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Major cities and tourist destinations:
Giza – The population of this city is about 2.7 million. It is famed for its Great Pyramids and Sphinx, which are the only wonders of the ancient world left standing today. Only 300 tickets are distributed to these attractions each day, so arrive early.
Alexandria– This city, with a population of 4 million, was the center of culture when Greece ruled Egypt. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a modern replacement for the famous Library at Alexandria. Also interesting is that Fort Qayt Bay was built over the ruins of the famed Pharos Lighthouse, the second ancient wonder that Egypt held.
Aswan – Aswan has a population of about 51,000 and is the site of the famed dam, which caused several monuments to be moved because of the flooding it created. The Nubian Museum on the east bank seeks to preserve the Nubian culture that flourished in the South. On the west bank, Saint Simeon’s Monastery is a large, well-designed, Coptic Monastery.
The Karnak Temples – These temples are located near Luxor. Although they are famed as the largest ancient religious site in the world today, they also provide beautiful photos at sunset.
Suez – This is the site of the famed canal and has a population of about 500,000. To visit, you will need to take a toll tunnel under the canals. When arranging your caravan at the tourism office, keep in mind that the tunnel closes at night. After visiting the canals, you can see the Port Sa’id National Museum, which covers the extensive history of Egypt. You can also make a stop at the monasteries of St. Anthony and St. Paul. Both are located on the peninsula, but you can only visit them if you have hired a car.
Siwa Oasis and the White Desert – There are several oases and deserts in Egypt. The Siwa Oasis is unique because you are able to purchase authentic Berber goods here. The White Desert, also in the western Egyptian desert, is a great place to explore the interesting chalk formations and to watch the desert bloom at sunset.
Since Upper Egypt is closer to the equator it is hotter. Temperatures in Aswan (in the south) average 34°C in the summer and 17°C in the winter. In comparison, Alexandria (in the north) averages 26°C in the summer and 15°C in the winter.
The only intracity Metro/ Underground in the country is in Cairo, but it is not extensive. There is also an intercity train that runs from Aswan to Alexandria, but you need to buy tickets for it in advance of your voyage. Tourists may be forced to purchase first-class tickets on any train.
The roads in Egypt are well paved, and signs are in both Arabic and English. Petrol stations and rest areas are plentiful. Traveling by car between towns will allow you the unique opportunity of traveling by convoy. You can easily arrange to do this at the local tourism office.
Taxi rates vary based on the colour of the taxi and how well you are able to haggle with the driver.
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