Newsletter of Egypt Tourism January 2012

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<ul><li> Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority EGYPT THIS MONTHJanuary 2012 Issue 31 EXPLORE THE ANCIENT WORLD IN LUXURY Cruising the Nile is a dream on the agenda of mosttourists from around the world. It has been the destination a SpeCIal ChrISTmaS Live Colors Egyptfor dignitaries, movie stars and celebrities for many years. CelebraTIon In The CaThedralProbably, and since Agatha Christies famous novel, Deathon the Nile, Nile cruises have become even more popular. el- Samaeyeen In Sharm el SheIkh Nile cruises are a classic escape for Pharaonic era The Egyptian Travel Agencies Association in Southenthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike. Visitors to this Sinai will be organizing a religious celebration and apart of the world, will also be introduced to the countrys special Greek Orthodox mass which will be held by anatural beauty and extensive open-air museums. priest from Russia on January 7th, 2012 to celebrate Christmas in the Cathedral El- Samaeyeen in Sharm Typically, travelers will fly, or take the overnight train down El Sheikhto a location such as Luxor or Aswan, and then board Foreign tourists, especially Russians in Sharm el-their cruise boat from there. Cruises may last anywhere Sheikh have been invited to attend the ceremony.from three days to eight days, depending on the travel January . 2012 1 </li> <li> Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority News letter Egyptian Tourism Promotion Authority News letter Lake Cruises from Aswan to Cond naST Traveler readerS rank Four SeaSonS Abu Simbel and Vice Versa reSorT Sharm el SheIkh # 1 Abu Simbel is home to the Great Temple of Rameses II reSorT In The World a world heritage site and the Small Temple of Nefertari. Before you set sail, you will be taken by motor launch from Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh has been your boat across the south face of the High Dam to New voted the top ranked resort in the world in the annual Kalabasha on the far side of the lake. When you arrive at Cond Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. the west bank you will see the Temple of Wadi el Sebua The Resort was ranked #1 in Africa and the Middle which is also referred to as avenue of lion-bodied sphinxes East, and is #3 among all hotels and resorts in the that leads up to the outer courts of the temple. You will world in the Top 100. also see the Temple of Dakka, dedicated to Thoth and the With an outstanding score of 98.6, travelers who Temple of Maharraqa. From Qar Ibrim to abu Simbel the have visited Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh in voyage is 60km and here the lake becomes very broad the past year have rewarded the seaside resorts high again. Abu Simbel contains four colossal statues of Ramses standards of service and performance. II and they are among the most stupendous monument of Rare among international sun and beach destina- ancient Egypt. The temples produce a very grand effect tions, Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh offers a desert and by moonlight or at sunrise. sea hideaway, combining the Sinai deserts year round sunshine with the Red Seas world-class diving. Within an oasis of lush greenery and fountains, Four Seasons is a self-contained world with multiple options for dining, glamorous swimming pools, a pri- vate beach, kids activities and indoor-outdoor Spa, where authentic Egyptian traditions come to life with thoughtfully personalized Four Seasons care. arrangements made to visit Upper Egyptian cities such as the help of donkeys and water buffalos. Witnessing this Luxor, Aswan, Edfu and Dendera. Other cruise boat tours tends to have a very novel and soothing effect on travelers, are available for Lake Nasser, offering different programs. since the calm environment sits in sharp contrast to the Sun FeSTIval aT abu SImbel claustrophobic nature of larger urban cities. 22 February 2012 The benefits of a Nile cruise are not only that they offer a unique mode of travel to experience Pharaonic antiquities, but that they provide a glimpse into the traditional rural Cruises from Luxor to Aswan lifestyle of the communities that live along the banks of the Nile. The way of life is practiced much the way it was or Vice Versa thousands of years ago, with villages composed primarily of mud brick homes and farmers tending to their crops with Traditionally, the most popular cruise packages involve or sailing from Luxor to Aswan or vice versa. There are also The 10Th InTernaTIonal packages that include extra cities of interest such as Edfu, Kom Ombo and Esna, which are all located near Luxor and CyClIng raCe Aswan.Esna, which is 54km from Luxor, is where you will see the Temple of Khnum, the god who fashioned man on his On January 14th, the 10th International cycling potters wheel. On the west bank of the Nile, Edfu is spread race will take place in Egypt under the auspices of upon the mound of an ancient city, where the temple of the Egyptian Tourism Authority (ETA) in the Pyramids Horus is on the outskirts. Southwards, beyond Edfu, you Live Colors EgyptLive Colors Egypt area. Competitors will cover a distance of 1010 km come to the east bank around Kom Ombo, which has a The Sun Festival at Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan inside Egypt, then cross several African countries, to huge Nubian population and where the Temple of Sobek is held twice a year, during the months of February end up in South Africa after one hundred days from and Haroeris stand. and October. At the break of dawn on the birth the start of the race. anniversary and coronation of King Ramses II, shafts The race in Egypt is extended over eight stages In Luxor, there are the awe-inspiring Luxor Temple and of sunlight streams into the temple and throws light and starts on January 14, 2012 at 8:00 am from the Karnak Temples to visit, as well as the Valley of the Kings, on the statues of the king and the two sun gods, Pyramids panoramic site till Edfu in Aswan on January the Colossi of Memnon and Hatshepsuts Temple in the West Re-Horakhte and Amen-Re seated beside the Theban 23, 2012. Bank. Aswan offers up the massive High Dam, the unfinished god Ptah, the god of darkness. Eighty bikers of different nationalities will partici- Obelisque, and the beautiful Philae temple, which is The rest of the year, the temple is in absolute pate from Canada, Netherlands, Hungary, the Czech dedicated to the goddess Isis. Other typical sites and darkness. This is a rare phenomenon and on that Republic, South Africa, France, Belgium, England, activities in Aswan include sailing on feluccas and visiting occasion the event is celebrated by the locals with Ireland, Australia and Poland. the Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. dance, music and food. 2 January . 2012...</li></ul>