When thinking of vacations in Egypt most people automatically envision a series of tours to the fascinating historical sites located up and down the Nile River. While this can be one of the reasons for a trip to the country,there are many other destinations that bring the millions of visitors taking vacations in Egypt each year.
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There is also the “Red Sea Riviera” on the Sinai Peninsula and eastern coast of Egypt as well. Most of this region is a National Park,both on land and in the sparkling waters of the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba. Areas such as Sharm-El-Sheikh,El-Gouna and Hurghada draw thousands of tourists whose vacations in Egypt will be all about scuba and snorkeling as well as basking in the sun along the region’s glorious white sand beaches. Some of these areas are also home to remaining Bedouin tribes,and many visitors take horse,camel or ATV rides into the surrounding deserts to visit them.
The interior of the Sinai Peninsula,with its long biblical and religious associations makes this area also popular for vacations in Egypt. Early Coptic monasteries still stand in the desert mountains,and many people interested in this period of Egyptian history will have many unique locations to visit.
Of course,a majority of vacations in Egypt are dedicated to the ancient Pharaonic eras,which have their remains all along the great Nile River. Most visitors hoping to see the greatest sites from this period will take in the Cairo Museum and the Pyramids of Giza,the Luxor temple complex and the Valley of the Kings. Many vacations in Egypt will also include a cruise along the Nile,with most heading up the river from Luxor to the southernmost city in the country,Aswan. While in the Aswan area,many visitors include tours of the temples at Abu Simbel in their vacations in Egypt.
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Many people also want to see the historic city of Alexandria along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt,and make a point of including the ancient city in their vacations in Egypt.