Sharm el Sheikh holiday,
- is essentially about relaxation and enjoying the
fabulous waters of the Red Sea and the abundance of water sports that
are on offer. There is also a variety of optional excursions and trips
that you can take part in. These are detailed below:
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From Sharm el Sheikh you can take part in the following
Plateau & Sphinx
Cairo you will be able to visit the Pyramids of Giza - The
Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramids of Khafra and Menkaura,
the Giza Necropolis and the majestic Sphinx with its unwavering
gaze towards the sunrises of the last four and a half thousand
& Pyramid Complex of Djoser
The Pyramid Complex of Djoser is just a short journey away from
Cairo at Sakkara and you can see some of the earliest buildings
ever constructed from stone, including the Stepped Pyramid, designed
by the famous architect - Imhotep.
Museum at Cairo
The greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities is, without doubt,
that of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. It is a place of true discovery
and, even after many visits, I continue to make new and delightful
discoveries every time I venture into its many galleries.
To be sure, the museum can be daunting in the sheer numbers of
its antiquities on show, but there is an order within its layout
and it is a dream come true for anyone wanting to study Egyptian
Old Cairo is so named because it is the oldest part of Cairo, and
in fact, predates what is now Cairo. Some Egyptologists believe
that there was a settlement here as far back as the 6th century
BC. Later, the Romans built a fortress here which we call Babylon.
Some of these Roman walls still exist. Later, it became a Christian
stronghold, with as many as 20 churches built within an area of
one square mile. There are only five remaining, but these are certainly
a must see when visiting Cairo, along with the earliest Mosque
ever built in Egypt.
Tucked away amid the modern urban area of Cairo lies one of the
world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas,
hammams and fountains. Founded in the 10th century, it became the
new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the
capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, its status as a beacon of
culture symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that
was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The setting for
the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony,
Alexandria was also the center of learning in the ancient
world. But ancient Alexandria declined, and when Napoleon
landed, he found a sparsely populated fishing village.
The north coast of Egypt is becoming more and more of a tourist
destination, and the area of al-Alamein is becoming more
popular, with several major resorts nearby. Al-Alamein takes
its name from the twin peaked hill known as Tell al-Alamein,
upon which it stands. Prior to the battles that took place
there and near there during World War II, al-Alamein was
simply a sleepy stop along the modern north coast railway.
But it does actually have some ancient history associated
with it. Al-Alamein is the site of the Gaucum of Ptolemy
and the Leucasis, Leucaspis, or Locabsis of the Romans.
The Oberoi Golf Course is a shared fairway designed with nine fairways
and eighteen tees and greens. It will provide one with some great
photo opportunities and a challenging round of golf. The front
nine yardage markers are on the left hand side of the fairway and
the back nine markers are on the right hand side of the fairway.
This is one of the most historical golf courses in Egypt, established
in 1889. The most spectacular part of this golf course is not the
course itself, but the Great Pyramids that loom over the course
in the background. One's eyes are always drawn to them, and it
is a nice spot to view them because everything is calm and quiet,
not like on the Plateau itself. It is one of the only golf courses
where one can play and view one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient
World at the same time.
The canal allows two-way water transportation, most importantly
between Europe and Asia without circumnavigation of Africa. Before
its opening in 1869, goods were sometimes offloaded from ships
and carried over land between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. The
canal comprises seven parts, north and south of the Great Bitter
Lake, linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Gulf of Suez on the
Red Sea. The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869 created the first
salt-water passage between the Mediterranean and Red seas. The
Red Sea is about 1.2 m higher than the Eastern Mediterranean, so
the canal serves as a tidal strait that pours Red Sea water into
Catherines Monastery & Mt Sinai
The oldest record of monastic life at Sinai comes from the travel
journal written in Latin by a woman named Egeria about 381-384.
She visited many places around the Holy Land and Mount Sinai, where,
according to the Hebrew Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments
from God. The
monastery was built by order of Emperor Justinian I between 527
and 565, enclosing the Chapel of the Burning Bush ordered to be
built by Helena, the mother of Constantine I, at the site where
Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush; the living bush
on the grounds is purportedly the original. The site is sacred
to Christianity and Islam.
- an eco-friendly village
SEKEM initiative was founded to realise the vision of sustainable
human development. SEKEM aims to contribute to the comprehensive
development of the individual, society and environment. A holistic
concept encompassing integrated economic, social and cultural
development forms the key SEKEM vision.
pharaonic times the oases were places of wells, orchards, vineyards
and farms as attested in many of the New Kingdom tombs in the
Nile Valley. Dakhla especially seems to have been very fertile
and known to be a centre for the production of wine, fruit, grain
and minerals which were extracted from its inhabitants in the
form of taxes. There are remains of Ptolemaic structures in Dakhla,
with more evidence from this period emerging with recent excavations,
but so far there is little evidence of Greek occupation. The
Romans however, left many important remains in Dakhla, including
the recently restored Temple of Amun at Deir el-Hagar. There
are only two of the fortress-temples (so prominent in Kharga)
and much of the Roman architecture and art is quite different
to that seen in the southern oasis.
In ancient Egypt, the power of the god Amun of Thebes gradually
increased during the early New Kingdom, and after the short persecution
led by Akhenaten, it rose to its apex. In the reign of Ramesses
III, more than two thirds of the property owned by the temples
belonged to Amun, evidenced by the stupendous buildings at Karnak.
Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than
Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man, and
represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient
builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples,
smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about
three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 ha (247
acres) of land. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient
name was Ipet-isut, meaning "The Most Select (or Sacred) of
Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was
the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built
largely by Amenhotep III and Ramesses II, it appears that the temple's
purpose was for a suitable setting for the rituals of the festival.
The festival itself was to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler
with the divine office. During the 18th Dynasty the festival lasted
eleven days, but had grown to twenty-seven days by the reign of
Ramesses III in the 20th Dynasty. At that time the festival included
the distribution of over 11,000 loaves of bread, 85 cakes and 385
jars of beer.
of the Kings
The Egyptian belief that "To speak the name of the dead is
to make him live again" is certainly carried out in the building
of the tombs. The king's formal names and titles are inscribed
in his tomb along with his images and statues. Beginning with the
18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned the
Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Also abandoned were
the pyramid style tombs. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone
following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and
a sunken sarcophagus chamber.
of the Queens
The Valley of the Queens is located on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient
Thebes). There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the
Queens, or Biban al-Harim. These belong to Queens of the 18th,
19th and 20th Dynasties. One
of five wives of Ramesses II, Nefertari was his favorite and the
tomb here has been is said to be one of the most beautiful in Egypt.
The tomb is completely painted with scenes though out. In most
of these, Nefertari, known as 'the most beautiful of them', is
accompanied by gods. She is usually wearing a golden crown with
two feathers extended from the back of a vulture and clothed in
a white, gossamer gown. Be sure not to miss the side room where
one scene depicts the queen worshipping the mummified body of Osiris.
of the Nobles - Luxor
The Tombs of the Nobles is a very interesting site on Luxor's west
bank, but often neglected. The reason is of course that no kings
or queens had their tomb or temple built here. It is all devoted
to persons now only remembered by the most detailed historical
works. There are 400 tombs here. But what you can see here is a
great change from the almost repetitive images in the temples and
the great tombs. The noblemen who had their tombs built here used
a different artwork and were concerned with other matters than
the royalty. There is quite little of scenes depicting judgment
and resurrection, and more imagery of earthly life and its continuation
in the afterlife.
Temple of Hatshepsut
The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut is one of the most dramatically
situated in the world. The queen's architect, Senenmut, designed
it and set it at the head of a valley overshadowed by the Peak
of the Thebes, the "Lover of Silence," where lived the
goddess who presided over the necropolis. A tree lined avenue of
sphinxes led up to the temple, and ramps led from terrace to terrace.
The porticoes on the lowest terrace are out of proportion and coloring
with the rest of the building. They were restored in 1906 to protect
the celebrated reliefs depicting the transport of obelisks by barge
to Karnak and the miraculous birth of Queen Hatshepsut.
Balloon Ride over the Theban Necropolis (Luxor)
life passes by at a far more sedate pace than Cairo and after
your visits you can relax as you watch life go by, virtually
unchanged since Pharaonic times. No visit to Luxor would be complete,
however, without a hot-air balloon ride at dawn over the Great
Not only are the two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent
monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was
an historic event in itself. When the temples (280 km from Aswan)
were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser, due to the construction
of the High Dam, the Egyptian Government secured the support of
UNESCO and launched a world wide appeal. During the salvage operation
which began in 1964 and continued until 1968, the two temples were
dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff where
they had been built more than 3,000 years before. Here they were
reassembled, in the exact same relationship to each other and the
sun, and covered with an artificial mountain. Most of the joins
in the stone have now been filled by antiquity experts, but inside
the temples it is still possible to see where the blocks were cut.
You can also go inside the man made dome and see an exhibition
of photographs showing the different stages of the massive removal
River Cruise holiday on the river Nile can be a memorable experience.
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation, surrounded by the
luxuries of comfort, avail the big ships that substitute as Luxury
Nile River Cruises floating hotels. Spacious rooms, modern amenities
and lip smacking gourmet…it will indeed be a trip to remember.
It is also possible to combine your holiday in Sharm
el Sheikh with an extension in either Cairo or Luxor, or why not enjoy
a traditional Nile Cruise? Please see the itineraries for our other
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