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    Alexandria

    Alexandria

    You have probably seen many pictures of the Pyramids.  Provided some of your friends have been there, they surely came back all smiles and incredibly charmed with what they’ve experienced. Egypt is largely different of other European destinations. In spite of being practically a dessert, the country is loaded both with a unique culture and touristic attractions. Even the Egyptians’ behavior and culture is not at all similar to the one the Europeans or the Americans display. You might or might not like this change of pace and I’ve literally seen people being enthralled or appaled by the haggle-based workarounds one needs to undertake on many occasions all throughout a trip to Egypt. Just don’t be shocked or surprised if someone wants to offer you some camels in exchange of your girlfriend 😉

    Cairo and the Gyza Pyramids

    It goes without saying the Pyramids and the visible ruins of the ancient Egyptian civilization are the magnets to attract millions of tourists every year. The Giza Pyramids are the symbol of Egypt and the place where three pharaohs and their relatives were buried.  Still, the capital city Cairo has much more to offer. Do pay a visit to the Egyptian Museum in the heart of the town and admire the artifacts. You can also shop nearby at the Khan al-Khalili market. Extremely populous and vibrating, Cairo is also home to modern architecture. If you’re curious to see hoe a mosque looks like, go to Ibn Tulun, the oldest in the city. Moreover, don’t forget to fake your shoes off. Otherwise, you will end up offending their beliefs. If you’re a woman, cover both your head and your body. When you’re tired, linger over a cup of hibiscus tea on a terrace. If you’re starving, the numerous outdoor shops offer many culinary options, at different prices.

    Luxor

    Luxor is as renowned as Cairo. The city is dotted with monumental temples and ancient tombs of the royalty. Still, the modern period had an impact over the city which became recently hustling. Some of the most impressive temples are: the Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak. Once you are on this side of the city, take advantage of this chance and dine in a fancy restaurant. The Valley of Kings is located very close to the city. This archeological site, harbouring the toms of the Egyptian pharaoh has made the tour of the world and is worth-seeing. When in this part of the country, taste the beef or if you dare the pigeon meet, typically cooked.

    Alexandria

    The metropolitan area of Alexandria is a well-known touristic destination due to the diversity of the cultural attractions it harbours. Firstly, pay a visit to the Citadel of Quait Bey and you’ll be overwhelmed by the view over both the city and the Mediterranean Sea. The city features many other ancient ruinbs and buildings. Start by visiting the Roman catacombs, the result of a blend between the Egyptian and the Roman iconography. The Roman theatre is a fascinating masterpiece surviving the passage of many centuries. When in Alexandria you may also go at the Montazah Beach for a refreshing swimming. Practicing various water sports is also possible. The seafood served in the Alexandrian restaurants is the most delicious in the country.

    Aswan

    If you plan to spend a lot of time in Egypt, include in your itinerary the city of Aswan. There are some attractions here you shouldn’t leave out from your trip. Both the Unfinished Obelisk and the Tombs of the Nobles are visible icons of the ancient Egyptian civilization. After you had a glimpse of the sights you were interested in, you can turn back in Luxor as daily cruises are organized from one destination to the other.

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    zlori wrote on May 22, 2009:

    “Just don’t be shocked or surprised if someone wants to offer you some camels in exchange for your girlfriend” – Don’t kidding, isn’t this only an urban legend? :)

    tudi wrote on May 26, 2009:

    Partly legend, partly local joke, partly truth :) I think people should not be offended if they encounter that type of exchange inquiry and take it for a light joke more than anything else.

    Overall, it’s a different culture and a traveller should accept it, with its goods and bads (which in my opinion pale in comparisson to the wonderful things Egypt has to offer).

    KrisBelucci wrote on June 1, 2009:

    da best. Keep it going! Thank you

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    jim wrote on December 24, 2010:

    There are some inexpensive diving areas.

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    Mohammed Youssef wrote on December 22, 2014:

    Eu fui para o Egito em julho do ano passado com a ajuda de um agente de viagens descobriregipto.com bem conhecido. Eu tenho todas as informações relacionadas sobre a viagem ou bons pacotes. No momento da minha viagem eu descobri que as pessoas do Egito são muito ajudar e comportamento bem. Foi uma viagem agradável, onde eu tenho que saber várias coisas interessantes no Egito. Pirâmides, Gizas, Nile Cruzeiro do rio são muito lugar bonito.Thanks!

     
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