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Pyramids at Giza, Cairo
Egypt Travel Fast Facts

Getting there: regular flights from major world cities to Cairo International Airport.
What to see: Cairo, Giza pyramids, Luxor and Valley of the Kings, Aswan, Alexandria and the Egyptian Mediterranean, Red Sea coast
Currency: Egyptian pound
Official language(s):
Egyptian, although French and English are commonly heard in major cities.



Egypt!

The very word conjures up King Tut, pyramids, and ancient Egyptian history

The pyramids were already centuries old when the Greeks first happened upon them in 430 BC.

Today, millions of tourists a year visit Egypt to witness the same marvels in Giza right outside the capital city of Cairo (with a must-see visit to the Cairo's Egyptian Museum),

While focus naturally remains on the Giza pyramids, travelers can also explore the Valley of the Kings at Luxor or cruise down the Nile for a unique blend of Egyptian and Nubian culture at Aswan.

Head north from Cairo, and find yourself traveling centuries back to the days of Alexander the Great, who founded the city of Alexandria.


The Citadel of Qaitbay
in Alexandria, Egypt.

Still a Mediterranean stronghold of Egyptian history (and the best beaches and seafood in all of Egypt!) Alexandria is virtual living history museum with visits to the iconic Qaitbay's Citadel, Roman ruins, and an unforgettable trip through the Greco-Roman catacombs of Kom el-Shouqafa.

Outdoor adventure also awaits - with world-class diving and snorkeling locations on the Red Sea coast at Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheik - or take a truly exotic adventure into the desert with a camel ride through the mountains of Sinai ...


DID YOU KNOW? Egypt Travel Fun Facts

Metro-1-l
In Cairo, the continent's only subway.

• Egypt’s Free Internet Initiative provides all Egyptians with Internet access. Two million Egyptians use Facebook, the most of any other country in the Middle East.

• The Cairo Metro is the African continent's only subway.

• Ancient graffiti on the walls of some of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor indicate that they were a tourist attraction in ancient Greek and Roman times.

• In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, King Tut's gold mask was made with 22 pounds of gold.

 

More about Egyptian travel & tourist attractions around the Web:

 

Egypt Travel - Here's the official site featuring a multimedia extravaganza of information, photos, maps & videos with practical travel tips, guides to ancient & modern Egypt with major attractions, hotels & resorts, beaches, Nile river cruises, shopping, Arabic phrase lessons, weather forecast, lots more ...

Egypt State Information Service - Tourism - Check out the official government portal with extensive facts, photos & overviews of Cairo & Giza, Alexandria, Sinai, Luxor, Aswan and more with feature travel stories, Sharkeya Arabian Horses Festival guide, hotel directory.

Tour Egypt - Browse the photo galleries, feature travel stories, blogs and travelogues, with complete guides to major cities & towns, Egyptian history and culture, (with recipes), a directory of major tour companies, and kid-friendly resources.


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