The ancient wonders and enduring beauty of Egypt still inspire and awe tourists from all over the world. Situated in North Africa with two sea coasts – the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east – Egypt is rich with historical, mythological and biblical associations.
From magnificent age-old monuments, such as the Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx, to temples, ruins and museums detailing the country’s spectacular history – there is a wealth of things to see and do. Egypt also has an enviable climate, offering visitors masses of sunshine and heat and it’s great for diving and relaxing too.
If you are looking for an Egypt holiday, which give you something extra this year, then why not consider trying a luxurious cruise, with top quality accommodation and incredible sights combined. The glorious River Nile weaves its way from north to south across the landscape, and most of the populated areas are based around the Nile Valley, so you’ll never be far from both ancient and modern civilisation.
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The Red Sea resorts include the world’s diving capital, Sharm el-Sheikh, on the Sinai Peninsula and smaller resorts such as Nuweiba, Taba and Dhab. On the mainland, Hurghada, El Gouna and Marsa Alam are also hugely popular destinations offering visitors a glimpse of paradise.
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Attractions & Things To Do
There are so many things to see and do in Egypt, here are just a few ideas:
Explore the desert between the Pyramids at Giza by camel! If you get there just before sunset, not only will you have a magnificent view of the only survivor left of the Seven Wonders of the World, but you’ll hear the call to prayer ringing out from the mosques. Make sure you agree a price before you get on the camel though – it’s a long way up!
The Red Sea is home to some gorgeous coral reefs and most of the resorts offer diving and instructors to boot. Don’t worry, if you’ve never done it before either – help will be somewhere near at hand. Try reef, wreck and deep diving too.
are full of the rich history of ancient Egypt. Luxor Museum has a collection dating from the end of the Old Kingdom through to the Mamluk period. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is absolutely heaving with relics and you might not get to see everything in one visit. Alternatively, visit the beautiful Alexandria National Museum with its well designed and clearly labelled collection.
Annual Temperature & Rainfall
Egypt has a desert climate and is one of the hottest, sunniest countries in the world. In July, the temperature peaks with an average maximum temperature of 36°C (and a minimum average of 21°C). In the summer, there is on average 12 hours of sunshine and in the winter, around 10. The Mediterranean coastal strip has an average annual rainfall of 100-200 mm/4-8” and over the rest of Egypt, the annual rainfall is a mere 25-50 mm/1-2”. In the south of Egypt, long periods of time may pass with no rainfall.
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