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Discover the sacred attraction of Abu Simbel in Aswan, Egypt



Travelers who are making Egypt their vacation destination in the future should not miss out on a trip to Abu Simbel in Aswan, which is one of the most famous historical sights in the world. The ancient temple is an amazing structure that visitors will not soon forget.




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King Tut's Coffin and Possessions on Display in Egyptian Museum



The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo is the largest museum in the African nation and home to statues, artwork and treasures from Egypt's most famous ancient leader, King Tutankhamen. This destination is a great addition to any vacation for those planning to tour Egypt because it offers a chance to see some of the relics from Tutankhamen's tomb, which was one of the greatest excavation projects of the 1900s.




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A trip up the Nile is a once-in-a-lifetime experience



With more than 5,000 years of history, Egypt rivals any destination when it comes to taking a step back in time. Almost everywhere you go there are wonders to behold, whether it be the Pyramids at Giza or the iconic Sphynx. Few people get to experience the sights firsthand, but when they do it is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.




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Egypt, the trip of a lifetime...



"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine As a YMT Travel Consultant, Cindy is an experienced traveler -- with a distinct sense of adventure! One of her dream vacations has been to go to Egypt. She booked her tour in early January and - given the recent, tumultuous events there - she had no way of knowing what would lie ahead. But, her heart quietly stirred with excitement! Fresh from her tour, Cindy's head was spinning with memories of hieroglyphics, pyramids, and camel rides! Yes that's right, I said camel rides. The tour group was a little smaller than normal, due to the recent political events in Egypt. However, the small size of the group did nothing to douse the spirits of the travelers! Everyone soon became “old friends” instead of strangers on a tour bus. Joining together, these friends and family members from all over the States explored Egypt in all of its unique and beautiful glory.As one of the first departures back into Egypt, Cindy considered herself fortunate to be part of it, and I had to ask, if she felt safe during her tour. She immediately answered YES! She said that on day one, there was a little nervousness in the air, however the extra security measures quickly calmed everyone’s concerns.  The tour guide was easily-accessible and happy to accommodate any questions or concerns the guests may have. Though a couple of scheduled events were adjusted, they were quickly substituted with other mesmerizing sights. The tour guide/Egyptologist had a wealth of information. He was passionate about sharing his knowledge of this amazing country’s treasures, history and culture. Accommodations during the tour surpassed Cindy’s expectations. One resort in Hurghada was “off-the-charts”.  With the Red Sea right on her doorstep, it’s no wonder that she said she’d easily rate it “more than 5-stars”.   She went on to talk about how welcoming and warm the Egyptian people were. Cindy made it clear that the Egyptians were excited to see tourists coming back to their country.  Many Egyptians took the time to let the American guests know just how much they appreciated and loved that they were visiting during such trying times. She fondly remembered many non English speakers pointing to their hearts and then pointing it towards her and her friend to let them know how much they truly liked Americans.So what all did Cindy see? What didn't she see!? From the Mt Rahina Museum in Memphis, to the Philae Temple in Aswan, to the Step (Cheops) Pyramid, the Pyramids of Giza, to the Temple of Luxor, the Karnak Temple, Kom Ombo, Habu Temple, Abu Simbel, the Sphinx, and the Valley of the Kings, it seems like Cindy’s tour group got much more than they expected. Walking through the Valley of Kings, Cindy said it was unlike any American museum. It was certainly a hands on experience that she will never forget. The well preserved, intricate hieroglyphs were painted and carved into the walls and the tombs, and the well versed tour guide told them the stories that these ancient writings held. Cindy was able to see the early justice systems, the practices of medicines and science, and of course the awe inspiring architecture through the ancient writings... a true testament to the imagination and innovation of these early societies. Not only did she get to walk through the Valley of Kings, but someone in her group got to enjoy a balloon ride rising high above it. From the air, Egypt lay before her in a way she could not truly appreciate from the ground. On another day, the group rode the Nile in high fashion, envisioning Cleopatra from the stories that the guide shared with them. Remember the camel rides? She hopped on one to visit the Pyramids of Giza. Cindy also commented on the contrast in this multi-faceted country.  It was amazing to see how old meets new in a way very different from the States.  There were antiquities, national treasures mixed along with the 20th century buildings.  Modern satellite dishes were on rooftops, energy-saving light bulbs in old lanterns, and young adults with cell phones.  The Egyptians certainly embrace technology and are eager to move forward. So, was it worth the trip? With a resounding YES, Cindy said that she'd go back in a heartbeat. What aboutyou? Are you ready for the experience of a lifetime? Don’t allow fear to dictate your decisions - and how you live your life. As Thoreau once said: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined.”




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Culture and history await in Egypt



Those who want to cruise through the Mediterranean Sea should opt for a tour that visits Egypt, as Alexandria and Cairo are filled with a wealth of culture and history.




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Cruise down the Nile River



The ancient attractions in Egypt might be enough to arouse seniors' interests in a vacation to the North African country, but what about a cruise down the Nile River? Following the river's path will lead to stops in multiple cities, where tourists are able to see the country's oldest and most beautiful attractions.




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Kom Ombo offers travelers an inside look at Egyptian history



Travelers like to tour Egypt in order to gain a better understanding of the historical import of the ancient country and see some of the most legendary sights in the world. While cities like Cairo and Luxor may boast bigger attractions for international tourists, smaller towns like Kom Ombo often have more than enough culture and history for any traveler on escorted vacations.




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History comes alive on a trip to Luxor, Egypt



Travelers hoping to gain a sense of history from their travel destination will have no trouble finding it in Egypt. The North African country was the site of one of the most prolific and advanced civilizations of the ancient world, and vacationers hoping to tour Egypt will find plenty of history in the classic city of Luxor.




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Explore the ancient history of Egypt



According to the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association, Egypt is the "perfect holiday destination," so travelers who book a land and tour cruise of the area will not be disappointed in what the country has to offer. Home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, Egypt is brimming with history and majestic scenery waiting to be discovered by intrigued travelers.




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