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THE HEART OF ANCIENT CIVILISATION


Just one mention of Egypt and you immediately imagine the fascinating ancient past of amazing tombs and temples, enthralling and wondrous sights, vibrant cities and colourful markets. No other place provides one with such a catalogue of history and wealth of antiquities, all of which are centred around the River Nile, an icon which made the country what it is today as the source of all things Egyptian.
 
The best way to get deep into what makes this country tick is to enjoy a few days in Cairo and then venture on a 3 or 4 night Nile cruise, with all the major historically-rich cities such as Cairo, Luxor and Aswan all located on the river. The pace is slow and the atmosphere is serene as you cruise along this most fascinating river. Disembark and enjoy tours that allow you to visit and explore an array of tombs, temples and monuments. Cairo is a vibrant and fascinating city and is home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights in Egypt. Visit the Giza Pyramids, thousands of ancient artefacts in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the capital’s medieval markets by Khan El-Khalili and much more. Most hotels are perched on the Nile offering spectacular views from your balcony. Aswan is home to the famous Aswan Dam and nowhere is the Nile more impressive or majestic than here as it flows through granite rocks and around emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Sail to the Temple of Philae on a local felucca, visit the Agha Khan Mausoleum and take an excursion to St. Simeon’s Monastery. Luxor is quite rightfully described as the “world’s greatest open-air museum” as the ruins of the Karnak & Luxor Temples stand within the modern city, and on the opposite side lie the Valley of the Kings (where you will find the tomb of Tutankhamen) & the Valley of the Queens. A day trip (or overnight) to Abu Simbel is also a must. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Nile, the majestic Abu Simbel Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and will take your breath away. In the evening there is an amazing sound & light show.
 
Intrepid travellers may want to venture inland and take a safari into the Western Desert, 262,000 square miles of dunes, canyons, oases, mountain plateaus, and valleys. Travel through endless miles of golden dunes and marvel at the awe inspiring landscape that is full of fascinating rock formations and strange limestone concretions that are shaped like giant mushrooms, fjords and icebergs.
 
On the Mediterranean coast lies Alexandria, known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean”. This captivating city combines history and modernity and although very little of the old city is now visible, it still retains its historical feel and features old European residences, old cafes and Greco Roman monuments. With being the northern-most tropical sea, the Red Sea coast houses some excellent reefs and the best diving in the northern hemisphere with over 1,200 species of fish being recorded here and approximately 10% of which are endemic to the sea. Coupled with great beaches and world-class resorts that will appeal to all budgets, you can easily twin Egypt’s history with some great time spent underwater (or by it at least!)
 
Being geographically part of Africa, Egypt’s culture would say otherwise. The Arabic and Nubian nomadic influences that weave itself into Egyptian folklore & identity, to the Mediterranean cities that see trade and an influx of cultures and practices from across the European continent, the nation’s glorious past and present never ceases to amaze.

    • Flight Time: Approx 5 hours
        • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours
           
            • Language: Arabic is the official language with many dialects of it spoken nationwide, and due to it’s colonial predecessors, English & French are also widely spoken.
               
                • Currency: Egyptian Pound
                   
                    • Area: 387,000 square miles (approx 4 times the size of the UK)
                       
                        • Total coastline: more than 1,800 miles
                           
                            • Population: Approx. 81 million
                               
                                • Capital: Cairo

Egypt’s climate is quite easy to summarise as they only have two prominent seasons: a hot dry summer (May to October) and a mild winter (November to April) and the difference between the seasons is really only marked by changes in prevailing winds and temperature variations. The average temperature during the winter is 17°C while the average temperature during summer is 30°C, although in the inland desert region the summer temperature may vary from 43°C during the day to 7°C at night.
 
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Egypt depends on where you want to go but generally speaking, winter (December to February) is the high season and summer (June to August) is the low season in all parts of the country except on the coasts, and to a lesser degree in Cairo. In our opinion the best time to travel to get the most enjoyment, without it being too hot, is between February to April and October & November.

Health & Vaccinations

We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

Passport & Visa

British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not need a visa to enter into Egypt.

OUR TOP PICKS

 

SANCTUARY SUNBOAT IV

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV is renowned as one of the finest boats operating on the Nile River. The boat is furnished in a contemporary chic style, with an art deco influence to create a luxurious yet comfortable floating haven.
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SOFITEL WINTER PALACE – EGYPT

The Winter Palace was built in 1886 on the banks of the River Nile in Luxor. Today the Winter Palace combines the mythical atmosphere of ancient Egypt with the modern decor and necessary comfort levels of a luxury 5-star hotel.
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FOUR SEASONS RESORT SHARM EL SHEIKH

Alongside the Red Sea lies the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh, where you will find complete luxury and an excellent array of facilities whilst enjoying brilliant blue skies and wonderful sunshine.
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WHERE TO STAY BY REGION

 

NILE CRUISING

There is simply no better way to experience the magnificent River Nile than on a high quality cruise where highly skilled and knowledgeable Egyptologists and guides bring history to life on the shore excursions. Travel from Aswan to Luxor or vice-versa on a 3 or 4 nights cruise.
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CAIRO

Upon arrival, the organised madness of the city hits you square in the face. It doesn't take long, however, to adapt to Cairo’s wall of noise, heavy traffic and bawling of hawkers, and getting lured into the lovable allure of this animated and fascinating city.
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ASWAN

The ancient city of Aswan lies on the magnificent River Nile in the south of Egypt and is the gateway for many river cruises and a scenic serene stage of the Nile, as it flows through granite rocks, and round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants.
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LUXOR

Luxor is situated on the upper reaches of the Nile, north of Aswan, and has frequently been characterised as the "world's greatest open air museum", with the ruins of Karnak and Luxor standing within the modern city and the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens opposite.
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EGYPT’S BEACHES

With being the northernmost tropical sea, the Red Sea coast houses some excellent reefs and the best diving in the northern hemisphere and this coupled with great beaches and world-class resorts makes it an alluring option for sunseekers and divers.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Egypt. Call us on 01778 382764.