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 is 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.
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
- Visit the iconic Pyramids at Giza and lose yourself amidst the treasures of Cairo Museum including Tutankhamun's funerary mask
- Spend a few days on the beach or diving in the Red Sea
- Cruise Lake Nasser and visit the imposing temples at Abu Simbel
What to expect on your Egyptian holiday
A Nile River cruise is usually the best way to enjoy both Luxor and Aswan. Choosing the right boat that offers the best of the countries guides is important and our Egypt travel experts know them all. We will help you find the perfect boat for your holiday and the most suitable cruising vessel for your family. The Red Sea resorts offer the perfect spot for some relaxation and some of the worlds best diving.
Beyond the ordinary
Charter a dahabiya for your very own private Nile cruise, or go star gazing in Luxor. Pack a picnic and explore the Nile by felucca, a small traditional sailing boat or discover the less visited Step Pyramid at Saqqara, south of Cairo.
OUR EGYPT EXPERTISE
A Nile cruise is on most peoples wish list and it really is the perfect way to experience Egypt. Explore amazing ancient temples while also taking in the rural scenery of the Nile, at a leisurely pace. Our advice would be to take a four-night cruise from Luxor to Aswan, ending your holiday with a few nights at the Old Cataract with magical views over the Nile to the beginning of the Western Desert and beyond.
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).
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 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.
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.
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$20 per couple depending on who you are tipping. Cruise ships tend to encourage tipping at the end of a cruise and the total amount is then split among all the staff on board. As always it is at the guest's discretion.
What is the best currency to use in Egypt?
The local currency is the Egyptian Pound (LE) although most foreign currencies including USD$, euro and sterling are accepted or can be changed locally.
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.
Can I use my mobile phone in Egypt?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.