Understanding Egypt's complex and mysterious history can seem as impossible as becoming fluent in hieroglyphics. However, once you've traveled through the time machine that is the Pharaonic Village, untangling the country’s tale is simplified.
Enter the Pharaonic Village and exit a few hours later with an entertaining education on Egypt from the period of the pharaohs up through modern politics. This painstakingly designed reproduction of ancient Egypt lies on Jacob's Island six miles outside of Cairo, with 5,000 strategically planted trees hiding the view of the modern city to help visitors feel as though they have really traveled back through the millennia. Floating through its winding canals are actors in period costumes engaging in agricultural activities, making pottery, weaving and sculpting among faithful replicas of homes and gardens, a market and a shipyard. There is even an exact reproduction of King Tut's tomb.
There are about a dozen museums in the area, and the nearby Nile River provides a prime way to explore the waters, whether by yacht, paddleboat, rowboat or canoe. Visitors can experience Egyptian cuisine in the village restaurant, while children can play in one of the largest playgrounds in Egypt. Cleopatra's Photo Studio provides a laugh, as visitors can dress up and pose as a pharaoh, sheikh or peasant to remind them of the day they discovered Egypt.
Pharaonic Village is located on Jacob's Island on the west bank of the Nile River, at 3 Al-Bahr Al-A'zam Street. The village is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily except for during the summer, when it stays open until 7 p.m. Entrance fees vary by activity, but children under the age of 5 are admitted free of charge.