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EGYPT EXPEDITION ROUTE
Egypt EXPEDITION ROUTE SUMMARY
From Sept 1st 2006 - Oct 2nd 2006
Aug 31st Team arrives in Cairo
Sept 3rd - 4th

In the Sinai Peninsula
- Mount Sinai
- St. Catherine Monastery

Sept 5th - 8th In Alexandria
- Alexandria Library
Sept 9th - 22nd

In Cairo
- Smart Village & Smart School
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Pyramids / Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, the Citadel & mosques

Sept 23rd - 25th In Luxor
- Valley of the Kings
-if time permits: Red Sea
Sept 26th - 28th In Aswan Area
-Aswan highlights
-Ferry travel to Sudan on the Nile River.
Oct 2nd

Leaving Aswan for Sudan

TRACKING OF THE TEAM THROUGH GPS
Complete Egypt Route from - Cairo to Wadi Halfa SUDAN
Final Route Egypt
From Cairo to Sinai Peninsula Recorded date: September 3, 2006
Cairo - Sinai

In Cairo - Learn more about:

- Smart Village & Smart School

- Pyramids / Sphinx

- Egyptian Museum,

- The Citadel & mosques

 

From St. Catherine Monastery to Mount Sinai - Recorded date: September 4, 2006

Mount Sinai

In the Sinai Peninsula

- St. Catherine Monastery

 

From Cairo to Alexandria Recorded date: September 8, 2006

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In Alexandria:

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Alexandria Library


Alexandria
Alexandria Library
From Cairo to Luxor Recorded date: September 19th, 2006
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In Luxor:

From Luxor to Hurghada (Red Sea) Recorded date: September 22nd, 2006

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Learn more about the places visited by the Expedition Team:

Smart Village, Cairo

As Africa’s largest city, Cairo has a lot to offer. And one place we have to visit is Egypt’s Smart Village, just 20 minutes from downtown Cairo! This Village allows Egypt to showcase its high tech infrastructure by providing a high tech environment for IT and Telecom companies. Smart Village has 67 office plots and up to 30,000 employees can work there.  But Smart Village is not like any other office complex. We will tell you exactly why this is the case once we visit this well-known complex!

For more information, click here.

A Smart School in Cairo

Samrt School

Egypt has many schools, especially in its capital city, Cairo. Over the past few years, the Ministry of Education realized that many under skilled students were entering the work force upon graduation. To solve this problem of under skilled students, the Ministry of Education signed an agreement with Microsoft to equip K-12 schools with desktop computers and technology. And these schools are known as Smart Schools. At Smart Schools, students are taught to use this new technology. While using computers, the students get motivated to embrace this new technology and well as realize their potential. But how are the students dealing with this change? What do they like the most about using computers? We’ll tell you all this and more once we get to a Smart School in Cairo!
Pyramids of Giza, Cairo
Pyramids of Giza

Ask anyone what they know about Egypt and the answer you will most likely get is the Pyramids! Egypt is home to as many as 100 pyramids and the greatest and most famous of them all are the Pyramids of Giza. The Pyramids of Giza, which are located just outside of Cairo, comprise of the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Khufu), the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. The Great Pyramid of Giza is in fact one of the worlds oldest and last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. If you want to know why these pyramids were built, when they were built and how they were constructed, wait until we get there and we’ll tell you everything you need to know!

For more information, click here
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Great Sphinx of Giza, Cairo
Great Sphinx

While we’re visiting the Pyramids of Giza, we will also spend some time visiting the Great Sphinx; a huge monument statue of a creature with a body of a lion and a head of a pharaoh. The Great Sphinx lies in Giza, to the south of the Pyramid of Khafre. It is the first colossal royal sculpture in Egypt. Egypt is home to numerous sphinxes, usually with the head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion. When was this Great Sphinx built and why does it have the head of King Khafre and a body of a lion? What does it symbolize to the Egyptians? Follow the expedition to get all your answers! For more information, please visit:
http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/sphinx1.htm

Egyptian Museum, Cairo
The Egyptian Museum has over 120,000 objects, ranging from the pre-historic era to the
Greco-Roman period. Egypt’s history; all under one roof! This museum is home to the most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities in the world. The objects fall under four categories; ancient jewelry, sculptures, the collection of Tutankhamun (King Tut; the boy king) and funerary collections. We’ll be able to see some of the artifacts found in the tombs of ancient Kings of Egypt.  Does this include actual mummies of some of Egypt’s Pharaohs? Wait and see!
For more information about the Museume please visit: http://www.egyptianmuseum.gov.eg/
Citadel, Cairo
The Citadel is one of Egypt’s most popular attractions; it’s a window into Egypt’s valuable history. The Citadel shelters a number of museums, old mosques, old palaces and other important sites. It was built by Salah El-Din (Saladin) to fight the Crusaders in 1176.  Since then, it has become the seat of the government for nearly 800 years. How are these ancient buildings preserved? Are the mosques still in use? What’s inside the palaces and museums?

For more information about Cairo, click here.
Mosque, Cairo
Mohammed Ali Mosque There are many mosques in Cairo because Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country. Most, if not all, of its rulers were Muslim and encouraged the Muslim way of life. These mosques vary in age, decorations and architecture as they were not built at the same time. We will visit one exceptional mosque and show you how mosques look like, how Muslims pray and what role the religion of Islam plays in the lives of Egyptians. Do you know how many times Muslims pray a day? And what do they do before and after praying? We’ll give you all that information very soon!

For more information about Cairo Mosque, click here.
Alexandria Library, Alexandria
Alexandria Library

The Royal Library of Alexandria was Alexandria’s treasure from the 3rd century to the 8th century. This library was once the largest library in the world. Sadly, this library was destroyed and stopped functioning in the 8th century. Fortunately, Alexandria has been successful in recapturing the spirit of one of its richest legacy; the old Royal Library. Alexandria is now home to the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which was opened in 2002. This library is built close to the site of the old library. This library is huge; it’s filled with reading rooms, some museums, specialist libraries and research centers. Do you think they preserved any of the material from the old library? What about ancient scrolls?
For more information please visit: http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Arts&Culture/
BibliothecaAlexandria/
071100000000000001.htm
St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mt. Sinai, Sinai Peninsula
Saint Catherine Monastery

At the foot of the distinctive mountain of Mount Sinai in Egypt lies the St. Catherine Monastery; most likely the oldest continuously functioning Christian monastery. This site has a long history and remains sacred to the three dominant world religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is on Mount Sinai that Moses spoke with God and received the Ten Commandments. Within the walls of the monastery, there’s a library,a church and a mosque. Did you know the library has the second largest collection of early codices and manuscripts? Once we get there we will tell you all about the monastery, why the mosque was built and who lives in the monastery.
For more information you can visit:
http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Tourism/famouscities
/Catherine/060606000000000001.htm
Luxor, Egypt
Luxor The city of Luxor is known for the Valley of the Kings, which is home to 62 tombs to-date. From the 18th to the 20th Dynasty, the Pharaohs (kings) of Egypt did not want the pyramid style tombs. Instead, their tombs were cut into limestone and they all followed a similar pattern. But why did the Pharaohs build these kinds of tombs instead of continuing with the pyramid-style tombs? We’ll give you an insight into the most famous tombs of them all, the tomb of King Tut (King Tutankhamun); the boy-king. Do these tombs really reveal much about the lives of the Pharaohs? Stay tuned as we visit Luxor to learn abou the Valley of the Kings! For more information, please visit:
http://www.touregypt.net/kingtomb.htm
Aswan – Ferry to Sudan

After spending some time in Luxor, we will make our to Aswan. In Aswan, our vehicles will be shipped by ferry up the River Nile to the border of Sudan. We will tell you everything about longest river in the world. Did you know that in the past, this river flooded on a yearly basis? Why do you think this is not the case anymore? We will have all the answers for you once we get there!
For more information please visit: http://www.aswanguide.com/