Seniors Travel to Egypt

Jan 10th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

It is the place that one should visit at least once in the lifetime as it is the land of kings and pharaohs with the brilliant sense of art and skill. And how can one forget that it is the home to the greatest pyramids on this earth. The Egyptians started constructing them after 2700 B.C.; they were built as tombs for the Pharaohs.  Egypt has been known as the cradle of civilization for centuries, and also a cradle for inspiration, the source of many peoples’ discoveries and experiences.

Five thousand years ago, the pharaonic nation was founded in Egypt, and they were a sophisticated and civilized society. This nation left a huge amount of monuments and temples. Most of the reminders of this well known nation are preserved in Egypt.

Egypt is 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. Click on the city you would like to explore using this link

Travel tips are very helpful for this country. If on your tour/trip you have specific monuments or sights you plan on visiting, this link can provide more information for you.  Some of the “must see” sites include celebrated tourist attractions of Egypt, the millennia-old monuments for which the Nile Valley is world famous. Principal among them are the Pyramids and Great Sphinx at Giza, the Abu Simbel temples south of Aswan, the Karnak Temple Complex and Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Cairo also boasts the Cairo Museum and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha; the coastal areas of Sinai Peninsula are very popular with senior visitors as well.

The classic tour of Egypt includes some religious and Islamic sightseeing. The most common classic tour is usually 10 to 14 days, and generally includes Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, though not particularly in that order. Classical tours may be arranged with or without a Nile Cruise. An enigmatic treasure trove of almost unimaginable archaeological and cultural riches, it’s hard not to think of Egypt without imagining the ‘Guardian of the Horizon’ better known as the Sphinx, the pyramids at Giza, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and the Nile. As well as being the world’s largest open-air museum at Luxor, Egypt also offers a slew of luxurious Red Sea resorts, many within reach of spectacular snorkeling, diving and windsurfing. Whether seniors view Egypt by riverboat, from camelback or from just above the coral, all the many sights are unforgettable.

Typically, such a tour will begin in Cairo, as that is the major airport where most tourists enter Egypt. However, tours of the Cairo area are frequently split between the beginning and end of the trip. Continuing tours might also cover the Giza Pyramids (Great Pyramid) and the famous Egyptian Antiquities Museum. (Despite virtually continuous excavations in the desert for some two centuries, many areas remain to be excavated.)  After traveling to Luxor and Aswan and returning to Cairo, tours will often visit the Citadel and Khan el-Khalili market in Islamic Cairo and the churches and Coptic museum in Old Cairo. Of course, the tours may not be in this specific order.

Above all, don’t miss the Great Pyramid.   It is the world’s oldest structure, so advanced that it can’t be duplicated today, even using current technology (great site!). So, let’s meet at the Sphinx!       jeb



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