Why we like Egypt
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 and is a great destination for some winter sun. But more than that, it is the atmosphere of Egypt that is so intoxicating. Contrary to some stereotypes, the people are lovely and keen to show you the very best of their country. An Egypt holiday offers something for everyone.
What to expect on your Egyptian holiday
There is no hiding from Egypt’s recent troubled past but this should not put you off travelling there. Luxor and Aswan have remained free of any tensions and a carefully planned Nile River cruise is usually the best way to enjoy both. However it is important to ensure you choose the right boat with good guides - speak to our Egypt travel experts for advice on this.
The Red Sea coast resorts have also remained free of travel restrictions but prices can vary wildly - make sure you speak to us to get the best deal. For the more adventurous, why not head west out into the desert and stay in the sleepy oasis of Siwa, famous for the oracle which Alexander the Great consulted in 331BC as well as date production, and as the base of the Long Range Desert Group during World War Two.
Some ideas for an Egypt holiday
- Take a Nile cruise either in a small luxury river boat or, for a more authentic experience, in a traditional dahabiya.
- Travel to Siwa and then drive across the Black and White Deserts to Luxor.
- Spend a few days on the beach or diving in the Red Sea.
- Visit St Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai peninsula.
- Cruise Lake Nasser and visit the imposing temples at Abu Simbel.
Beyond the ordinary
Charter a dahabiya for your very own private Nile cruise.
OUR EGYPT EXPERTISE
Expertise in designing holidays to Egypt about knowing the hotels and what to see, as well as about knowing which guides to use. This is achieved not only through personal experience - Katie has travelled to Egypt many times - but by working closely with our partners on the ground who share our ethics and who will look after you in the way which we would want.
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.
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 river boat or a traditional dahabiya, or Lake Nasser, visiting the imposing temples at Abu Simbel.
Egypt is known for its hot summers, and it can take only 15 minutes in the sun for 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, 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.
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies, with good coverage in cities and tourist areas, although charges can be high. The further off the beaten track you go, then the harder it will be to get reception.
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).