North Africa

Travel to Cities Worth Seeing in Egypt

Here you will find study trips and round trips through the metropolises of the country of Egypt

Cairo

Embark on a journey through Cairo, the capital of Egypt and at the same time the largest city in the Arab world. Cairo is the most important traffic junction in Egypt and has numerous universities, colleges, theaters, museums and monuments. The old town of Cairo is an ensemble of Islamic architecture and has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Admire the most beautiful sights of Cairo, such as the Hanging Church in Old Cairo, Ataba Square in the center of Cairo, the Egyptian Museum, the Tower of Al-Gasiera, the Mohammed Ali Mosque on the Citadel, the Pyramids of Giza, the Chefren pyramid, the Sphinx of Giza, as well as various theaters, museums or parks.

Alexandria

Visit Alexandria, a port city on the Delta of the Nile on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, as part of a study trip! Today Alexandria is, after Cairo, the second largest city in North Africa, the fourth largest metropolitan area in North Africa and tenth place for the whole of Africa. Admire the most important sights of Alexandria, such as the Pompey Column, the National Museum and the Great Library, the Qait Bey fortress or the planetarium next to the library. Let yourself be impressed by this culture and enjoy a city break through Alexandria!

Luxor

Luxor is located in the Al-Uqsur Governorate on the eastern bank of the Nile and is considered the largest city in Upper Egypt. From an archaeological point of view, Luxor, together with Thebes West on the opposite side of the Nile, is considered to be the most important region in Egypt. Not nearly as big as Cairo, but thanks to numerous archaeological sites at least as attractive, especially as a destination for study trips, which also benefit from an international airport that makes travel much easier.

Aswan

The Egyptian city of Aswan on the east bank of the Nile is a very popular travel destination – both for thousands of tourists from all over the world and for many locals. Every year, the numerous sights of the entire region cast a spell over visitors. The most famous attraction of the university city of Aswan, which is the southernmost major city in Egypt, is the huge Aswan High Dam. The impressive dam is one of the most famous structures in the country. The Temple of Isis is also not to be missed when visiting Aswan, as is the Nubian Museum. In the large museum building there are numerous testimonies to the eventful history of the region and exciting information on the development of the city. There is a large open-air museum next to the museum.

UNESCO world cultural heritage

The various Nile islands – including Elephantine Island – are extremely popular with Aswan visitors. The ruins of the ancient city of the same name, Elephantine, have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. If you want to experience the real Egyptian market life up close, you have the opportunity to do so at the 700-meter-long “souk”. In addition to valuable local handicrafts, you can also buy fresh fruit, vegetables, meat or fish here. The city of 280,000 has an international airport, Aswan International Airport, to which international airlines fly regularly.

Red Sea Mountain Trail

Egypt’s long-distance hiking trail for sustainable tourism

In ancient times, the remote mountain region on the outskirts of the Egyptian coastal city of Hurghada on the Red Sea was a bustling and dynamic region. Especially in the Ptolemaic and Roman times, trade and travel caravans crossed old hunting routes on their way to the Nile. The result was a mosaic of lively mountain paths that were only used by native Bedouins when people emigrated from the region. With the increasing motorization of traffic in the 1980s, these once vital paths began to deteriorate. But now the historic network of trails has been revived by the Red Sea Mountain Trail. The 170-kilometer route is Egypt’s first long-distance hiking trail and primarily appeals to nature-loving and history-interested visitors who want to spend a sustainable holiday.

Red Sea Mountain Trail – walking through the past

The trail, which takes about 10 days, was designed by the Khushmaan clan, who are part of the Maaza, one of the largest Bedouin tribes in Egypt. Its roots go back to the Hejaz region on the Arabian Peninsula. In Egypt, the Maaza area is in the northern half of the Red Sea Mountains and the route runs through their traditional land. The Red Sea Mountain Trail spans a variety of landscapes, from wide plains to winding valleys, and from rocky canyons to pools of water. It includes six hiking junctions, from which various paths lead to remarkable places such as Jebel Shayib el Banat (2,187 meters) or Jebel Gattar, where the famous rock art sites with representations of camels and Thamudic writings can be seen.

In the footsteps of the Bedouins – sustainable travel without damaging the environment

The Red Sea Mountain Trail is a model for sustainable adventure tourism and is intended to counterbalance mass tourism around resorts. A trail like the Red Sea Mountain Trail creates legitimate economic opportunities for the local Bedouin because no one is better qualified to work in the area than they are. Visitors on study trips in particular will be impressed by their old traditional stories and the guided tours, which resemble a journey into the past. The Red Sea Mountain Trail creates sustainable opportunities as a counterbalance to mass tourism around Hurghada.

Red Sea Mountain Trail