Egypt is synonymous with Pharaohs, Pyramids, temples and antiquities from ancient civilizations. And at the centre of this great civilizations lies the Nile River that has influenced their economics, social life, politics and religion. It is the oldest travel destination on earth. Greek and Roman travelers came in 430 BC to wonder at some of the very sights that make it a modern travel destination today. The magnificence of the painted Valley of the Kings, exquisite temples and the pyramids were all sought-after subjects of admiration.
Ancient Egypt was one of the earliest civilizations, and an important centre of trade and culture. Whilst the pyramids at Giza and the Temple of Karnak are perhaps some of the best known historical sites in Egypt, the capital Cairo also has some significant sites. These include the Hanging Church, a Coptic church built in the third of fourth century BC, and the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, built in the nineteenth century. A family holiday in Egypt offers a fascinating introduction to history and culture if you're looking for something more than a beach holiday for your children.
Egyptian dance, music, and literature continue to flourish, and if you travel to Egypt you'll find plenty of cultural things to do. Famous Egyptian authors include Nobel Laureate novelist Naguib Mahfouz, and vernacular poets such as Bayram al-Tunisi. Well-known Egyptian artists include Mahmoud Mokhtar and Gazbia Sirry. If you're in Cairo you could get tickets to a concert of the Cairo Symphony Orchestra at the city's Opera House. In Luxor or Hurghada you could attend one of the regular performances of belly dancing, or traditional music played on ancient instruments such as the ney (a type of flute) and oud (similar to a lute).