobbies of diving and snorkeling
You are going to have lunch in an oriental style. Food will be served before your eyes and served hot.


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The Incredible Phenomenon At Abu Simbel Sun Festival

For most of the year, the inner sanctuary of the main temple at Abu Simbel is shrouded in darkness.

Ramses II Temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt

Ramses II Temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt

On two days, traditionally the anniversary of the birthday and coronation of pharaoh Ramses II, a shaft of sunlight pierces the gloom, illuminating statues of gods and the king in the temple’s inner sanctum.

The Festival:

The Abu Simbel Sun Festival at Aswan, Egypt is observed twice every year on 22nd Of February and on 22nd of October, the dates that mark the emperor’s birthday and his ascension to the throne. On these days, shafts of sunlight enter into the temple and illuminate the statues of the great king Ramses II and the two sun

gods Re-Horakhte and Amen-Re seated beside the Theban god Ptah, the god of darkness.

As the temple remains in absolute darkness through out the year and receives sunlight on these two very special days, the rare phenomenon is a scene that you just cannot afford to miss. Celebrated in a big way by the locals, undoubtedly the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel is one of the most uncommon and astounding festivals in the world.

To be a part of Egypt’s Abu Simbel Sun Festival, reach the temple way before dawn, as it is packed with crowd and watch the spectacular event occur before your eyes. You may al

so join in the celebrations of dance, music, food and fun later in the day to have a wholesome experience at the Abu Simbel Sun Festival in Egypt.

The specialty of the Abu Simbel Temple:

An architectural wonder, the Abu Simbel temple was built by the Egyptian emperor Ramses II back in 1250 BC along the banks of the mighty river, Nile in the southern part of Egypt. Known for his genius concepts in architecture and a passion for erecting monuments and structures commemorating his victories in the battles fought, the Pharaoh built the Abu Simbel temple near the Nubia borders in Upper Egypt, during his rule from 1270 to 1213.

As the temple was meant to be dedicated to the two Egyptian sun gods, Re-Horakhte and Amen-Re; the entire building was carved out of a single sandstone in a way that the sunrays could enter the inner-most sanctum of the temple and illuminate the seated statues of king Ramses II and the two sun gods, only on two significant days of the year.

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Have you ever been to the Red Sea – Egypt?

Have you ever been to the Red Sea – Egypt?

Red Sea Egypt

Red Sea Egypt

It is the dream destination of many people and is a favored place for the sun and fun lovers from around the world due to its  terrific beaches of golden sand with the crystal water,  colorful corals  and beautiful atmosphere. Red Sea  lies between Africa and Asia, connecting to the Indian ocean, in the south, through the Bab el Mandeb strait and the Gulf of Aden.

Diving at the Red Sea

Diving at the Red Sea

The Red Sea, or as it’s called in Arabic: Bahr al-Ahmar is one of the world’s most beautiful places for diving and snorkeling with the 2000 km (1240 mi) coral reef extending along its coastline and 1,200 fish species, and around 10% of these are found nowhere else ! It was formed 40 million years ago when the Arabian Peninsula split from Africa and in time will likely become an ocean.

While the origin of the sea’s name is unclear – some say it was named for the color of the nearby mountains, others suggest the word red was a reference to the sea’s southerly location – it has nothing to do with the color of its water.

Parachuting at Red Sea Egypt

Parachuting at Red Sea Egypt

In 1989 international experts and scientists picked this area as one of the Seven Wonders of the Underwater World. The sea is known for its spectacular recreational diving sites, such as Ras Mohammed, SS Thistlegorm (shipwreck), Elphinstone, The Brothers, Dolphin Reef and Rocky Island in Egypt.

Popular tourist resorts include El Gouna, Hurghada, Safaga, Marsa Alam, on the western shore of the Red Sea, and Sharm-El-Sheikh, Dahab, and Taba on the Egyptian side of Sinaï, as well as Aqaba in Jordan and Eilatin Israel in an area known as the Red Sea Riviera.

Star Fish at the Red Sea

Star Fish at the Red Sea

Some interesting facts about the Red Sea :

Red Sea has a surface area of roughly 438,000 km

Length: 1900 km
Maximum Width: 306 – 354 km – Massawa (Eriteria)
Minimum Width: 26 – 29 km -Strait Bab al Mandeb (Yemen)
Average Width: 280 km
Average Depth: 490 m
Maximum Depth: 2850 m  … 40% of the Red Sea is quite shallow (under 100 m), and about 25% is under 50 m deep which makes it a good place for snorkeling for those who don’t want to  dive.
Total surface Area: 438 x 103- 450 x 103 km2
Volume: 215 x 103 –251 x 103 km3
Gulf of Suez is a 300 km long, 50 km wide with depths ranging between 50 and 75 m.
Gulf of Aqaba is  180 km long and 25 km wide, narrow in the north and widening to the south with maximum depths of 1850 meters.

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Sharm El-Sheikh & Na’ama Bay information

Sharm El-Sheikh & Na’ama Bay

Sharm El Shiekh

Sharm El Shiekh

For many thousands of its happy visitors, the area is known simply as “Sharm”, but it’s actually a collection of attractions with differing personalities. The town’s name first appears on maps as long ago as the eighteenth century, but, until two centuries later, it was a small fishing village which few people knew.For language students (and people who like to win quiz nights) you might like to know that in Arabic the word sharm means “bay” and el sheikh means a wise old man. It is now a hugely popular year-round resort which is hot and sunny in the summer, but still warm and very pleasant when European winters can be very depressing!

 

 

 

 

Sharm El Shiekh Holidays

Sharm El Shiekh Holidays

Sharm el-Sheikh is the most popular resort in South Sinai and a perfect base from which to explore the region’s stunning coastline and rugged interior.
You can dive, snorkel or simply paddle in the waters of the Red Sea at Ras Um Sid, Turtle Bay and the Strait of Tiran.
It is the superb diving which has given the waters around here their worldwide reputation, and it is frequently voted as the best diving site in the world by the experts who know these things. Because of this, the range and quality of dive sites, boats and professional instructors are superb.

 

camel trails at sharm el shiekh

camel trails at sharm el shiekh

Even if you have never tried it before, take the plunge (so to speak) and try snorkelling or scuba diving – you’ll be in very safe hands and, like many people, may find a hobby which lasts a life-time.
Take a camel trek into the desert to visit Bedouin villages, mystical oases and the mangrove forests of Nabq. Or stay in Sharm, sample world-class international cuisine at one of the restaurants on the beach and dance the night away at the resort’s discos and nightclubs.
Above all, it’s the value for money which attracts millions of happy visitors.

The nightlife in Na’ama Bay is rightly famous, and is mainly located in the busy shopping and market area.
There’s a great mix of traditional and modern – proper traditional coffee shops and stalls sit happily by newcomers like Starbucks, Hard Rock Café, and McDonalds.
There’s a big choice for the clubbers, and Sharm won serious credibility in their eyes with the arrival of the famous Pacha venue.
Don’t feel as though being over 20 stops you from being a clubber though!
The morning after your big night out may well see you waking up over a leisurely breakfast before heading off to some real enjoyment in the fresh air of Sinai.
Take the chance to see the country the natural way on the back of a horse – or a camel.

This is much more than a tourist photo opportunity – skilled and knowledgeable trek leaders will lead you into beautiful places which seem a thousand miles (and years) away from the bustling hotels and nightlife.

 

Safari at Sharm El Shiekh

Safari at Sharm El Shiekh

If motorized transport is more to your liking, you can bounce along dry valleys in a 4×4 or take the controls of a quad bike
One very popular trip isa Jeep Safari to theColoured Canyon.

Whether it’s for the naked eye, or your still or video camera, there are some beautiful sights and colours here.

You’ll travel through unforgettable desert scenery and steep-sided valleys of granite and sandstone.

Time, wind, sun and geological shift have produced some quite surreal colours and patterns which leave quite an impression.

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Hurghada Red Sea Travel Guide

 

 

 

 

 

Hurghada Red Sea

Hurghada Red Sea

Hurghada Red Sea

Hurghada was once a quiet fishing village, but over the last twenty years, it has become the leading seashore resort on the Red Sea. Holiday villages and hotels provide aquatic sport facilities for sailboarders, yachtsmen, scuba divers and snorkellers, as well as 36km of pure beaches on which to relax before adventuring beneath the Red Sea to seek out underwater treasures.

Today’s active lifestyles demand that tourists can find exciting and challenging activities to enjoy on holiday, and Hurghada provides a perfect blend of engaging daytime pursuits and vibrant nightlife.
Hurghada has become an international centre for aquatic sports such as windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but above all for some of the most spectacular diving and snorkelling in the whole world. The underwater gardens are amazing with a wide range of rare fish and coral reefs. If you are a diving enthusiast, or someone who would love to see what diving has to offer, Hurghada has simply the finest diving you will find.
Whether you are an experienced diver looking for the ultimate locations, a novice keen to try diving for the first time, or somewhere in between and looking to learn more, Hurghada has exactly what you need. With PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualified instructors at a host of diving centres, you will find a diving experience to cater for your needs. For those wishing to enjoy the sights beneath the Red Sea without learning to scuba dive,snorkelling is also popular in Hurghada, and is possible with a less demanding learning curve,
although safety and orientation courses are given, and allows for underwater viewing up close in shallow water.
Owing to its central location, the city provides a gateway to diving sites throughout the Red Sea, and is also known for providing access to many uninhabited offshore reefs and islands.
It really is paradise for anyone with an appreciation of the underwater world.

As well as the newer parts of Hurghada, don’t miss the chance to spend time appreciating the charm and character of the older parts of the city like Sakkala and Ad Dahhar.
Back on dry land, Hurghada is well-served by beautiful hotels, where guests can enjoy spa facilities, massages and beautiful beaches from which sailing, windsurfing, deep sea fishing, kitesurfing, pedal boats andwaterskiing are available. For those who would rather view the undersea beauty without getting wet, glass-bottomed boat trips are a great way to see the sights.

By night, Hurghada shifts up a gear and reveals its famous nightlife, including the Ministry of Sound Beach Club, as well as the discos and entertainment on offer at most of the city’s hotels.

Restaurants range from those serving traditional Arabic food to chains familiar to western visitors, including Hard Rock Café.

Around Hurghada

All of the excitement and beauty of Hurghada itself is reason enough for a long stay in the area, but the surrounding desert and coastline offers such a wealth of sights and experiences that you will want to return time and again to discover new and unexpected encounters with the splendour of Egypt.

As well as being known for its amazing beaches along the coast, Egypt is also famous for its majestic deserts, and taking a trip inland from the Hurghada area can open up new possibilities for adventure and new experiences. To the west, the inland desert mountains rise up to dominate the landscape,

will find around Hurghada, and make a wonderful story to tell upon your return home.The Eastern Desert is a fascinating and vast landscape of sand, rocks, oases and mountains, and is the home of the Bedouin people. Operators arrange tours in which, after safety tests and orientation, they lead you on a mid afternoon ride over the desert sands to a Bedouin village, where you will learn about Bedouin life, heritage and traditions, before riding a camel in the desert, and then taking in the amazing sunset view with a barbecue dinner, entertained by traditional Bedouin music, before you ride back to your hotel under the desert stars. These visits to Bedouin villages can also be taken in four-wheel-drive vehicles for those who would prefer someone else to do the driving.

Giftun Island is among the main diving sites to which day-boats take diving parties. The island is a beautiful sand reef, and is surrounded by a garden of corals and exotic marine life.Looking away from the desert and out from the coastline, you will find islands, reachable on short boat trips, and each with their own individual appeal. Many of the islands are popular dive sites, with a vast variety of dives suitable for all skill levels, from absolute beginner to seasoned expert. With coral walls, sandy shallows, and both shallow and deeper areas to explore, there is certain to be no shortage of diving and snorkeling choices, and the huge number of different sealife to be seen makes this whole area one that no diver should miss.

On a trip to the island, you can soak up the glorious sunshine on the sandy beach or swimin the crystal clear waters – the reef is home to vibrant corals, a seemingly infinite number of bright and colourful tropical fish, and you may even see rays, turtles and dolphins. Many operators will provide equipment for snorkelling in order for guests to explore the views under the sea, and it is also possible to sail to other nearby coral islands.

Mahmya Beach is on the southern shores of the Giftun Island National Park off the coast of Hurghada. Mahmya in Arabic means “Protected Area”, and it is a testament to the careful management of this idyllic island that it is able to welcome tourists and yet remain so wonderfully unspoilt.
Day trips to Mahmya are operated by many tour operators. Visitors board one of two 27-seater Mahmya boats, and sail for around one hour to the island. To protect the coral reef and its marine inhabitants, the boats moor at buoys off the pristine bay, and visitors are taken to the shore by smaller boats. Once they have landed on the island, guests are free to snorkel on the impressive coral heads scattered in the clear lagoon, have a walk along the sandy beach, take on other guests at beach volleyball, try scuba diving with the diving centre, or just relax on the pure white beach. Lunch can be enjoyed at the restaurant, with seafood and Italian specialties, and later in the day guests can enjoy drinks at the bar.
Despite being on an uninhabited desert island, first aid, security and trained lifeguards are present at all times, so tourists can relax in the knowledge that they are in safe hands.

Sinbad, the submarine

With diving and snorkelling so popular, it is interesting to find yet new ways to enjoy the undersea views. How about two hours discovering the wonderful marine life of the Red Sea by submarine? Hurghada is home to Sinbad, a submarine which carries 44 passengers and has a crew of two pilots, who take their guests for a wonderful reefs and colourful fish can be found.

Historical interest & EXCELLENT DIVING SITES

It is well-known that Egypt is a country full of historical interest, and just to the south of Hurghada is Mons Claudianus, an ancient Roman penal colony from the days when Egypt was within the Roman Empire, and where prisoners mined granite as a building material for the Roman Empire (tourists will be pleased to hear that they will not be expected to work in the quarries during their visit!) This stone was used in famous buildings such as the Pantheon and Temple of Venus in Rome, Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, and also in the defending walls and defence towers around Mons Claudianus itself. Hot springs, which were used for underground heating systems in Roman times, still exist today along with ruined granite artifacts, and the Roman camp, dwellings, workshops and stables. The granite mine itself is still there, and is the largest and best-preserved Roman site in the Eastern Desert. You will also find Mons Porphyrites (about 40km from Hurgada).

The Hurghada area is a real state-of-the-art resort with a huge range of leisure activities, entertainment and spa facilities.
It is also an ideal base from which to explore the nearby resorts at Safaga, El Gouna,Makadi Bayand Sahl Hasheesh, all of which offerbeautiful beaches, excellent diving sites,and their own ranges of activities and sights. With Hurghada International airport so close by, it is even possible to fly out to Cairo and take in the famous ancient sights such as the Pyramids, or to Luxor with its many ancient temples.

The high level of top quality investment in top class new facilities highlights the excellent nearby resorts of Sahl Hasheesh, Soma Bay and Makadi Bay.
They have a multitude of fine facilities including golf, spa and wellness resorts. They are also becoming very popular locations for holiday homes.

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El Gouna Red Sea, Information about El Gouna Egypt.

El Gouna

El Gouna Red Sea, Information about El Gouna Egypt

El Gouna Red Sea, Information about El Gouna Egypt

El Gouna, “ The Venice of the Red Sea”

El Gouna is a modern resort about 25km north of Hurghada, ingeniously using a network of lagoons and canals to create not just one strip of beachfront, but a whole city of beautiful beaches linked by bridges across clear turquoise water. It is for this reason that El Gouna is considered to be the “Venice of the Red Sea”. Simultaneously refined and informal, it is a resort where visitors enjoy superb facilities and an endless list of opportunities for adventure and fun, all in a relaxed and accommodating atmosphere.

It has also built a very strong reputation as a “green” resort and is a leading example of tourism being run in an environmentally responsible way.
There are two main beaches at El Gouna. Exciting Mangroovy Beach, with its sports, outdoor parties and barbecues, and Zeytuna Beach, which is located on its own island, and has a 600-metre long jetty reaching out into the sea over the coral reef.

Diving and snorkelling are popular in El Gouna, with interesting dive sites in an area which is fairly inaccessible to mass tourism.

Local codes of practice have kept the sites unspoiled, and you will feel as though you are among the first to discover the amazing submarine views. At these special places, it is possible to swim with dolphins and turtles, or explore the coral reefs for the many unusual fish and coral-dwelling creatures which cannot be found elsewhere.

The clear waters and incredibly rich variety of marine life in the area means that El Gouna’s dive sites are perfect for underwater photography, and you are sure to come away with your best pictures as well as wonderful memories of a diving experience unlike any other. There are ideal conditions for kite surfing here too, and the experts will tell you that this is one of the world’s best centres for the sport.

Nightlife in El Gouna is rich and varied, with large discos and vibrant bars, as well as smaller, more intimate venues and restaurants with a huge variety of entertainment, and cuisine from around the world, including Indian, Thai, French, Belgian, Chinese, German, Italian, and British. A lively evening of music and dancing, or a quiet romantic evening of dinner and cocktails are both waiting in El Gouna.

The two main areas of Kafr el Gouna and Abu Tig Marina offer the trendiest bars and cosiest pubs, along with billiard bars, beach bars, karaoke cafes, and the Palladium openair disco. Places at the heart of the social scene include Studio 52, the marina promenade, and Mangroovy Beach, which often organise live concerts and events, including beach barbecue parties.
You can also take advantage of the “dine around” system here too, which means that you can add variety to your stay and try an excellent range of restaurants and dishes.

Tours from Hurghada or El Gouna Red Sea

Red Sea vacations

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Planning a Trip to Egypt- Memphis Tours

Planning a Trip to Egypt

 

 

Travel to Egypt

Travel to Egypt

Egypt, and especially the Nile Valley, has so many wonderful sights to see it would be impossible to do everything on one short trip. A first visit to Cairo will almost inevitably mean you will wish to see the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum, while a visit to Luxor would not be complete without going to the Karnak Temples, the Luxor Temple and of course, the fabulous Valley of the Kings.

Many people will choose a holiday featuring several destinations. For example, you may stay a day or two in Cairo, take the short 45-minute flight to Luxor for a few more days and then, maybe, board a cruise boat for a trip up the Nile to Aswan. There are flights from Aswan directly back to Cairo. Alternatively, a trip to the Nile Valley may be extended with a visit to an oasis in the Western Desert, to the Red Sea coast or to Sinai. We offer suggestions for the ‘must see’ sights and excursions :

Alexandria and the North Coast :
Alexandria is a great summer holiday destination. Be sure to visit Montazah Palace, once the summer home of the Egyptian royal family. It houses a museum and has a great view of the coastline and sea (Allow 2 hour). Visit the Graeco- Roman Museum, located in the heart of the city (Allow 2 hour) and the Qaitbay Citadel, built on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Allow 1 to 2 hours to appreciate the atmosphere of the waterside and maybe have some lunch).

You can then head out to one of Alexandria’s archaeological sites, such as the Roman amphitheatre at Kom Al-Dekka, Pompey’s Pillar, the ancient catacombs at Kom el Shoqafa or the Al- Shatby Necropolis site. All are within easy reach and make great detours. Choose the ones you prefer, look them up on the map, and then allow good time to appreciate their ancient history (Allow 3 to 4 hours).
Finally, no visit to Alexandria would be complete without a visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It may be something you would wish to do on a first visit or a second, but you should allow plenty of time in your schedule to see the massive libraries, the art galleries, museums dedicated to antiquities, manuscripts and science, and its planetarium (Allow 1 day or 3 hours for a quick visit). A pleasant excursion from Alexandria would be a visit to El-Alamein to visit the war museum that tells of the area’s role in the Second World War, and the Commonwealth War Cemetery or the Italian and German cemeteries (Allow 1 day). Rosetta, or Rashid, is another great excursion. Located around 60 kilometres east of Alexandria, it was where the Rosetta stone was discovered in 1799. The stone was instrumental in deciphering the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic style of writing. (Allow a half day).

Cairo and Giza :
Cairo is a city where you would get a glimpse of its wonders in just a day or so. Conversely, you could spend days in the Egyptian Museum alone. You may even wish to spend several weeks in the city to really explore its fabulous streets and sights. Top of the list will almost inevitably the Pyramids.

The Pyramids of Giza
stands to the west of Central Cairo, as they have for centuries. The site is not far from those of the ancient cities of Memphis and Saqqara. The Pyramids, including the Great Pyramid built for pharaoh Cheops of the 4th dynasty, the slightly smaller Pyramid of Chrephren dated from around 2500 BC and the Pyramid of Mykerinos, plus several smaller ones for the kings’ families, are the last remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can go inside the Great Pyramid and Chephren’s Pyramid. From here it’s a short hop by vehicle to the Sphinx (Allow 3 hours in total). If you plan to visit the Solar Boat Museum that houses a full-size ancient Egyptian boat allow a bit extra time, say around a further half hour.

Don’t miss Saqqara and The Step Pyramid of Zoser.

Take time to explore Central Cairo. It has the Corniche el-Nil that runs alongside the Nile, which makes a pleasant morning walk. You can cross to Gezira Island and go up the Cairo Tower for a panoramic view of the city, or visit the 19th century Opera Square and Ataba square, or the Manial Palace (Allow 1 day). In the evening head for the new Opera House for a spot of classical music, opera, theatre or ballet.

The Egyptian Museum
is home to one of the largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. You could spend a few hours here and see only a fraction of the 250,000 or so antique pieces on display, including the famous Tut Ankh Amum (Tutankhamun) collection of treasures. There are mummies and tombs, ancient architectural pieces, an embalming table and a replica of the Rosetta Stone in the foyer (Allow 2 hours to several days).

East of Central Cairo is the Islamic part of the city, where you will find the famous network of streets of theKhan el-Khalili. It is the largest bazaar in the Middle East and one of the oldest markets in the world. You can buy everything from spices to gold, copper and silver pieces, fashions, leatherwear and traditional Egyptian musical instruments (Allow 1 to 2 hours).

Old Cairo has some of the most historic and important Christian buildings and churches in the city, includingthe Church of St Barbara, one of the largest in Egypt, the Church of St George and the oldest the Church of St Sergius. There’s also the enchanting Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Amr Ibn al-As Mosque and the beautifulHanging Church, so called because it is built high on top of the old Roman fortress structure, the Babylon Fort. The Coptic Museum has one of the finest collections of Coptic art in the world dating from Pharaonic times to Graeco-Roman and Islamic. The little alleyways of Coptic Cairo are a delight to explore (Allow 2 hours).

Don’t miss the El Fayoum oasis in the Western Desert, including Lake Qarun and some fine monuments, the remains of the Hawara Pyramid built by Amenemhat III.

Luxor :

Luxor is, arguably, the finest outdoor museum in the world. Depending on your depth of fascination with ancient Egypt, you could spend hours, days or even weeks exploring its fabulous temples, visiting the Luxor Museum full of ancient antiquities and seeing the tombs of the Valley of the Kings.

The Karnak Temples
Is the largest ancient religious site in the world. Visitors can see the Precinct of Amun-Re, the only area open to the public. There are three other areas, the Precinct of Montu, the Precinct of Mut and the now dismantled building, the Temple of Amenhotep IV. It is a fabulous collection of ancient buildings and structures, columns, courtyards, statues including one of Ramses II with his wife Nefertari, pylons and obelisks, even a sacred lake. The entrance dromos is lined with a row of statues both sides, and is known as the Avenue of Rams. It is a ‘must’ (Allow 2 hours).

The Luxor Temple, located right on the corniche, and wonderful lit up at night, can be easily combined with a visit to the Karnak Temples. They lie along the same road within a short distance of each other.

Dating from the time of Amenhotep II and Ramses II, the temple has pylons, statues, columns and fabulous colonnades, one a hundred metres in length and built by Amenhotep III himself, courtyards and an obelisk. It is a twin. The other is erected in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. There are also some good examples of Roman stuccoes (Allow 2 hours).

Allow some time to visit the Mummification Museum on the corniche. On display are a mummified human,crocodile and fish, plus tools used to remove bodies’ vital organs and drain fluids, embalming fluid, canopic jars and coffins (Allow 2 hour). Take time to explore the East Bank of Luxor too. See the Winter Palace Hotelwhere Agatha Christie is said to have penned her classic work ‘Death on the Nile’, the El-Mekashkesh Mosque and the great Coptic basilica next to Luxor Temple (Allow 2 hours).

The Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of Luxor at Thebes is easy to reach by a bridge a little way upstream. Allow about 30 minutes or so for the journey by vehicle and schedule in more time if you wish to take an excursion to the bank’s other main sights, the Madinet Habu Temple, the two huge statues known as the Colossi of Memnon, the funerary temple of Ramesseum and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari.


CRUSING ON THE NILE AND LAKE NASSER :

A great way to relax and see the sights is to take a cruise along the Nile or a sail around Lake Nasser. From the decks of a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, or a luxury boat you can see many temples along the way. On the shores of Lake Nasser, for example, there’s the wonderful sight of the Great Temples of Abu Simbel for Ramses II and the Small Temple of Abu Simbel for Nefertari, which date back to Pharaonic Egypt and the reign of Ramses II. They were moved in an UNESCO project to their present site when the Aswan Dam caused water levels to rise and they were in danger of being submerged under the water. They were, literally, carved out of the mountainside (Allow 2 to 3 hours). Motorboats take visitors on shorter trips too.

Luxor’s East Bank is the spot where most of the cruise ships leave for their trip to Aswan. The sight of the cruise ships or ornate steamers, many affording top notch luxury facilities, making their way upstream is a familiar sight. They have comfy air-conditioned guest suites, often complete with King-size beds, and gourmet restaurants and bars on board. From Luxor you will pass by the Valley of the Kings to Esna, on through Edfu and Kom Ombo where you will see the Temple of Sobek and Hareoeris, and on to Aswan.

Cruise ships also start at Aswan and so the journey will be in reverse. At Aswan you will see Elephantine Island, which once marked the southernmost border with Nubia, and the beautiful Kitchener’s Island full of exotic plants. They lie in the centre of the river. Cruising is a wonderful way to see the stretch of the Nile between Luxor and Aswan (Allow from 3 to 4 days). If you wish to continue your cruise experience, take a boat from Aswan to Abu Simbel. You will see some wondrous sights like the Temple of Wadi El-Subua and the Temple of Amada along the way.

You may also like to stop awhile at the villages of New and Old Gurna (Allow 3 hours). Once at the Valley of the Kings you could spend hours.

The Valley of the Kings dates back to around the 16th to the 11th centuries BC as a necropolis of the Pharaonic Egypt’s New Kingdom dynasties. It is approached through a barren landscape of sand dunes and hills until you reach the centre of the valley. Here you will be able to visit several tombs, including that of Ramses I and Ramses III, plus probably the most famous of all the tomb of Tut Ankh Amon (Tutankhamen) discovered in 1922 (Allow 3 hours).

Posted by : Yasmine Aladdin

Memphis Tours Egypt since 1955.

Categories: Accessible Tours, Adventure Tours, Budget Tours, Classical Tours, Combo Tours, Cultural Tourism, Family Tours, Golf Tours, Honeymooners, Luxury Holidays (VIP) | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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