Egypt is so much more than the big ticket items that everyone knows – the pyramids and Sphinx, the Nile, diving in the Red Sea, and lately, Tahrir Square. It offers a wide variety of opportunities for travellers to enjoy its history and culture, its varied environments and its leisure and adventure options. Take your time to explore this ancient yet vibrant land, you won’t regret it!
Alexandria is rightly known at the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Founded by Alexander the Great around 300 BC, Alexandria was the most important city in the Mediterranean for centuries and was home to many great and wonderful buildings and a vibrant cosmopolitan culture.
Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town located about 130 kilometers south of Luxor, has a distinctively African atmosphere.
Cairo, the huge, bustling, chaotic capital of Egypt is a place in which you can spend many days. Cairo is a city whose very name is evocative of ancient civilizations, towering minarets and the call of the muezzin, of blistering desert sands and the cool waters of the life-giving Nile. This fascinating city makes an exotic destination, either as a stand-alone holiday, or as part of a longer tour of Egypt. Home to the famous pyramids at Giza and the Egyptian Museum packed with ancient artefacts, the Citadel of Salah El Din and the crowded medieval streets of Old Cairo, as well as the shopping delights of the ancient Khan il Khalili or the ultra modern City Stars Mall, Cairo offers something for everyone. Plan to stay at least 4 days to touch on the most important attractions.
The Nile Delta extends from Cairo to the Mediterranean Sea and from Alexandria to Port Said. It is a great labyrinth of channels and fields covering around 22,000 square kilometers where 15 million people live and work.
The Fayoum is located less than a hundred kilometers from Cairo and with its heritage of flora and archaeology, is one of the most beautiful and interesting regions of Egypt.
Over the last 15 years a town with more than 200 hotels, booming shopping streets and vibrant nightlife has risen from the empty desert sand. With an ever-growing number of tourists and perfect climate, this “Red Sea Riviera” has no off season.
The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area is unparalleled and it has often been called the world’s greatest open air museum.
This resort, growing in popularity, is located 135 km south of Al-Qusseir and is connected to Edfu by a 290 km desert road.
Marsa Matrouh is located 300km west of Alexandria and 525km north of Cairo and it is a well-kept secret that encompasses the best beaches in North Egypt (some say the best in the world).
El-Minya (west bank of the Nile, chief town of the governorate with a population of about 150,000) is a considerable commercial town, situated between the Nile and the Ibrahimiya Canal, with a museum.
Stretching for about 400km along the Mediterranean Sea lays the North Coast. It includes many resorts that are considered Egypt’s high society summer resort.
Set in a depression Baharia Oasis is surrounded by hills. Siwa is one of the world’s last remaining pristine oases, home to spectacular natural landscapes, ancient historical ruins and fascinating cultural traditions. Kharga is the most modernised of Egypt’s western oases. Dakhla is the oasis that lies furthest from other major cities. Unlike many other oases, it is situated above sea level, as high as 122 metres. It is fed by more than 520 springs and ponds.
SANTA CATERINA (ST. CATHERINE’S)
In the Middle East there are four primary sacred mountains and they include Mount Sinai in the Sinai Peninsula, the peak where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Mount Sinai, also called Mount Horeb and Jebel Musa (the ‘Mountain of Moses’) is the centre of a pilgrimage destination that includes the Monastery of St. Catherine and the Burning Bush, Elijah’s Plateau, and Plain of ar-Raaha, near Mount Sinai.
SHARM EL SHEIKH
Sharm, as it is affectionately known, is situated at the south end of the Sinai and is a perfect location for diving, snorkelling, windsurfing, swimming or just lying around the pool or on the beach in the beautiful year-round sunshine.
The eastern coastline and the southern tip of the Sinai have a number of beach resort regions, though by far the most developed region is the region in and around Sharm el-Sheikh. Still there’s many other beautiful spots including Taba, Nuweiba and the wonderfully laid back Dahab.