From tombs and mummies to museums and antiquities, Egypt has been attracting tourists around the world for thousands of years with its magnificent pyramids and other ancient structures and archeological sites. There are many tour packages to check out around the country including desert tours, budget walking tours, and luxury cruises. Others who prefer to tour around independently may also do so.
Cairo, the administrative capital of Egypt, has kept much of its ancient treasures for many centuries. One of the most popular attractions in Cairo is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities that features over 100,000 artifacts including materials from ancient royal tombs, mummies, and statues in more than 100 halls of the museum.
Exploring Coptic Cairo, the oldest part of the city, is like returning to the past as travelers tour around the archaic walls that still exist up to this day. Touring the now modern-looking Asfour Crystal Factory can be an interesting experience, since this factory has actually started manufacturing glass and cutting the material in varying shapes for more than 5,000 years. Tourists can also visit the Saladin Citadel, a massive stone fortress , built by Salah ad-Din way back the 12th century. Visitors can freely roam around the castle to learn about the history and mysteries of the site.
Giza is home to one of the most famous world attractions known as the Great Pyramids of Giza. It is also acknowledged as the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and is the tallest man-made structure ever built for over 3,800 years. The Great Pyramids have provided varying scientific and alternative theories about how such structures were constructed during ancient times.
Tourists can also visit other archeological sites in Giza including ancient temples, tombs, and interestingly, even some Christian churches and Muslim monuments.
Nile Cruise Tours
Cruise lovers can tour around the Nile River, one of the longest rivers in the world, to take them to some of the most famous and treasured sites in ancient Egyptian history. The cruise usually takes about five to 12 days and it brings travelers to a number of cities in Egypt.
Aside from Cairo and Giza, other areas typically visited by tourists in this type of cruise include: cultural attractions in the city of Alexandria like the Qaitbay Citadel, Montazah Palace, and the Roman Catacombs; ancient structures in the city of Aswan like the Abu Simbel Temple and the Temple of Philae; and historical sites in the city of Luxor like the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon.
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