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is the oldest tourist holiday destination on earth. Ancient Greeks and Romans started the trend, traveling to goggle at the
cyclopean scale of the Pyramids and the Colossi of Thebes. At the onset of colonial times, Napoleon and the British in turn
looted Egypt's treasures to fill their national museums,
sparking off a trickle of Grand Tourists that, by the 1860s, had grown into a flood of travelers, packaged for vacations filled
with Nile cruises, tours of the
pyramids and Egypt logical lectures by the enterprising Min Travel.
Travel on holiday to Egypt
today, and the attractions are little different. The focus of most holidays and vacations remain the great monuments of the
Nile Valley and Pyramids, combined
with a few days spent exploring the souks, mosques and madras’s of Islamic Cairo. However, possibilities for Egyptian
travel also encompass snorkeling and diving along the Red Sea coasts, remote oases and camel trips into the mountains of Sinai, or visits
to the Coptic monasteries of the Eastern Desert.
The land itself is a freak of nature, whose lifeblood
is the River Nile. From the Sudanese border to the shores of the Mediterranean, the Nile Valley and its Delta are flanked
by arid wastes, the latter as empty as the former are teeming with people. This stark duality between fertility and desolation
is fundamental to Egypt's character and has
shaped its development since prehistoric times, imparting continuity to diverse cultures and peoples over five millennia.
It is a sense of permanence and timelessness that is buttressed by religion, which pervades every aspect of life. Although
the pagan cults of ancient Egypt are as moribund as
its legacy of mummies and temples, their ancient fertility rites and processions of boats still hold their place in the celebrations
of Islam and Christianity.
The result is a multi-layered Egyptian culture,
which seems to accord equal respect to ancient and modern. The peasants (fellaheen) of the Nile and Bedouin tribes of the desert live
much as their ancestors did a thousand years ago. Other communities include the Nubians of the far south, and the Coptic Christians,
who trace their ancestry back to Pharaonic times. What unites them is a love of their homeland, extended family ties, dignity,
warmth and hospitality towards strangers. Though most visitors are drawn to Egypt
by the Nile, Pyramids, camels and
rich history, the enduring memory is likely to be of its people and their way of life