Essential to any visit, Egypt's capital city
on the Nile in Lower Egypt has a wealth
of history, art
and culture, not to mention the Pyramids of
Giza on the outskirts.
Egypt's Mediterranean port city was famous
for its culture and learning, but there's
also the seafood....
A visit to this great oasis in the Western
gives you a very different view of Egypt.
You can visit Middle and Upper Egypt by land...but
why? The Nile is Egypt's "great road,"
and the way to travel it is the same way
the pharaohs and Cleopatra did: by boat.
Delightfully less visited than Lower
or Upper Egypt, Middle Egypt is where you
can get away from the crowds and off the
beaten path for some exploring on your own.
Luxor & Thebes
Every kilometer of the Nile has its fascinations,
but the heart of Upper Egypt is in Luxor,
with its great temples, and across the
Nile in Thebes, burial-place of the pharaohs.
Long a winter resort because of its agreeable
climate, Aswan is smaller and quieter than
Luxor, and the jumping-off point for visits
to vast Lake Nasser.
Threatened by the rising waters of Lake Nasser
after construction of the Aswan High Dam,
the great temple of Ramses II was raised
and relocated, and again its gigantic statues
gaze across the desert...and lake. More...
Everyone has heard of the great diving from
at Sharm el-Sheik on the Red Sea. Sea for yourself!