Cities at a Glance:

Cairo

 Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest Egyptian cities in Africa in terms of area and population. A cosmopolitan city that blends charm of the east with a Mediterranean flavor which accommodates 26% of Egyptian  population. Cairo, the “city of the thousand spires”, has a wealth of monuments, mosques, tombs, churches, forts, palaces, and hotels representing over fifty centuries of civilization. It is a melting pot where antiquities of pharaonic dynasties, Greco Roman civilization, Christian and Islamic landmarks co-exists. A dynastic city proud of its warm and friendly people known for their traditional hospitality.
What mainly attracts the visitor in Cairo is that vital blend of a majestic past and a glorious present at top of the Mokattam hills extending on the eastern bank of the Nile, where rises the Citadel of Salah El Din El Ayoubi, towering and impressive. On the western bank of the Nile and on top of Giza plateau rise the colossal pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx, the greatest tribute to Pharaonic art and thought and the vast necropolis of Memphis and Sakkara.
 Between the Pyramids and the Citadel, there is modern Cairo with its network of roads, squares, gardens, clubs, amusement parks, luxurious hotels, skyscrapers and Cairo Tower rising 187 meters high.
One of the impressive places in Cairo is the Egyptian Museum, the largest of Egyptian antiquities museums all over the world.
 In the heart of Cairo, the eternal River Nile flows gently from south to north. A Cairo visitor cannot miss sailing in a Nile felucca at sunset.
 Cairo invites you to come and enjoy its beautiful all-year weather and visits the immortal monuments and relics, especially the ancient's pyramids in Giza

Alexandria

 Alexandria is not only the largest port and second city of Egypt but also the greatest summer resort in the Middle East. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea North West of Delta, 225 km from Cairo by agricultural road and 221 km by desert.

 It is internationally known as the bride of the Mediterranean with beaches extending a long the Mediterranean some 30 km.
  Named after Alexander the Great it was built at his orders on the site of a small old fishing village called   Rhakotis, in 322 BC to be the capital of his reign in Egypt, a port near to his country and a Greek cultural center.
 Since its foundation Alexandria remained for many centuries a center of cultural radiation in the whole world. It occupied a remarkable place in the history of mankind .therefore most of the touristic places in Alexandria date to the Ptolemaic and the Greco roman era like the Catacombs of Kom Shuqqafa, the Pompey's Pillar , the Greco roman museum and the roman Amphitheatre  

 The Arabs occupied Alexandria and al-Fustat which later became Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Nevertheless, Alexandria continued to flourish as a trading center, principally for textiles and luxury goods, as Arab influence expanded westward through North Africa and then into Europe. The city also was important as a naval base, especially under the Fatimids and the Mamluks, but already it was contracting in size in line with its new, more modest status.

Aswan

 Aswan Situated on the Eastern bank of the Nile, 899 km south of Cairo , Aswan links Egypt with the sister country of Sudan. it is the gate of the African Continent and as such is an important commercial centre .Aswan is considered the most beautiful winter resort not only in Egypt but also on the whole world as it is distinguished by its fascinating nature and serenity far from the bustle of cities and its warm weather witch is characterized by dryness and sunshine throughout the year.

You can spend a pleasant time wandering along the Nile Cornish where the sandy tourmaline desert merges with the granite rocks around aquamarine isles covered with palm trees and plants. You can also take a felucca on the Nile at sunset. Or a tour in the market which abounds in handicrafts local products, spices and Perfumes  

Aswan is the base for excursions to temples of Philae and Kalabsha, the high dam, the unfinished obelisk and the Nubian Museum as well as the Elephantine, Kitchener islands.
The main attractions on the west bank of the river are the Mausoleum of Akha Khan and the desert monastery of St.Simon.
It can also serve for day-trips to Darow Camel Market, Komombo, Edfu and Esna and above them all the excursion to Abu Simbel either by road or by flight or even with Nile Cruise which sail in Lake Nasser until Abu Simbel.

Luxor

 Luxor is located 670 km south of Cairo. It is considered as the greatest outdoor museum in the world as it contains nearly one third of the world’s antiquities. There is hardly a place in Luxor which has not a relic that reflects the greatness of the ancient Egyptians and their civilization that dates back to seven thousands years ago.

 Luxor is part of the ancient “Thebes” that the renowned Greek poet Homer describes as “the city of one hundred gates”. It remained the seat of power from 2100 to 750 BC.
The Arabs called it
Luxor meaning the city of Palaces, because they were impressed by its magnificent edifices and huge buildings.
Luxor still attracts hordes of visitors, from all over the world to enjoy the monuments of the eternal city and its temples with their towering pillars on the two banks of the Nile. The City of the living on the east bank where sunrise is source of life and growth and the City of the dead on the West Bank where sunset symbolizes the eclipse of Life.
On the East Bank stand the Luxor Temple, a graceful ornament on its waterfront and downtown quarter, while just to the north is Karnak Temple, a stupendous complex built over 1300 years.
Across the river on the West Bank are the amazing tombs and mortuary temples of the Theban necropolis: the Valley of the Kings, the valley of the queens, Hatshepsut temple, valley of the artisans, valley of the nobles and Memnon Colosse
Recently, a bridge connecting the east and the west banks has been constructed to speed up tourist traffic to the West Bank.

Luxor also serves as a base for trips to Esna, Edfu, Dendara and Abydos Temples up and down the Nile valley.
You can enjoy the wonderful tourist sites of Luxor soaring in a balloon above the temples on the east and west banks which lasts for one and half hour!

Sharm El Sheikh

 Sharm El Sheikh   The simplicity of sun, sea and sand. The luxury of five-star hotels, water sports, shopping and entertainment.

This is Sharm el-Sheikh, one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula, All around are Bedouins, colorful tents, mountains and sea.

There are small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains, plus about all the amenities one could expect of a tourist center, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities.

In fact, with diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions, it is almost impossible for a visitor to ever suffer from boredom.

Four miles south the southern section of the town stands on a cliff overlooking the port,and is a great view. Na'ama Beach is one of the center of the tourist activities.

Located just north of Sharm, this area is developing into a resort town of its own

Most hotels at Na'ama Bay have their own, private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and even bars.

Shark's Bay is also nearby, and again is a growing resort community with more and more to offer, along with several diving centers.

The small harbor known as Sharm el-Moiya is located next to the civil harbor, has accommodations for boats, and includes a Yacht Club with rooms.

For those who live to shop, the Sharm El-Sheikh mall provides shops with both foreign and local products, including jewelry, leather goods, clothing, pottery and books.

It has been said that this is a must visit for all diving enthusiasts.

There are many diving sites along the 10 mile beach between Sharm el-Sheikh and Ras Nusrani.

Dahab

Dahab   About 81 km north of Sharm El Sheikh, lies Dahab , one of the most beautiful beaches in all Sinai because of its gleaming sand, clear waters and colorful marine life.

This pearl of the gulf actually consists of two villages, the Bedouin village of Assalah is the southern half, with the business and administrative center of Dahab to the north. Dahab means 'gold' in Arabic.

In Sinai it means golden sands, turquoise sea and off-beat cafe life.

It is a focus of tourism development, with swaying palms, fine sand and wonderful snorkeling opportunities.

Dahab has excellent hotel accommodations, but also affords less expensive housing in the village, or camping About 5 miles from town is the famous Blue Hole, for diving.

Towards the Israeli border is the Island of Coral, where the Crusaders built a fort.

Hurghada

 Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. But today, it has gone on to become the foremost tourist resort of the Red Sea coast and an international center for aquatic sports. If it takes place in or on the water you can do it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats. This area has many fine accommodations, usually offering warm and efficient service. Restaurants are mostly along the main road. While in Hurghada, don't miss the museum and aquarium, with their complete collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea.

Today, Hurghada is known as a party town, particularly among Europeans. Locals and others will tell you that life begins at night in Hurghada, with the many, many clubs. They are particularly frequented by the young, but certainly many others of all ages. One may often find a rousing party centered on the visitors from a tour group taking over the action of a particular bar.
They are easy to find along the main street, along with loads of inexpensive and expensive hotels.

it is also a beach resort, where thousands of older Europeans and others come with their families to enjoy the sun and fun of private resort beaches, some all inclusive. Many of these hotels offer so many activities and facilities that one may never need to leave the resort. Often, the larger resorts have zoos, playgrounds, discos, bars, a number of pools and even small theaters.

Hurghada is also a city under development. Many new hotels and construction are taking place, and we can expect to see some great new hotels, restaurants and other facilities in the near future. To the North of Hurghada is El Gouna, a highly organized resort community.

Together, these communities and resort areas offer just about everything a visitor might wish for, from raucous parties to isolated scuba diving, with golf, bowling and fishing in between.

Islands near Hurghada offer all kinds of fun and excitement. Take a day trip to Giftun Island for diving, snorkeling and a fish barbecue, or view the Red Sea from a submarine! When you're not in the sea you can shop in the boutiques, relax in the luxury holiday villages or visit the Roman Mons Porphyrites (mountain of porphyry) remains at nearby Gebel Abu Dukhan (Father of Smoke).

Nuweiba

 Nuweiba, which means "bubbling springs" in Arabic, is a 7-km long town stretched along the Aqaba coast of the Sinai Red Sea about 87 km from Dahab. Developed from a barren isolated place with no infrastructure into a promising and attractive tourist destination, Nuweiba has just recently been discovered by tourist investors who have established hotels along the coastline south and north of Nuweiba, connecting it with Taba in the north and Dahab in the south

Due to the problems in Israel, tourism to the area is now down. This is not because of any danger within the area. Rather it is due to the fact that Israelis once made up a significant segment of the tourist population to the area and are no longer traveling as much because of their own internal conflict. This really ends up being a bonanza for other travelers to the area who are seeking a laid back, non-congested beach or scuba diving vacation. Vacation specials abound, and the local tourism industry is working hard to promote the area to new markets.

Nuweiba can be divided into three main sections and runs for some ways along the beach. The three areas consist of the port of Noweiba which has become fairly busy these days, Noweiba City which has a bazaar and tourist shops, and Tarabin which is the real party area of the area

Nuweiba Tarabin, the northern part, consists of a thick grove of palms, a shallow bay and the ruins of a Turkish fort. The well inside the ruins has served the Bedouins as a fresh water source for centuries. In the early 80’s, the process of settling started, when families of the Tarabin tribe who occupy the area north of Nuweiba, permanently moved to live in their summer location. At this time the Bedouins set up the first simple accommodations made of scrap wood and metal, the only material available. With an increase in tourism and an improving infrastructure, soon many campsites and small hotels sprouted like mushrooms along the bay.

The town itself is built around the former Moshav Neviot, which was established during the Israeli occupation in 1971. Its significance lies in marking the tribal boundary between the Tarabin tribe in the north and the Muzeina tribe in the south.

The Dunes are the extension and connection between Nuweiba Town and Nuweiba Muzeina (Nuweiba Port). Along the shore exist a conglomerate of many camps and small-scale hotels on the beautiful sandy beaches with spectacular coral reefs just in front of them. The Dunes are divided between "Duna" and "small Duna". Most of the campsites and hotels are built in the southern "small Duna", while "Duna" remains a romantic virgin place with simple accommodations of thatched beach bungalows and some small restaurants with brilliant views.