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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Things to do in Egypt

Things to do in Egypt

Tours, Sightseeing and Activities Egypt is an ancient country with a fascinating range of must-see destinations: the pyramids of Giza, the historical city of Alexandria and Luxor which is like an open museum. From Pharaonic emerald mines to Coptic monasteries, Ottoman fortresses, Muslim shrines and the intriguing Eastern Desert, Egypt is a traveller’s delight. Get advice from real travelers


Alexandria City
Sightseeing - Tour from Cairo
Spend a day in this fascinating city which has links with Cleopatra as well as Alexander the Great, Inclusions, Exclusions and Other Useful Information
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle English-speaking guideLunch 99 $
Sightseeing in Luxor from Hurghada
Take a tour of the Valley of the Kings where the pharaohs lie and visit the ancient Karnak Temples,,Inclusions, Exclusions and Other Useful Information
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle English-speaking guide
Lunch 149 $
 
Sightseeing in Luxor from Safaga
Tour the ancient city of Luxor in luxury on a private day trip from Hurghada. Accompanied by your private Egyptologist guide you'll see the famous West Bank,,
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Lunch 149 $
Mahmya Island Getaway - Tour from Safaga
Snorkel, swim or just relax on the sands at the beautiful Mahmya Island,
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Motorboat cruise
Mineral water and soft drinks
Lunch
Snorkelling equipment 110 $

Quad Bike Safari from Safaga
Take a thrilling ride across the Egyptian desert on a Quad bike,
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in jeep
English-speaking guide
Quad bike rental
Soft drinks, mineral water and Bedouin tea
Barbeque lunch/dinner
Camel ride 70$
Cairo Highlights: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Bazaar Tour
See three highlights of Cairo in one day on this great tour,
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
Lunch 80 $
 

Memphis, Saqqara and the Pyramids of Giza - Tour from Cairo
Visit the ancient city of Memphis, the Saqqara Burial ground and the unforgettable Giza Pyramids
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle English-speaking guide Entrance fees to the archaeological sites 99 $

Egyptian Museum and Pyramids of Giza Tour
Take a trip to the Giza pyramids and explore the history and culture of ancient Egypt
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites 70 $
 
 
See the history of the Karnak Temples being told by lasers and music
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Entance to the show 40 $

Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple - Tour from Aswan
Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transportation is included
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Boat ride on the Nile
Entrance fees to the archaeological site 40 $



 

Red Sea Diving Trip - Tour from Hurghada
Enjoy 2 Red Sea dives and discover the colourful underwater world
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking tour escort and English-speaking diving instructor onboard the boat
Boat cruise
Two dives per person with Tanks and other equipment
Lunch with Mineral water and soft drinks 99 $

Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Museum from Hurghada
Travel to the city of Cairo and see the pyramids of Giza
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle or Airfare to Cairo (depending on option selected)
English-speaking Egyptologist guide
Entrance fees to the mentioned sites
Lunch 155 $
 

Take a trip to the Pharaonic village and view an incredible recreation of ancient Egypt
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Entrance fee
 43 $

Saint Simeon Monastery Tour - from Aswan
Discover secrets of ancient Egypt at the ruins of the Coptic St. Simeon Monastery
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Boat ride on Nile
Camel ride to the monastery
Entrance fees to the archaeological site

See ancient Egyptian mummies at the Mummification Museum on this Luxor tour
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned coach
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to the museums 40 $

The West Bank and the Valley of the Kings - Full Day Tour
Take a tour of the fascinating West Bank area including a visit the famed Valley of the Kings
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned coach
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Entrance fees to the archaeological sites
Lunch  149 $

 
Swim, snorkel, spot dolphins and relax in the sun on this relaxing Hurghada excursion
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking guide
Motorboat cruise
Mineral water and soft drinks
Lunch
Snorkelling equipment 99 $

Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza
Watch the ancient Egyptian pyramids dramatically lit by laser lights in this sound and light show
Inclusions
Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
Transportation in air-conditioned vehicle
Entrance fee 30 $

Everything You Need to Know Before Travelling to Egypt

Everything You Need to Know Before Traveling to Egypt
 

Egypt Travel Tips
If you are planning your first visit to Egypt, this guide is for you. Just remember that while Egypt is, indeed, a sophisticated and very modern country where almost anything you need can be purchased, there are a few important exceptions - items you will probably want to bring with you.To the seasoned traveler the following list may seem almost too basic, but if you are making your first excursion to Egypt, it should

Hats and Other Covering
Shade is always at a premium, what with the hot Egyptian sun. Bring a wide-brimmed hat. For women, this is especially important, as you will be more accepted when touring old churches and mosques if you wear some type of head covering. You will also want to bring scarves or similar apparel, not only to protect from the sun, but for visiting religious sites where such attire is expected. When it's really hot, you can soak a plain cloth hat or scarf in water to help keep your head cool.

Sun Block
Sun burn is a major concern. It can wreck your trip. I have seen this too often to ignore. Many tourists' vacations are virtually ruined after only one day of sightseeing. You can buy sunscreen in Egypt, but to be sure, you probably should bring your own favorite brand and strength.

Sunglasses
More than once, you will find yourself admiring a brilliantly glaring view of sand and desert. You will NEED a good pair of sunglasses with an ultra-high UV rating. Again, while these may be purchased in Egypt, you might be wise to bring your own . . . and a spare pair.

Canteen or Water Holder
Remember, much of Egypt is desert . . . real desert. Water is scarce. Because staying hydrated is critically important for your comfort, you will want be sure and carry a water with with you. Of course, bottled water is easily accessible, but hauling these around can be a bother, even a burden. You will find it is much better to bring along a canteen, or something similar, to allow you to carry your water on your waist or over your shoulder. Alternatively, a fanny pack, backpack, or shoulder-bag will make this equally convenient.
"Squeeze Breeze"
Here's a great tip: Before you leave for Egypt, go to the beach toy section of Target or Wal-Mart and find one of those water bottles that come with an attached battery-operated fan. You will be very glad you did!

Egypt Travel Tips Other Needs

Guidebooks
Yes, it is fun to just roam and explore new areas, but when you travel to an extremely "foreign" environment such as Egypt, you run the risk of missing all the good stuff, like the classic antiquities and other aspects of the experience. So, I advise you strongly to pick up a good guidebook (or two). Two good ones are "The Rough Guide" and "The Lonely Planet." Even with guided tours, you'll find that such a book will give you time for orientation both before and after the actual tours. These too can be found in Egypt, but why not be sure, and save some time, by picking one up before you leave?
 
Camera
I'm sure I don't have to remind you to bring your camera. But there are a couple of things you should consider. For instance, if you intend to take photos inside tombs, you'll want to bring high-speed film. Most people use ASA 800 film, which they push to 1600. This is because many monuments require that you do not use a flash when taking pictures inside.
Also, do not under-estimate the mammoth size of many Egyptian monuments - they are truly monumental. Tourists are often disappointed with regular lenses. A good wide-angle lens will be an excellent accessory. Of course, a video camera will provide you with wonderful souvenir footage of your trip; however, again, keep in mind that filming inside many museums, monuments, and tombs is prohibited.
Comfortable Walking Shoes
This is probably one of the first things most people will tell you to bring to Egypt. Most tourists will be doing a considerable amount of walking, and shoes should not be just comfortable, but comfortable. Unlike leather shoes for mountain walks and such, it is also preferable that walking shoes to be able to "breathe", and perhaps made of a lightweight nylon or similar fabric. "Tennis shoes" or other sporting types of shoes are good for this. Also, keep in mind that there are a lot of steps in Egypt.

Power Adapters
Egypt uses 220 volt plug-ins, and plugs are two-prong rounded. You'll need one of the two varieties of power adaptors. For electronic gear that has switches to allow you to change the power input type, a simple wall adapter is all you will need. However, for devices that don't feature such switches, you will need not only a wall adapter, but also a power converter.
 
Medication
Do NOT forget to bring your prescription medicine! It may be generally available in Egyptian drug stores, but it may be called by a different name. So, to avoid confusion and problems, I suggest you bring the drugs you will require with you. Fortunately, there is no problem bringing prescription medication into Egypt. It is also more convenient to bring your favorite non-prescription medications along. Though you can find eqivalent non-prescription medications, such as aspirin or heart burn medication, you might not find your favorite brands.Special note: Don't forget your Imodium. Of course, no one wants to contract "Tut's Trot" or "Mummy's Tummy", but just in case, having some Imodium or other anti-diarrheic with you is a very good idea. Moreover, the most common brand of bottled water, Baraka, contains magnesium, and so may act as a mild laxative. Another water brand to try is Siwa.
 
Travel Alarm
While most hotels will happily give you a wake-up call, many don't. Particularly if you aren't travelling with a group, a travel alarm will come in very handy. I often use mine to make sure that I can catch a little sleep in airports, and still catch my flight.
 
Sewing Kits
Some of the larger hotels, as well as some of the better-equipped smaller hotels, might supply a sewing kit in your room, but don't count on it. Most Egyptian tours are relatively long, and it is not unusual to lose a button here or there as you clamber through pyramids and tombs.
Alcoholic Beverages
It is generally unnecessary for you to haul your favorite libations along with you. You will find many very good beers and wines in Egypt, and they are easily affordable. In fact, I consider Egyptian beer to be excellent and wish I could buy it in Denmark. However, harder alcoholic beverages such as whiskies and bourbons can be quite hard to find, and very expensive if you do. You may bring up to two liters of liquor into the country, and you may buy additional liquor at a reasonable price at the tax-free shop prior to leaving the airport. Why would you want to do this? Well, it is not uncommon to pay as much as $13.00 or even more for a single shot of Jack Daniels.

Egypt Travel Tips What to Wear
Egypt is a very conservative country and visitors need to respect this. For instance, absolutely no topless or nude sunbathing is permitted. Just use your head.On the practical side, leave your synthetic clothes at home; they will prove to be too hot in summer and not warm enough in winter. You want to bring materials that breathe. Since the Egyptian summer can be blazing hot, it is advisable to wear cotton. In winter, you'll appreciate having layers that can be removed during the heat of the day and put back on for the cooler evenings.
Follow the example of the locals and wear loose and flowing garments. Not only are these appropriately modest, but they are also very practical in the hot climate.
Have you ever wondered why the Bedouin wear layers of flowing robes? Why do they cover their heads and the back of their necks? Centuries of living in desert climates have taught them that loose garments keep them cooler, and layered garments allow wind to enter and circulate, creating a natural ventilation system. And, importantly, protecting your head and neck from loss of moisture helps prevent heat stroke.
Bring comfortable shoes. You will be doing a lot of walking, and temple floors are far from even. In summer, wear a hat to protect yourself from the glaring Egyptian sun.

Egypt Travel Tips What to Bring
Above all, travel light. Get wheels for your luggage, and leave heavy items at home. Bring a camera. If you don't, you will be sorry. Sunglasses are a must, as the sun is very strong in Egypt. For more, please see above.
Finally, as with any expedition to a new and foreign environment, bring along your good humor and a positive attitude. For many, and even those who have done extensive traveling in the U.S. or Europe, Egypt will be very different. You will find that attitudes are more "laid-back," time is less important, and even that some Egyptians can be a bit annoying (especially when selling their wares or their services at tourism sites).In Egypt, you will hopefully learn to let the smaller problems you might encounter roll off your shoulders, and simply enjoy this, the oldest of all civilizations. 
 
 
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Egypt Excursions

 
 
Egypt is officially known as the Arab Republic of Egypt and is located in north-eastern Africa and southwestern Asia. Cairo, the capital and largest city, is the most modern in the Middle East and Africa.
It is bounded on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by Israel and the Red Sea, on the south by Sudan, and on the west by Libya. The country has a maximum length from north to south of about 1086 km (about 675 m) and a maximum width, near the southern border, of about 1255 km (about 780 m). It has a total area of about 1,001,450 sq km (about 386,662 sq m). Less than one-tenth of the land area of Egypt is settled or under cultivation, this consists of the valley and delta of the Nile, a number of desert oases, and land along the Suez Canal. More than 90 percent of the country consists of desert areas: In the west, the Libyan Desert, a part of the Sahara Desert which is also known as the Western Desert. The Libyan Desert includes a vast sandy expanse called the Great Sand Sea. Located here are several depressions with elevations below sea level, including the Qattara Depression, which has an area of about 18,000 sq km (about 7000 sq m) and reaches a depth of 133 m (436 ft) below sea level, the lowest point in Africa. Also found here are the oases of Siwa, Kharga, Baharia and Dakhla.
In the east the Arabian Desert, also called the Eastern Desert (which borders the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez). Much of the Arabian Desert occupies a plateau that rises gradually east from the Nile Valley to elevations of about 600 m (about 2000 ft) in the east and is broken along the Red Sea Coast by jagged peaks as high as about 2100 m (about 7000 ft) above sea level.
In the extreme south, along the border with Sudan, is the Nubian Desert, an extensive region of dunes and sandy plains.
The Sinai Peninsula consists of sandy desert in the north and rugged mountains in the south, with summits looming more than about 2100 m (about 7000 ft) above the Red Sea. Mount Catherine (Jabal Katr├Čnah - 2637 m/8652 ft), the highest elevation in Egypt, is in the Sinai Peninsula, as is Mount Sinai (Jabal Mosa), where, according to the Old Testament, Moses received the Ten Commandments.
The Nile enters Egypt from the Sudan and flows north for about 1545 km (about 960 m) to the Mediterranean Sea. For its entire length, from the southern border to Cairo, the Nile flows through a narrow valley lined by cliffs. Lake Nasser, the world's largest man-made reservoir and formed by the Aswan high dam, extends south across the Sudan border. The lake is about 480 km (about 300 m) long and is about 16 km (10 m) across at its widest point. About two-thirds of the lake lies in Egypt.
South of a point near the town of Idfu, the Nile Valley is rarely more than 3 km (2 m) wide. From Idfu to Cairo, the valley is about 23 km (about 14 m) in width, with most of the arable portion on the western side. In the vicinity of Cairo the valley merges with the delta, a fan-shaped plain, the perimeter of which occupies about 250 km (about 155 m) of the Mediterranean coastline. Silt deposited by the Rosetta (Rashid), Damietta (Dumyat), and other distributaries has made the delta the most fertile region in the country. However, the Aswan High Dam has reduced the flow of the Nile, causing the salty waters of the Mediterranean to erode land along the coast near the Nile.
A series of four shallow, brackish lakes extends along the seaward extremity of the delta. Another larger lake, Birkat Qarun, is situated inland in the desert north of the town of Al Fayoum
Geographically and traditionally, the Nile Valley is divided into two regions, Lower Egypt and Upper Egypt, the former consisting of the delta area and the latter comprising the valley south of Cairo.
Although Egypt has about 2450 km (about 1520 m) of coastline, two-thirds of which are on the Red Sea, indentations suitable as harbours are confined to the delta. The Isthmus of Suez, which connects the Sinai Peninsula with the African mainland, is traversed from the Mediterranean to the Gulf of Suez by the Suez Canal.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Have you ever dream of spending your vacation in Egypt ?

Egypt in terms of history was one of Africa's richest countries, as one unravels its past in times before Bible.
The cultural and biblical history is as intriguing and diverse as the undiscovered cities and tombs lying beneath the desert sands of Lower as well as Upper Egypt. The country is considered as top most destinations for tourists situated in North of Africa, and famous all over the world. One cannot find any country closer to Egypt that can boast of a large number of historical attractions, magnificent monuments and other activities as much as this country has to offer. Most of the attractions of Egypt are more or less lined up alongside the river Nile. One can easily visit many places by taking a cruise up the river Nile besides traveling by air or by road. For special packages on trip to Egypt, visit www.egypttravelpackages.net .

The Nile River is known to be the longest river in the world that stretches to the north at just about 4000 miles to the Mediterranean, commencing from East Africa.
Nile River Cruise
A Nile Cruise is a truly unique holiday experience. Great monuments and ancient cities line the banks of the Nile, a cruise on the calm waters gives the traveler the advantage of insight into not only ancient times but also the modern. Day-to-day life flourishes, with farmers tending their crops, irrigating their fields in the traditional ways of their ancestors as the Nile cruise boats sail by.
Lake Nasser Cruise
Lake Nasser is the world's largest artificial lake. Surrounded by remote desert which covers the land of Nubia, Lake Nasser is the site of many tombs, temples and churches.  A cruise on Lake Nasser gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy serene desert vistas and to explore the ancient Nubian temples and monuments.
May and September are the finest months for visiting this magnificent desert land and a trip to Egypt could be very informative. You can learn about its rich and ancient civilization. In order to spend a dream vacation and explore more about Egypt one can opt for the river Nile cruise and Nile cruises holidays that are definitely one of the best ways of exploring the treasures of ancient Egypt. Egypt Nile cruises with its broad entertainment, sun deck, bar and swimming pool is the finest option that one can avail to spend your leisure time along the River Nile. Up on the deck, the gentle night breeze provides relief from the scorching sun of Egypt. With Egypt cruise one can get access to this dream land and explore more of Egypt and other ancient places of which this lovely country is famous for.

For more information on Nile River Cruises, Egypt Tour, Egypt Hotel and Nile Cruises, log onto http://www.egypttravelpackages.net/egypt-cruise/egypt-cruise-packages.html

Citadel and Down Town cairo tour

Citadel and Down Town cairo

Citadel and Down Town cairo tour

Information

  • Duration: 1
  • Group size : +2
  • Destination : Cairo
  • Season: All seasons
  • Airfare Included: No
  • Customizable: Yes
Have breakfast at the hotel then you will transfer –in the privet car- with your privet tour guide to visit the Egyptian museum housing 165.000 Egyptian artifacts .
The museum contains the priceless treasures of Tutankhamen ( with his sex gold glided coffins and his magnificent death mask ). You can also see the mummies of many great Egyptian rulers, including Ramses II, the builder of the temple at Abu Simbel .Throughout the rest of the museum you will find countless Egyptian artifacts dating back thousand of years .
Your guide will introduce you to the most important pieces before allowing you free time to explore at leisure.Then you will transfer to visit the citadel of Salah el-din ,and the mosque of Mohammed Ali This was built from alabaster; so it is called Alabaster Mosque. It has one central dome, others 4 surrounding it, a fountain, gardens and all this makes it an extremely visited sightseeing spot.Then you will have a transfer to visit the Coptic Area, this district is older than the city itself, Coptic Churches, Coptic museum, church of St Serge This is a private tour allowing you to determine the amount of time spent at each site

Pharaonic Village Tour

Pharaonic Village Tour

Pharaonic Village Tour

Information

  • Duration: 1
  • Group size : +2
  • Destination : Cairo
  • Season: All seasons
  • Airfare Included: No
  • Customizable: Yes
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, you will be taken to the Pharaonic Village situated a few kilometres from the centre of Cairo.
The pharaonic era is brought alive by a group of actors, and faithful reproductions of buildings and clothing. You can sail on comfortable motorized barges down a network of canals and view incredibly accurate recreation of life in ancient Egypt. Though the city of Cairo surrounds the island, not a trace of it penetrates the thick wall of trees planted around the island. Over a hundred actors and actresses perform all the daily activities such as agriculture, pottery, sculpture and weaving among others. Everyone that would have existed in an ancient Egyptian city is present in the modern recreation, from pharaoh to fishermen, potters and priests.
After enjoying a flavour of ancient Egypt, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairo

The land of Pharoes Tour

The land of Pharoes Tour

Pharoes land

Information

  • Duration: 3
  • Group size : +2
  • Destination : Cairo Alexandria Luxor
  • Category: 3*
  • Season: All seasons
  • Airfare Included: No
  • Customizable: Yes

Day 1: Cairo

Arrival to Cairo airport. Our representative will Welcome and assist you through passport control Formalities, luggage identification and portage. Transfer by a private A/ C car to your hotel and Overnight in your hotel in Cairo.

Day 2: Cairo

Breakfast at hotel. And check out hotel, keep the luggage at hotel safety box. 09:30 Pre-departure information. 10:00 Tour starts to Visit the Great Pyramids - Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Next is a close-up look at Sphinx - a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren. Then onwards to Sakkara to see the first pyramid ever built - the step pyramid of Zosser. Over night at hotel..

Day 3: Alexandria

Breakfast then drive to Alexandria to visit the Library, catacomb, Pompey pillar and citadel having sea food lunch then drive back to Cairo. Over night at hotel. 21:00 - Transfer to the Cairo station to catch the Sitting train to Aswan. (Optional Upgrade to sleeper train)

Day 4: Luxor

Arrive Luxor, transfer to the hotel, then tour to the West bank of Luxor visiting Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon. Free time in the city Optional sound and light show at Karnak temple) Over night at hotel.:

Day 5: Luxor

(Optional hot air balloon over west bank of Luxor). Breakfast and check out hotel.(Optional felucca trip for two hours). Later that afternoon you will have another tour to The East bank of Luxor visiting Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple. Later, in the evening you will catch. The overnight sitting train back to Cairo.

Day 6: Cairo

. Arrive to Cairo, transfer to the hotel check-in at the hotel. Our city Tour starts with the Egyptian Museum where most of the fabulous treasure of the pharaohs are kept, then drive to the Citadel, which was the home for most of those who ruled Egypt for nearly 700 years. Later, we can explore many attractions of the Old Coptic, such as the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue (The Jewish Temple). Over night at hotel.

Day 7: Departure

Farewell to Egypt as our tour ends today after breakfast. Transfer to Cairo International Airport