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Egypt Luxury holidays

Introduction

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.

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.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
5 hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Currency
Egyptian pound (E£) = 100 piastres

Language
Arabic

Visa
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Where to go in Egypt

Alexandria

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 and Lebanese influences in its …

River Nile

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 entertainment under the African sky - to …

The Red Sea in Egypt

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 Jordan.

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.

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Top itineraries in Egypt

Antiquity To Arabian Deserts

21-day cruise & stay from £6,599 pp incl. flights

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Sanctuary Nile Experience

8-day River Cruise from £1,865 pp incl. flights

This luxury eight-day Nile cruise aboard the luxurious Sun Boat VI is packed with sightseeing but spread over more days than usual for a Nile cruise, making it a more relaxed way to see the extraordinary highlights of the Nile Valley.

Best of Egypt

10-day tailor-made journey from £2,395 pp incl. flights

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.

Grand Tour of Egypt

13-day tailor-made journey from £3,995 pp incl. flights

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 cities, the spectacular scenery of the Nile River and the endless sand dunes of the great Sahara Desert.

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Special offers in Egypt

Antiquity To Arabian Deserts

21-day cruise & stay from £6,599 pp incl. flights

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offer

Exclusive tailor-made fly, cruise and stay holiday

Sail from Rome to Dubai on this spectacular all-inclusive cruise and stay holiday on the refurbished Seven Seas Voyager

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