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Beautiful Cairo

Cairo being the capital of Egypt is the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. Egypt is a home to many civilizations so cultural mixture in this city is only natural, considering its heritage. Cairo has an extensive infrastructure, exciting climate and wide range of luxury hotels for tourists.

The beautiful city of Cairo is famous for its historical landmarks, monuments and tourism hotspots which attract tourists from all over the world. Tehrir Square is one of these hot attractions. Several notable buildings surround the square including, the American University in Cairo's downtown campus, the Mogamma governmental administrative Building, the headquarters of the Arab League, the Nile River.

Other attractions witness some of the achievements of mankind are Ejyptian Museum and Cairo Tower. Cairo Tower has the height of 187 meters , 43 meters higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza. Besides Al-Qahira Fatimia Mosques attracts Muslims from all over  the world. Some of these mosques are Al-Azhar Mosque, Al-Hakim Mosque, Aqmar Mosque, Lulua Mosque and Juyushi Mosque. Muslims love to visit these mosques.

Khan El-Khalili is the famous Bazaar where you can find shops for everything like silks, hand painted ceramics, clothing, shoes, spices, carpets, embroideries and much more. Everything shows the unique Egyptian lifestyle and culture.

The graceful city of Cairo has a wide range of hotels which accommodate tourists from all over the world. These hotels suits the pocket of all visitors. Cairo Hotels ranges from five star to three star. Some of the hotels in Cairo are El Gezihra Sheraton Towers and Casino Cairo Egypt, Ramses Hilton Hotel Cairo Egypt, Movenpick Hotel Heliopolis Cairo Egypt, JW Marriott Hotel Cairo Egypt, Royal Crown Hotel Cairo Egypt and King Hotel Cairo Egypt. These Hotels in Cairo provide the finest hospitality to visitors.

Cairo is the beautiful city and reflects Arab hospitable nature. So you should not waste time and have a visit to this charming city.

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Egypt Luxury Nile Cruises

M/S Sonesta St. George (5 Star)

Sonesta St. George is a 5 Star Deluxe Nile Cruise, luxury cruise in the River Nile.

This luxury cruise has a distinctively “turn of the century” French style. Elegantly designed, this all-suite cruise offers all the excellent services you would expect to find in any 5* Deluxe hotel. Relax in one of Sonesta luxurious floating hotels.

M/S Sonesta Nile Goddess ( 5 Star)

On the Sonesta Nile Goddess Cruise Ship, discover the ancient land of the Pharaohs on a voyage between Luxor and Aswan. The Sonesta Nile Goddess offers four- and six-night cruises in comfort and modern luxury. Expert guides lead guests through thousands of years of history as they tour ancient temples and hidden tombs, then return them to contemporary comforts of the Nile Goddess.
This premier five-deck Nile cruise ship offers an outdoor pool, a variety of suites and spacious cabins with full baths and 24-hour international phone lines. Nightly activities range from a Captain’s cocktail reception to a traditional Galabaya party for an authentic Egyptian experience.

M/S Sonesta Moon Goddess ( 5 Star)

Sonesta Moon Goddess is five star luxury nile cruise. This Luxurious Nile Hotel is one of the world’s most beautiful and famous cruise, It was built in Cairo by Belgian interior designer Jos? Vanden Bossche in 2000. It is 72 meters in length,and 14.20 meters in width.

M/S Sonesta Sun Goddess ( 5 Star )

Sonesta Moon Goddess is five star luxury nile cruise. This Luxurious Nile Hotel is one of the world’s most beautiful and famous cruise, It was built in Cairo by Belgian interior designer Jos? Vanden Bossche in 2000. It is 72 meters in length,and 14.20 meters in width.

M/S Sonesta Sun Goddess ( 5 Star )

Sonesta Sun Goddess is five star luxury Nile Cruise.It is one of the world’s most beautiful and famous River cruise. Sonesta Sun Goddess was built in Cairo by Belgian interior designer Jos? Vanden Bossche in 1993. It is 77 meters in length,and 14 meters in width.It is famous for its swimming pool and bar also with the GYM, and much more.

M/s Moevenpick Royal Lotus (5 Star)

M/s Royal Lotus super deluxe nile cruises, luxury Royal Lotus, the magnificent cruise, opens its arms for all fans of river cruising. Discover the Pharaonic Civilization and sightseeing in Luxor and Aswan, offering unprecedented service. Enjoy seeing the monuments of the ancient Egyptians and the mysterious lifestyle of the Pharaohs. Selected staff is in your service presenting the supreme comfort. This deluxe River cruiser has elegant suites offering you a royality feeling. Large Sun deck with large swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym, and much more.

M/S Moevenpick Radamis II (5 Star)

Cruising the River Nile on Movenpick Radamis II has a different taste. Moevenpick Radamis II has 69 spacious modern deluuxe cabins and 6 suites offering panoramic views of the Nile. Varied cuisine of Moevenpick is served.Enjoy visiting Luxor & Aswan on the deck of the luxurious Nile Cruise, Moevenpick Radamis II.

M/s Moevenpick Radamis I (5 Star)

Enjoy luxurious Nile Cruise, cruising the River Nile on one of the best Moevenpick cruises, Radamis I. 68 spacious modern deluuxe cabins offering panoramic views of the Nile on Movenpick Radamis I . Varied cuisine of Movenpick is served.Enjoy visiting Luxor & Aswan on the deck of the Movenpick Radamis I.

M/S Jasmin

Five stars deluxe Nile Cruise, It was Renovated on 2005. It is 68 m Lenth and 13.95 width. All the Cruise is Fully air-conditioned (with private control)and equipped with Satellite TV, in-house Video Channels. Mini-bar with safety deposit Box and as moreas you dream as more you will find.

M/S Mirage 1
5 Stars Deluxe Nile Cruise, cruise in the River Nile, visit the temples and museums in Luxor and Aswan. Enjoy seeing the monuments of the ancient Egyptians and the mysterious lifestyle of the Pharaohs. Relax in luxurious floating hotel.
M/S Serenade
A 5-Stars Deluxe river liner, the Serenade is beautifully decorated in neoclassic style The state of the art ship is built and equipped to the demanding standards of Germanisher-Lloyd Class. All public areas are extra large and designed for supreme comfort. Dream accommodations to choose from 6 super-deluxe suites, 61 spacious cabins,14 of which can accommodate 3 passengers All cabins and suites are on upper decks.
This luxurious cruise vessel, refurnished in 2002, is 72 meters in length and has 4 decks.
M/S Tamr Hena
Five star deluxe Nile cruise with large swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym, all cruise cabins and suites elegantly decorated with a panoramic window over the Nile, air conditioning, TV Cable, TV Color and video channels, mini bar,safe deposit box, private bath with shower and bathtub, hairdryer and shaving socket and much more.
M/S Tulip (5 Star)
Five star deluxe Nile Cruise, The moment you step onboard, your dream will come true with the sparkling swimming pool and the sunbathe under the Egyptian sun. All cruise is air conditioned and more you need,the more you will find.
M/S Solaris II (5 Star)
Luxury 05 star Nile Cruise, M/s Solaris II, enjoy an unforgettable journey down the River. Explore the temples and tombs of the ancient Egyptian Civilizations through the River.
M/S Beau Soleil (5 Star)
This Nile cruise sail in 1999. It runs 73 meters in long and 14.40 meters in width. This Elegent floating hotel offers a wide selection of entertainment, international delicacies, luxurious accommodations to choose from, unparalleled service and a dream getaway to transform into reality relaxing and adventurous time while on deck. Live your dream and enjoy the ancient monuments between Luxor and Aswan.
M/S Liberty (5 Star)
5 star River Nile Cruise,all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furniture we provide you with all comforts of home in a stylish setting, satellite TVs, Mini bars, trip down the river nile, up the nile river visiting the famous Monuments.
M/S Monte Carlo (5 Star)
Five star deluxe Nile Cruise.It was built in 2002. It is 72m in lenght and 14m in width. A sparkling atmosphere of sophisticated elegance. All cabins are stylish with elegent furnisher and also equiped with satallite TVs, Mini bars,Air conditioned and much more.
M/S Lady Diana (5 Star)
Five star deluxe Nile Cruise.It is redesigned in 2000. It is 70.50m in lenght and 12.80m in width.A sparkling atmosphere of sophisticated elegance. The cabin is comfortable retreated to return to after each exciting day, feature all the benefits of modern design, softened by warm decor and a picture window providing panoramic views of the River.
M/s Grand Princess (5 Star)
Luxury 05 star Nile Cruise, M/s Grand princess, enjoy an unforgettable journey down the River. Explore the temples and tombs of the ancient Egyptian Civilizations through the River.
M/s Prestige Emilio (5 Star)
Prestige Emilio is a Five star deluxe Nile Cruise. Prestige Emilio is built according to the latest international specifications, offering perfect accomodation and excursions on the River. On deck, all guest ameinities are available.
M/S Ti Yi (5 Star)
Sailing in the River Nile to watch the great civilization of the ancient Egyptians on the banks of River, Ti Yi realizes your wishes. Smart cruise ship offers highly personalized style of service.
M/S Al Kahila (5 Star)
Five stars deluxe Nile cruise. Feel the magnifiscence of the River Nile, sway with its waves and enjoy highly prestigious cruise, Al Kahila, fluctuating on the River. Visit Egypt and give a look on the ancient Egyptian monuments in Luxor and Aswan.
M/S Al Jamila (5 Star)
Feel the greatness of the River Nile, sway with its waves and enjoy highly prestigious cruise, Al Jamila, fluctuating on the River. Visit Egypt and give a look on the ancient Egyptian monuments in Luxor and Aswan.
M/s Amarco I (5 Star)
M/s Amarco 05 star Super Deluxe River Nile Cruise for the wheelchair disabled, available for the Handicap, with all the possiblity of adabted cabins for wheelchair travellers, opens its arms for all fans of river cruising offering unprecedented service. Selected staff is in your service presenting the supreme comfort. The only cruises in Egypt for the handicap.
M/s Nile Shams (5 Star)
Five Star Deluxe Floating Hotel,Cruising the River Nile. Nile Shams sails between both of the fabolous cities Luxor and Aswan, visiting the museums and temples which contain the monuments of the Ancient Egyptians,the Pharaohs. Passangers see the Nubian Village on the banks of the River Nile. Nile Shams is built according to the rules of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) including all safety and insurance aspects. Nile Shams is an ideal Nile Cruise offering excursion and relaxation.
M/S Hamees (5 Star)
5 star deluxe Nile cruise. Enjoy visiting Luxor & Aswan on the deck of one of the most luxurious Nile cruises in Egypt, Hamees. 5 decks, 72 outstanding cabins with panoramic windows facing the fascinating River Nile.
M/S Iberotel Crown Empress (5 Star)
Five star deluxe River Cruise,Open your eyes on the wonderful sun rise from the longest floated hotel, as all its cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. A Highly personalized style of service is provided by true professinals. This deluxe River cruiser has elegant suites offering you a royality feeling. Large Sun deck with large swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym, and much more.
M/S Crown Jubilee (5 Star)
Crown Jubilee Cruise presents its very distinguished service for all guests. As an elegant floating hotel, Crown Jubilee offers an outstanding accommodation. Crown Jubilee has 80 luxurious full equipped cabins. You feel at home as you find all what you need and imagine of the supreme comfort.
M/S Iberotel Crown Emperor (5 Star)

Enjoy Cruising River with Iberotel Crown Emperor. 5 stars deluxe floating hotel, visit the monuments of the Ancient Egyptians in the temples & museums of Luxor & Aswan. Make your unforgettable tour & have a nice time in Egypt.
M/S Royale (5 Star)
Five stars deluxe Nile Cruise,all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furniture and warm woods. Sun deck with Jacuzzi and swimming pool, and much more.
M/S Crown Jewel (5 Star)

5 star deluxe River Cruise,all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furniture we provide you with all comforts of home in a stylish setting, satellite chanels, Mini bars, tours to the famous Monuments.
M/S Regency (5 Star)
Five star deluxe River Nile Cruise,all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furniture private prefabricated sealed Italian. Two large sun deck with swimming pool, and Jacuzzi, and much more.
M/S Regina (5 Star)
Five stars Nile Cruise, The moment you step onboard, your dream will come true with the sparkling swimming pool and the sunbathe under the Egyptian sun. All cruise is air conditioned and more you need,the more you will find,…
M/S Helio (5 Star)
Five stars Nile Cruise,Open your eyes on the wonderful sun rise as all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furnisher and also equiped with satallite TVs, and much more.
M/S Nile Monarch (5 Star)
Five star Nile Cruise, A sparkling atmosphere of sophisticated elegance. Your cabin is a comfortable retreat after a long exciting day, it features all the benefits of modern design, softened by warm decor and a large picture window providing panoramic views of the Nile River.

M/s Nile Style (5 Star)

M/s Nile style, Feel the magnifiscence of the River Nile , sway with its waves and enjoy high light of te most famous pharonic sight seeing on a prestigious cruise, it features all the benefits of modern design, softened by warm decor and a large picture window providing panoramic views of the Nile River.
M/S Diamond (5 Star)
5 star River Nile Cruise,all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furniture we provide you with all comforts of home in a stylish setting, satellite TVs, Mini bars, trip down the river nile, up the nile river visiting the famous Monuments.
M/S Aurora (5 Star)
5 star deluxe River Nile Cruise,all cabins are equipped with large panoramic windows. All cabins are stylish with elegent furniture we provide you with all comforts of home in a stylish setting, satellite TVs, Mini bars, trip down the river nile, up the nile river visiting the famous Monuments.
M/s Presidential Nile Cruises (5 Star)
5 star Nile Cruise. Enjoy cruising the River Nile, watching the monuments of the Ancient Egyptians & the modern lifestyle in the Egyptian villages & city.
M/S Nile Sovereign (5 Star)
Four stars Nile Cruise, The moment you step onboard, the moment your dream will become true with the sparkling swimming pool and the sunbathe under the Egyptian sun. All cruise is air conditioned and more you need,the more you will find,….
M/S Nile Pearl ( 04 Star )
Four Stars Nile Cruise, The moment you step onboard, the moment your drea will become true with the air conditioned cabins and the sparkling swimming pool and the sunbathe under the Egyptian sun, and more, more,….
M/S Nile Dream ( 04 Star )
Four Stars superior Nile Cruise. It is renovated in 1999. It is 52.50m Length, It is 9.00m Width. The Sundeck with a Swimming pool and Jacuzzi consider one of the beautifull facilties in the cruise, and much more you will find….

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Siwa – Kharga (Program 06 days 05 nights)

Day 1: Driving by our jeep from siwa oasis visiting sotra and after that we complete our way passed from el bahreen towards baharyia oasis overnight in baharyia oasis.

Day 2: After breakfast we will drive to make a local trip to discover the oasis we will begin with the golden mummies in the museum then we will visit the tombs after that we will move towards Alexander the great temple and el meftella temple we have the chance to walk in the open palm tree and olive gardens by our jeep we will cross the sand dunes area towards the salt lake and the pyramid mountain we en the day at the top of the English mountain to take the sunset photos overnight in hotel.

Day 3: We will drive to visit el qasr the old city with it’s old building after that we will leave the oasis driving by jeep to cross the sand dunes towards the black desert to visit the divided mountain then driving towards el zogag mountain we will climb this mountain at the top of this mountain very nice view to all of the black desert after that we will leave the black desert to hot and cold springs in the small Bedouin village el hez then we will drive to visit the crystal mountain then we will drive to discover el Agabat area and it’s sand dunes and the flower stone area then we will drive to visit the wonderful area the white desert passing from mushroom valley and ice cream valley then we will take our sunset photos from the new white desert having our barbeques dinner with our Bedouin tea over night in a camp.

Day 4: Complete our tour in the new and the old white desert then moving towards el farafra oasis to visit Badr museum with it’s local art and el Farafra spring then we will cross Abo Monqar sand dunes and part of the great sand sea taking sunset photos having our barbeques dinner with our Bedouin tea – Bedouin party and under millions of stars we will overnight in a camp.

Day 5: After our breakfast we will drive to visit el mozawqa tombs and der el hagar then we will drive towards el Dakhla oasis to visit el qasr the old Islamic village with it’s old buildings then we drive to Mut the capital of the oasis over night in a hotel.

Day 6: After breakfast we will drive towards Kharga oasis crossing the sand dunes area after that we will move to visit el Bagawat cemeteries and Hibis temple then we will end by el Nadora temple where a panoramic view to Kharga is the oasis.

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Cairo

(Arabic: Al-Qāhirah), which means “The Vanquisher” or “The Triumphant”, is the capital city of Egypt. it is typically called simply by the name of the country, Masr (Egypt). It has a metropolitan area population of officially about 16.1 million people.
Cairo is the seventh most populous metropolitan area in the world. It is also the most populous metropolitan area in Africa. Cairo offers an incredible selection of shopping, leisure, culture and nightlife. Shopping ranges from the famous Khan el-Khalili (or bazaar) largely unchanged since the 14th century, to modern air-conditioned centers displaying the latest fashions. All the bounty of the East is here – particularly good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya. including Egyptian cotton, the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments and although you probably won’t want to buy, the Camel Market makes a fascinating trip.

Alexandria

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern ; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km. from Cairo.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, This area along the coast about 15 miles east of Alexandrias old district along the Corniche is where many of the modern Alexandrian hotels are located, as well as one of the elegant heritage hotels. Khedive Abbas II built the Salamlik as a residence. Here also is the magnificent Montaza Palace.

El Alamein

located about 66 miles east of Alexandria is mostly a port facility for shipping oil. However, it was once described by Churchill as having the best climate in the world. There are several hotels and a beach resort .There is also a war museum with collectibles from the Battle of El Alamein and other North African battles. The only historical interest in this village would be related to WW II, and includes an Italian and German military cemeteries on Tell el-Eisa Hill just outside of town.

Mersa Matrouh

Mersa Matrouh lies 290 km. West of Alexandria and 222 km. from Sallum. The distance from Cairo to Matrouh is 524 km. It lies on a bay on the Mediterranean and is distinguished by its seven km. long beach, which-as all visitors have testified-is one of the most beautiful in the world.
The beach is famous for its white soft sands and calm transparent waters, for the bay is protected from the high seas by a series of rocks forming a natural wave-breaker, with a small opening to allow light vessels in.
This beach dates back to the days of Alexander, the Macedonian, when it was known as “Paraetonium” and also as “Amunia”. It said that Alexander the Great stopped there during his historical expedition to pay tribute, and sacrifice, to the god Amun, at Siwa, so that he becomes Amun’s son and his rule be a historical continuation of the pharaohs. There are ruins of a temple from the time of Rameses II (1200 B.C.) in Matrouh.

Fayoum

The Fayoum is a wonderful area of Egypt with a rich and interesting history. It is an area where Egyptians often vacation and which is constantly growing more popular among Europeans. This 692 sq. mile depression was a lush paradise during prehistoric times. It’s water level was eighty-five meters higher than today (currently 45 meters below sea level) and the Nile regularly flooded through the low mountains separating it from the Fayoum. At 215 square km, the current lake Qaroun remains Egypt’s largest salt water lake. The prehistoric people who lived here were, at first, nomadic hunters and gatherers, but later began harvesting plants near the lake. This developed into what is said to be the earliest agricultural area in the world, where fences were erected and guarded warehouses built. It has remained an agriculture center, well known for it’s fruits, vegetables and chickens.

Port Said

The origins of Port Said is that of a working camp founded in 1859 by Said Pasha to house men working on the Suez Canal. By the late 19th century, it was an important port where all the major maritime powers had consulates. Much of the city was built on a section of Lake Manzala which was reclaimed by landfill.
Canal from Port Said is Port Fuad, which is really only a bedroom community to Port Said. However, if time permits is is a very pleasant place to take a stroll among the gardens and sprawling residences located there.
There is also a Military Museum, Along with some small displays of pharaonic and Islamic wars are artifacts from the Suez Crises and the 1967 and 1973 wars.

Suez

It has been a commercial port since the 7th century. The spice trade and pilgrimages to Mecca made it prosperous throughout the middle ages. The opening of the Suez Canal ensured its development as a modern city. Today, it is one of Egypt’s largest ports.

Ismailia

The Ismailia Governorate consists of an area of approximately 4482.8 km2 or 0.46% of Egypt’s area, along the west bank of the Suez Canal. It has 70 km along the east coast.
The Ismailia Governorate is the capital of the Canal region where the Suez Canal Authority has its headquarters, it is located on Lake Timsah along the coast of the Canal, half-way between Port Said and Suez. Ismailia City is approximately 120 km from Cairo by the direct route “desert highway” or 135 km by the countryside road. All parts of the Governorate are joined with an integrated network of roads. This enables traffic to join the city of Ismailia with its suburbs.

Luxor

Is considered the greatest outdoor museum in the world , it contains nearly one third of the world’s antiquities. There is hardly a place in luxor which has not a relic that reflects the greatness of the ancient Egyptians and their civilization that dates to seven thousands years ago. Luxor is part of ancient “thebes” that the renowned greek. Poet homer describes as the city of one hundred gates. The arabs called it “luxor” the city of palaces – because they were impressed by its magnificent edifices and huge buildings. Luxor is located 670km south of Cairo. The city of the living on the east bank where sunrise is the source of life and growth, and the city of the Dead on the west bank where sunset symbolizes the eclipse of life. Recently, a bridge connecting the east and west banks has been constructed to speed up tourist traffic to the west bank. The visitor of luxor can make a journey to enjoy the wonderful tourist sites of luxor soaring in a balloon above the temples on the east and west banks.

Aswan

Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 81 miles south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
In Aswan the Nile is at its most beautiful, flowing through amber desert and granite rocks, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets. Aswan has been a favorite winter resort since the beginning of the nineteenth century, The most obvious is Elephantine Island, which is timeless with artifacts dating from pre-Dynastic times onward. It is the largest island in the area. Just beyond Elephantine is Kitchener’s Island (Geziret el-Nabatat). It was named for the British general Haratio Kitchener (185–1916) and was sent to Egypt in 1883 to reorganize.

Hurghada

Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. But today, it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. This area has many fine accommodations, usually offering warm and efficient service. Restaurants are mostly along the main road. While in Hurghada, don’t miss the museum and aquarium, with their complete collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea.
Hurghada is also a city under development. Many new hotels and construction are taking place, and we can expect to see some great new hotels, restaurants and other facilities in the near future. Actually this is a busy section of the Red Sea in general. Safaga is just south of Hurghada, and Soma Bay with its beautiful Sheraton is even closer to the South. To the North is El Gouna, a highly organized resort community. Together, these communities and resort areas offer just about everything a visitor might wish for, from raucous parties to isolated scuba diving, with golf, bowling and fishing in between.
Islands near Hurghada offer all kinds of fun and excitement. Take a day trip to Giftun Island for snorkeling and a fish barbecue, or view the Red Sea from a submarine! When you’re not in the sea you can shop in the boutiques, relax in the luxury holiday villages or visit the Roman Mons Porphyrites (mountain of porphyry) remains at nearby Gebel Abu Dukhan (Father of Smoke). Day-trips or safaris to explore the Red Sea Mountains by camel or jeep are also available. Other nearby islands and destinations include the Shadwan Island (Diving, snorkeling, fishing but no swimming), Shaab Abu Shiban (Diving, snorkeling and swimming), Shaab el-Erg (Diving, fishing and snorkeling), Umm Gammar Island (Diving and snorkeling), Shasb Saghir Umm Gammae (Diving), Careless Reef (Diving), Abu Ramada Island (Diving), Shaab Abu Ramada (Fishing), Dishet el-Dhaba (Beaches and swimming), Shaab Abu Hashish (Beaches, diving, snorkeling, swimming and fishing), Sharm el-Arab (Diving, swimming and fishing and Abu Minqar Island (Beaches and swimming)

El Gouna

22km from Hurghada International Airport, El Gouna & There are several Golf areas in the Red Sea, El Gouna is rich with spas and fitness centers. You can still have the sun, fun, and surgery at the same time with a state-of-the-art You can enjoy your sports life in El Gouna. Choose from an astounding array of sports and go play: kitesurfing, sailing, windsurfing, diving, golf, tennis, parasailing, bicycling, deep sea fishing, beach volleyball, walking, hiking, horseback riding, aerobics, pilates, yoga on the beach, weight training, go karting and squash.

Safaga

Safaga harbour, 60 Km to the south of Hurghada, is the exporting center of phosphates since it is very close to the phosphates mines…. Actually, Safaga has become a tourist destination specialized in diving holidays: the beaches and the diving spots are still virgin…. It is also an ideal site for windsurf activities…. A large number of luxurious hotels and tourist resorts provide to tourists the best facilities… Safari tours by jeep are organized to the Red Sea Mountains.
Safaga with several tourist villages specializing in diving holidays, a handful of hotels and some excellent fish.
Safaga is a great place to dive. Some divers even claim Safaga’s offshore reefs offer better diving than Sharm el Sheikh or Hurghada. The reefs are still relatively unspoiled and have not suffered from the masses.

Soma Bay

Soma is one of the latest tourist destinations in Egypt, 45Km to the south of Hurghada. Soma bay is well known as a very rich diving spot. Actually, a new activity is going on…. Golf, for the time being the game is performed on 9 holes playing ground…. It is planned to enlarge the playing ground up to 18 holes.

El Quseir

As the majority of visitors passed through immigration at Hurghada airport and dispersed to the nearby hotels or liveaboards, we had another one and a half hour coach journey through the desert, as we were heading for the less well-known resort of El Quseir. Approximately 120 km south of Hurghada and 220 km east of Luxor, 500 km south of Suez, 80 Km South of Safaga, Red Sea , Quseir is one of the oldest ports in Egypt.
It is from the port of Quseir that Queen Hatsheput’s famous expedition is thought to have set sail for the fabled Land of Punt in search of precious metals, exotic animals and rare plants, the most important of which were the incense trees the Queen planted in front of the mortuary temple on the West bank of the Thebes.
The main reason for the reef still being in such good condition is that the number of divers in the water at any one time is limited to twenty. This is controlled by divers recording what times they want to dive, Numerous other sites are available by jeep safari.

Marsa Alam

Between the Red Sea coast road and the road from Edfu which sits on the Nile river about 230km (142mi) inland. This road, which was probably originally built byPtolemy II in the Greek period, passes through some historic landscape where the ancient Egyptians mined much of their gold. Several gold mining operations are known. Just off this road are found two areas, called Wadi Barmiya, and about about 30 kilometers further into the mountains. Wadi Baramiya extends into another larger Wadi named Miya, where a temple was built by, among others, Seti I. Both areas were probably gold mining communities.

Zafarana

Is simply a small village that many go through to reach the monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul, nearby. It is a quite little village, but the area is being rapidly developed into Red Sea Resorts. 62 Km South of Ain Sukhna, Red Sea.

Ain Sukhna

It was named after the nearby sulphur springs. This popular weekend resort has fine beaches and coves, coral reefs and fishing and water sports.

Sharm El Sheikh

The simplicity of sun, sea and sand. The luxury of five-star hotels, water sports, shopping and entertainment. This is Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula. All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea. There are small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains, plus about all the amenities one could expect of a tourist center, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities. In fact, with diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions, it is almost impossible for a visitor to ever suffer from boredom.
Na’ama Beach is one of the center of the tourist activities. Located just north of Sharm, this area is developing into a resort town of its own. Most hotels at Na’ama Bay have their own, private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and even bars. Shark’s Bay is also nearby, and again is a growing resort community with more and more to offer, along with several diving centers.
The small harbor known as Sharm el-Moiya is located next to the civil harbor, has accommodations for boats, and includes a Yacht Club with rooms.

Ras Om El Seed

Famous for its coral reefs, has a very high cliff where many hotels are situated, As you might expect in such a prime diving location, there is a large selection of private companies offering diving courses at all levels and it is one of the cheapest places in the world to pick up a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) qualification.
On top of the cliff, in El Hadaba, villas, apartments and recently constructed condominiums are providing the Sharmers with accommodation and offices. The area is developing with new hotel establishments. The municipality, the post office and telecommunication center are located here. Downhill in Sharm el Moya in the suq one can stroll the many bazaars, supermarkets and restaurants.

Dahab

Dahab is one of the most attractive resorts in South Sinai. Characteristic for Dahab is a shore covered with fine golden sand that might have given Dahab its name: “Gold”. It lies half way between Sharm el Sheikh in the South and Nuweiba in the north.
Dahab consists of two bays. El Qura Bay and Ghazala Bay. In the latter one the Bedouin village El Assalah is located. Within the years the area has developed into a tourist center with camps, motels, restaurants, and bazaars. The Muzeina Bedouins moved and gave place to globetrotters from all over the world to meet in a lively atmosphere exchanging experiences and travel stories in numerous restaurants and cheap accommodation. The spirit in El Assalah reminds of the late 60s. In the southern bay of El Qura is the town center, below on the golden beaches of the bay, the hotels are situated.
Not far from the Blue Hole other luxury hotel complexes are under development. Due to the strong wind, Dahab is an excellent place for water sports and a perfect location for windsurfing. Dahab is famous for its deceptive deep dive sites such as the Blue Hole, the Canyon and the Lighthouse.
lagoon is the “blue hole” which gives the site its name. A shallow lip at about 6m leads from the lagoon to the outer reef; deep within the hole, an arched passage also links the reef face to the hole itself.

Nuweiba

Nuweiba means, “bubbling springs” in Arabic and it is one of the big oases in South Sinai. is located 180 km north of Sharm el Sheikh and only 110 km from Saint Katherine. 70 km south of Taba , Nuweiba is just recently discovered by tourist investors establishing hotels along the coastline south and north of Nuweiba, connecting it with Taba in the north and Dahab in the south.

Taba

Taba is an international border settlement. Within less than an hour one can cross from luxury Eilat into the fascinating wilderness of the Sinai. From here service taxis and car services provide transportation to the coastal towns of South Sinai. Since November 2000 Taba Airport is open to charter flights that makes a visit to this part of the Sinai even more attractive. Due to the Peace Treaty of 1979 an agreement allows visitors to enter South Sinai on a 14 days visa. This visa, which is free of charge at present, covers the area from Taba to Sharm el Sheikh (Ras Mohamed excluded) and St. Catherine.

St. Catherine

Isolated and protected by the surrounding majestic mountains the monastery St. Catherine is the major attraction for tourists visiting the area. At the foot of the mountain where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments, lies the monastery. Early Christian hermits, searching seclusion from worldly affairs, were living around the holy mountain since the early times of Christendom.
After her visit to the impressive site of the Burning Bush Empress Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, decided in 330 AD to let a chapel be build at the site; and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary.
Many travelogues from early pilgrims talked about the massacres among the monks. Finally in 527 AD Emperor Justinian ordered the construction of a fortress. Above the heavy wooden entrance wooden frames carry the names of Justinian, his wife Theodora and the architect’s Stephan’s , St. Catherine is among the oldest Christian monasteries, and the smallest diocese in the world. The Monks today are Greek Orthodox and of different nationalities. The wealthy monastery has branches in Cairo, Cyprus and Crete.

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Small notes (1, 5, and 10) are like gold in Egypt! You pretty much tip everyone who looks at you so you will need a good supply of small notes handy. I believe there are coins as well, but I never saw them! Wages are criminally low so Egyptians rely on tips from foreigners and locals alike, so stock up on the small notes.

Also, it’s very, very difficult to get change so try and get as much as you can before arriving (even banks are reluctant to share). One of the happiest moments of my trip was finding an ATM in Aswan that gave out 10 pound notes! (Opposite the Basma Hotel, next to the Nubia Museum).

Water

No surprises here, avoid tap water and only drink bottled water. Clean your teeth with bottled or boiled water, and avoid unpeeled fruits and vegetables. The real tip though for water is to remember to take it with you everywhere. Each and every time you leave your hotel room or cruise ship, grab a bottle. Sure it’s available to buy at the temples and bazaars, but you will be charged exorbitant prices and have to run the bargaining gauntlet to get your hands on some.

Private tours

Egypt is a cheap place to travel so use your pennies to get yourself a private guide. Instead of trudging around the famous sites with 50 other people while adhering to their timetable, with a private guide you determine how long you spend at each place. It also gives you the chance to spend time with an Egyptian and they are always happy to share details of their life with you. Ask every question you can come up with about the country and lifestyle, you might just learn something. Also make sure your tour has hotel pick up if you haven’t been to Egypt before, it can be difficult to get directions.

Dress

Yes, Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country; however they are pretty relaxed and accepting of other cultures and religions. Relying heavily on tourism, Egypt values its visitors and does not expect everyone to do everything their way. As a female (and a blonde one at that, the worst kind for traveling in a Muslim country according to the guide books…), I was weary of how to dress, however it became clear very quickly I could just dress like I would at home.

I would not recommend hitting the town in hot pants and a boob tube, some discretion please, but do not worry too much about exposed legs, arms and shoulders. Skirts, shorts, sleeveless tops and dresses are all acceptable within reason, just avoid anything too short or too low cut. And for your sightseeing and day trips – wear flat, comfortable, closed toe shoes – there’s alot of sand to walk on in Egypt!

Beer

If you are a beer drinker – beware! Due to the heat, the beer in Egypt has loads of preservatives which can unfortunately have a laxative effect. There is one brand called Sakkara which is preservative free, so I suggest you stick to this one…

Hassle

Forget the Curse of Tutankhamun and how the Pyramids were built, the biggest myth for travelers to Egypt is that there will be hassle, hassle, hassle. I hate to bargain when shopping and I hate being pressured so I was definitely dreading the alleged hassle that most guide books warn you about. In contrast, I experienced minimal hassle from local shop owners. Yes they call out to you “my friend”, “free for you”, “you English?”, but a firm and polite “la shu-kran” — no thank you, was enough for their eyes to wander to the next potential customer.

Also wearing a hat and dark glasses helps avoid the eye contact which the vendors are desperately trying to get from you. Luxor is a little more aggressive than the other big cities, but this is understandable when you consider tourism is 80% of the city’s income. Overall I was pleasantly surprised and ended up with more souvenirs of the trip than I had expected.

Shopping

There is plenty of plastic Tutankhamun’s and stuffed camels to buy in Egypt, everywhere in the world has their fair share of tacky souvenirs, but there is also some good quality items. The biggies to look out for are Papyrus, Alabaster/granite, gold and Egyptian cotton. Regardless of what tours you do, you will always be offered the chance to visit stores specializing in these products, often at set prices.

They may not be the cheapest but if you are like me and not into the whole haggling thing, its a great way to shop. Just remember, if you don’t want to go you can just say no thanks. Obviously guides get a commission from sales to supplement their income, but big deal, can you blame them for wanting to supplement their income? I went to an Alabaster Factory in Luxor, the one place where you feel a little more pressure, and I browsed and left without buying anything.

It was important to me to prove you are not obliged (and in fairness to my guides, they never made me feel obligated to buy anything) and I did. So take the chance to see how Papyrus paper is made and how Alabaster is carved, have a look at what’s on offer and buy if you want – your choice.

Camera

No matter where you are, or who they are, do not ever give your camera to someone else to take a photo for you – it will cost you dearly to get it back. If you want your photo taken somewhere, ask your guide or a fellow traveler, not the tourist police, not the temple staff, not the friendly camel owner and definitely not the guy with the Pharaoh head-dress who appears out of nowhere ‘my friend’. This is the scam you need to be aware of, so exercise some common sense and don’t hand over any valuables to complete strangers.

Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum should be one of the last places you visit (and I recommend the private museum tour, as well). Treasures from around Egypt have ended up here and it makes for a more interesting visit once you have seen their original homes, heard their stories and understand their significance. When you gaze upon the treasures of King Tutankhamun you can imagine how amazed Howard Carter would have been to open the untouched tomb once you have seen the arid location it was discovered in. The Museum is so big that unless you have several weeks to explore it in depth, you need to know what you are looking for and want to see.

Chill out!

Relax! You do not need to take any more precautions in Egypt than you would traveling to most Western countries. People are very kind and respectful and I felt safer there than I often do in Sydney. It’s a different culture, no question there, but that doesn’t make it wrong, just different. Open your eyes and open your mind and Egypt will find a place in your heart.

If you are traveling to Egypt in the future, I hope these little tips help you feel more comfortable about the wonderful experience you are going to have, and for the record, I may have said no at the Alabaster Factory but there were so many nice things I had to ask my guide to take me to another one the next day — the things I do in the line of duty! For More Detail Visit: Egypt Travel Guide

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