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The Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre, Egypt

Egypt Holidays

A country which needs no introduction. The great pyramids at Giza; meandering down the River Nile; the aquatic Eden of the Red Sea – a tailor-made itinerary is the only way to take it all in.

We think Egypt is one of the most interesting countries in the world, both historically and culturally. Only a short flight from the UK, it has antiquities of such scale and beauty as to leave you speechless, the atmosphere and vibe of Egypt are so intoxicating, you will be sure to return time again.

Our expert travel consultants will create a tailor-made luxury Egypt holiday offering you the very best hotels and experiences the country has to offer. The people of Egypt are lovely and keen to show you the very best of their country, it is a great holiday destination and offers something for everyone, it is also perfect for some sun during our winter months.

The Oberoi Zahra, Nile Cruises, Egypt
The Oberoi Zahra, Nile Cruises, Egypt
The Oberoi Philae, Nile Cruises, Egypt
The Oberoi Philae, Nile Cruises, Egypt

Cruising the Nile River

Taking a Nile cruise is the best introduction to this fascinating country. With so much focus on the Nile, a river cruise offers the perfect platform from which to access many of the country’s greatest archaeological treasures and sights.

There are many boats to choose from which can become a bit of a minefield when deciding which boat to choose. Steppes Travel only works with a handful of the smaller vessels and know each of them personally so we can advise which would best suit your holiday depending on the type of experience you are looking for.


What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

Valley of the Kings

Venturing into the Tomb of King Ramses II in the heart of the valley of the Kings.

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Visit Al Alamein

Make a day trip to Al Alamein to visit the war memorials from WWII.

Alexandria’s Arts Scene

Explore the city’s vibrant arts scene and gain an insight into modern Egypt.

Architecture of Alexandria

Absorb the Mediterranean ambience and charm of the old European residences, cafes and Greco Roman monuments.

Egyptian Temples

Visit the treasures of ancient Nubia including the Temple of Ramses II and sites of Amada, Derr and Penout.

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Abu Simbel

Explore the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel, a must see after the pyramids of Cairo.

Cruise Lake Nasser

Take a three or four-night cruise on the peaceful, calm waters of Lake Nasser on a luxurious motor vessel.

Discover Luxor Temples

Marvel at the impossible feat of the mountainside temple built by one of ancient Egypt’s rare woman rulers at Deir al-Barhi.

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Karnak Temple

Wander through the magnificent Karnak Temple complex, the largest Pharaonic monument in the country and built over the course of 1,300 years.

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The Valley of the Kings

Walk in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor to see the most famed collection of elaborate tombs such as Tutankhamun, Seti I, and Ramses II.

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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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The choice of accommodation was absolutely excellent throughout! Mohamed Saad, our guide from Luxor onwards, was outstanding and should be recommended strongly. We also hired an ornithological expert ( Shaban ) for a morning - excellent.


Frequently asked questions about Egypt

When is the best time to travel to Egypt?

Egypt is a year-round destination. The most popular time to visit the classic sites in Cairo or a cruise on the Nile is from October through to March when the weather should be warm and dry without being too hot. From June to August daytime temperatures can reach 40 degrees centigrade and higher.

Where is the best snorkelling and diving in Egypt?

The Red Sea is renowned for its excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities with thriving reefs and some wonderful wreck dives. The beaches in and around Hurghada shelve gently into the sea so it is possible to walk out and snorkel from the beach. In Sharm el-Sheikh it is necessary to enter the water from a pontoon into deeper water – worth noting if travelling with families or those less experienced in the water.

Do I need a visa to travel to Egypt?

A visa is required for most nationalities when travelling to Egypt. This can be obtained on arrival in Egypt for a fee of USD$25 (payable in sterling, euros or dollars) per person and is valid for visits of up to 30 days. The process is very easy and our local partners will even meet guests airside to assist with formalities. The visa kiosks are located in the arrivals hall before reaching immigration.

How much should I tip people in Egypt?

Tipping is a part of the culture in Egypt – wages are not high so many people rely on tips. We send everyone travelling with us an information document before departure which details suggested tipping amounts which can range from USD$4 to USD$20 per couple depending on who you are tipping. Cruise ships tend to encourage tipping at the end of a cruise and the total amount is then split among all the staff on board. As always it is at the guest’s discretion.

Is it safe to be out in the sun?

Egypt is known for its hot summers, and it can take only 15 minutes in the sun for the skin to burn. Even on cloudy days, the suns rays are still very strong and protection will be needed. Make sure you bring a high factor, water-resistant sun cream, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and some form of cover-up. We always advise avoiding the sun during the middle of the day when it is at its most intense, and making sure you drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated.

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

Yes it is safe to travel to most parts of Egypt. Since the turmoil of recent years tensions are easing and tourism is returning to Egypt. Visiting the classic sites including Cairo and the pyramids and a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan is easy to do and although not as busy as they once were, these sites are safe to visit and you will have the privilege of seeing them with few other tourists. The FCO still currently advises against travel to the Western Desert and the Sinai Peninsula (with the exception of Sharm el-Sheikh) and south of Aswan on Lake Nasser and beyond.

What are the highlights to see in Egypt?

From the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor to the peaks of Mount Sinai and the stunning diving areas of the Red Sea, there really is so much on offer in Egypt. Choose to cruise down the Nile in a small luxury cruise boat or a traditional dahabiya, or visit the imposing temples at Abu Simbel, located at the southern tip of Lake Nasser.

What is local Egyptian food like?

You will be fortunate enough to sample the food of many cultures whilst in Egypt, given the mixture of different civilisations that have passed through the country. Kushari is considered to be the national dish, a vegetarian delight that is a lunchtime favourite. Another commonly eaten dish is Ful Medames, a mixture of lava beans, garlic and lemon juice. For those with a sweet tooth, Halawa is also a must-try.

What is the best currency to use in Egypt?

The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE) although most foreign currencies including USD$, euro and sterling are accepted or can be changed locally.

Are mosquitos a problem in Egypt?

Not really. When cruising the Nile during the day the movement of the boat and the breeze means mosquitos don’t tend to cause a problem. During the evening if sat outside when the boat is stationary it is probably a good idea to cover up or apply some insect repellent.

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