Egypt has long been a land of lure. From the great pyramids to the Nile River, it is a destination filled with amazing adventures and mystique. In 2010, more than 350,000 U.S. visitors ventured to Egypt to see sites not found in the West. Whether arriving by land or by sea, people flock to Egypt for a vacation of a lifetime.
By Land Egypt offers something for everyone—from families to honeymooners to adventurers. Design an itinerary to match your style by beginning in Cairo, the home of the best Pharaonic and Coptic sights in Egypt. Here, marvel at the medieval market of Khan El-Khalili, walk down the Nile promenade, or view thousands of ancient artifacts at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. It goes without saying that the great pyramids of Giza are not to be missed. Step back in time as you are dwarfed by the enormity, literally and figuratively, of these spectacular historic monuments. After you see these extraordinary and defining Egyptian landmarks, Mohamed Hegazy, tourism attache with the Egyptian Tourist Authority, recommends flying to Luxor for a 5-day cruise along the Nile, where the Valley of the Kings and the High Dam are just two of the many stops.
By Sea Visitors from all points on the map come to Egypt to experience its wonders. Whether sailing aboard an international cruise along the Mediterranean Sea or the Red Sea, cultural ports of call show the true essence of this magical land. Stop in Alexandria City, known for its mix of modernity and history, for a look at the Greco-Roman monuments, the catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa, and the underwater ruins of Montazah and Maamoura, not to mention the vibrant arts scene. Accessible through a cruise along the Red Sea is Safaga, known for the healing power of its sands. People cruising through Egypt should investigate taking “a day trip to Cairo and spending at least two nights in Egypt to sightsee,” says Hegazy. No matter your mode of transportation, come to Egypt—where it all begins.
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