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Ancient monuments, bustling souks, captivating river cruises and spectacular diving opportunities.
Wander between teetering stalls and lose all sense of direction as every scent and every colour enthrals. Stand beneath one of the many ancient monuments and learn of the country’s great history, set sail along the scenic banks of the majestic River Nile, or relax and unwind as you bask in the Egyptian sun at one of the glorious Red Sea resorts.
Best time to visit
• Egypt is generally hot and dry except during the winter months.
• The best times to visit are from February to April and October to November when the weather is warm.
• Summer is very hot, with average temperatures reaching up to 41°C in the south and 35°C in the north.
Renowned for its spectacular architecture including two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and an ancient history of civilisation, Egypt offers so much more than its reputation precedes.
Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Minarets’, the bustling capital city of Cairo buzzes with thriving markets and souks such as the Khan el-Khalili Market, selling local handicrafts, coloured fabrics and flavoursome local cuisine. Take the time to walk amongst the multitudinous stalls vending an array of colourful spices that fill the air with mesmerising and intriguing aromas before heading to the Nile’s West Bank, where The Great Pyramid of Giza awaits, alongside the colossal Sphinx.
From Cairo, a plethora of escorted Nile River Cruises await, offering a unique and enthralling perspective of the East and West Banks of the Nile with expert guidance from an Egyptologist. Enjoy the comfort and luxury of a fully equipped cruise as you sail into popular destinations such as Luxor: home of the Valley of the Kings and the Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Popularly known as ‘the world’s greatest open air museum’, Luxor is the perfect hub to delve into the history of ancient Egypt. A cruise along this majestic river will take you on a journey through Egypt’s most treasured sights, each playing a pivotal role in the country’s rich development.
Providing a great contrast from the historical cities of Cairo and Luxor, Sharm el-Sheikh is hemmed by the warm waters of the Red Sea, offering some spectacular diving and snorkelling opportunities amongst colourful reefs and sunken ships. A selection of world-class hotels are located on the golden sands of the resort and the neighbouring Naama Bay. This region is an ideal location for relaxation and recreation amongst couples, families and groups alike.
Just over 12 miles from Sharm el-Sheikh is the desert of Wadi Mandar, home to the Arabian Bedouin tribes and a fantastic spot to experience a night in a one of their traditional camps. The experience begins as you enter the desert surrounded by beautiful rock formations, granite hills and acacia trees. Here, you are greeted by a train of camels ready to take you into the colourful Bedouin tents, where a delightfully authentic meal will be served around a crackling campfire beneath the glistening night sky – the perfect Arabian encounter.
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From the cradle of civilisation to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, Egypt has always held an important role in our consciousness.
Despite the traffic or the modern hotel setting, I can watch the sun set over the mighty Nile and can almost be transported back in time - a truly humbling experience.