Lesson 3, Topic 7
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Amr Elleithy March 24, 2022
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What is a tour sightseeing? Have you ever been at the foot of the Egyptian pyramids? May be you saw Paris from the height of the Eiffel Tower? Fans of sightseeing holidays are doing just that, combining relaxation and acquaintance with another country and its culture. They prefer to see once than hear a hundred times.

How to choose a “sightseeing” country? The first thing you need to decide on is the places you want to arrange your tour. Egypt that are popular with tourists can be divided into several types.

Types of tourism in Egypt

The oldest type of tourism in Egypt is archeological or cultural tourism as Egypt is mainly known for its impressive ancient civilizations that can be witnessed through the incredible constructions and achievements since the dawn of history. This type of tourism remains unrepeated and non-competitive with any other country since Egypt includes more than one-third of the World’s impressive monuments. In addition to cultural tourism, there are many other types of tourism that have come into existence just like recreational tourism, religious tourism, sports tourism, desert tourism, eco-tourism, therapeutic tourism, maritime tourism, festival tourism, Diving centers tourism, and exhibitions tourism.

Cultural Tourism Sightseeings Attractions in Egypt

  1. The Great Pyramid of King Khufu is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world and to be more specific the last remaining wonder and this with no doubt adds a lot to its great importance of a visit to such terrific sightseeing and tourists really love getting inside such a wonderful site.
  2. Luxor’s Karnak Temple and the Valley of the Kings.
  3. Elephantine Island and Nubian villages in Asswan.
  4. Abu Simbel Rmses II`s greate temple
  5. Philae Temple in Asswan

To name just few, Egypt is a destination full of dazzling temples and tombs that wow all who visit. It’s not all historic treasures and tourist attractions, though.

Leisure Tourism Sightseeings Attractions in Egypt

Tourists really love to come to Egypt to enjoy a recreational tour while being in the tourist beaches in the incredible coastal beaches of red sea and lots of other exquisite sites with amazing beaches and breathtaking services to be offered to tourists. Travelers of all ages love heading to such cities and spots since they can enjoy different water activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, enjoying the interesting types of fish and coral reefs plus a super safari across the Sahara while being there and they will also find the best activities for their children to practice and enjoy.

  1. Hurghada
  2. Marsa Alam
  3. Sharm El-Sheikh
  4. Safaga
  5. Dahab
  6. El-Gouna

Sports Tourism Attractions Sites in Egypt

  1. Trekking up Mount Catherine
  2. Sandboarding & Canyon in Sharm El-Sheikh
  3. Dahab is considered one of the best locations to windsurf in Egypt. Not only does it a boast a range of nice hotels, but is recommended for all kinds of windsurfers. Dahab is a common area for water sports of all kinds on the holidays including scuba diving, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, and water skiing.
  4. Parasailing and water gliding in Hurghada

Religious Tourism Sightseeings in Egypt

Egypt is the house of the heavenly religions where people of different beliefs had met and lived together for many years and as a result, the land of pharaohs had gathered all the dominations. So, if you are fond of religious tourism, Egypt is a suitable destination that will satisfy your needs with a very wealthy religious background. Let’s divide the Egyptian religious attractions into:

Islamic Attractions:

  1. Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque
  2. Al Azhar Mosque
  3. Ahmad Ibn Tulun Mosque
  4. Sultan Hassan Mosque
  5. Al Refaie Mosque
  6. Mohammad Ali Mosque
  7. Al Hakim Mosque
  8. Sayyida Zeinab Mosque

Note: All these mosques are located in different districts inside Cairo.

Another structure of the Islamic landmarks is the castles and citadels which were mainly built to defend the country against the attacks of the enemies and here are the most common citadels in Egypt:

  1. Salah El-Din Citadel
  2. Citadel of Qaitbey in Alexandria
  3. Aqaba Castle
  4. Al Arish Castle

Coptic Attractions:

There are also a number of the Christian and Coptic landmarks in Egypt which attract tourists and adventurers from all over the world just like:

  1. The Hanging Church
  2. St Mary Church
  3. Church of Abu Serga
  4. Church of the Holy Virgin
  5. Church of Saint Menas
  6. St Catherine Monastery

Jewish Sites Attractions in Egypt

Although there are a few numbers of Jewish sightseeing in Egypt represent all of what you may need to know about the history of Jewish and a great part of their history:

  1. Ben Ezra Synagogue.
  2. Harat El-Yahood in Khan El-Khalili, Old Cairo.
  3. Mount Sina where Moses has received God’s Ten Commandments.
  4. Eliahu Hanavi Synagogue.

Medical Tourism

If you are one of whom they have troubles in bone, muscles, or skin, it’s advisable to come to Egypt since Egypt is one of the recognizable places that have natural oasis and mineral water which is considered an effective cure for a lot of diseases. Also, some sandy spots on the Red Sea are classified as a curing center for some of the bone and muscle aches and in this case, you will be treated by sitting in the sands.

Among the best known medical tourist centers in Egypt are Helwan, Sinai, Hurghada, Ain El Sira, Al Ain Sokhna as well as the Oasis just like:

  1. Bahariya Oasis
  2. Farafra Oasis
  3. Nasser Wells
  4. Sands of Safaga
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