Reasons to Visit
The Ancient Egyptians have attracted more interest and attention than almost any other ancient civilisation. Their feats of engineering, and the details of their lives we can glean from tomb and temple walls make them seem very alive; similarly their obsession with death also fascinates us.
From the temples of Upper Egypt, to the numerous fantastic pyramids near Cairo, Egypt is probably best known for its ancient ruins. Even once away from the ever-popular Nile Valley, there are oasis tombs, and remnants of Roman Alexandria to uncover.
The shores of the Red Sea are rightly famous the world over. The water is a stunning clear blue and the coral reefs are simply amazing. Year-round, the sun shines, and there are excursions into the mountainous interior to tempt you away from the sand and lapping waves.
Gliding serenely past lush green fields, farmed by ox-drawn ploughshares, admiring the sleek form of a egret is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Egypt. The fact that this glimpse of unchanged rural life also links together some of the greatest historical monuments in Egypt makes a Nile cruise a must!
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is one of the world's great treasure troves, crammed with artefacts from the country's illustrious past. Other, much smaller museums are more than worthy of your time: Luxor museum is especially noteworthy.
As you twist and turn deeper into the Khan El Khalili, passing under Mamluke arches and admiring Ottoman 'mashrabiya' window screens, you're drawn into a traditional world where charismatic vendors try to persuade you to purchase handicrafts and goods manufactured in a tiny workshop behind the shop front.
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This is a walking tour route we suggest that allows you to see the ancient and modern sides of Cairo. Starting in downtown Cairo, you walk past some of the shops and cafés that typify this part of town.
This is a walking tour route we suggest that allows you to see the ancient and modern sides of Cairo. Starting in downtown Cairo, you walk past some of the shops and cafés that typify this part of town. Passing some of the key buildings dating back to the colonial era, you then begin the transition into historic Cairo.
The Museum of Islamic Art, a street full of traditional musical instrument makers and the twin minarets of the Bab Zuweila lead you to Shari al Mu'zz li Din, a narrow street sandwiched between beautiful Islamic architecture and bustling storeholders. At the end of the street, you arrive at the Al-Azhar Mosque, right next to the Khan El Khalili souqs.
A detailed description of the route and sights along the way are available on request. We don't make any arrangements for this walk, it is entirely self-guided! A taxi is easily arranged to take you to the start of the walk, and then you can flag one down once you've finished, or arrange for your hotel or agents to collect you.
Home to some of the world's most iconic historical sites, Egypt is undoubtedly a “must see” destination. Its proximity to the UK and size makes it possible for the first time visitor to see many of the major highlights in a relatively short trip.
For over 700 years Cairo has been the largest city in Africa, and it continues to grow at a rapid pace. Scratch beneath the surface and it reveals wondrous secrets, beautiful mosques, imposing citadels and unexpected garden oases.
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