An ancient and modern Egyptian twist

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If you are eager to follow in the footsteps of the Pharaohs, Egypt provides a fascinating gateway to an ancient culture that thrived for almost 30 centuries before the arrival of Alexander the Great in 332BC.Yet, over 2000 years later huge amounts of remains have been recovered, from fascinating tombs and temple complexes to ancient hieroglyphic texts. A journey to Egypt would be unthinkable without visiting the impressive remnants and ancient attractions of a long lost civilisation. Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza - an incredible insight into the intricate architecture of the time, be inspired by the Great Sphinx, a statue of monumental proportions and the oldest known sculpture in the world, and visit the Luxor Temple - a huge temple complex lying close to the Nile.Your cultural trip would not be complete without a journey down the River Nile, the spinal column of Egypt. This is the world’s longest River, stretching 4 000 miles and passing through Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda and Rwanda, yet it is the slice of water in Egypt that has captured the hearts of travellers. Take a relaxing cruise in the Mediterranean sun, enabling you to absorb this desert landscape and all of the ancient sites that lie close by. Or, for the more adventurous, try a felucca trip on the Nile. A felucca is a wooden boat with just one sail that relies on the southern breezes to carry it, and over the centuries feluccas have been the main method of transportation on the Nile. Although not as lavish as a cruise ship, this is a striking and genuine way to experience travel in this land of ageless beauty. The Nile represents life itself in Egypt - from ancient times through to modern - playing an important part in civilization - and to add to this incredible attraction, holidays to Egypt provide even more, offering great beach resorts lined with luxurious hotels. So, if modern is more your thing, take this opportunity to pursue numerous exciting adventures, all in the midst of the ideal conditions of Egypt’s Mediterranean climate. Dive into the impressive waters of the Red Sea, with the North being home to famous wrecks and the South a haven of colourful coral reefs and sharks. Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are particularly popular for diving and snorkelling. If you have never tried scuba diving before Egypt is also a fantastic place to learn and to get your PADI, unlike less favourable colder waters.Finally, Egypt presents some unique and excellent desert golf courses including one course with the Pyramids of Giza in the background – the perfect combination of ancient and modern, and surely an ideal backdrop from which to tee off!


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This article was published on 2010/10/08