There are more than 300 cruise ships on the river, 99% of those can carry up to 130 passengers. What if you would like to cruise the river on your own? The chance is available as we are one of the very few that offer Private Nile Luxury. The private Nile Cruise has maximum capacity of 7 passengers. It operates with not engine, thus we guarantee a very gentle and quite cruise. Another great value for this cruise is it takes you off the beaten track to small Egyptian villages and towns which you will never go to unless you use this kind of cruise. For more details on this trip and booking please E Mail us.
The city once called, the city of a thousand minarets, was built in 969AD, more than a thousand years ago. It is the capital of Egypt and boasting 16 million inhabitants. Cairo has a great variety of accommodations and lots of sightseeing, highly recommended to stay in the city for at least 2 nights.
Sightseeing in Cairo
- Giza Pyramids
Built 4600 years ago by a Pharaoh called Kudu, the Great Pyramids of Giza stands as the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. The tour is normally half day taking you to the three pyramids in the area plus the Funeral Boat of Kudu. If you are the adventures type, climb into one of the pyramids to explore how these structures looks like from within.
- The Sphinx
Located in the same area of the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx bids you goodbye as you leave the site.
- Cairo Museum
Built in 1900 to house 30,000 exhibits, the Museum now displays130,000 exhibits. You can spend hours in this Cairo Museum but do not depend on the labels so much, they are old and out dated. For this tour you must have an Egyptologist. The museum is located in the heart of Cairo and there is only one dining option in the museum but several good options outside its walls. Photography inside the museum is forbidden.
- The Citadel
The fortress of Salad in, of the crusades, built in 1173 of limestone over a hill in the middle of nowadays Cairo. The fort was used since its building until 1863 as the residence of Egypt's Sultans. It was also housing their Harem and great part of their troops. The citadel contains several historical buildings and deserves at least a half day tour.
- The Alabaster Mosque
Built by Mohamed Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt from 1805 to 1848. The mosque is within the walls Citadel and it is the best in Cairo. There are no restrictions for non Muslims to visit the mosque. The only obligation is not to wear shorts or sleeveless shirts. Ladies visiting the mosque do not have to cover their heads. Photography is allowed.
- Khan El Hall Market
The Mecca of all visitors to Cairo. The market place of Khan El Hall goes back to 14 century. If you are not a shopping enthusiast, you still have to be there for the smells of spices and the faces of people. It is not strictly touristy, there are more Egyptians in this market than tourists. There are dining options in the market ranging from local restaurants to international restaurants offering local dishes.
The city of Alexander The Great. He built it in 332 BCE after conquering the Persians out of Egypt. The city bears his name and it remains to be Greek in style to this very day. Alexandria is nicknamed, Bride of the Mediterranean, for its beautiful buildings and rich history. It remains to this day a cosmopolitan city with a famous university & a most famous Library.
Sightseeing In Alexandria
- Bibliotheca Alexandria
The ancient library was built in 305 BCE by the Greek rulers of Alexandria. It was burnt at the time of Julius Caesar when he came to the city pursuing his enemy, the Roman general Pompey. The tour in the library lasts for one hour where you will be guided by a library guide. Bibliotheca Alexandria has many museum and special exhibitions all year round. E Mail us to know what is on if you are planning a visit.
- Alexandria National Museum
This is the new museum of Alexandria. The building however is an old piece of architecture dating back to 1930's. It was the home of a wealthy Egyptian family. In 1960's it was sold to the American Embassy in Cairo to become the American Consulate of Alexandria. The museum is 3 floors exhibiting all eras of Egyptian history; Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic & Islamic. The display of items is very modern with great lighting system and very clear and updated labels. The walls are adorned with old maps of Alexandria and many computer generated images of how the city looked like thousands of years ago.
Located in the southern part of Egypt, Luxor is the open air museum of Egypt. It was the capital of Ancient Egypt during the most glorious time of its history. You can easily spend a whole week in Luxor and do a tour everyday of the week. Below are the details of where you can go.
Sightseeing In Luxor
Located on the East Bank of the Nile, it is the largest religious complex built by man on earth. It extends for 200 Acers and encompasses several temples. The major temple is dedicated to God Amun Ra, father of fathers & king of kings, as the Egyptians once called him. The tour in the temple will take at least 2 hours.
- Luxor Temple
Located in the heart of Luxor city. The temple is dedicated to the same gods as Karnak. The unique feature of this temple is it closes at 9 PM, which means you can go after sunset to enjoy the floodlit effect on the walls. Definitely worth an evening visit.
- Karnak Sound & Light Show
A major performance showing Karnak Temples by night. Visitors are taken from one section of the temple to another while narration tells you what happened here thousands of years ago.
- Valley of the Kings
Located on the Western bank of the Nile, it is the burial ground of Ancient Pharaohs. It was first used in 1600 BCE and lasted until 1000 BCE. There are 63 tombs in the Valley with magnificent decorated walls and well preserved colours. This is a place where you need to spend at least 2 hours. It is very important to have an Egyptologist with you, otherwise nothing would make sense.
- Valley of the Queens
Located close to the king's valley, this was the burial place of both Queens & royal family members. it has 77 tombs most of which are closed because they are either too small or looted. The colours on the walls of the open tombs are far better preserved than King's valley. Here you need at least an hour.
- Dier El Bahari
Located on the Western bank of the Nile, this is the funeral temple of Queen Hatshipsuite, who was ruling Egypt 3500 years ago. Her temple is a masterpiece of ancient architecture with beautiful colours still visible on its walls.
The southern gate of Egypt as well as the most beautiful part of the south. Its Nile islands and bird population gives Aswan its rank as one of the beauty spots of Africa. Thousands of years ago Aswan was the wealthiest trade centre in Africa. Egyptians were acting as commercial middlemen for the Mediterranean inhabitants.
Sightseeing In Aswan
- Philae Temple
Uniquely located on a Nile island, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Isis. She was one of the most celebrated goddesses of the Ancient world, her cult reached as far as Rome. The temple is a beautiful spot for photography, specially that is located in the middle of many granite islands. You need to spend at least 2 hours here to enjoy the scenery.
- The High Dam
Standing at the southern end of Aswan, this is the water reservoir of Egypt. The Dam was built in 1960's with the hands of 31000 Egyptian workmen. Lake Nasser behind the Dam is the second largest manmade in the world after the Kariba Lake. The monuments that were located to the south if the Dam had been saved by an international campaign sponsored by UNESCO.
- The Unfinished Obelisk
Located in the granite quarries of Aswan, this huge piece of pink granite was never completed by the ancient stone masons. It was neglected because of a crack on its face. They abandoned the obelisk along with their tools which gave us a great clue hoe they dealt with this kind of hard stone.
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