probably the world's oldest civilization having emerged from the
Nile Valley around 3,200 years ago, historically.
Egypt is an
exciting country, both for its antiquities, and modern high culture.
Egypt is also considered one of the oldest vacation spots.
Early Greeks, Romans
and others came here just for fun, and to see the wonders of some of
mankind's earliest triumphs. For thousands of years, it has been the
playground of emperors and kings, and we hope you will take the time
to find out why?
For many, the scope
of Egypt's history is difficult to comprehend. Its history spans
some five millenniums, and encompasses the origin of civilization,
the rise of the Greeks and Romans, the establishment of the Jewish,
Christian and Islamic religions, the colonial era when first France
and then the English ruled the country, and finally, a return to
Egypt has played an important role through all
of these eras, and today one can find monuments that evidence
Egypt's role in most of the world's historic events.
knowledge of Egyptian religion is indispensable for anyone who
wishes to grasp the essence of the Egyptian civilization. Religion
had deeply dominated all aspects of Egyptian culture---art, science,
government, and law. In short, religion was the womb of Egypt's
ancient culture. Egyptian religion can be characterized by its
infinite complexity and diversity. Muslim (mostly Sunni) represents
nearly 94% (official estimate) the rest is Coptic Christian and
other (official estimate).
The common Language
Egypt is the Arabic one. At the same time English and
French are widely understood by educated classes.
Egypt could be
said to have six different tourist super-sites. Each has its own
flavor, and mostly each serves a different purpose. Surprisingly, or
perhaps not, most of these tourist areas do not depend on ancient
monuments to sustain them. In fact, only Luxor is completely
dependent on this trade.
consist of Alexandria and the immediate area around the City.
It could in fact be argued that this area extends to
Marsa Matruh to
the west on the coast.
Cairo and the immediate area around
the City. Cairo has everything. Cairo has great hotels,
entertainment, restaurants, all manner of monuments from throughout
the history of
Egypt and it is often the entry point for most
Luxor and the
surrounding area. Luxor is a living museum with vast numbers of
ancient Egyptian monuments. Aswan and the surrounding area.
is probably the least of the super-site tourist areas, but has great
hotels, along with the huge Lake Nasser just to the south.
its surrounding area, particularly El Gouna, and Safaga. These areas
contain just about everything a tourist would like to have, with the
exception of ancient monuments.
Sharm El Sheikh, and the
surrounding area including Sharks Bay. This is the Sinai super-site.
There are some wonderful Christian monuments nearby, and the water
sports, as at Hurghada, are all inclusive.
There are also many other destinations, but these ones are
considered tourist super-sites as encompass perhaps ninety-five
percent of the ancient monuments, and most else there is to do in