Located dominantly in North Eastern Africa, the Sinai Peninsula forms a land bridge with Western Asia. Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.
Home to one of the world's greatest civilizations, a unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C. and a series of dynasties ruled in Egypt for the next three millennia leaving behind some of the greatest architectural legacies and treasures known to mankind.
However, Egypt is much more than Pyramids and monuments. It is also, hip night spots, luxury hotels and five star restaurants. It is romantic cruises down the Nile on festive river boats, a night at the grand opera is a cultural experience like none you have ever experienced. Egypt is a land bustling with life, sound, visual beauty and excitement and for thousands of years, it has been the playground of emperors and kings.
Cairo, the Triumphant City, known officially as al-Qāhirah is one of the world's largest urban areas and offers many sites to see. It is the administrative capital of Egypt and the center of Arab and Western civilization. You will find spectacular sights, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza on the very edge of the city, ancient temples, tombs, Christian churches, magnificent Muslim monuments, and of course, the world famous Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Cairo also provides marvelous cultural experiences, including art galleries and music halls, such as the Cairo Opera House. It is an amazing city full of life and movement, almost 24 hours everyday, it is a modern, yet an ancient city.
For the shoppers, Cairo offers an incredible selection. Shopping ranges from the famous Khan el-Khalili souk, (or trinkets bazaar) largely unchanged since the 14th century, to modern air-conditioned centers displaying the latest fashions. All the bounty of the East can be found there. Particularly good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya. Some of the famous street markets include Wekala al-Balaq, for fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments with the Camel Market, all providing a truly fascinating experience. This is, and has been for over a thousand years, a shopper's paradise.