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Red Sea/Ras Mohammed National Park just south of Sharm el Sheikh

Red Sea/Ras Mohammed National Park just south of Sharm el Sheikh Egypt has seriously taken on Eco-Tourism. Today, there are 21 national parks designated as Protected Areas in Egypt are devoted to eco tourism, the most famous of which is Ras Mohamed Protected Area in the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula (which separates the two outstretched arms of the upper Red Sea). The area is around the St. Katherine’s...

Sharm el-Sheikh - The Red Sea resorts of the Sinai Peninsula

Sharm el-Sheikh - The Red Sea resorts of the Sinai Peninsula Sharm has so many activities to offer that we guarantee that they will keep you busy in every phase of the day. Those who like to wake up early and are fond of observing the sunrise, can try playing golf which is a perfect combination of sport activity, great fun and wonderful nature. If you prefer a more active way of spending your time, then...

El-Arish, Sinai

Bedouin crafts, El-Arish, Sinai The Sinai desert to the seaside village of El Arish just outside Rafah, where the Egyptian border with Gaza (about 30 miles from the Gaza Strip) lies on the Mediterranean coast at the mouth of the Wadi el-Arish, Sinai's largest river (dry for part of the year). El-Arish is a fishing port and a bedouin settlement with some recently established...

Egypt Essential Tourist Information

egypt pyramids - Essential Tourist Information Tourist Offices Abroad: Area/Country Address Tel. Fax Europe Athens, Greece Egyptian Tourist Authority 10671 Athens, Greece 10, Amerikis St (6th floor) 00301-3606906 00301-3636681 Frankfurt, Germany Agyptisches Fremdenverkehrsamt 60329 Frankfurt, Ammain Germany 64A, Kaiser Strasse 004969-252319 004969-239876 Madrid, Spain...

Aswan Travel Information

Aswan Travel Information Location: Aswan stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract and is a busy market and tourist center. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine. Its Upper Egypt is immediately north of the first cataract. Navigation to the delta was possible from this location without...

Aswan Transportation

Aswan Transportation Luxor and Aswan are two important commercial hubs of Egypt, so transportation links are very well established. They both have International Airports offering both international and domestic flights to quite a few destinations. Domestic flights are quick, convenient and fairly inexpensive. Luxor and Aswan are also rail heads so visitors can take a...

Day Trips from Aswan

Day Trips from Aswan Kom Ombo and Edfu are both easily accessible from Aswan, by day cruise, felucca, bus or taxi. Arriving by boat at the Temple of Haroeris and Sobek, near Kom Ombo, is recommended: the magnificent Ptolemaic temple is in a dramatic setting on high ground beside the Nile, surrounded by sugarcane fields. Dedicated jointly to Haroeris, The Good Doctor,...

Philae Temple (the Pearl of Egypt) on Philae Island, Aswan

Philae Temple (the Pearl of Egypt) on Philae Island, Aswan The temple of Philae and a granite quarry is south of the city of Aswan where the stone for many of the ancient monuments were chiseled. On the right side of the temple precincts stands the Trajan’s kiosk. This astonishing temple of Philae, the sacred complex of monuments constructed for the cult of Isis and Osiris. It was built under the...

Tombs of The Noble, Aswan

Tombs of The Noble, Aswan Aswan has the loveliest setting on the Nile. On one side sits the city, its shops, businesses, and the old Cataract Hotel, disguising the network of streets and alleyways which make up the souk, the second best next to Cairo's. There are major archeological sites along both banks of the upper Nile, necropoli such as the Tombs of the Nobles at...

Nubia, Aswan

Nubia, Aswan Nubian heritage is a vital element of Egyptian society. Nubia refers to the area in the south of Egypt along the Nile and in northern Sudan, 899 km south of Cairo. When the Aswan Dam was constructed in the 1960s, over 100,000 Nubians became displaced. Some moved north into Egypt, and others south into Sudan. Nubian sounds are kept alive today by...

Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank of Nile at Aswan

Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon near the Aga Khan tomb on the west bank of Nile This abandoned monastery near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank at Aswan is considered to be notably typical of early Christian Monasteries, and was one of the largest Coptic Monasteries in Egypt, with perhaps thousands of residents. It was begun in the 6th century, but it is believed that most building took place in the 7th century. It was...

Kitcheners Island and Botanical Garden/Lord Kitchener's Garden in Aswan

Kitcheners Island and Botanical Garden/Lord Kitchener's Garden in Aswan Historic sites in southern Egypt's Aswan are everywhere, though many, like the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan, are closed to the public. The botanical gardens on what used to be Kitchener's Island are still accessible, as are the ruins on the West Bank. This botanical garden provides local youth, girls in slacks and bright headscarves, young men in...

Kalabsha Temple

Kalabsha Temple The temple of Kalabsha (Kalabshe) built by the Roman emperor Augustus near Aswan and the Dakka temple farther south are interesting as well because they date to Egypt's Greek and Roman periods around 1,000 years after the heyday of the pharaohs. You'll also see Beit El Wali, a temple with ancient drawings, and Kertassi, a columned monument. At...

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan The open-air Museum of Nubia and Aswan brings together cultural properties closely associated with the unfolding of a long sequence of Egyptian Pharaonic history. In addition to the complexes of Abu Simbel and Philae the site includes the temples of Amada, of Derr, those of Ouadi Es Sebouah, Dakka and Maharraqah, the temple of Talmis, and the...

Aswan High Dam on the Nile River

Aswan High Dam on the Nile River Aswan-- On 15 January 1971, Egypt celebrated the completion of the High Dam, whose funding was the center of a Cold War dispute that led to the 1956 Suez War. Located on the Upper Nile, around 1000km downstream from Cairo, the gigantic mountain of concrete and steel is among the 20th century's most elaborate engineering work. Aswan High Dam on the...