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Egypt Tour: Going Beyond The Pyramids
What comes to mind when you think of Egypt? Do you see a country with much to offer by way of things to do and see, or do you see only Pyramids? You may be surprised to know that shopping is can be one of the main aspects on your list of things to do during your Egypt tour. Make a point to visit the he Khan al-Khalil and you will be amazed at the great shopping opportunities that are available there. You do not want to miss that at any cost. This shopping area has been around since 1382. Be sure to take a map with you when visiting this unique marketplace since it is easy to get lost in there. Better yet. Consider hiring a guide. That is the best way to ensure that you won't get lost. And don't forget to bargain!

Shopping, Deserts, The Nile And Plenty More Attractions Beckon Visitors

While here, it is also possible to hire a taxi or go by bus to nearby City of the Dead, which houses funerary complexes of the sultans of Mamluk and their emirs. There are great khanqahs here including the Khanqah of Barquq, Khanqah of Sultan Barsbey and the Funerary Complex of Qaytbey.

Cairo, and more notably Old Cairo, also has a lot to offer in the form of amazing architecture and history that is characterized by the Coptic Museum. The Egyptian Antiquities Museum is a must see on every Egypt tour and it may take more than a single day to take it all in as there is a vast collection of Egyptian antiquities to admire and view.

No Egypt tour would be complete without a trip to the pyramids there, and you could enjoy them even more by hiring horses rather than camels at places such as Gaza. There are also many other places of interest that would make an Egypt tour more complete, and these include visiting Alexandria, Memphis and Sakara, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel.

If you are the adventurous type, you may enjoy sailing up the Nile on a rented Falouka. That's quite an adventure, but should be avoided during the summer months. During the simmer swarms of mosquitoes and extreme hot weather would make turn adventure into a miserable experience.

While on an Egypt tour, a trip down to one of Egypt's most isolated settlements called the Siwa Oasis is also worth having on the itinerary as it is a big tourist draw, being far off the beaten track and it provides ample opportunity to have a wonderful adventure and experience at close hand the unique Siwan Berber culture. A Siwa Safari would also add excitement to your Egypt tour, and so too will shopping for the fine crafts made by the locals here.

Dhakla Oasis has hot springs along with camel rides that allow visitors to experience a ride over sand dunes. A Nile cruise, normally between Luxor and Aswan, may offer opportunity to experience the lovely sunsets. The Pearl of the Mediterranean, as Alexandria is known, still attracts the wealthy Cairenes and is a summer retreat worth visiting.

Situated strategically between Africa and Asia, the Red Sea Coast is rich in mineral wealth and is revered as a place of miracles as well as prophets in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For those familiar with the scriptures, it was actually at this location that God appeared to the prophet Moses. The rest of the story is well known to bible scholars and bible students of how the God of the Israelites delivered them from the Egyptian Army by miraculously parting the Red Sea. Now-a-days, this region is better known for its spectacular diving resorts, stunning coastline and beaches as well as vast deserts and is famous for having the best diving and snorkeling in the world. It may also be important to know that there is a more liberal atmosphere here as compared with the rest of Egypt.

Most of the interest and attention of an Egypt tour focusses on the pyramids. In fact, for most people the pyramids are almost synonymous with Egypt. The rich history in this area speaks for itself and pyramids have always been fascinating to travelers ever since the great pharaohs of the past first constructed these massive triangular funerary homes. Just about everyone on an Egypt tour expect to see these wonders and absorb breathe in the rich ancient history that exits at such sites.

Other wonderful things to do and see on an Egypt tour include spending time in an ahwa or coffeehouse where you can drink strong and dark Turkish coffee, play backgammon as well as smoke the aromatic sheesha pipe. After Hollywood glamorized the belly dance, tourists as well as Egyptians seem besotted by the writhing and juggling of torsos that the belly dancers dish out.

A desert safari is another must on an Egypt tour and the mighty Sahara and Western and Sinai Deserts can be explored in the comfort of a 4 Wheel Driven vehicle. A visit to the Sphinxes should also be at the top of your list. By now you must be convinced that an Egypt tour has many attractions. That explains why visitors come back again and again to delight in the excitement and unique atmosphere of this lovely desert country.
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