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Egypt Holidays


The monuments of ancient Egypt are so spectacular and enduring that they have been tourist attractions since before Roman times.

The iconic Pyramids and Great Sphinx are as astounding today as they were centuries ago and in Cairo you have one of the greatest Arabian cities in the world literally full to the brim with history.

To the south, Luxor, known as The ‘World’s Greatest Open Air Museum’ has almost an embarrassment of riches.
On the East Bank lies the City of the Living, the vast temple complex of Karnak with its elegant soaring columns, majestic statuary and imposing walls.
On the West Bank rests the cool dark tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the city of the dead, the walls as alive with colour as when they were sealed over 300 years ago.

In the deep south Aswan’s setting is nothing short of magnificent.
Facing one of the prettiest sections of the Nile, Egypt’s sunniest town enjoys a view of sweeping desert dunes, elephantine granite rocks and emerald islands carpeted in palm groves.

OUR HOLIDAYS TO EGYPT

Best of Egypt
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
8 days / 7 nights

Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.
Egypt Adventure
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
8 days / 7 nights

Discover the highlights of ancient Egypt from the iconic Pyramids of Giza, to the underground tombs found in the Valley of the Kings.
Egyptian Odyssey
Multi Centre Holiday
14 days / 13 nights

See the best of Egypt and delve into the history of this fascinating country. Marvel at the towering Pyramids of Giza and explore the temples of Aswan and Luxor before heading to the Red Sea coast to relax on the beach.
Captivating Cairo
City Break
5 days / 4 nights

Discover the Great Pyramids of Giza and delve into the historic heart of the Egyptian capital with a short break to this energetic North African city.
Oberoi Zahra 7 night Nile Cruise Aswan-Luxor
Cruise Holiday
8 days / 7 nights

Combining contemporary luxury with the highest levels of service, the magnificent Oberoi Zahra offers 3, 4 or 7 night itineraries departing from either Luxor or Aswan. Expert Egyptologists lead excursions in small groups to all the major sites and an informative presentation on the next day’s programme is held each evening in the library.
Sonesta St George 1 - 3 night Nile Cruise
Cruise Holiday
4 days / 3 nights

The lovely Sonesta St. George 1 features elegant style and traditional décor with a great choice of on board facilities. It offers 3 night itineraries from Aswan to Luxor or 4 night itineraries in reverse. Group sightseeing is led by expert Egyptologists.

WHERE TO GO IN EGYPT

Egypt map
Cairo
Cairo
The bustling Egyptian capital of Cairo has long been one of the most important cities in Africa throughout history. The iconic Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx are not to be missed whilst the world renowned Egyptian Museum boasts a wealth of ancient treasures. Delve beneath the surface of this energetic city and you will be rewarded with beautiful mosques, Coptic churches and colourful souqs.
Luxor
Luxor
Home to a fantastic array of historic monuments, Luxor was once known as Thebes and was the capital of Ancient Egypt. Situated on the eastern banks of the Nile, the modern day city is built between the spectacular temple complex at Karnak, and the smaller but no less impressive Luxor Temple. To the west are some of Egypt’s most important archaeological sites, including the Valley of the Kings (home to the tomb of Tutankhamun), the Valley of the Queens and the beautiful Temple of Hatshepsut.
Aswan
Aswan
Picturesque Aswan is home to the famous Philae Temple, which was dramatically relocated stone by stone following the construction of the Aswan High Dam and the subsequent flooding of the valley and creation of Lake Nasser. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere in the city whilst watching traditional feluccas sail gently across the Nile River to Elephantine Island or the botanic gardens.
Nile Cruises
Nile Cruises
The mighty River Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt since ancient times and most of the country’s historic landmarks can be found along its river banks. The legendary journey along the river between Luxor and Aswan is a fabulous way to travel and experience some of the country’s most iconic sites with expert guides. Between visits enjoy time to relax on board and take in timeless scenes of river life, seemingly unchanged for centuries.
Red Sea Coast
Once a tiny finishing village, the Red Sea town of Hurghada is now a well-established resort offering superb diving and snorkelling opportunities over stunning coral reefs. Whilst there are a number of resorts beside Hurghada itself, many people choose to stay beside the quieter bay of Sahl Hasheesh to the south or trendy El Gouna to the north. Only a few hour’s drive from Luxor, the Red Sea coast is ideal for those wanting to combine the wonders of the Nile Valley with a relaxing beach break.
Soma Bay
Located approximately an hour’s drive south of Hurghada, the purpose built resort of Soma Bay offers visitors an excellent range of facilities and activities on the western shores of the Red Sea. In addition to lovely beaches and excellent diving and watersports, the area boasts a superb golf course and a central marina area with multiple shopping and dining options.

OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN EGYPT

Marriott Mena House
4 plus star

Cairo

Thanks to a fabulous location next to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Marriott Mena House has attracted royalty, heads of state and distinguished guests since it opened in the 19th Century. The hotel now provides a tranquil retreat away from the city with expansive tropical gardens, a large pool and a lovely spa.
Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City Cairo
5 star

Cairo

Situated in a prime spot on the banks of the River Nile, this luxurious hotel offers fabulous accommodation designed in a classic elegant style. The shops and restaurants of downtown Cairo are just a short drive away, as is the Egyptian Museum with its vast collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts. The hotel’s four restaurants offer a range of Arabic and international cuisine, whilst the sophisticated Jazz Bar showcases stunning river views. With a fantastic location in the centre of the city coupled with Kempinski’s renowned service, this stylish hotel is an excellent choice for a stay in Cairo.
Sofitel Winter Palace
5 star

Luxor

This historic property has been welcoming guests for over 100 years. Agatha Christie was a regular here as was Howard Carter, famous for discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun. Today, the tropical gardens and outdoor pool offer a respite from Luxor’s busy streets while the grand interiors recall a bygone era.
Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan
5 star

Aswan

Boasting a stunning location on the banks of the Nile, this legendary hotel has been welcoming distinguished guests since 1899. Immortalised by Agatha Christie in her novel ‘Death on the Nile’, the hotel oozes luxury and romance thanks to its rich and fascinating history.
The Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh
5 star

Hurghada

Boasting stunning views of the Red Sea and a fabulous stretch of private beach, The Oberoi Beach Resort Sahl Hasheesh has long been considered one of Egypt’s most exclusive and luxurious beach resorts. An oasis of peace and calm, the resort offers guests an impressive range of facilities including a gorgeous pool, a sumptuous spa and an on site dive centre. In addition to casual poolside dining, guests can feast on Indian specialities at Zaafran or international and regional cuisine at The Restaurant.
Sheraton Soma Bay
4 plus star

Hurghada

With architecture inspired by Luxor’s Karnak Temple, this lovely beachfront resort offers a great value all inclusive package and boasts a truly striking design. In addition to a pristine sandy beach and spectacular house reef, the resort offers a fantastic range of facilities and dining options making it an ideal choice for a stay by the Red Sea.

THINGS TO DO IN EGYPT

Pyramids & Sphinx Tour
Approx 4 hours
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Egyptologist guide
  • Sphinx

  • Egyptian Museum Tour
    Approx 4 hours
  • Egyptologist guide
  • Most prominent museum in the world
  • Mummies room

  • Valley of the Kings, Queens & Temple of Hatshepsut
    Approx 4 hours
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Valley of the Queens
  • Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

  • Luxor Temple & Karnak Tour
    Approx 4 hours
  • Largest temple complex created by man
  • Avenue of Sphinxes
  • Temple of Luxor

  • Karnak Sound & Light Show
    Approx 1.5 hours
  • Spectacular light show
  • Dramatic presentation of history
  • Karnak temple complex

  • High Dam, Philae Temple & Unfinished Obelisk
    Approx 4 hours
  • Aswan High Dam
  • Philae Island
  • Unfinished Obelisk

  • When is the best time to visit Egypt?

    Egypt Climate Guide
    EG - Cairo

    JAN

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    8h  15cm

    FEB

    18
    9h  4cm

    MAR

    22
    11h  8cm

    APR

    27
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    MAY

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    JUN

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    JUL

    34
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    AUG

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    SEP

    32
    12h  5cm

    OCT

    28
    10h  5cm

    NOV

    23
    9h  1cm

    DEC

    19
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    EG - Hurghada

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    MAY

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    JUN

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    JUL

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    AUG

    34
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    SEP

    33
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    OCT

    29
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    NOV

    26
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    DEC

    22
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