Destination Overview

Egypt

Egypt… An incredible and diverse country that has one of few old-age civilizations and is home to two of the ancient wonders of the world. The Ancient Egyptian civilization developed along the Nile River more than 7000 years ago is recognizable for its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and above all, the Pyramids. There is also much to explore within the cities of Egypt, each one with its own charm, history, culture, activities, and people.

Capital

Cairo

Time

GMT +2

Currency

Egyptian Pound

Language

Arabic

Religion

Islam

Population

100 Million

International Airports

Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, El Dabaa, Hurghada, Marsa Alam

Weather

Although different regions experience different weather patterns, Egypt has an arid desert climate and is generally both hot and sunny. As part of the northern hemisphere, seasons in Egypt follow much the same pattern as in Europe and North America, with winter falling between November and January, and the peak summer months falling between June and August.

Top Highlights

Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt grips the imagination, touches the soul and inspires the uninspired. You simply can’t escape over 7000 years of historical influence Ancient Egypt enjoys. The legacy of Ancient Egypt, with names like Ramses, Nefertiti and Tutankhamen and places like the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx echoes in art, literature and popular culture.

Cruising the Nile

Sailing the Nile along the lush Nile Valley surrounded by golden dunes and sightseeing Ancient Egyptian monuments is tourism at its best. Watch fishermen cast their nets, farmers take to their fields, a flight of birds, and water buffalos staring back at you. Take a Nile cruise and you just might unravel another layer of the mystery that is Ancient Egypt.

The Red Sea

Revel under the sun in the Red Sea Riviera and enjoy some of the best seaside activities in eastern Egypt. Located near the Eastern Desert, the Red Sea Riviera is a long coastal area full of beautiful beaches that lead to the Red Sea. Here you'll be able to swim among dolphins, dugongs and an overwhelming number of flora and fauna.

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Top Places to Visit

Cairo

The capital of Egypt where you will discover the Marvel at the wonders of the ancient pharaohs. A truly unforgettable experience to see the Pyramid complex, golden treasures of Tutankhamun on display in the museum, the hustle and bustle of the streets and the eerie magic of the River Nile. Cairo is a vibrant, exhilarating, exotic, fascinating and welcoming city and home to the best Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic sights in Egypt.

Aswan

This charming town is Egypt's most southern and oldest town since Pharaonic times and has been the trading center and gateway to Africa. The High Dam is Egypt's modern wonder. Also, Aswan is home to many granite quarries from which most of the Obelisks in Luxor were sourced. The river is wide, slow and beautiful, with the colorful Nubian villages where one can explore the traditional lifestyle. Philae Temple is the most visited temple in Aswan and the last in the classical Egyptian architectural style. In the south you will find the unfinished Obelisk, the largest obelisk carved directly out of bedrock.

Alexandria

The second largest city in Egypt, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", was founded in year 331 BC by Alexander the Great. The city remained the capital of Ptolemaic Egypt and Roman and Byzantine Egypt for almost 1,000 years. The city is home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the Great Library, the largest in the ancient world; and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Alexandria was the intellectual and cultural center of the ancient Mediterranean world for much of the Hellenistic age and late antiquity.

Abu Simbel

The very small village of Abu-Simbel lies 280 km south of Aswan, and only 40 km north of the Sudanese border. Even though it is home to several hotels, the small town is usually overlooked by tourists as a holiday destination. Most of them prefer to visit the Nubian town on a daytrip from Cairo or Aswan or as an extension to a Nile cruise or a Lake Nasser Cruise. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Nile, the majestic Abu-Simbel Temples are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Luxor

Once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's "greatest open-air museum." From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor to the exciting and fun Nile cruises, Luxor is the perfect choice for culture vultures. It is divided by the Nile into two areas commonly called the East Bank and West Bank which were considered in Ancient Egyptian times as symbolizing respectively Life and Death.

Hurghada

Once a tiny fisher village, Hurghada now spans over 40 km of pristine coastline. Hurghada City has year-round sunshine, incredibly beautiful coral reefs and dozens of exciting attractions in a laid back, relaxed atmosphere. The clarity of the water and the endless opportunities for divers make Hurghada the center for leisure tourism in Egypt and a successful destination for divers and swimmers. For those who like things a little quieter, El Gouna, 25 km to the north, is ideal.

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