Abu-Simbel Temples (Nubia, southern Egypt) – (for those arriving from Cairo via train or nile cruise boat) Prepare to be blown away by the magnificence of these temples. They are undisputedly one of the world’s most breathtaking monuments, and Egypt’s second most visited touristic site, the Pyramids of Giza being on the top of the list.
The relocation of the temples was a historic event in the 1960’s. At that time, the temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser when the High Dam was constructed. The Egyptian government with the support of UNESCO launched a world wide appeal to save these colossal landmarks. They were successfully dismantled and relocated to a spot 60 meters above the cliff where they had been initially built. The more famous of the two temples is dedicated to Ramses II and the smaller one to his favorite wife Nefertari. They were both built by Ramses II in the 13th century BC.
The gigantic façade of Ramses II temple represents four colossal seated figures of Ramses. The façade is 119 feet wide, 100 feet high, and the statues are each 67 feet high. The façade door leads to the interior of the temple is a 185 feet long man-made rock cave that leads to a series of halls and rooms. The most remarkable feature of the temple of Abu-Simbel is that the construction is oriented in a way that twice a year, the morning sun rays shine through the length of the inner temple cave and illuminate the statues of the four gods seated at the end of the cave.
Light Show — The magnificent temples in Abu-Simbel become even more enchanting at night when the sound and light show lights up the façade with wonderful lighting, music and narration. Artists inspired by its history take you back thousands of years ago to show you how Ramses the Great ruled Egypt. A masterful spectacle, the show includes projections on the great and minor temple facades that show you how they once looked. The script is developed in nine languages (English, Arabic, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese and Japanese) and earpieces are provided for your convenience. The show is usually played 3 times daily, at 6, 7 and 8 pm. It can be booked on-site or through any travel agency in Egypt or Aswan. Your hotel can also assist you in making a reservation and arranging the transport to Abu-Simbel.
Al-Azhar Park (Ad Darb Al Ahmar, Cairo) — Escape Cairo’s exhilaration by heading to the green landscaped gardens of Al-Azhar Park where you’ll relax in a tranquil setting while gazing at beautiful panoramic views of the capital. Embracing valuable history, the park is also home to the newly discovered Ayyubid wall, constructed by Salah El Din more than 800 years ago. You can also choose to sit back at one of the numerous and unique cafes and restaurants, all offering 5 star services. They have been built and thoughtfully positioned for visitors to appreciate the beautiful surroundings.
Beymen (Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, Garden City, Cairo) – this is the Cairo branch of a high-end Turkish department store, which offers some of the world’s top names in fashion and accessories. Its interior is reminiscent of Saks 5th Avenue in New York. Its selection of beauty products includes up-scale brands such as Chanel, Dior, La Prairie, and Ingrid Millet. The nearby Baraka People stand displays sunglasses from the likes of Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Paul Smith and many more. Women’s wear includes labels such as Marc Jacobs, Armani Jeans, Dior and so many more. There are also men’s jeans, shirts, suits, ties and accessories. That, as well as jewelry outlets and furniture & home accessories stores.
Al Khaima (23 El Nil Street, Giza, Cairo) – its Nile River location already makes this a popular nightspot. Its interior is spacious and well lit, with high ceilings. The décor is simple with mostly white seating and round oriental ceiling lights; sheer curtains drape the windows while Arabesque accents are matched with deep turquoise and purple detailing. Aside from the Arabic and western pop music, this venue is known for its Lebanese food (items such as hummus, halloumi cheese and taameya).
Abou El Sid (157 Shar’a 26th Yulyu, Zamalek, Cairo) — Held in maroon and brown colors, this cozy restaurant boasts huge chandeliers, Oriental carpets with intricate designs, picturesque tiles, huge tables able to take big groups of people, underlying the legendary Egyptian hospitality and antique furniture.
Choose from their nice array of mezzas and appetizers, such as its delicious Lentil Soup (perfect for those who like it hot), the Vine Leaves served with yoghurt and mint, and the Fried Aubergines with Garlic and Vinegar. Its main dishes include the traditional Molokhiya with Chicken and Rice (served with a special spicy red sauce and extra garlic) and the much-beloved Fettah (Egyptian risotto with yoghurt, meat and tomato sauce). Also on offer such delicacies as Spinach and Veal Tagine served with white rice; the renowned Koshari, or the much-beloved Abou El Sid’s Tournedos Fillet with Chicken Liver and Sauteed Vegetables.
Bus Service – foreigners are unlikely to brave Cairo’s chaotic-looking bus system (mainly due to language barriers). For those who choose this transportation option anyway, the large red, white and blue public buses go through the entire city and are cheap, but are always crowded. There are the similar buses (with air-conditioning) that charge 2 L.E. for the trip and prohibit standing on the bus. They can be found in the main squares in Cairo. Also found in main squares are the smaller mini-buses that are usually orange and white or red, white and blue. Because of sexual harassment issues, female passengers should only to take the small micro-buses and buses (which prohibit standing).
Apart from the main bus stations, passengers can hail buses from street-level. Buses’ destinations are usually unmarked. Instead, passengers should shout out (or use a number of sign-language like hand codes) their destinations and if the bus goes this place it will stop. On micro-buses, the fare starts at 50 piastres and goes up to 1 LE. Visitors unfamiliar with Cairo can ask bus drivers or passengers to let them know where their stop is (assuming language is not an issue). Simply politely blurt out the name of your destination to the bus driver or a friendly looking passenger and they will take care of you.
These days, Cairo is the largest city in Egypt, and also the largest in the Arab world. Located in the northwest corner of the country, it is situated along the banks of the Nile River just south of the Nile Delta area, where the river splits into two forks. Its easy access to water systems have allowed Cairo to grow into a thriving city.
Cairo (as well as other parts of the country), boasts attractions of biblical proportions – literally. Giza’s Sphinx and pyramids are iconic as to be beyond description. Add to this the astonishing gold of Tutankhamun buried in the dusty corridors of the Cairo Museum, the Islamic treasures of bejewelled mosques, labyrinthine medieval alleyways lined with tempting spices and colorful textiles and the daily shrill calls to prayer rising above the cacophony of car horns and crowded streets. Along with its rich pre-biblical Pharaonic history, Cairo has gone through Roman and Islamic dominations (including the Ottoman Empire), as well as an attempted French invasion led by Napoleon in 1798, and British occupation during the early 19th & early 20th century.
Today, Cairo is a vibrant city with numerous distinct neighborhoods and regions, and plays such an important role in Egypt’s continuing development that, although its official name is Al-Qahira, it is informally referred to by natives as Masr, the Egyptian Arabic word for “Egypt”. Though the city itself encompasses an area of just over 114 square miles, it has a population of nearly seven million, and over 16 million people live in the metropolitan area.
Show de luces: los magníficos templos de Abu-Simbel se vuelven aún más encantadores por la noche cuando el espectáculo de luz y sonido ilumina la fachada con una iluminación, música y narración maravillosas. Los artistas inspirados en su historia te transportan hace miles de años para mostrarte cómo Ramsés el Grande gobernó Egipto. Un espectáculo magistral, el espectáculo incluye proyecciones en las fachadas de los templos grandes y menores que muestran cómo se veían alguna vez. El script está desarrollado en nueve idiomas (inglés, árabe, francés, italiano, español, alemán, ruso, chino y japonés) y se proporcionan auriculares para su conveniencia. El espectáculo generalmente se juega 3 veces al día, a las 6, 7 y 8 pm. Se puede reservar en el sitio oa través de cualquier agencia de viajes en Egipto o Asuán. Su hotel también puede ayudarlo a hacer una reserva y organizar el transporte a Abu-Simbel.