Travelers have been marveling at Egypt's wondrous antiquities for thousands of years -- even the ancient Greeks and Romans were awed by them. But today, a visit to Egypt is more than an immersion into past glories -- mud-brick villages sprout TV antennae, stone and glass high-rises tower over ancient monuments and pop music blaring from radios counterpoints the call to prayer.
Although modern life coexists with the legacies of the past, it has also opened up possibilities for exploring a wider area of Egypt. In addition to the great monuments of the Nile Valley, an Egyptian itinerary could also include diving along the Red Sea coast, a desert trek to remote oases or a visit to the Sinai Peninsula. The hub of transportation -- and most likely your first and last stop in the country -- remains Cairo, a city that never fails to make a strong impression.
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