Most people visit Egypt for its pharaonic attractions, namely the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
There's the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, where important discoveries happen every year.
From Luxor to Aswan you can travel up the Nile on a luxurious Nile cruise. Aswan is a wonderful destination for relaxation and shopping Egyptian style. Its central location in Upper Egypt makes it a convenient departure point to places like Amarna, home place of the beautiful Nefertiti, Abydos, Dendera, Beni Hasan and, grandest of them all, Abu-Simbel to witness the mighty temples of Ramses II.
But Egypt is not only ancient temples and culture. Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt's largest cities, offer all sorts of modern accommodations and amenities for today's sophisticated travelers.
No city rivals Cairo’s exotic mélange of ancient mystery, medieval romance an incredible urban sprawl. With a total population in excess of 18 million people, is Cairo one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East. It is also the 19th largest city in the world, and among the world's most densely populated cities.
Situated on the River Nile, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo. The Egyptian Museum in the center of town is a must see, with its countless Ancient Egyptian artifacts, as is shopping at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar. No trip to Cairo would be complete, for example, without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, and to the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex, where visitors will see Egypt's first step pyramid built by the architect Imhotep for the third dynasty pharaoh Djoser.
Though firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant modern society. The Midan Tahrir area situated in downtown Cairo, built in the 19th century under the rule of Khedive Ismail, has strived to be a "Paris on the Nile".
A felucca ride on the Nile is a good way to escape from the busy city, as is a visit to Al-Azhar Park.
Cairo is even livelier at night than it is during the day, when people come out to shop and socialize in the cool of the evening.
There is plenty of choice, ranging from commoners’ ‘baladi’ bars favored by an exclusively male, working-class Egyptian clientele to Western-style music bars with live musicians or DJ’s, cosmopolitan nightclubs and discos.
Although Egypt is a Muslim country and many Cairenes will enjoy themselves all night long by only drinking soft drinks, alcohol is not difficult to come by for those who want it.
Shopping in Cairo
Egypt is a wonderland of shopping opportunities.
Jewellery, perfume, leather goods, brass and copper items, and herbs and spices can be found in the city's main market, the Khan al-Khalili in Islamic Cairo. Haggling is a way of life, especially in the bazaars, and visitors should not be afraid to try. Another place that gets good reviews for souvenir shoppers is the Khan Misr Touloun also located in medieval Cairo, just in front of the Mosque Ibn Touloun. Try the Wekalet al-Balah, for fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, the Tent makers' Bazaar for applique-work, Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments, and Mahmoud Abd El Ghaffar in the Khan Al-Khalili for dance costumes.
City Stars is one of the biggest modern shopping malls in North Africa. Located in Heliopolis, close to the Conference Center, it houses over ten internationally known coffee shops and dozens of internationally known restaurants. All your famous fashion brands are there plus Egyptian ones as well.
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