Egypt

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt

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Inside Khufu’s Pyramid – Giza, Egypt

Inside Khufu’s Pyramid in Giza The large opening just in front of me is the Robber’s Entrance, a hole dug by thieves into the north face of Khufu’s Pyramid. I give the guard my ticket and follow a gently sloping path to the narrow Ascending Passage. Into the Ascending Passage This one meter square tunnel into the Great Pyramid has been vastly improved since Pharaonic times. Today wooden slats line the slick granite floor and incandescent lighting makes it all visible. Still, I find it very claustrophobic. Several of my traveling...

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel

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Then and Now — Abu Simbel

Now in Abu Simbel, Egypt The Temples of Ramesses Uncovered From Cairo, I catch the early morning flight to see for myself the temples built alongside the Nile at Abu Simbel. These are the ruins hewn into a mountainside to serve both as a tribute to Pharaoh Ramesses II, but also a warning to ancient armies advancing up the river that a powerful kingdom lie ahead. Although a bit of self-aggrandizing propaganda, the perception they give is valid – Ramesses’ reign was arguably the greatest of the Late Kingdom period. Buried in sand by the 6th...

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Tastes of Egyptian Foods by Season

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Tastes of Egyptian Foods by Season

Seasons of Flavor Define Foods in Egypt Street Vendors Offer Tastes of the Season in Egypt Speaking so fast that the repeated word actually sounds like one long tongue twister, the vendors on the corner down the street from my Cairo home lean in to every car window that passes. “Gambari, gambari, gambari!!!” There is always a slight lilt in their voices that implies a question. They stand for hours and yet never seem to run out of energy, playfully bantering with drivers or amongst themselves. It’s shrimp season in Egypt and the street...

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An Expat in Egypt

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An Expat in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt and a Writer’s View My Egyptian Safari The stars that could be seen were uncountable, so numerous and bright that they more than made up for the lack of a moon as our jeep bounced through and around and over sand dunes of various sizes. Our driver claimed he could see better without headlights. As the mushroom-shaped chalk monuments the White Desert is famous for became obvious in the distance, I gave up my fear of accidental cliff diving and surrendered to the thrill of whipping wind. It was adventures like this that first...

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Witness History in Egypt

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Witness History in Egypt

(DOWNERS GROVE, IL – August 25, 2011) – Egypt has been transformed.   There is an unmistakable sense of confidence and optimism in the air, and history itself seems to be unfolding before your eyes. Egyptians are eager to demonstrate their legendary hospitality. There has never been a better time to travel to Egypt — and now, there has never been a better offer. Abercrombie & Kent has created a brand-new itinerary that invites travellers to experience Egypt at this unique moment in history. With the same standard of service but...

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SITA World Tours Offer Deep Discounts to Egypt

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SITA World Tours Offer Deep Discounts to Egypt

Encino, CA, June, 2011— SITA World Tours has been operating tours to Egypt and the Middle East since its inception in 1933. Although the unrest in Egypt impacted travel for a short time, tourists have begun pouring back into this land of excitement and adventure at a rapid clip. SITA’s representative office in Cairo and all its local guides and representatives have resumed all services with business as usual. Until September 30, 2011, SITA is offering its clients greatly reduced pricing for select Egypt departures. For example, “Best of...

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Egypt Tourism Update

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Egypt Tourism Update

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today toured Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the peaceful revolution in Egypt. Surrounded by a heavy contingent of U.S. and Egyptian security guards, Clinton smiled, waved and shook hands with Egyptian citizens who thronged her during her unscheduled 15-minute stroll through the square. Egypt launched its Global Ad campaign at the 2011 ITB Berlin (March 09-13). Newly appointed Egyptian Tourism Minister, H.E. Mounir Fakhry AbdelNour unveiled the campaign at the ITB on Thursday....

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Deluxe Egypt Cruise Series

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Brendan recently launched a number of deluxe cruise products to Egypt featuring three to seven day packages. This includes the legendary Nile River cruise, which departs Aswan and concludes in Luxor. Partnering with such four-star establishments as the Oasis Hotel and Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel in Cairo, all packages include transfers, cruise meals, hotel breakfasts and all hotel taxes and service charges. The packages will also include a Cairo Highlights Tour that includes lunch. For international stories: For travel in the United States...

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Cruise Egypt & The Nile

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Save. Save. Save. And still sail the Nile on a Uniworld Boutique River Cruise that abounds in luxury, fascinating excursions and the finest dining. From the impressive temple complex of Karnak and the fabled Valley of the Kings, to the Pyramids of Giza and the great Sphinx, you will be fascinated by the splendid sights every moment of the Splendors of Egypt & the Nile river journey. Visit Luxor, Dendera, Kom Ombo, Aswan and Edfu – all the while onboard Uniworld’s new ultra-luxurious 41 all-suite ship, River Tosca. You will...

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Faces of Egypt

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Wise, wrinkled, weathered faces, and innocent, young faces. Faces of stone. Faces of flesh. Faces of deep compassion. My perception of Egypt comes mostly from the Hollywood images of Pharaohs and fellaheen, images of kings and commoners that are much too simplistic. After all, it was Egypt that bequeathed the fundamental civilizing influence of knowledge, passed down by the Greeks and Romans that lifted Europe from the depths of its Dark Age. As our world emerges from the confusion of that era and enters into more progressive times, I visited...

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Cruise the Nile in Style

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SAIL THE NILE RIVER IN A STYLE ONCE RESERVED FOR PHARAOHS AND THEIR QUEENS UNIWORLD DELIVERS ROYAL TREATMENT ON 2009 NILE CRUISES A cruise along the Nile River is like watching 5,000 years of culture unfold before your eyes. Marvel at the contrasts of landscapes as you sail past old-world villages surrounded by beautiful palm groves. Explore the mysterious city of Cairo where the ancient and the modern coexist in harmony. Stand before the towering Sphinx. Take in the extraordinary sight of the sole survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient...

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Ancient Egypt in a Modern World

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Today Eileen meets with El Sayed Khalifa of the Egyptian Tourist Authority to get some insight to both new and old Egypt. Perhaps many might not think of Egypt as a golfing destination, but El Sayed gives us good reason to reconsider calling “Fore!” in northern Africa. ITKT fans can also expect more on Egypt when we read about one of our writers, Steve Smith, on his recent trip to Egypt and photos inside the ancient pyramids. Remember, with all our videos presentations in all their natural glory have quicktime 7.0 or better...

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Another Spot Off My List

Posted by on 10:17 pm in Egypt, ITKT Blogs, World | 0 comments

This morning I brushed my teeth with tap water, one of the many things that tell me I’m home.I’ve just returned from yet another place on my “must see” list, the Pyramids and Egypt. Please don’t confuse this as braggadocio, as it’s not. For me, travel is more than a numerical, carving a new notchin the money belt, thing. Rather it’s all about the connections you make, the memories you take, andbecoming one with the people you share this globe with. Watch for more about this trip on ITKT pages in future months....

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St. Regis in Cairo

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St. Regis, Cairo will Offer Superior Design and Unparalleled Service in the Heart of Africa‘s Largest City Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced the introduction of its renowned St. Regis brand to Africa, with plans to debut a new property in 2011 in the heart of downtown Cairo. The St. Regis, Cairo will include 299 lavishly furnished rooms and 103 serviced apartments as part of a luxurious, mixed-use development overlooking the Nile River. Owned by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, the St....

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Four Seasons Opens Hotel Alexandria at San Stefano

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Alexandria, Egypt – July 25, 2007 – Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts opens its ninth property in the Middle East today – its fourth in Egypt. Located in a prime position overlooking the Mediterranean, Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria sits in the heart of this ancient city’s elite district of San Stefano. The 118-room Hotel stands on the historic site of the fabled San Stefano Hotel which was built in the late 1800’s and played host to the rich and famous of the day. Four Seasons guests can now be part of the legend and experience the distinct...

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