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Holidays in Egypt - The Architectural Wonder

Ancient tombs found in the city of Luxor in Egypt  (January 10, 2013)

Italian archaeologists have apparently discovered tombs in the ancient city of Luxor which are believed to be at least 3,000 years old. The interesting find includes human remains and well-preserved canopic jars.

According to Egypt's Minister of State for Antiquities, Mohammed Ibrahim, this discovery was made beneath the mortuary temple of King Amenhotep II.

"It's a very important discovery that highlights the importance of King Amenhotep II's temple years after the pharaoh's death," Ibrahim said, stating that King Amenhotep II also had a tomb in the Valley of the Kings housing a collection of royal mummies, that was discovered in 1882.

This temple is situated on the northern side of the Serapaeum on the west bank of the Nile and belongs to the seventh Pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, reigning from 1427 to 1401 BC.

Ibrahim says that the remains of human bones, as well as wooden sarcophagi have been unearthed inside the tombs.

Mansour Barek, head of Luxor Antiquities, explained that they have also found 12 very well preserved mud, brick and sandstone canopic jars, used to preserve the lungs, stomach, liver and intestines of the deceased.

As pictured on the right, these artifacts are decorated with images of the four sons of the god Horus, and are believed to be vital in helping the soul of the deceased find its way to heaven.

The four sons of Horus are "Imsety, with a human head to protect the liver; Hapi, with a baboon head for the lungs; Duamutef, with a jackal head for the stomach; and Qebehsenuef, with a falcon head for the Intestines," according to Ahram online.

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Holidays in Egypt - The Architectural Wonder   by Luki Johnson

Situated in the North Africa, Egypt touches the Mediterranean Sea and is sited between the Gaza strip and Libya. Egypt, known for its architectural and cultural treasure, is a land of mystifying pyramids and amazing sand dunes and deserts. Egypt is one of the most favorable destinations among tourist across the world and reason why Egypt sees so many people packing their bag to its direction is that this land of mummies has lots more to offer to its tourists.
Following are some of the Egyptian attractions and interesting sites which you can always visit during your holiday in Egypt.

Cairo

The capital city of Egypt is known for its renowned 'Cairo museum", a building that is collection of startling antiques and historical treasures as well as a building that gives a breathtaking view to the city. You can also visit the old Cairo if you are someone interested in going through region embedded with Christianity and Judaism; also a visit to red sea is possible by visiting Cairo. The Egyptian museum in Cairo should also be visited for it's the treasures of great Tutankhamen as well as for the thousands and thousands years old mummies, after all Egypt is called the land of mummies.

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Red Sea Coast

Holiday in Egypt can be made more exciting by visiting the red sea coast. The site has various resorts that have scuba diving offers, which take you through breathtaking experience of underwater life in Egyptian coastline.

Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx

When holidaying in Egypt you can not afford to miss the great pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, these artifacts are quite popular not just for being largest monuments in the world but for there mysterious architecture and thus are also a part of the seven wonders of the world. 


When holidaying in Egypt, one can not simply resist experiencing the beauty of these 4000 years old structures and their dazzling light and sound show.

The Nile River

It is hard to ignore the longest and most beautiful river of all, The Nile River, which has a history that goes as far as 5000 years and has been a witness to various rulers and pharaohs of the Egyptian land. The best way and most appropriate mode of enjoying your holiday in Egypt with Nile is to take a cruise that will take you down the ancient land, mysterious coastline of Egypt as well as make you see the amazing scenery with leisure.  Enjoy the Nile cruise to discover an ancient civilization.

Siwa Oasis

Known as a major tourist spots in Egypt, Siwa Oasis is renowned for its richness of olives and dates. Surrounded with hot springs, the Siwa Oasis has its won culture called the Siwan culture which separates it from other tourist spots in Egypt, as Egypt follows Arabian culture on large basis. The oasis has an amazing and startling beauty to it that is worth experiencing, when touring Egypt.
Abu Simbel

This amazing site in Egypt is worth visiting because of the famous rock temples situated at its land. These rock temples are among the most beautiful and stunning structures in the world and are standing tall as a memorial to great pharaohs Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. The temples also have huge and striking statues beautifying them from the outside; due to their massive size they are also visible even from a great distance.

The Valley of the Kings

The valley of kings is a burial land of many great Egyptian kings who now lay buried their. This place is situated across the Luxor at the west bank of Nile.

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Hurghada

This is one of the major Egyptian attractions and is situated near the red sea. This city is great way to add fun and entertainment to your holiday in Egypt, as the city is quite famous for its nightlife, bars and clubs. 
 
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Hurghada makes holidaying in Egypt a remarkable experience with its water sports, water activities, aquatic facilities and 'glass boat ride' to aquatic life under sea. The city also has an amazing shopping bazaar to make your Egypt tour a enjoyable.

Luxor

Luxor has lot to offer to you when holidaying in Egypt or touring the land of mummies, such as the famous archeological rich Luxor temple, Karnak temple. The city also has amazing mummification museum for al those who are curious to know about the land of mummies. The city is also quite near to the burial land of great kings, known as valley of kings.

Best time to holiday in Egypt Egypt is a land of sun and heat, thus it is always better to visit Egypt for its archeological treasures in the winter time, while if you are someone interested in Egyptian holiday for the water activities the best time to visit would be the summer or the months from may to October. Due to its mild temperature these months are also idle for family holiday in Egypt.


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ALEXANDRIA HOTELS, EGYPT

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Four Seasons Alexandria at San Stefano
Edging the Mediterranean in a setting of legendary glamour, discover an intimate enclave within the stately Grand Plaza shopping and residential complex. Indulge in classically elegant accommodations, European spa treatments and terraced restaurants with fresh sea breezes. Providing tempting variety for dining and cocktails, Four Seasons presents eight stunning venues – most open to outdoor terraces and Mediterranean views.  Begin your new approach to beauty, fitness and nutrition in our contemporary, European-style Spa and Fitness Centre. 
Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza
Located in the Green Plaza Mall, with 370 shops, a cinema and a Fun Castle. Do business in the largest conference room in Alexandria, just 10 minutes from the airport. Relax later in the pool, or sample the 6 bars and restaurants. Ten minutes' drive from the airport, the Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza hotel has an Executive Lounge, a business center and 11 meeting rooms for 2-3000 people. The Art Deco-style rooms at the Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza hotel have plenty of space. Book an Executive Room or Suite for Executive Lounge access. Work out in the health club and pool or go horse riding at the hotel's ranch, 30 minutes' away. Visit Alexandria attractions, such as Alexandria Library or Pompey's Pillar.
Maritim Jolie Ville Hotel Alexandria
With its prime location on the famous Corniche coastal road in the centre of Alexandria, this luxury hotel affords its guests the perfect combination of sightseeing starting point and Mediterranean sea views. Among the enviable amenities, the hotel has its own private beach, an exclusive wellness facility and panorama rooftop terrace. Alexandria traces its history back almost 2,500 years and world famous sights such as the Library of Alexandria (reopened 2002) and many of the city's impressive museums are easily reached from the hotel. Golfers wanting to take advantage of the year round good weather will find the 18 holes at the Alexandria Sporting Club well worth the 20 kilometre trip.
Sheraton Montazah Hotel Alexandria
The Sheraton Montazah Hotel is ideally located in Alexandria, the shining pearl of the Mediterranean Sea. We are a great starting point to enjoy Alexandria's magnificent beaches and fascinating cultural and tourist attractions. We’re less than one kilometer from the Montazah Palace and Gardens, seven kilometers from the Royal Jewelry Museum, and 15 kilometers away from Nozha International Airport. Our suites—including seven Presidential, 13 Junior and eight Hospitality suites—are all equipped with video, CD player, fax machine, and kitchenette. Gather with friends or family for a delicious meal in one of our many restaurants with live entertainment. Or head to our outdoor pool, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, and relax in its cool waters. Stay 
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ASWAN HOTELS, EGYPT

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Basma Hotel Aswan
Basma Hotel Aswan, situated on Aswan’s highest hill, offers a commanding view over the river Nile and the city of Aswan. Set only 15 minutes walk from the Nile Cornish and local markets, the Basma Hotel is the ideal base for either pleasure or business or both. This modern hotel is a home away from home and has very comfortable well-equipped rooms, a lively Nubian bar and an excellent restaurant.Basma Hotel in its unique location opposite the Nubian Museum, on Aswan's highest hill, commands a view of the Nile and the city second to none. Landscaped and decorated by two of Egypt's top artists, incorporating an extensive collection of original art,
Iberotel Aswan
Iberotel Aswan lies in the heart of the city Aswan, just a few mintutes away from the Nile. The most exciting sight and World Heritage Site is the temple of Abu Simbel in Assuan, which was originally built by Pharao Ramses II. All the 195 comfortable guest rooms have stylish furnishings with a spectacular view of the Nile. The hotel is equipped with two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley and a swimming pool. Moreover, there is a theatre and a cinema for your amusement.
Mövenpick Resort Aswan
A perfect place to relax in some of the most beautiful natural surroundings in Egypt. The Resort is set on an island in the middle of the River Nile in one of the most enchanting natural locations. The well-appointed rooms are spacious and stylish. All of them offer private balconies or terraces, and many enjoy panoramic views across the river. Guests at Mövenpick Resort Aswan have a range of dining options with 3 restaurants, 2 bars. Some are located by the picturesque pool, while others boast romantic views across the water. For more casual dining, guests can also make use of the barbecue facilities.
M/S Renaissance Aswan-Luxor 3 nights Cruise Wednesday-Saturday
Located in Aswan, M/S Renaissance is on a river and close to Aswan Bazaar, Tombs of the Nobles, and Kitchener's Island. Nearby points of interest also include Monastery of St Simeon and Mausoleum of the Aga Khan. Dining options at M/S Renaissance Aswan-Luxor 3 nights Cruise includes a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool. Spa amenities include beauty services and a hair salon. Additional property amenities include a poolside bar, gift shops/newsstands, and a nightclub. 
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CAIRO HOTELS, EGYPT

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Concorde El Salam Hotel Cairo
The Concorde El Salam Hotel Cairo, located in the tranquil, upmarket suburb of Heliopolis, is a luxurious haven for those wishing to explore the fascinating historic and cultural sights of Cairo. Built in the style of a huge manor house, the elegant, palm tree lined entrance welcomes visitors from around the world. The handsome Georgian-inspired architecture of the hotel, with its gleaming white stucco exterior and graceful classical columns is a favourite with travellers who appreciate its refined, discreet sense of style. Main hotel restaurant offers a buffet breakfast and a menu of international special dishes for lunch and dinner. Open 24 hours a day. 
Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence
On the River Nile and part of the World Trade Center complex, the Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residence is 10 minutes' walk from the business district. Swim laps in the outdoor pool or dine on Mediterranean fare at "The Lounge". All guest rooms are Suites with a kitchen and dining area. Dine at the "The Lounge" restaurant or enjoy a meal by the pool or in your Suite. The hotel has an outdoor pool, overlooking the Nile which is heated in winter months. Shop in Arkadia Mall or the timeless bustle of the Khan El Khalili bazaar. Popular attractions include the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. Be sure to leave time for a Nile cruise! 
Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis
Standing on the site of the historic Semiramis Hotel, Semiramis InterContinental Cairo is a symbol of modern style. Located in the heart of the city centre, facing the River Nile, the hotel is close to the Egyptian Museum, the Cairo Opera House and the Cairo Tower. The Citadel, Old Cairo, downtown shops and commercial centre are nearby. The Giza Pyramids and Cairo International Airport are just 25 km away. The Night & Day is buffet dining à la minute at its finest. Chefs wait at their cooking stations to prepare fusion fare to order. The Asian station offers dim sum, wok and teppanyaki specialties, the grill station is where you'll go for Oriental and tandoori items and the pasta and noodle station is just right for lighter bites. Salad, cold cut, carving and dessert stations complete the feast. 
Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo
In Cairo city where history, art and luxury form the heart of the social scenes, Kempinski Nile Hotel - Garden City dares to break the mold. Kempinski Nile Hotel - Garden City is the first and only luxury boutique hotel in Egypt’s capital, situated directly on the eastern bank of the famed Nile River. The hotel, designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, boasts the ultimate concepts of luxury blending Egyptian and European charm and hospitality with the exotic bustle of the city. The most inspiring culinary delights are to be found in every corner in each of our restaurants, cafés and bars. We invite you to experience the taste of our philosophy 'Simple Things Done Beautifully', from the Chocolate Lounge to the Floor 10 destination.
Sonesta Hotel, Tower & Casino - Cairo
A stay at the five-star Sonesta Cairo Hotel & Casino will leave a lasting impression. The hotel's Welcome Service at the Cairo Airport, just 10 minutes from the hotel, assists with visa, passport and luggage, then escorts guests right to the hotel in a complimentary limousine. The Sonesta Cairo's 409 spacious guest rooms and suites, many with balconies, offer a variety of luxurious amenities.  The poolside bar and full-service spa with a Turkish steam bath are havens for relaxation. After the pampering, the hotel offers several options at its gourmet restaurants serving French, Italian or Lebanese cuisine. 
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LUXOR HOTELS, EGYPT
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El-Luxor Hotel, Luxor
This 4-star hotel is surrounded by garden and overlooks the Blue Nile. It is in the centre of Luxor and is ideally located between Luxor Temple and Museum. El Luxor Hotel’s provides rooms that are comfortably furnished, include LCD TVs and offer views of the hotel’s garden or the Nile. The property surrounds an outdoor swimming pool with a pool bar and sun deck. Guests can enjoy rich breakfast, lunch, and dinner either indoors in a light-filled restaurant or outdoors by the pool.
Iberotel Luxor
The Iberotel Luxor with Pharao Club has an excellent location on the banks of the Nile. There are lovely views of the river, its West Bank and the Theben hills from the restaurant and pool. Beautiful temples stretch along both sides of the river - the area is full of historical sites. Centrally located in Luxor, directly on the banks of the Nile and within 10 min walking distance from Luxor Temple and 20 min to the Souk (market). Karnak Temple about 3 km, Luxor Airport about 11 km. Iberotel Luxor overlooking the nile is located in a beautiful garden full of exotic plants with 1 swimming pool on a floating jetty, shops, restaurants and bars. Near the hotel you will find a ferry pier.
Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa
Escape to the serenity of the lush banks of the Nile and receive Egypt's most attentive, friendly service at this idyllic Hilton Worldwide Resort. With glorious, uninterrupted views from our unique, water's edge location, the newly renovated Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is the ideal base from which to explore the region’s rich and ancient culture. Choose from 8 stylish bars and restaurants, indulge in a luxury holistic treatment at the tranquil Nayara Spa, bathe in the resort's two stunning infinity pools or simply relax in a shaded cabana hammock beside the Nile. 
Sofitel Karnak Luxor
Located on the east bank of the majestic Nile in one of the most exciting& intriguing settings, Sofitel Karnak lets you experience the timeless& exotic beauty of Luxor, 6 km from the city center,18 km from the Luxor international airport, 3 km from the glorious Karnak Temple. Savor the wide selection of fine cuisines at our main restaurant, a-la-carte or BBQ restaurant. Discover ancient history at your doorstep in any of our 347 rooms& suites or enjoy the vast leisure facilities the hotel offers. 
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