SSS Cairo Summer School

Faculty of Medicine-Cairo University

Social Program

Building on our extensive experience in hosting international students during the past 49 years, the Students’ Scientific Society -Cairo International Medical Summer School 2018 team has designed the social program to expose all applicants to different aspects of the rich Egyptian culture. This is in addition to the exchange of cultures between the participants of the program. Through this program; get ready to enjoy some of the most breathtaking sights you could ever witness, visit most of the attractions around Egypt, and have one of the best experiences of a life time. 

The social program consists of 2 parts:
1 – Daily social program + weekend trips.
2 – Social program extension

The perk of having one full uninterrupted week of trips is that you will get to travel all around Egypt, giving you the chance to see most of the country’s attractions, and much of its culture.

Daily Social Program

Ancient Cairo Christian Cairo Islamic Cairo Nile Ride Alexandria Fayoum

Ancient Cairo

Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx

Social program includes visiting the Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx in order to
be exposed to the pharaoh’s era and the ancient Egyptian’s culture. You’ll get to spend some time walking and riding horses or camels around the well known Egyptian Pyramids. Take some pictures with one of the world’s largest and oldest statues; sphinx. If you’re daring enough, you have the option to explore inside a pyramid!

 

 

 

 


Saqqara Plateau

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The desert plateau above the modern village of Saqqara formed one of the main cemeteries of the ancient Egyptian capital city of Memphis for thousands of years. As such, it attracted a large number of royal and high prestige burials, the remains of which can be seen in pyramids and decorated tombs scattered across the area. The site of Saqqara is quite extensive, stretching 6 km north-south and 1.5 km across at its widest point.

the area includes the following monuments

  • Saqqara Necropolis
  • Step Pyramid of Djoser. This structure marks the transition between the bench-like mastaba style of burial and the true pyramid shape (first seen at Dahshur). 
  • Pyramid of Teti I and Teti Period Cemetery. The pyramid tomb of the first ruler of the 6th dynasty, the Pyramid of Teti was quickly surrounded by the tombs of his nobles and offic
    ials upon its completion.
  • Tomb of Mereruka.  
  • Tomb of Kagemni.  
  • Tomb of Ankhmahor.
  • Serapeum.
  • Mastaba of Ti : A 'classic' Old Kingdom tomb of a high noble and one of the richest sources of information about life during that period, the mastaba tomb of Ti is one of the grandest and best-decorated examples of funerary architecture in Egypt.
  • Pyramid of Unas.
  • Imhotep Museum


Egyptian Museum

No visit to Egypt is complete without heading to the Egyptian Museum.
Experience the largest collection of pharaonic antiquities as it takes you into a journey through the Egyptian history

Christian Cairo

Babylon fortBabylon-fortress

This is indeed the oldest part of the city, and the remains of the fort are Cairo proper's oldest original structure, Cairo owes its existence to this fort for it was built in the most strategic location in all of Egypt on the border between upper Cairo and lower Cairo which were originally two independent kingdoms, It was from these foundations that one of the greatest cities of the world sprang, from a humble beginning to one of the two largest cities in the world. Today, the ancient fort is almost entirely a Christian enclave, and one of Cairo's most visited tourist sites.

 

 

 


 Coptic MuseumThe-coptic-museum

The Museum is located within the walls of the fortress of Babylon, part of the old city walls built by Emperor Trajan in 98 A.D. The Museum holds a collection of 16,000 works of art, of which 1,200 real treasures are exhibited to the public. It owns 6,000 papyrus manuscripts of which the most important are the Psalms of David and the manuscripts of Nag Hammadi. 

 

 

 

 


Hanging ChurchThe-hanging-Church

 It is known as Al-Muallaka (the hanging) because it was built on the ruins of two old towers that remained from an old fortress called the Fortress of Babylon. It was dedicated to The Virgin Mary and St. Dimiana. There are 110 icons here, the oldest of which dates back to the 8th Century

 

 

 

 

 

 


St. George Church St-George-Church

The unique Church of St. George is the only round church found in Egypt. Built in the 10th century on top of a Roman tower of the fortified town called Babylon, the church is connected to the Monastery of St. George and is the seat of the Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria

 

 

 

 


Ben Ezra SynagogueBen-Ezra-Synagogue

Islamic Cairo

Saladin Citadel and Muhammed Ali Mosque

Social program includes a visit to the Saladin Citadel of Cairo; where you will get to know all about Islamic Cairo and the Ottoman empire of Egypt. You’ll have the chance to visit a medieval Islamic Fortification which some of the great views of cairo. Plus, it is also the home of three mosques and 3 indifferent Museums! you’ll have to see for yours

 

 

 

 


Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, the scale of the mosque is so colossal that it nearly emptied the vast Mamluk Treasury


Mosque of Ibn Tulun

This mosque is one of the oldest still operating mosques in Egypt and one of the largest.. The mosque was part of a city called al-Qata’i established by Tulun,the mosque is all that remained of the city; Ibn Tulun built the mosque to provide a place for his troops to pray.  The Tulun Dynasty only lasted 26 years and later fell into disuse. In 1296 the mosque was restored by Mamluk Sultan Lajin; during the reconstruction the mosque gained its unique minaret.

The beautiful minaret was modeled after the minaret of Samarra. It has a spiral staircase winding around the outside of the minaret and horseshoe arches on the minaret windows. The mosque covers an area of 26,318m² and is surrounded by a high wall with a decorative crenulated top resembling paper cut-outs of people linking arms. The mosque is built around a large central courtyard with halls leading off on all four sides. In the courtyard you can see intricate carved stucco decoration which was being used for the first time. The mosque provides a rare example of art and architecture from this period.


Gayer-Anderson Museum

This museum is housed in two 16th century Ottoman-era houses which have been restored and furnished in various Oriental styles. Each room in the connecting 5 floor houses has a theme of a particular oriental style including Egyptian, Moroccan and Japanese, Persian, Byzantine, Mohammed Ali era, Damascus and contains artifacts and antiques. Former resident of the houses, Major Gayer-Anderson, an English doctor in the Egyptian civil service in the 1930s and 1940s donated his home and collection which he amassed during his travels. The houses hold pieces from various historic periods including the Pharaonic and Islamic as well as Central Asian art, objects from Iran and Turkey and paintings by 20th century artists. The collection includes birthing chairs and ethnomedical equipment which interested Gayer-Anderson as a medical professional. You can also see miniature Persian paintings, Persian cupboards from a Teheran palace, Chinese paintings on rice paper, engraved ostrich eggs, a mummy case, a Turkish Harem toy, a recreated Turkish apartment, carpets and other curiosities, antiques and memorabilia.

In addition to the collections in the museum the houses themselves are of interest; they are considered excellent examples of Muslim domestic architecture. There is colorful patterned tiling, mosaics, high ceilings, stonework and intricate wood carvings. The houses are built up against the wall of the Mosque of Ibn Tulun. There are wooden mashrabiya screened windows and a secret room where women could watch events taking place in the room below without being seen. In the museum’s reception room there is a marble floor with a beautiful mosaic and fountain. The fountain is one of only a few Islamic period fountains still operating. You can see the Harem Room where ladies stayed, the garden and the service room.    


Khan Al Khalili Bazar

Cairo's giant souq (market). The khan, built in 1382, was originally a hub for traveling traders in the Fatimid era. Today, it's the most visited tourist market in Egypt. Almost any kind of souvenir can be bought here, but also quality produce is still to be found. Venture out of the tourist market and you'll find bustling local trade. Among other things you'll find Islamic clothes, scarves, belly-dancing equipment, furniture, water-pipes and of course gold, silver and jewels.


Muizz Street

one of the oldest streets in Cairo, approximately one kilometer long. A United Nations study found it to have the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. The street is named for Al-Muʿizz li-Deen Illah, the fourth caliph of the Fatimid dynasty. It stretches from Bab Al-Futuh in the north to Bab Zuweila in the south.


Al Hakim Mosque

One of the largest Fatimid mosques in Cairo. It was originally decreed in 990 by the famously eccentric caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah ("Ruler by God's Command") who, among other things, prohibited eating grapes or playing chess. Increasingly paranoid towards the end of his reign, he disappeared without a trace at age 36. The mosque has been used as a prison, a warehouse and an elementary school before being restored as a mosque in 1980


Tannoura Show

Tannoura Show

the historic dance that comes from the roots of Sufi dance introduced to egypt around 13th century, in which the Tannoura dancer wears 3 or more "Tannoura"s, each is 10-15 kg. The dance has a philosophical meaning behind it

Nile Ride

Nile FelukaCruise the river Nile in a traditional Feluka and experience Cairo from the water, spend a day and watch the magnificent sunset from the river.....

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandria

Alexandria; the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, the pearl of Egypt on the north coast. You’ll get to experience the beautiful weather and the Mediterranean Sea’s beaches. Well known worldwide for the infamous lighthouse, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to witness the amazing mixture between the the past and the present. You’ll get to at least visit the Qaitbay Citadel and the world famous Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Roman Amphitheater

Built in the 2nd century AD, this Roman amphitheater has 13 semicircular tiers made of white and gray marble, with marble seats for up to 800 spectators, galleries and sections of mosaic-flooring. In Ptolemaic times this area was the Park of Pan, a pleasure garden surrounded by Roman villas and baths.

Fort Qaitbey

One of the icons of the city at a beautiful location, the fortress overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and the city itself. Built by Mameluke Sultan Abdul-Nasser Qa'it Bay in 1477 AD but razed and reconstructed twice since.This citadel was built in 1480 by Sultan Qaitbay on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders who used to attack the city by sea. The Citadel is situated at the entrance of the eastern harbor on the eastern point of the Pharos Island. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria. The lighthouse continued to function until the time of the Arab conquest, then several disasters occurred and the shape of lighthouse was changed to some extent, but it still continued to function. During the 11thcentury an earthquake destroyed the top of the lighthouse and the bottom was used as a watchtower. A small Mosque was built on the top. About 1480 A.D the place was fortified as part of the coastal defensive edifices. Later castle looking citadel was built as a prison for princes and state-man. Now it’s a Maritime Museum

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

A huge modern library and research center constructed near the site of the former Library of Alexandria. It has also a big conference center and a planetarium, as well as displays of ancient texts from the collection (LE 40) and other special exhibitions.

Royal Jewelry Museum

he Royal Jewelry Museum is an art and history museum . It is located in the former palace of Princess Fatma Al-Zahra'. The building's halls contain an inestimable collection of jewels and jewelry of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty. 19th-century paintings, statues, and decorative arts are also exhibited in the rooms and lobbies. The museum was first inaugurated on 24 October 1986. After several years of renovations and expansion it was reopened in April 2010.

Montaza Palace

Built in 1892 by Abbas II of Egypt Abbas Hilmi Pasha, the last khedive of Egypt. One of the palace buildings, the Haramlek, now contains a casino on the ground floor and a museum of royal relics on the upper levels, while the Salamlek has been converted into a luxury hotel .Parts of the extensive gardens (over 200 acres) are open to the public.

Stanley Bridge Walk

Stanley Bridge is a 400 metre-long proudly standing Egyptian modern monument. Go ahead, walk along the corniche, sample the Alexandrian lifestyle, see old men playing backgammon and youngsters enjoying the Alexandrian night skyline from a nearby .See the harbour, Stanley Beach down below and the elegant towers of the bridge. There are plenty of local and international cafes in the area. Try to visit this spot on a summer evening, when the sky is clear and the sunset more inspiring than ever; a perfect point to take great pictures of the whole Alexandrian seafront

Corniche

The Corniche is a glorious 15km walkway (wharf/pier/boardwalk) along the harbour dotted with restaurants, markets and historic sight

Fayoum

Wadi El-Hitan (Valley of Whales) Protected Area & museum

is a UNESCO World Heritage site, a valley that was more than a million years ago a sea with a wide variety of marine life. It now contains fossils & skeletons of now extinct whales, along with rock formations.








Wadi El-Rayan Protected Area

Wadi EL-Rayan is a natural depression, with 2 lakes that are joined together and a waterfall, beautiful sand dunes. A lot of activities can be done there as sand-boarding, hiking, star-gazing, camping, camel Trekking & Horse back-riding.






The Petrified Forest of Fayoum

The largest petrified forest in the world, home to 40 meters high trees that have survived in ossified form for thousands of years.










Tunis Village

The city of pottery











Jabal El Medawara

Hiking with a great scenery of the magic lake.









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Social Extension trips (Optional) 

Dahab ans Saint Catherine Luxor and Aswan

Dahab ans Saint Catherine

Mount Sinai Hiking and St. Catherine monasteryMount Sinai Hiking

Your trip will start with a one day trip to the infamous Mount, you should never miss going up 7,497 feet to reach the top of Mount Sinai and visit the Greek Orthodox Chapel built at the top of the mountain. Watch the sky, only to realize you are in one of the best spots of stargazing you can ever reach; in which You will never wait for more than 20 seconds to see the amazing view of meteor sailing across the sky. Stargazing usually ends by drifting into a peaceful sleep to be awaken by the moment everyone anticipates, sunrise. That is one view that if any person tries to de-scribe, will do you no good, it is way prettier than any person can visualize.

 

 


Snorkling and Scuba DivingDahab

Between that and diving down many meters in the red sea to enjoy the relaxing colors of corals and discover numerous types of fish. A well known spot that extends up to 130m deep is the Blue Hole, a few kilometers north of Dahab. This is what gives a trip to Sinai its special change of altitude.

 

 

 

 


Desert Safari and Camping

A Bedouin night is one you would always enjoy in Sinai. Speeding between mountain in Jeep cars to reach a place usually on the foot of a mountain where Arab Bedouins built tents you stay in while delicious meals get prepared, or you could obey the rush in you and dance to the collection of music they play.

In addition to a collection of sea sports you can enjoy along with different clubs that are open all night, so if you don’t see it already, what makes the value of a visit to Sinai is that it has everything needed to enjoy your time.

Luxor and Aswan

An 864.2 km journey is only worth it when the destination is Aswan. Interacting with the citizens of Aswan is like nothing you have experienced before. The Aswanians will turn out to be the kindest most friendly people you may ever meet.

Luxor, the ancient capital of the pharaohs for several dynasties, is the home of the world’s largest temple to date “Karnak Temple”.

They always say: “it’s because, inside is white” pointing at their chests. The beautiful city that lies on the Nile river banks and north to the High Dam, is where you get to see the Botanical Garden, the Temple of Fiala and enjoy the hospitality of the Nubians where you get to see live crocodiles being kept as pets in their villas. Aswan bazars are some of the best to get some souvenirs to take back home.

The journey then extends down 230 more kilometers to reach the breathtaking view of Abu Simbel Temple. After which you only get to rest back in Luxor, where you get to stay in a relaxing hotel and enjoy swimming in the hot weather of the south. In Luxor you get to see many temples, including Hatshepsut temple, Karnak temple, Luxor temple and the tombs of the ancient Pharaohs. There is much more to Luxor that you can visit, depending on your taste for enjoying the trip.

Cairo International Summer School