Feel the dry desert breeze from the Sahara and contemplate 5,000 years of human history in the magical land of the pharaohs
Egypt has been enticing travellers to her shores since Roman times, and with good reason. The sheer scale and drama of the ancient monuments here is awe-inspiring, as are the epic tales that go with them. The winding River Nile, so integral to every aspect of life here, cuts through the desert plains and provides the fertile lands that gave rise to the ancient Egyptian civilisation. As well as the archaeological wonders of the Nile, Egypt's Red Sea beach resorts offer other charms - namely all-out relaxation. Golden beaches, shady gardens and cool cocktails beckon you to the sun lounger, while blue skies and sunshine are pretty much guaranteed.
Things to do
Our escorted tours of Egypt and archeologically tours take in all the sights, from the tomb of Tutankhamen to the temples of Luxor and Karnak. The ultimate way to experience the wonders of ancient Egypt must be by boat on a Nile river cruise. Sit back and relax as the desert landscape drifts past and stop off to visit all the hot-spots along the way. For sun worshipers there are the beach resorts of the Red Sea, including divers' paradise, Sharm el Sheik on the Sinai Peninsula, and some excellent all-inclusive hotels and resorts in the east. If you can't choose between ancient culture and the pool bar, then why not get the best of both worlds and book one of our cruise and stay trips to the Red Sea and the Nile? And don't forget, Egypt is also a stop off on some enticing ocean cruises too - now that's got you thinking hasn't it!
Cairo and around
Frenetic to say the least, metropolitan Cairo is home to some 22 million people. If you can look past all the chaos, you'll find a fascinating and engaging city full of wily but welcoming people, grand palaces and mosques, and colourful bazaars. Lift your eyes to the horizon, gaze through the city haze, and you should just about make out the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. An easy day trip from the capital, nearby Giza is also home to the Great Sphinx.
The Nile River Valley and Delta
The River Nile runs south to north, entering at the border with Sudan and flowing north to the Mediterranean Sea. This is where you'll find nearly all of Egypt's archaeological wonders, from the Valley of the Kings to the temples of Luxor, Saqqara and Abu Simbel, with their complex rock carvings and monumental scale.
Bordering Gaza, Israel and the Red Sea, Sinai's desert interior has great religious significance. The coastal city of Sharm El-Sheikh is the gateway to the underwater wonderland of the Red Sea. Divers and snorkellers flock to its waters to explore the coral reefs and wrecks.
The Eastern Desert
This rugged region stretches east of the Nile to the Red Sea coast. This is where you'll find many of Egypt's best beach resorts, especially around Hurghada and Quesir.See All Holidays to Egypt