Millennia of History to See
Egypt has attracted visitors as famous as Julius Caesar and Napoleon Bonaparte and even they have stood in awe of the pyramids, the Sphinx, the Library of Alexandria, and countless other wonders of the ancients. Today, some of these marvels of engineering and architecture still stand and millions of visitors annually visit them.
The Religious Aspects of the Area
Cairo is known for monuments to both the Christian and Islamic faith. There are a number of mosques throughout the country; among them is the Al-Azhar Mosque, the first Fatimid mosque built in Cairo back in AD 971. Then there’s the Fortress of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi, also known as The Citadel. Within its walls sit the Mosque of Soliman Pasha, the Alabaster Mosque, Joseph’s Well, and Al-Gawhara Palace.
As for Christian monuments, there’s the Hanging Church. Built during the late 4th and early 5th centuries, the basilica was constructed above the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. This is just one of a number of splendid churches to be seen, among them the Cathedral of St. Marks, the largest church on the continent.
Taking a Cruise
There is so much to see in Egypt that you face the question of what’s the best way to maximize your viewing. A cruise can be the answer. You don’t have to worry about packing and unpacking, traveling around the country and finding places to stay and eat. Nile cruises are usually three, four or seven days, and the shorter ones operate between Aswan and Luxor. The longer ones go to the north, via Dendera, and sometimes offer an overland tour to some of the more remote areas. If money is no object, a 14-day grand tour can take in Cairo, a tour of the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx, as well visits to a number of museums and other antiquities and you can take a seven day cruise along the Nile if you have the energy to fit it in between it all.
Holidays on a Budget
Granted, for most people, a trip to Egypt involves a long journey, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. There are a number of websites and travel agents that can get you tours at very reasonable prices. This type of holiday will include a private guide, visits to a number of landmarks and museums and one night of hotel accommodations. Sometimes one or more meals are included, but always check ahead of time. If not, you’ll need to buy your own meals but there is plenty to choose from.