Building on our extensive experience in hosting international students during the past 51 years, the Students’ Scientific Society -Cairo International Medical Summer School 2020 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.
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Cruise the river Nile in a traditional Feluka and experience Cairo from the water, spend a day and watch the magnificent sunset from the river.....
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 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 largest petrified forest in the world, home to 40 meters high trees that have survived in ossified form for thousands of years.
The city of pottery
Hiking with a great scenery of the magic lake.