Egypt is at the centre of all routes leading to and from the 3 continents of Asia, Europe and Africa; throughout the Middle East it is known as “The Mother of the World”, with over 6,000 years of history it is also deemed the birthplace of modern civilization and religion. But more plainly an Egypt tour takes you to a destination that truly captures the imagination of us all; Egypt is a name that one cannot utter without a hint of reverence, intrigue and mystery. We all have our own visions of Egypt, which Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade helped to bring alive our romantic notions of pyramids, tombs, treasure and of course adventure, beckoning us all to her golden dunes.
The Pyramids of Giza are the last surviving member of the original Seven Wonders of the World, they are incredible tributes to one of mans’ greatest architectural feats. Words cannot come close to eliciting the feeling that one gets upon gazing at these ancient structures that have endured so much and still stand so proudly, but may leave you understanding the Arab proverb that says “man fears time, time fears the pyramids”.
Man cannot take all the credit here though; nature seems to demonstrate her aptitude for artistic flare with the long arm of the Nile weaving through Egypt, the Red Sea’s coral reef bursting with animated colour and life to the breathtaking rock formations of Mt. Sinai stretching as far as the eye can see.
Back to the present day and you have the bustling, chaotic yet ever lively and exciting city of Cairo; which is the capital of Egypt, and the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. This was a description of Cairo from 1326 AD: “Mistress of broad provinces and fruitful lands, boundless in profusion of buildings, peerless in beauty and splendour, she shelters all you will of the learned and the ignorant, the grave and the gay, the prudent and the foolish, the noble and the base…. Like the waves of the sea she surges with her throngs of folk…Her youth is ever new despite the length of days. Her reigning star never shifts from the mansion of fortune”; hundreds of years later and this is a statement that still seems to resonate with the modern day Cairo.
For all the words that could be used to describe an Egypt tour; they are barely but a light wind scattering a few grains of sand from the top of a great dune, or whispers from this ancient land. However where words fail, the reality of Egypt does not, it is simply something that must be experienced.