While the continent's diverse and unique wildlife is often all that is mentioned in regards to African travel, as home to the oldest civilizations on the planet, Africa has equally impressive cultures and history. The most famous civilization on the continent, and arguably in the world, is that of ancient Egypt. From the southern city of Abu Simbel to Luxor and all the way north to Alexandria and Cairo, including the Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving of the original Seven Wonders of the World and the most iconic symbols of this ancient kingdom. Sites from the Nubian-Kushite Kingdom that broke away from Egypt can be found in Sudan, such as Gebel Barkal and many other pyramids in Meroe.

Ethiopia offers many ruins from the ancient Axumite Kingdom where the Queen of Sheba ruled. The obelisks and Dungur ruins in Axum were built prior to the kingdom's conversion to Christianity, while many other great monuments, such as the Ezana Stone and the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion, where the Arc of the Covenant is said to be stored, were built after the conversion as religious sites. Other famous Christian structures built later by the kingdom's successor, the Abyssinian Empire, especially during the 12th and 13th centuries, can also be found in Lalibela.

In West Africa, structures from the ancient Mali Empire can be found in Timbuktu and Djenne. Although there are Islamic influences, the architectural style of the Malian Kingdom's mosques are still quite unique and recognizably African. The cliff dwellings in Mali's Dogon Country, built by the Dogon people, are also impressive ancient structures in Mali. Often overshadowed by Africa's other monuments, Sungbo's Eredo in Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, built by the Yoruba people, is actually the largest pre-colonial structure remaining on the continent. Today it towers over the city, covered in vegetation.

Ruins from the ancient Swahili culture can be found in the coastal areas of East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania. The Swahili structures combines elements of African architecture with Islamic architecture, which was quite prominent around the 14th century. Some of the most famous Swahili structures include the Gedi Ruins and Pillar Tombs around Malindi and Kilwa Kisiwani. Zanzibar's Stone Town features Swahili structures spanning hundreds of years from its early days to the 18th century.

In Southern Africa, the ruins of Great Zimbabwe have fascinated visitors ever since Europeans discovered them. No one had believed that the inhabitants of black Africa were capable of creating any great monuments on their own until the ruins of this ancient culture were discovered.

Roman structures are scattered throughout North Africa, with the ancient city of Carthage being the most well-known abroad. Many cities, such as Leptis Magna, Timgad, and Dougga feature Roman ruins as impressive as those in Europe itself. Many other European structures can be found throughout the continent, dating back to the earliest days of imperialism.

Tours


  • Wonders of the Western Cape

    From $1,875.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: CostsaverBrochure Type: Africa Costsaver 2021No, you're not dreaming, the incredible beauty of the Western Cape is part of its charm.


  • 3 Continents Cruise Premier

    From $2,659.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Cruise or RailBrochure Type: AWS Europe and Britain 20 21Combine your passion for ancient history and culture with a relaxing sea voyage to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.


  • Best of Morocco (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,575.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterMorocco is a colourful mix of Islamic, Arabic and African influences. Spain and France have left their marks too.


  • Splendours of Egypt (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,795.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterEgypt's vast wealth of antiquities take centre stage here. Marvel at Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun's treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.


  • 2021: Highlights of Morocco (6780)

    From $999.00 (USD)

    Exotic and fascinating, the Kingdom of Morocco is rich in history and culture, offering travelers intriguing historic sights, authentic cuisine, and changing scenery that is perfect for value-minded travelers wanting to explore and learn about a new ...


  • 2020: On Safari in Kenya with Nairobi (3504)

    From $2,949.00 (USD)

    Imagine seeing wildlife-lion, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, flamingo, elephant, and more-in their natural habitat. On this Kenya safari for value-minded travelers, you can!


  • Jordan Experience with Dead Sea (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,770.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.

  • Elegance of the Nile - Royal Suite, Nov 2020 to Mar 2021

    From $6,895.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2019 WorldwideThe Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries.


  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Europe Britain Presale 2021 TTUSASThe enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt.

  • The Plains of Africa

    From $4,299.00 (USD)

    An unforgettable safari adventure waits for you in Africa. In Swahili, 'Safari' means Journey. To you, it will mean that - and so much more. Explore the magnificent vistas of Kenya, home to incredible wildlife, from cheetahs to wildebeests.

  • Elegance of the Pharaohs - Royal Suite, Preview 2021

    From $5,495.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Britain Pre-ReleaseAn inquisitive journey for those with a hunger for knowledge, adventure through the land of pharaohs.


  • Footsteps of the Pharaohs

    From $1,850.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: CostsaverBrochure Type: Europe Britain Costsaver Presale 2021 CSUSASGet lost in the legends of ancient civilisations, the stories of great battles and tributes to powerful men and women who once revealed their might through astounding man-...


  • Glories of Greece & Three Continents Cruise Premium (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $4,850.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterDiscover the treasures of some of the world's most ancient civilisations in the Mediterranean as you explore history through archaeology, religion and culture on a 7-day, multi-continen...

  • Elegance of the Nile - Pharaoh Deck, Preview 2021

    From $5,695.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Britain Pre-ReleaseThe Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries.


  • GLOBUS 2020/2021: Moroccan Escape (KMAX)

    From $699.00 (USD)

    Your escorted tour of Morocco is an escape from the crowds typically found at busier times of the year. Begin your vacation with a welcome dinner in legendary Casablanca.


  • Highlights of Spain Morocco and Portugal Summer 2020

    From $1,995.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: CostSaverBrochure Type: Europe & Britain Costsaver 2020The scents of spice and the warm embrace of the sun-kissed Mediterranean are never far when you embark on this uplifting voyage through Spain, Portugal and Morocco.


  • GLOBUS 2021: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (ZU)

    From $3,399.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries, each with a rich history and culture! Overnight in Lisbon, Seville, Rabat, Marrakesh, Ouarzazate, Erfoud, Fez, Tangier, the Costa del Sol, Granada, and Madrid.

  • Exploring South Africa, Victoria Falls, Botswana

    From $4,497.00 (USD)

    Get ready for an unparalleled journey through the cultural diversity and abundant wildlife of southern Africa. Seek out the 'Big 5' on 9 different safaris. Experience an authentic bush dinner under the stars in Pilanesberg National Park.


  • Land of the Prophets (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $9,925.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterGet up close and personal with the beautiful cultures, iconic antiquities, and inspiring landscapes of Israel, Egypt and Jordan on this heritage journey.

  • Spectaular South Africa

    From $2,899.00 (USD)

    Experience a harmony of intriguing cultures, stunning wildlife, lush winelands, and elaborate history. Ponder the past during a visit to the Apartheid Museum. Seek out the 'Big Five' on two open-air safari game drives.

Cruises

Tours

  • Jordan Experience (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.

  • Jordan Experience with Dead Sea (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $2,770.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWelcome to a land rich in Arab culture, natural wonders and sites so ancient that by comparison, the Crusader forts guarding the old trade routes are considered recent additions.

  • Israel & Jordan with Dead Sea (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $6,400.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterStep back into Biblical times, as you see iconic religious sites and uncover hidden gems across Israel and Jordan.

  • Wonders of the Western Cape

    From $1,875.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: CostsaverBrochure Type: Africa Costsaver 2021No, you're not dreaming, the incredible beauty of the Western Cape is part of its charm.

  • Splendours of Egypt - Preview 2021

    From $3,695.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Beyond PreviewEgypt's vast wealth of antiquities take centre stage here. Marvel at Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun's treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.

  • 3 Continents Cruise Premier

    From $2,659.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Cruise or RailBrochure Type: AWS Europe and Britain 20 21Combine your passion for ancient history and culture with a relaxing sea voyage to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.

  • 3 Continents Cruise Moderate B

    From $2,509.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Cruise or RailBrochure Type: AWS Europe and Britain 20 21Combine your passion for ancient history and culture with a relaxing sea voyage to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.

  • Spain Morocco and Portugal

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional ExplorerBrochure Type: Europe Britain Presale 2021 TTUSASWander down Madrid's Gran Via, visit the Alhambra Palace and learn to haggle in a Moroccan medina . Travel to Lisbon and cross into Spain to admire the beauty of Salamanca.

  • Elegance of the Nile - Royal Suite, Preview 2021

    From $6,795.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Britain Pre-ReleaseThe Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries.

  • Elegance of the Pharaohs - Cairo Deck, Preview 2021

    From $4,595.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Britain Pre-ReleaseAn inquisitive journey for those with a hunger for knowledge, adventure through the land of pharaohs.

  • Elegance of the Nile - Pyramid Deck, Nov 2020 to Mar 2021

    From $6,195.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2019 WorldwideThe Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries.

  • Splendours of Egypt (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,795.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterEgypt's vast wealth of antiquities take centre stage here. Marvel at Karnak, the Pyramids and Sphinx, Tutankhamun's treasure, and the ubiquitous hieroglyphics.

  • Elegance of the Nile - Pharaoh Deck, Preview 2021

    From $5,695.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Britain Pre-ReleaseThe Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries.

  • Israel & Jordan (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $5,825.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterStep back into Biblical times, as you see iconic religious sites and uncover hidden gems across Israel and Jordan.

  • Elegance of the Nile - Cairo Deck, Preview 2021

    From $5,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Luxury GoldBrochure Type: 2021 Europe & Britain Pre-ReleaseThe Nile has long been a reflection of Egypt's history and destiny - an economic lifeline, a great highway to conquest and a source of inspiration throughout the centuries.

More

Cruises

Tours


  • Israel Discovery (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,495.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterWalk in the footsteps of Jesus, as you journey from birthplace to his Crucifixion site of Jerusalem.


  • 2020: On Safari in Kenya with Nairobi (3504)

    From $2,949.00 (USD)

    Imagine seeing wildlife-lion, zebra, giraffe, Cape buffalo, flamingo, elephant, and more-in their natural habitat. On this Kenya safari for value-minded travelers, you can!

 
Online Agency Travel Websites