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

  • Treasures of Egypt

    From $2,449.00 (USD)

    The mysteries and treasures of Egypt unfold before you on your journey along the intriguing Nile River. Begin by spending time at the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.


  • 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.


  • Wonders of Egypt (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,095.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 2021 Europe WinterIncredibly, after gazing upon the illustrious pyramids, this trip only gets better. Further up the Nile, your cruise ship is poised to take you to royal tombs and breathtaking temples.


  • 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.


  • Israel Discovery (Summer 2020)

    From $3,495.00 (USD)

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


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

    From $4,650.00 (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...


  • GLOBUS 2020: Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond (QZ)

    From $5,379.00 (USD)

    'Karibu!' - welcome in Swahili. Looking for a new adventure? Have you dreamed of seeing wildlife in its native habitat? Do you desire to learn about new cultures? If so, this quintessential Tanzania safari is for you.


  • Jordan Experience (Summer 2020)

    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.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi (QKQ)

    From $4,899.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.


  • 2020: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (6830)

    From $2,099.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with rich histories and distinct cultures.


  • 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.


  • Athens & Three Continents Cruise Standard (Winter 2020-2021)

    From $3,425.00 (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...


  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: North Africa Preview 2020The enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt.


  • Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco - Summer 2020

    From $3,725.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: 2020 Europe & Britain PremiumA kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.


  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls (3805)

    From $3,459.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour with Victoria Falls has it all!


  • Essence of South Africa Summer 2020

    From $4,095.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: Africa 2020Bush, beach and two vibrant cities - capture the essence of South Africa on this culmination of a Cape Town to Kruger experience, including Johannesburg, the 'City of Gold'.


  • Egyptian Voyager

    From $2,775.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: North Africa Preview 2020A tale of a great emperor and beautiful queen are the highlights of this journey past temples, tombs and antiquities, cruising the mighty river Nile from Aswan to Luxor.


  • 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.


  • 3 Continents Cruise Superior Winter 2019-2020

    From $2,624.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Cruise or RailBrochure Type: AWS Europe and Britain 19/20Combine your passion for ancient history and culture with a relaxing sea voyage to Egypt, Greece, Israel, Cyprus and Turkey.


  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Amboseli (QKE)

    From $5,599.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.

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Tours

  • 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 ...

  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi & Amboseli (QKY)

    From $6,059.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.

  • Israel Discovery (Summer 2020)

    From $3,495.00 (USD)

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

  • Land of Prophets (Summer 2020)

    From $9,850.00 (USD)

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

  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Nairobi (QKQ)

    From $4,899.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.

  • 2020: South Africa: From the Cape to Kruger with Victoria Falls (3805)

    From $3,459.00 (USD)

    Enthralling game drives, stunning scenery, and fun experiences?this South Africa tour with Victoria Falls has it all!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 2020: Spain, Portugal & Morocco (6830)

    From $2,099.00 (USD)

    On this Spain, Portugal, and Morocco tour, experience these three glorious countries with rich histories and distinct cultures.

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

    From $4,650.00 (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...

  • Treasures of Spain, Portugal & Morocco (Winter 2019-2020)

    From $3,825.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Regional JourneyBrochure Type: Europe & Britain Premium 2019A kaleidoscopic adventure that takes you from some of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities, to an exotic and vivid land of medinas and minarets.

  • Wonders of Ancient Egypt

    From $3,295.00 (USD)

    Tour Type: Country ExplorerBrochure Type: North Africa Preview 2020The enduring buzz of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza launch your discovery of ancient Egypt.

  • 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.

  • GLOBUS 2020: Kenya: A Classic Safari with Amboseli (QKE)

    From $5,599.00 (USD)

    On this magnificent Kenya safari, visit remarkable national parks and wildlife reserves in search of giraffe, cheetah, zebra, leopard, lion, elephant, rhino, gazelle, hyena, Cape buffalo, and more-all in their native environments.

  • Jordan Experience (Summer 2020)

    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.

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  • Jordan Experience (Summer 2020)

    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.


  • 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.

 
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