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Egypt is considered the cradle of civilization, the beacon of religion and the gateway to Africa. Cairo is the foremost capital on the African continent and lies at the centre of all routes leading to, and from, the capitals of the three continents; Asia, Africa and Europe.

For over fifty centuries Egypt engendered the development of culture and civilization - Pharaonic, Christian and Islamic; and during those long years, all have generously contributed to the history and treasures of mankind. Consequently, when in Egypt, the land of love, friendship and hospitality, you will never feel a lonely visitor! In fact, you will enjoy traveling through time, from one period to another, exhilarated by the history of those who remained immortal; though their bodies were laid to rest thousands of years ago.

Egypt is probably one of the oldest vacation spots in the world. Early Greeks and Romans went there to relax and to see the wonders of some of mankind's earliest triumphs.

Egypt however, is much more than Pyramids and monuments. It is also Red Sea scuba diving, hot night spots, luxury hotels and five star restaurants. It is romantic cruises down the Nile on festive river boats, a night at the grand opera and it is a cultural experience like none you have ever experienced. Egypt is a land bustling with life, sound, visual beauty and excitement. More than anything else, we want you to think of Egypt as exhilarating. For thousands of years, it has been the playground of emperors and kings, and we hope you will take the time to find out why.



Alexandria lies North-West of the Nile delta. Conquered and designed by Alexander the Great. Egypt’s second largest city and less chaotic than Cairo and home to the Pharos Lighthouse one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. Bibliotheka Alexandria, the newly constructed library, is the greatest in the ancient world with relics from the third century BC. The original library held the greatest collection of human knowledge at the time and is believed to have been burned down during the 7th century. There are many beaches stretching east to west and they are popular for swimming and diving; beaches outside the city tend to be less crowded. The downtown Roman Amphitheatre is considered unique in Egypt and was only discovered in the early 1960’s laying on the foundations of a new building.

Lake Nasser Cruises


As one of the world's largest artificial bodies of water, Lake Nasser's dimensions are staggering. From the High Dam it stretches over 300 miles (480 km) down into Sudan and, in places, spreads to over 22 miles (35 km) in width. It is also the most stunningly beautiful, unspoiled region of Egypt. The lake was created as a result of the construction of the Aswan High Dam across the waters of the Nile between 1958 and 1971. Many species of animals and birds have settled in the man-made Lake as well as Nile Crocodiles. Lake Nasser cruises provide the opportunity to admire the wildlife, beautiful scenery and of course visit the temples of Abu Simbel.



Aswan is one of the most attractive towns on the Nile. Close to it are quarries from which the Pharaoh's obtained the granite to build the obelisks and the monuments of ancient Thebes. The classic Temple of Philae and the Abu Simbel Temple are close by. Southwards, approx. 30 minutes by air from Aswan, are the temples of Abu Simbel built between 1300-1233 BC by Ramses II. Four massive statues of the seated Pharaoh mark the entrance to one of the temples. The sun-drenched town of Aswan is rich with history and atmosphere.

Nile Cruises


Cruising down the Nile is about watching the life on the river, its people, the lush surroundings and the wildlife. Nile cruises provide sightseeing of the less accessible monuments in Upper Egypt, such as the Temple of Philae, the High Dam and the Granite Quarries from which the stone was taken for the building of the pyramids at Giza. Cruising is at a very relaxing pace which enables you to take in the scenery and watch the enigmatic river come alive. The cruise durations vary from 3 nts to 7 nts and all cruise sightseeing is included in the itineraries.



Cairo is a clock tower of history. The largest city in Africa, it is an overflowing metropolis of accumulated history and population. A layer by layer deposit of cultures, each of which has left its imperial signature behind. Collectively they make a city whose scale, spread and contents take your breath away. More than half a dozen cities combined over many centuries to make up today's Cairo, which itself trails back to the times of ancient Memphis, the capital the first Pharaohs founded to rule Egypt in 3000 BC. From there, it moved and consolidated over the ages, with each imperium adding its own stamp and structure, culminating in the fascinating Cairo we know today.



Dahab is a small resort located 95km Northwest of Sharm El Sheikh (1 hour by road), which is famous for its sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and natural surroundings. It attracts many divers to the waters of the Gulf of Aqaba with its treasured diving spots and infamous blue hole, a bottomless vertical tunnel encrusted with coral. For windsurfing enthusiasts, Dahab is a haven due to its ideal wind conditions. Other activities on offer include horse riding,desert safaris and tennis, all of which are available locally.

El Gouna


El Gouna is located 30km north of Hurghada. It is built on small islands, surrounded by blue lagoons of the Red Sea. It is a pleasant town with a state of the art hospital, international school and multi-cultural society. The nightlife is full of excitement and the resort even boasts its own brewery! Shopping is excellent as is the Pharaonic museum. El Gouna is fast becoming a good diving and watersports alternaitve to the better known Sharm el Sheikh.

El Quseir


El Quseir has a long history as one of the major ports of the Red Sea. From here, Queen Hatshepsut launched her expedition to the Land of Punt, as depicted in the reliefs in Deir el-Bahari temple at Luxor. Legend has it that the expedition returned with two live panthers and 21 incense trees. The 16th century fortress of Sultan Selim, still standing in the center of town, shows al-Quseir's former strategic importance. Today, it is a quiet resort with sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. The town's narrow streets are lined with colorful bazaars which have a decidedly Bedouin feel.



Located on the Red Sea, it is a fast developing activity centre where water sports and scuba diving are as readily available as drives across the desert to the Valley of the Kings and Luxor. Along with some top class hotels, this makes it an ideal location to mix sports, diving and relaxation with the wondrous sights of Egypt.



Located 420 miles south of Cairo are some of the most important sites in Egypt. Thebes was the capital city of the New Kingdom, whose glory still glows in world history, thousands of years after its decline.

Two tremendous temple complexes were established in honour of Ra of Heliopolis, who became the god Amun Ra at Thebes. With his consort, Mut and son Khonsu, he formed the Theban Triad for which the temples at Karnak and Luxor were established.

The vast precinct of the temples at Karnak, which took a thousand years to build, covers an area of 60 acres and contains 20 smaller temples. The Hypostyle Hall at Karnak is the largest single chamber of any temple in the world, covering an area of 4,983 sq m. Across the Nile lies the Necropolis of Thebes, burial ground of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, where over sixty tombs have been discovered, the most famous being that of Tutankhamun

Sharm El Sheikh


The sun-splashed tip of Sinai is home to the activity resort of Sharm El Sheikh, which has become a world renowned centre for diving and snorkelling facilities.

Within reach are the excursion sites of Mount Sinai, where the Ten Commandments are said to have been issued to Moses, and the world famous St Catherine's Monastery at the foot of the Mount, where the oldest text of the Bible was discovered. Local safari trips and visits to the Rose City of Petra (Jordan) and Bedouin feasts can be arranged.


  • The history of Egypt stretches back 5,000 years.
  • The last monarchs of this dynasty: Ceops, Chepren and Mycerinus built their three pyramids at Giza: each of them showing mathematical precision, organisational control and enhanced skills unmatched for the period.
  • The Great Pyramid at Giza is 146.9m high, worn down by 9m over the centuries; for this 2.5 million blocks of limestone were used weighing 6 million tons. The Kings chamber at the top covers a modest area of 5m by 10m, but the roof above it weighs 400 tons.
  • Alexander the Great followed and won Egypt without much trouble. Proud of his success and adulation, he took a dessert trip to the Temple of Amun at Siwa, to hear what the Oracle had to say about his future. From that point he wanted to conquer the known world. He established himself in the fishing village of Rakotis, on the Mediterranean Coast of Egypt, which was later to become Alexandria.
  • Cleopatra is one of the few women in Ancient history to be remembered for her formidable courage. She confronted Julius Caesar with stealth like entry, as she was brought into the Roman’s chamber rolled in a carpet meant to be a present. She met Mark Anthony on neutral ground and then returned to Egypt with him. Their affair was assiduous and lasted ten years yet ended after a confrontation with his wife Octavia. Tragically Anthony stabbed himself and Cleopatra giving her hand to the poison of an Asp.
  • The Rosetta Stone was carved in 196BC in three scripts. Found in 1799 by French soldiers of Napoleon while building a fort in the town of Rosetta (Rashid). After many years of studying the stone Jean Francois Champollion, who could read both Greek and Coptic, deciphered hieroglyphics in 1822.
  • The Alexandria Library was also the brain centre where east met west. It was when Julius Caesar, endangered by the revolt, had to swim for his life to the island of pharaohs. He retaliated by firing at the warehouse and palace which affected the books in the library as it caught fire; this lead to the end of the library which vanished over time.
  • The revenues of the Suez Canal were used to build the High Dam – some temples were allowed to disappear beneath the water. However 10 temples including Abu Simbel were dismantled and moved piece by piece.
  • The Ancient Egyptians also have the distinct honour of having invented not only the modern 365 day calendar but the leap year system as well.
  • The Egyptians invented an early system of writing known as hieroglyphics. They also invented paper on which to place it, made from the fibres of the papyrus plant.

  • The Giza Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Khan el Khalili Bazaar
  • Bibliotheca Alexandria
  • The Temple of oracle – Siwa Oasis
  • Valley of the Kings & Luxor colossal Karnak
  • Island of Philae
  • Abu Simbel
  • Diving or Snorkelling in the Red Sea
  • St Catherine’s Monastery and Mount Sinai

  • The Giza Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Khan el Khalili Bazaar   

  • The Giza Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Khan el Khalili Bazaar   

  • For everyday Egyptian food, get a local lunch of foul (fava beans cooked with chickpeas) and falafels.
  • Haggle when buying anything. Offer half the asking price to start. If you are being hassled on the streets by vendors, a polite but firm “la shukran” (“no thank you”) goes a long way!
  • Remember when booking your diving that you need to leave at least 24hrs between last dive and flying. Climbing Mount Sinai is also not a good idea soon after finishing a dive.
  • Exchange rates for Egyptian pounds can be much better in Egypt than here than in UK.
  • Most excursions and trips are charged in hard currency (U$ Dollars, Sterling or Euros).
  • Always have smaller denomination notes and coins as usually you will find shops and taxis say they have no change!
  • Alexandria - coffee and pastries at the century old Athineos Café.
  • Cairo - if you want to go inside the The Great Pyramid, they sell only 150 tickets on a first come first serve basis at both 07.30hrs and 13.00hrs.
  • Cairo - crossing roads in Cairo can be a challenge; safer to join a group of locals when they cross.
  • Aswan - a Lake Nasser cruise is a wonderful experience. See the crocodiles from a safe vantage point.
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple is at its quietest early afternoon; this avoids the busses in the morning and cruise traffic in the late afternoon.
  • Luxor - a balloon ride is a must, weather permitting of course.
  • Dahab - El Masbat the walking promenade along the sea side with wide variety of restaurants and shops.
  • Sharm el sheikh - sunrise at Mount Sinai, where Moses is said to have received the 10 commandments amazing opportunity to see the sunrise and take in the amazing scenery.
  • El gouna - go shopping at Kafr El Gouna - also known as ‘Down-Town’ and visit the promenade of the Abu Tig Marina.
  • Hurghada - for dinner we would recommend to try the Egyptian specialties at ‘the Summer Land’ restaurant which is located at the Sheraton Street in the heart of Hurghada down town.
  • El quseir - is not completed without visiting El Quseir fishermen village where you can visit the Ottoman Fortress from 17th century.

Getting There EGYPT

Cairo and Luxor, all other destinations via Cairo from London Heathrow. LHR-CAI /LXR operate daily, other cities/resort available indirect with Egyptair. Seat pitch approx 33’’, luggage allowance 46kgs.
Business Class Upgrade:
  • CAI fr. £265 each way, LXR fr. £240 each way, seat pitch approx 48” luggage allowance 30ks.

Cairo from London Heathrow. LHR-CAI operate daily,Seat pitch approx 31’’, luggage allowance 23kgs.
Business Class Upgrade:
  • (Cairo) / World Traveller Plus upgrade (CAI) fr. £277 each way, luggage allowance 2 bags 23kgs.

Easyjet operate London Gatwick to Sharm El Sheikh 3 or 4 times a week and Hurghada twice a week. At time of printing, there is a ‘speedy boarding’ option and baggage allowance is 20kg.

There is a selection of charter flights flying from the UK to the resorts in Egypt mainly from London Gatwick & Manchester to Luxor, Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh. Services include extra leg room, prebook seating together, and meals. Please note airlines vary and can change their services with little or no notice; please confirm at the time of booking.
  • Monarch seat pitch 28’’; luggage allowance 20kgs.
  • Thomson & Thomas Cook seat pitch approx 28-33’’; luggage allowance 20 kgs.
Regional Airports: there is a choice of regional airport departures available for the resort of Sharm el Sheikh including Birmingham – Manchester – Newcastle – Leeds Bradford. Hurghada & Luxor have flights from Manchester and London Gatwick.

Language: Arabic, but English is widely spoken

Currency: Egyptian Pounds (US$, Euros, £GB & Credit cards are widely accepted)

Time Difference: +2 hrs GMT

Tourist Board: 020 7493 5283 www.egypt.travel

Visa Requirements: UK passport holders require a visa to enter Egypt, this can be obtained on arrival. Non-UK passport holders should check with the Egyptian consulate for advice on the following number: Tel: 020 7235 9777 or visit www.egyptianconsulate.co.uk / Email: info@egyptianconsulate.co.uk

Passport: A valid 10 year passport is required with a minimum 6 months remaining on your passport from the date of return to the UK and an available empty page.

Security: For the latest information visit the foreign office website at www.fco.gov.uk and select ‘Country Advice’.

Health: Recommended EC inoculations: Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Polio, Malaria in infected areas, Tuberculosis (children only). Check with your Doctor for latest information.

Public Holidays
Ramadan: A period of fasting when the consumption of food and drink is only permitted between sunset and sunrise. During this period disruption to tourist hotels and resorts is limited. Ramadan is for one month.
Eid al-Fitr: A three day feast marking the end of Ramadan.
Eid al-Adhah: Religious festival where many make a pilgrimage to Mecca. Modern Egyptians use this period for holiday travel.

Please contact our Travel Consultants for further information.