Egypt is one of the world's great luxury holiday destinations. It lies at the crossroads of Africa, Europe and Asia and has been enticing travellers for centuries - many of them drawn by the tales of the pharaohs who ruled Ancient Egypt. Visiting the 4,000 year-old Great Pyramids of Giza on the outskirts of the capital, Cairo, is a great introduction the country's past and should feature in your Egypt luxury holiday itinerary. [See Egypt itinerary ideas]
Sailing along the River Nile in search of ancient temples decorated with hieroglyphics and striking statues is another superb way to experience Egypt's absorbing heritage. A felucca trip or luxury cruise between Aswan and Luxor reveals a timeless snapshot of every daily life beside the river. You'll see farmers working in their fields, merchants loading their wares onto ships and hear the sound of the adhan - the call to prayer of the muezzin - ringing out from the minarets of mosques.
In between relaxing on deck and watching the world drift by are shore excursions to historic monuments, such as the twin temples of Rameses the Great at Abu Simbel. The Valley of the Kings at Luxor is another Egypt travel highlight. It was here that, in 1922, the English Egyptologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the 18th Dynasty pharaoh, Tutankhamun - or King Tut as he is often called. Many of the pharaoh's treasures are on display in Luxor, others at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo or in touring displays around the world.
The Red Sea is another hugely popular travel destination on most luxury Egypt holidays. Some of the planet's best coral reefs run parallel to the dusty shoreline of the Sinai Peninsula. Pontoons from upmarket hotels provide direct access to the reef in resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh. Underwater adventures can also be had at Ras Mohammed National Park and the Blue Hole at Dahab. These are some of the best known diving and snorkelling spots on Egypt's Red Sea coast, with abundant tropical fish, turtles, rays and sharks among the colourful coral.
Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.
We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.
Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Egypt, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Alexandria is situated on the Mediterranean coast, an attractive port city named after Alexander the Great, the Greek king who conquered Egypt in the 4th century BC. Its waterfront location has made it something of a cultural melting pot - with French, Greek, Italian …
Aswan & Surrounds
Aswan is the gateway to southern Egypt, a bustling market city on the eastern bank of the River Nile. Nubian villages and historic monuments are to be explored in this enchanting part of the country, where Arabia melds with Africa.
Egypt's capital is chaotic, noisy and intoxicating. Cairo is the Middle East and Africa's biggest city, bursting with the energy of 17 million people who live among its minarets, markets, mosques and mazy streets. This is a place of all night ahwas - coffee houses - and …
Luxor & Surrounds
Luxor stands on the site of the ancient Thebes and its many temples and tombs have given the city its unofficial title as the world's biggest open-air museum. Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, on the west bank of the Nile close to Luxor, are often included in tailor-made …
The Red Sea offers world-class snorkelling and diving holidays. Luxury resorts line the craggy coast of the Sinai Peninsula, which runs from Sharm el Sheikh at the peninsula's southern tip to Taba at the top of the Gulf of Aqaba, close to the border with Israel and …
A Nile cruise is an eagerly anticipated part of an Egypt holiday and a great way to see the historic monuments that dot the riverbank between Luxor and Aswan. Vessels range from luxury cruise ships - with sumptuous cabins, swimming pools on deck and evening …
Itinerary ideas 
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Egypt. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Grand Tour of Egypt
Egypt is a country that oozes history and beauty, where world-famous sites including the Pyramids and the Temple of Luxor, sit alongside bustling, culture-rich …
Best of Egypt
For more than 5,000 years the world's longest river has been the lifeblood of Egypt and a cruise on the Nile is a must in any lifetime. As a prelude, however, …
Places to stay 
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Egypt. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Egypt, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor
What does Deluxe mean?
WEXAS accommodation rating
- EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
- DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
- SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
- STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
- BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).
Winter Palace built in 1886 on the Nile banks in a tropical garden is a magical experience of history luxury that hosted royalties and celebrities throughout …
Holiday types 
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Egypt. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
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History and culture
From the Pyramids to the Parthenon, the Silk and Spice Routes to the Suez Canal, local history and culture add a rich flavour to any travel experience. Whether you want to explore the great opera houses of Sydney and Beijing, or the Palaeolithic cave paintings of France …
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