What is the fish? Tarek: This is "denise" [sea bream] from the Mediterranean. Sure, the Middle East is in turmoil. In Cairo, we climb into a pyramid, greet the Sphinx, and marvel at King Tut’s gold. I find that a respectful tourist is welcome to be a part of the scene. The Nile still flows as it did for the pharaohs — the lifeblood of civilization then, as today. Back when Luxor was Egypt's capital, this sprawling complex of temples was dedicated to the grandiose holy family, a trinity of gods: Amon, Mut, and Khonsu. Lyon, France: City of Capitals. If your leader is a god, you question nothing. This portrayal of geese from 2500 BC is perhaps the oldest surviving painting. King Tutankhamun around the year 1300 BC had his organs inside this beautiful alabaster box and that was also inside a wooden gilded beautiful box that had the surroundings of the four goddesses for protection. And finally, in the sacred sanctuary, Ramses assumes his place in the company of the gods. Count me in if Egypt is available. Towering before us are the tombs of three great kings, or "pharaohs." And small bakeries are steadily producing hot balloons of pita bread — destined to be filled with falafel. Khan Al-Khalili is the megamall of medieval bazaars. Rick: Tzatziki! While prices on the street may be cheap, if you want rich-world comfort, you'll pay rich-world prices. Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. It was built with Soviet technology and money back in the Cold War. These monuments were built to mark and to protect the bodies of fabulously wealthy and powerful pharaohs. The traditional felucca — long a hard-working cargo boat — now hauls vacationing tourists. It's all art for the dead, locked up until rediscovered in modern times. I look forward to seeing it the Rick Steves… Thanks to a heroic effort, in 1968, this ancient temple was cut into huge blocks and relocated to this spot — high and dry for at least another 3,000 years. We're starting in the north, on the Mediterranean coast, in Egypt's second city. Rick: Yeah. What am I eating here? Luxor's other great sight — another magnificent temple complex — is best enjoyed early in the morning — beating the heat and crowds. And gated social clubs in a place like Egypt provide a refuge where the wealthy can live in a parallel world, protected from the gritty reality of the streets. I sure hope Cheops was satisfied. Fleets of these provide multiday Nile cruises, which have become a standard part of an Egyptian tour. In fact, this city helped spearhead Egypt's Arab Spring revolution back in 2011. The art looks essentially the same from century to century. Rick: I was going to say, moussaka, stuffed grape leaves, and tzatziki — a Greek would say, "that's my food" — but it's Egyptian also? The wonders of Egypt await your visit. In the fabled city of Alexandria, Rick brings viewers into a wonderland of back lanes and introduces a traditional shisha (hookah) experience. Even if you don't understand its long and complicated history, just observing how old and new come together is rewarding to the traveler. With about 20 million people in greater Cairo, it's bursting at the seams and pulsing with energy. Ironically, rather than protecting tombs, the pyramids were actually attracting thieves. Watch the full episode: At nearly 10, 000 feet, the Zugspitze is Germany s highest mountain. 09/09/20 03:41 AM . Rick: And… We start in Alexandria, fly to Luxor, cruise up the Nile to Aswan, and finish in Abu Simbel. A short venture beyond the famous sights takes us into a timeless Egypt untouched by tourism. In Alexandria, we wander back lanes and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. Monday Night Travel . And Tarek knows a great place for fish. Back outside, complementing the scene, is the mysterious [Great] Sphinx. While most sightseers cross the river on a fleet of touristy shuttles, we're riding on the public ferry with the locals. The sheer size of the complex, with its forest of massive columns leading to huge squares, is a testimony to Ramses' power to get things done. Bon appétit. RICK STEVES' EUROPE offers a fresh perspective on the best travel advice, including where to stay, what to see and how to get around in Europe. I love to hop in one for a quick joyride. Mark was their first pope and the first in an unbroken line of Coptic popes stretching back nearly 2,000 years. It's hard to walk by this place without enjoying at least a taste. Rick: Shisha. Stepping into Al Hussein mosque, like [with] any neighborhood mosque, you'll find a worshipful tranquility. The tomb of Ramses IV was typical. Ruling around 1400 BC, he was considered history's first monotheist. Rick: Zainab's fingers? Luxor is a standard stop on the tourist's itinerary. Nelly: That's tahini; that's baba ghanoush. Rick: So today we claim this is Egyptian. Traveling to Cairo in a few weeks and want to see some sights. Along with the Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, this museum shows off the best collection of ancient Egyptian art anywhere. The harborfront corniche is lined with cafés, restaurants, and people out enjoying the scene. It was used once a year for an elaborate festival feast celebrating fertility: fertility of the land, the people, and the kingdom. And, you gotta admit, Tut doesn't look a day over 3,500. They reveal the challenges Egyptian democracy faces today. Tour Account › Travel Forum › Home / Travel Forum / Beyond Europe / Egypt; Please sign in to post. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Heba: I hope so. Whether you buy anything or not, you can enjoy their entertaining show afternoons on both the port and starboard sides. This structure — which marked his tomb — is a "step pyramid." While the ancient lighthouse guided friendly ships in to Alexandria, centuries later this fort was designed to keep enemies — like the Ottoman Turks — out. Posted on December 20, 2019 October 6, 2020. For coronavirus (COVID-19) travel information, Season 11 Episodes During the time of Akhenaten, people were portrayed looser, more intimately. Tarek: Yeah, and a few people now call it hookah, hubbly-bubbly, nargile. Daughter: Yeah. Rick's 2013 Egypt Trip: Blog Posts & Videos Egypt — Something Different for a Change Sign in. The core of the collection, art from the age of the pharaohs, dates from about 3000 to 1000 BC. Join Rick and his team of travel-savvy teachers every Monday night on Zoom as we explore Europe (and beyond) together. Shukran [thank you]. So, these are beautiful paintings of the afterlife. Its creation submerged many towns and ancient treasures. After the museum, Cairo's characteristic old quarter is a colorful celebration of today's Egypt. In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs' tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. Rick: This is exquisite. This grandest of all pyramids — 700 feet long on each side — was built 2,500 years before Christ. And so were the great pyramids before it. Climbing this passage, you marvel at the design and the audacity of the project. Allan, we are also interested in Egypt. Learn about Rick Steves' small-group tours with more than 40 great itineraries for 2021! I'm Rick Steves. They're for the wives and daughters. The friendly welcome is a reminder of how important tourism is for Egypt's economy. Marwa: Papyrus is made out of the stem of the plant papyrus. Thanks for joining us. Things stay the same. It was to ensure that all those valuables made it safely into the afterlife. My Account . An ancient garrison town famed for its granite quarries, today it's embraced tourism, taking full advantage of its attractive riverfront. To the ancient Egyptians, it seemed logical to live on the east bank, where the sun rises, and bury your dead on the west bank, where the sun dies each evening. Akhenaten replaced all the gods of the Egyptian pantheon with one all-powerful being, the sun god, whom he called "Aten.". Rick: And Heba, what do you wish for your daughters, to be successful and to be happy? Dating from around 2600 BC, it's a century older than its more famous sisters at Giza. So, we have moussaka… Today, a 500-year-old fortress marks the spot. Cairo's mighty Citadel — capped by a dramatic 19th-century mosque — is a reminder that the need for security is nothing new here. Stoke your travel dreams with this clip! Memories of so many vivid snapshots of humanity. What country wouldn't want to claim this as their national cuisine? I think you're on the right road. Never feel sorry for — or obligated to — the merchant. Marwa: It is a beautiful piece of the jewelry of Tutankhamun, around the year 1300 BC, made out gold, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and you can see the beautiful symbolism over here, where you can see the scarab, the sign of existence, as well as the sun disc. Smaller text Larger text. And this energy will carry us to some of Cairo's greatest sights and most vibrant neighborhoods. In the southeast corner of the Mediterranean, Egypt is one of Africa's largest countries. Today, its legacy survives in the city's modern library. RICK STEVES EGYPT: YESTERDAY & TODAY sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. Reliefs show pharaohs wooing the gods with rituals and offerings. Shukran. The Nile is still the lifeblood of the city, sprawling endlessly on both sides. Fishermen, as they have since ancient times, harvest the sea to help feed the city while taking advantage of this safe haven. Comments. In this program, we'll sail much of it and visit many of its greatest sights. Popping into its busy market, you find a colorful bazaar that serves both locals and tourists. So is it normal for children to speak English and Egyptian [Arabic]? I love traveling here, but I do it with safety and sanity in mind. The son of Akhenaten was Tutankhamun, perhaps the most famous pharaoh. There's something strangely graceful about this chaotic dance of careening vehicles, merchants, and pedestrians. It's called shisha. That's because in 1922 this tomb was discovered with its treasures intact. 1 posts. And today Cairo's known as the city of a thousand minarets. The vast majority of Egypt's 100 million people live along the banks of the Nile. And it's here that St. Mark introduced Christianity to Egypt — establishing what, to this day, is the "Coptic," or Egyptian, church. Vast as Cairo is, it’s a small world for the traveler when it comes to sights and tourist-friendly stops. If there's a demonstration going on — and there have been massive ones in recent years — it's likely here. The Temple of Abu Simbel, while originally built by Ramses II in about 1250 BC, was relocated here only about 50 years ago. Today it's a stop for every tour group and the merchants are standing by…. A visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo helps bring the country's many ancient sights to life. I scouted this shoot a few years ago but things got too tense politically to recommend travel there, so I put the shoot on hold. Rick Steves sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. The smaller ones? In a mosque, men and women worship separately. While you can buy just about anything in these thriving and exotic streets, there's also a strong sense of community that naturally comes with such population density. As the sun sets, we appreciate the timeless beauty of both Luxor and the Nile. A highlight of the museum's collection is a section filled with King Tut's treasures, from his splendid coffin to his jewelry. Imagine the lighthouse that stood at the mouth of this harbor. Here, where the desert meets the Nile, the lush ribbon of green is a reminder of how fundamental this river is to all life in Egypt. With the constant beeping of passing traffic, its center is a carnival of commercial life. Amon-Ra was the god of Luxor, the god of empire — Egypt's god of gods. We're riding one farther upstream for a look at the most scenic stretch of the Nile. Rick: Beautiful. You obey the rules. Merchant: Today 100% discount because today my birthday. And that? As long as things were going reasonably well, the gods were happy — and it was status quo. It's Cairo. Tarek grew up as a member here, he met his wife here, and today their children enjoy this privileged environment almost daily. Placed over the head of his mummy, it was 24 pounds of gold, with a cobra and a vulture to symbolize the united kingdom of Upper and Lower Egypt, which Tut proudly ruled. Tut's mummy was in this extravagant coffin. In Luxor, we'll revel in the glory of the pharaohs — their temples and their hidden tombs. Hunger and Hope: Lessons from Ethiopia and Guatemala. Tragically, about 2,000 years ago, that amazing repository of knowledge was burned and destroyed. A game changer for Egypt, it tamed the Nile providing electricity and controlling the flow of the once-erratic river. We're in Egypt. While a city of about half a million people today, Luxor feels like a tourist town with its riverfront hotels, shops, and the ancient temples gathered along the Nile. Rick: That's very difficult. From their palaces here, they proudly ruled a united kingdom — Upper and Lower Egypt together. Every year the Nile would flood, bringing water and fertile silt to the land. The riverfront throbs with energy — stately bridges busy with traffic, fancy riverside restaurants, and towering apartment complexes. Terms of Service | Privacy. This beachside café has a relaxed vibe — not unlike other Mediterranean towns I've enjoyed. Tarek: Absolutely, and each country would claim it's "ours." Our finale: Ramses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel. RICK STEVES EGYPT: YESTERDAY & TODAY sails beyond Europe, exploring the historic and cultural wonders of Egypt. Have a curious spirit, have fun, and explore. We'll explore its leading city, Cairo, and finish at the pyramids of Giza. OK, we've worked up an appetite. I think you're on the right road. In this shop, a man spins delicate strands of flour that will become a favorite local pastry, kanafeh. A few years ago, I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Egypt. In their day, the pyramids were encased in a shiny limestone veneer. In some ways, life along the Nile seems to have changed little since the days of the pharaohs. And this couple — a husband and wife — was also found in a tomb. Rick: Rokak. Streets, squares, and grand buildings are reminders of the country's colonial past — from the 19th and early 20th centuries. I make a point to explore a variety of neighborhoods. Save up to 50% storewide on travel bags, accessories, guidebooks, maps and DVDs. The faithful believe that when Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus escaped Herod by fleeing to Egypt, this very spot is where they took refuge. The hustlers can be intense and annoying — or fun, depending on your approach. The people of today's Egypt represent the latest chapter in a story that goes back 5,000 years. The key to this kind of sightseeing? The pyramid of the pharaoh Cheops is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Evening's a great time to visit. Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the biggest city in North Africa and the biggest in the Middle East. Rick: Lovely. 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