Cairo: City of a Thousand Minarets
On your Egypt travel experience, start in Cairo, Africa’s largest city, and the perfect jumping-off point into Egypt’s unique blend of cultures.
First impressions will take you by surprise as you stroll through the bustling streets of this shoppers’ paradise, absorbing the contrast of the region’s wondrous antiquities mixed in with modern shops, open markets (bazaars), cafes and restaurants serving a combination of Egyptian foods.
Visit Coptic Cairo, the oldest area known in Egyptian history and the original site of Roman-built Babylon, which has been inhabited for more than 2,000 years. At the mouth of an ancient canal that once connected the Nile River to the Red Sea, it became heavily concentrated with the country’s earliest churches and monasteries during the Christianity movement.
The Islamic quarter is worth exploring for its maze of streets and bazaars. Located on top of Muqattam Hill is the medieval Citadel, one of the world’s best monuments to medieval warfare that houses a number of museums, ancient mosques, and other historic sites. With its peculiar dome and towering minarets, the Mosque of Mohammed Ali gives the Citadel a romantic, oriental quality that instantly catches every visitor’s eye at the fortress. Walkthrough the legendary Ibn Tulum, the oldest and largest mosque in the city surviving in its original form.
Resting along the Nile and guarded by the familiar Sphinx sculpture, the three Giza pyramids are more than tombs for kings — they are relics of Egypt’s the Old Kingdom, the first great civilization on earth. The most memorable is the Great Pyramid of Giza, the tallest man-made structure in the world for 3,800 years and the remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
The once-mighty Memphis, which was almost completely erased from the Egyptian landscape by time, is nestled in the vast necropolis of Saqqara. It contains 11 pyramids, countless mastabas, and a Coptic monastery, stretching over four miles from north to south and spanning 3,500 years of Egyptian civilization.
Alexandria: Pearl of the Mediterranean
There was a time when Alexandria was once revered as the golden city of prosperity through its booming economy and art and architectural endeavors. During your travel to Egypt, visit Alexandria, the glittering jewel of the ancient world, and the Greek’s greatest legacy during their three-and-a-half century reign.
The glorious Roman city is widely remembered for the enthralling stories of its founder, Alexander the Great, and his triumphant campaign to conquer the world (as the Greeks knew it). Unravel the tales of how this amazing city grew into existence and see the archaic places that continue to live in great remembrance for visitors everywhere.
Recently constructed where the original library once stood, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina contains the Ancient World’s greatest and unrivaled collection including the original manuscripts of Euripides, Aeschylus, and Sophocles. Behold the early writings from ancient Egypt that have survived through the ages, discovering past events and taking a glance at the world through the window of Egypt.
From traveling camel back to the pyramids in ancient Egypt to explore the tombs of illustrious pharaohs to soaking up the cultural city scene, let The Trip Atelier be your guide.