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Egypt & Red Sea
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Egypt and Red Sea Holidays

Whether you're walking down the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, cruising down the Nile, diving in the Red Sea or lazing on the beach, Egypt promises an amazing holiday.

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Four thousand years of history

The world's oldest tourist destination, travellers have been making the pilgrimage to Egypt for thousands of years. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans, who had their own fair share of architectural feats, came to admire Egypt's iconic monuments. And if the land of the pharaohs impressed them, it's sure to blow your mind. From prodigious pyramids that fringe the Sahara Desert, to cosmopolitan cities and bustling bazaars, to sandy shores and world-class diving, you'll not find another holiday destination as diverse as Egypt.

Pyramids, mummies and tombs – we've all learnt about the ancient Egyptians at school so we'll skip the history lesson. Besides, explaining over four thousand years of history would take far too long and you'll probably fall asleep. Instead why don't you book a holiday and experience it all for yourself? Today, Egypt remains a treasure trove of relics kindly left behind by the ancient Egyptians, and they're just waiting for you to go and admire them in all their glory.

Giza, just south of Cairo, is the third largest city in Egypt. It's home to the pyramids, which are the only remaining survivor of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. They're easy enough to walk around but, for a more memorable experience, barter for a camel ride – no other mode of transport quite compares to bobbing around atop a camel's hump. Just remember, you'll be expected to pay extra for the souvenir selfie at the end. Once inside, unleash your inner Tomb Raider and explore the narrow, winding paths of the pyramids. Be sure to arrive early though as only a handful of tickets are released each day. Stick around for the light and sound show that takes place at the mighty Sphinx each evening. It's a great way to learn some fun facts and makes for some pretty impressive holiday snaps.

Places to Visit

Bedouin Nights

Not to be missed on all Egypt and Red Sea holidays. Take a trip into the desert on a camel and stop off for supper at a genuine Bedouin camp. Enjoy traditional food, hibiscus tea and fireside entertainment before venturing further into the desert for a spot of star gazing.

Cairo

Witness over a thousand years of history in Egypt's capital city which is perhaps most famous for the Pyramids of Giza, Great Sphinx and Egyptian Museum. Many tourists combine a trip to the Red Sea or a Nile Cruise with a visit to this ancient city.

Pyramids of Giza

One of the only remaining Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza are synonymous with Egypt, and if you get the chance to visit them we would definitely recommend it.

Luxor

The ancient city of Thebes, known to us as Luxor is reminiscent of a giant open air museum. Thousands of years worth of history still stands tall, and we would recommend hiring a guide to get the full benefit on your visit.

Follow in the footsteps of Pharaohs

Luxor was once part of the ancient city of Thebes, the seat of power in Egypt for over 1,000 years. These days, Luxor is a popular holiday destination owing to its proximity to several major historical sites. In Luxor itself are the Luxor and Karnak Temples. The latter is the largest ancient religious site in the world, which took a whopping 1,000 years to complete. Just over the river, nestled on the banks of the River Nile, is the Valley of the Kings. Containing more than 60 tombs and chambers, the valley was the main burial location for royal figures and privileged nobles between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. Although they were plundered by thieves many years ago you can still see evidence of their incredible opulence.

Away from the beaches and coral reefs of the Red Sea is Aswan. Close to Sudan, on the edge of the Nubian Desert, Aswan has more of an African influence. It's also the hottest city in the country – best to visit in winter! From Aswan you can take a trip to the magnificent Sun Temple of Ramses II, Abu Simbel, but the main draw of the city is not its historical sites. It's the relaxed vibe and picturesque surroundings that make it so popular. Here, admiring the striking desert panoramas and the breath-taking banks of the Nile from the comfort of your luxury hotel is a popular pastime.

A great way to see the sights of both Luxor and Aswan is by river cruise. Traditionally, this was the only way to see the antiquities along the banks of the River Nile. Even today, it's a more relaxed way to explore and offers a unique perspective of Egypt that's so different to the cosmopolitan city life and tourist resorts. Just imagine drifting lazily along, soaking up the hot, African sun as you pass lush, green foliage backed by desolate desert, and farmers tending their crops in much the same way as they did thousands of years ago. And there's no better seat to watch the sun set from. Make sure you stop off at the temple in Kom Ombo and the Temple of Philae on your journey.

Cairo, culture and camels

Cairo is an intriguing mix of sights, sounds and smells. It's enticing yet repulsive, it's exciting yet exhausting. It's busy and congested – taxis honk alongside donkey-pulled carts and ancient monasteries are packed in beside crumbly high-rise flats. And nowhere else is there such a bizarre mix of old and new. I mean, where else can you eat a McDonalds takeout whilst admiring the Pyramids of Giza on the horizon? It's a truly fascinating place to sit back with a traditional Egyptian 'hubbly bubbly' water pipe and watch the world whizz by in fast forward. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is worth a visit – it's here you'll find Tutankhamun's famous death mask and the mummified remains of ancient kings. Cairo is also home to one of the world's largest bazaars, Khan al-Khalili market. A sensual feast, its narrow streets are full of colourful carpets and the smell of rich spices. It's a great place to practice your haggling skills and bag yourself some touristy trinkets.

Bask above the waves, or dive deep below

Sun, sea and sand – Egypt has it all. Over the last twenty years, tourism on the Red Sea Riviera has boomed due to the highly desirable hot weather, sandy shores and clear, warm waters. Resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are really popular, with many amenities on offer for tourists. Here, it's all about the history underwater rather than on land. Egypt's colourful coral reefs have formed over thousands of years, and are now amongst the best in the world. Divers come from all over to explore sunken wrecks and swim alongside tropical marine life. So whether you're splashing around with your snorkel or a serious deep-sea diver, everyone has the chance to find Nemo in Egypt.

From the Red Sea resorts there are plenty of excursions to go on. Overnight camel safaris into the desert are quite popular, as are balloon rides and trips to the Siwa Oasis. You can also go on day trips to Luxor and Cairo, go quad and mountain biking, embark on an ocean cruise, and much, much more.

Whether you want to walk in the footsteps of pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, take a cruise down the historic River Nile, dive deep into the Red Sea or laze on the beach, Egypt promises an amazing holiday.

If you're looking for something more traditional than the built-up touristy towns of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada, Marsa Matruh is the resort for you. Relatively undiscovered, it still retains its authentic Egyptian culture. This beachside town has a much more Mediterranean feel, and great for relaxation. If you can peel yourself from your sunbed though, Alexandria is just west and is perfect for a good dose of history.

Location of Egypt & Red Sea

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