Destination and travel

Egypt is in north-eastern Africa. The country is bounded by the Mediterranean and Red Seas (to the north and east respectively) and geographically dominated both by the Nile River and its fertile well-watered valley, and by the Eastern and Western deserts.

Egypt is perhaps best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and - visible above all - its pyramids. Less well known is Egypt's medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam - ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape. Egypt stimulates the imagination of western tourists like few other countries and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide.

Cairo is the capital of Egypt and, with a total population in excess of 16 million people, one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East (the regions which it conveniently straddles). It is also the 19th largest city in the world, and among the world's most densely populated cities.

On the Nile river, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo. The Egyptian Museum in the centre of town is a must see, with its countless Ancient Egyptian artifacts, as is shopping at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.

No trip to Cairo would be complete without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, and to the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex, where visitors will see Egypt's first step pyramid built by the architect Imhotep for the third dynasty pharaoh Djoser.

Though firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant modern society. The Midan Tahrir area situated in downtown Cairo area, built in the 19th century under the rule of Khedive Ismail, has strived to be a "Paris on the Nile". There also are a number of more modern suburbs including Ma'adi and Heliopolis, while Zamalek is a quiet area on Gezira Island, with upscale shopping. Cairo is best in the fall or spring, when the weather isn't so hot. A felucca ride on the Nile is a good way to escape from the busy city, as is a visit to Al-Azhar Park.

Tours

A variety of tours are available for you to enjoy the sights of Cairo and the surronding areas during your stay in Egypt.

Tour  Per 1 Pax 2 Pax 3 - 4 Pax 5 Pax 6 Pax+
Half Day Egyptian Museum & Bazaar US$55 US$35 US$30 US$30 US$28
Half Day Khan El Khalili or El Mu'ze St. US$68 US$48 US$40 US$37 US$34
Half Day Mohamed Ali Citadel US$55 US$36 US$28 US$25 US$23
Half Day Pyramids US$59 US$38 US$32 US$28 US$26
Half Day Memphis, Sakkara & Carpet Factory US$73 US$50 US$45 US$40 US$35
Half Day Old Cairo & Coptic Museum US$60 US$37 US$29 US$25 US$22
Half Day Mosques (Sultan Hassan, Refaai & Ibn Taloon) US$55 US$38 US$30 US$25 US$22
Sound & Light Show US$55 US$38 US$33 US$30 US$29
Full Day Pyramids & Musuem US$110 US$68 US$58 US$52 US$48
Full Day City Tour (Musuem, Citadel & Bazaars) US$100 US$65 US$55 US$50 US$45
Full Day Pyramids, Musuem & Citadel US$130 US$90 US$75 US$70 US$65
Full Day Pyramids, Memphis & Sakkara US$120 US$80 US$70 US$60 US$55
Overday Alexandria (National Museum, Catacomb, Roman Theatre) US$165 US$100 US$80 US$70 US$60
Overday Luxor (East & West Banks - 2 sites) US$490 US$310 US$220 US$200 US$180
Nile Cruise Dinner & Live Show US$90 US$80 US$70 US$60 US$55
Egyptian Oriental Dinner in Abu Sid Restaurant US$95 US$65 US$75 US$65 US$60

Delegates who wish to book a tour or for further information please contact the operator below and quote reference ADICAIRO2012.

Contact: Adel el Sersy

Office number: +20 2 241821 65 /75 - Ext: 171 (during working hours)

Mobile number: +20 100 620 99 65. (after working hours)

Website: www.exceltrvl.net

Tours should be booked at least 24 hours in advance and delegates can pay by cash or credit card. All tours include entrance fees and an English speaking guide.

 

(Text section above was adapted from Wikitravel on Egypt and Cairo and may be used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.)