Egypt tours are popular with tourists all around the world. There is no other area in the world with the attractions that Egypt has, such as pyramids, temples, and ancient buildings. Many companies specialize in tours of Egypt, and they offer specific tours that focus on sightseeing in several areas. There is a lot to see in Egypt, so tours can be day tours up to 13 or more nights. Cruises are also popular, and there are first class accommodations as well as budget tours to fit the budget of anyone who is interested in touring Egypt.
A classic tour includes a trip to Cairo where tourists often begin with a visit to the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. The Great Sphinx is known throughout the world as one of the most amazing monuments in existence. These sites are designated as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are other interesting things to see in Cairo, such as the papyrus institute and a perfume shop. The Egyptian Museum is another popular destination in the city to see the vast collection of Egyptian artifacts and treasures from King TUT. There are also interesting sites to see in old Cairo, including a bazaar and ben Azer Synagogue.
The city of Aswan is also often included on tours because of its beautiful botanical garden. Aswan is also the location of the Agha Khan Mausoleum that is a popular attraction. The Abu Simbel Temple is also located in Aswan. It is in very good condition, especially considering the fact that it was constructed in the 13th century BC by Ramesses II. Between 1964 and 1968, the two temples at this site were actually moved because of the possibility that they may be flooded by Lake Nasser. Transportation is often by air into Cairo, then by train to Aswan. A cruise is another option to take from Cairo to Aswan.
Many Egypt tours include a trip to Alexandria as well, a city that contains many more treasures from the past. The Lighthouse of Alexandria is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is a member of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Pompey’s Pillar is still standing in Alexandria, and it is one of the most well-known monuments of years past. It is 30 m high and is made of polished red granite. The memorial is located at the Arab cemetery. The catacombs or Kom al-Shoqafa are another popular site for visitors with their spiral staircase and many chambers filled with statues, pillars, and burial spots. In addition, the catacomb area has a large banquet room that was once used for memorial services during Roman rule.
Some tours include stops in Amman and the Jordan Valley. In these spots, remains from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine times can be found. Another interesting area is around the Dead Sea. A tour of the Desert Castles takes a full day to see Qasr Amra, Al-Azraq, and Qasr Al-Kharraneh Castles that were built during the Islamic rule of the 8th century. These were once hunting lodges. The Dead Sea is an area where visitors can bathe and relax in this sea that has a lower altitude than any other spot on the earth. Another interesting tour is the ancient silk route down the Kings’ Highway. The most famous Byzantine mosaics can be seen in Madaba, and a very good view of the Holy Land can be seen from Mount Nebo. The Crusader Castle from the 12th century can also be visited in Kerak.
There are many more interesting places to visit while on an Egypt tour, including the monastery at St. Catherine where Moses received the message from the burning bush to take his people to Israel.