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There is a stunning array of history and views to be enjoyed in the mystical world of Egypt: Giza Pyramids in Cairo, Valley of the Kings and Queens in Luxor, the everlasting beauty of Aswan, the mighty temple of Abu Simbel, the wonderful coastal resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurgada. There's more to Egypt than just history. Everyone's talking about the Red Sea Riviera, and it's easy to see why. With its golden beaches, bath-warm waters and knock-out coral reefs, it's one showstopper of a place.

Egypt is a Middle Eastern country and has Middle Eastern customs. Combined with religious belief is commitment to the extended family. Each family member is responsible for the integrity of the family, creating an environment that would be envied by many people in the West. By understanding the culture and with consideration for your hosts, you are a welcome guest in Egypt. Major tourism mosques are open to the public unless services are in progress (the main service is on Friday at noon). Other mosques are not. Most Muslims walk around in their stockings but those mosques that are major tourist attractions have canvas overshoes available; Women must cover bare arms and should also have a hat.

All flights are 5 hours away. Most flights available from local airports, depending on the time of year.

Sharm el Sheikh is the biggest and most popular resort on Egypt's Red Sea Riviera. With a range of shops, restaurants and cafes, lively nightlife and some of world's best and most famous diving sights. Sharm el-Sheikh is one of the most accessible and developed tourist resort communities on the Sinai peninsula. There are small, intimate hotels with modern designs, as well as larger hotel complexes belonging to International chains, plus about all the amenities one could expect of a tourist center, including casinos, discos and nightclubs, golf courses and health facilities. In fact, with diving and snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, horses and camel riding, desert safaris, and great nearby antiquities attractions, it is almost impossible for a visitor to ever suffer from boredom.For those who live to shop, the Sharm El-Sheikh mall provides shops with both foreign and local products, including jewelry, leather goods, clothing, pottery and books.

Naama Bay is the center of the tourist activities and is now a resort town itself. Most hotels at Naama Bay have their own, private beaches with comfortable amenities such as chairs, shades and even bars.

Sharks Bay is also nearby, and again is a growing resort community with more and more to offer, along with several diving centers.

The small harbor known as Sharm el-Moiya is located next to the civil harbor, has accommodations for boats, and includes a Yacht Club with rooms.