THE NILE BY FELUCCA
A felucca boat trip offers an exciting and unforgettable experience with only 6-12 passengers. The world-famous River Nile stretches over 6,590km!
VALLEY OF THE KINGS
A labyrinth of underground hidden tombs and ancient illustrations – including King Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. Every archaeologist that’s struck lucky there has claimed there’s nothing left to find and yet amazing discoveries keep happening; rumour has it, Queen Nefertiti’s resting place is next to be uncovered.
An imposing half-man, half-lion limestone carving that is over 20metres high, the Sphinx is a monument that phots don't give it justice. You won't miss it as it is literally a stone’s thrown away from the pyramids of Giza.
THE PYRAMIDS, GIZA
Did you know that there are over 100 pyramids spread across Egypt? The great pyramids of Giza are not to be missed. They have withstood the test of time and are a powerful sight to be seen at least once in a lifetime.
Aswan sits right by the banks of the Nile. It is laid-back with colourful markets, unique and historically important Nubian villages, an excellent souk, and the Elephantine Island.
Cairo is one of the world's largest urban areas and offers many sites to visit. Close by, is almost every Egypt Pyramid, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza on the very edge of the city. The city provides great culture; including art galleries and music halls, such as the Cairo Opera House, Sawy Culture Wheel, Ahmed Shawky as well as the famous Khan el-Khalili souk. Don't forget to visit the incredible Egyptian Museum – a crumbling and chaotic affair, but with a priceless collection of pharaonic antiquities with over 136,000 exhibits.
DAHAB & RED SEA
If you like the idea of giving scuba diving a go just a short walk from the water’s edge then Dahab is spot on. Diving here is mainly shore-based as the Red Sea drops down quickly to great depths, making it an ideal destination for beginners. With over 1,000 species of fish, 150 species of coral, and curious dolphins the Red Sea is known for its unbelievable underwater scenes and excellent visibility.
Between March and Nov dolphins deign to delight, following the line of the Red Sea’s coral reef which is zoned to protect them from boats. Our dolphin watching holidays in Egypt adhere to strict conservation principles, which also support swimming with dolphins in a stringent way. None of your jump in and kiss a dolphin malarkey. But strictly let dolphins be dolphins style. And a beautiful style it is too.
ABU SIMBEL TEMPLES
Thanks to UNESCO these magnificent temples, built by Ramses II in 13th century BCE, were rescued from the flooding of the lands that took place to build the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser in 1960s. They relocated them to Abu Simbel, and placed them on the rock face by tunnelling into the hillside. As you do. They are spectacular. Come for the Stonehenge-like sun effect at dawn 22nd Oct and 22nd Feb.
Popular with families, this Red Sea waterfront town is a top spot for snorkelling, diving and all round seaside fun. Once a small fishing village it has been developed into hotel land, but it still beats Sharm El Sheikh. There are plenty of other things to do nearby too, from visiting St. Paul and Anthony’s monasteries to camel trekking in the desert.
A modern metropolis merged with an ancient arcadia, it is divided by the Nile into two sections. The East Bank is the modern but French influenced town, also home to Luxor and colossal Karnak temples, plus Luxor’s museum. Take a boat to the West Bank to explore the Valley of the Kings. You can take a sleeper train from Cairo, and hire a bike to explore the West Bank when you are there.
KOM OMBO & EDFU
Kom Ombo and Edfu are Ptomelaic (late Egyptian) temples, which were dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god, and Sobek the crocodile god, which you still see symbols of everywhere, especially in Nubian homes. A popular site at Kon Ombo is the Nilometer, which measured the height of the annual flood, but also measured how high taxes were going to be. More water, more tax.