Egypt - A Journey to the Past

by edstorm

Take a journey back in time on a cruise of Egypt’s Nile River.

Few of the world's travel destinations can match the mystique and history of Egypt. Ranging from the bustling bazaars of downtown Cairo to the ancient monuments that line the Nile River, Egypt offers visitors the opportunity to travel back in time and explore the remnants of the dawn of civilization.


The Saladin Citadel in Cairo
The Saladin Citadel in Cairo

Cairo is a good starting point for any journey through Egypt. One of Africa’s largest cities, Cairo is steeped in the traditions and culture of the Middle East. The sprawling city is bursting with cultural and archaeological treasures, ranging from the Saladin Citadel of Cairo to the historic Khan El-Khalili bazaar.


The Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramid of Khafre
The Great Sphinx of Giza and the pyramid of Khafre

Located in close proximity to Cairo is the city of Giza, which lies on the banks of the Nile River. On a plateau beside the city is the Giza Plateau, the location of Egypt’s most iconic sacred structures – the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Giza is also located close to the ancient city of Memphis, the original capital of ancient Egypt and another of the world's top destinations.


The Entrance to the Luxor Temple
The Entrance to the Luxor Temple

The modern city of Luxor has sprouted from amongst the ruins of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes. The city’s most famous monuments are the majestic ruins of the temples of Luxor and Karnak, and across the banks of the Nile River lies the West Bank Necropolis, location of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens.


The Temple of Philae
The Temple of Philae

The town of Aswan once provided ancient Egypt with the stone used to build the pyramids and other monuments. Today the town is a popular tourist destination, with the unfinished obelisk, the Aswan High Dam and the island of Philae amongst the area’s most popular attractions.


The El-Mursi Abul-Abbas Mosque
The El-Mursi Abul-Abbas Mosque

Alexandria was once a melting pot of ancient cultures, with Egyptian, Roman and Greek civilisations all influencing the city and the surrounding region. Visitors to the city can explore the Catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa, visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the city’s Roman amphitheatre and the El-Mursi Abul-Abbas Mosque.

St. Catherine’s Monastery

St. Catherine’s Monastery
St. Catherine’s Monastery

Egypt has also played an important role in the evolution of the Christian religion. Visitors to the country can visit Mount Sinai, which is where they’ll find St. Catherine’s Monastery – reputed to be the oldest Christian monastery on the planet and site where Moses encountered the burning bush.

There’s no better way to explore Egypt than to take a cruise of the Nile River. You can take a fully escorted tour of Egypt with one of the world’s most trusted escorted tour operators.

Updated: 11/26/2012, edstorm
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Mira on 09/19/2012

Nice preview :-)

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