Dr. Ragab’s Pharaonic Village

Why visit the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings when you can take a step back in time and experience them as they really were? Why read about ancient fishing techniques and papyrus making when you can actually see it happen, right in front of you?

If you are at a loss, never fear! For there is Dr. Ragab’s Pharaonic Village, a living museum on an island just off of the Corniche in Giza:

It was after a visit to Disney World’s EPCOT Center in Orlando, Florida, that his idea took root. Dr. Ragab believed EPCOT “was too computerized — there was nothing human about it. I began to think, ‘Dare I have real, live people in my village, dressed in the manner of three or four thousand years ago?'”

And dare he did! Select one of three itineraries based on time and price (a basic 2 hours to a deluxe 5 hour tour including a meal and a Nile cruise) and watch costumed, contemporary Egyptians make ancient wine, sell ancient beads, live in ancient homes, and (yes!) pick an ancient baby Moses out of the reeds! Dress up in ancient dress and get your picture taken as a king, walk through an exact (but air conditioned!) replica of King Tut’s Tomb as it was found, and “understand Egypt’s entire history” as you wander through one of the dozen mini-museums, such as those dedicated to the late-President Nasr, Islamic Art, Ancient Egyptian Boats, the late-President Anwar Sadat, Napoleon’s Expedition to Egypt, and the Copts.

There is also a gift shop.

175 – 300 LE depending on itinerary (we did the cheapest one and it was awesome)

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