Holidays to
Egypt

An exotic land of balmy adventure

A holiday to Egypt is a journey into a land of myth, mysticism and age-old civilisation. Perched just across the Mediterranean Sea, this North African country has drawn adventurers to its shores for millennia. From the Ancient Greeks right up through to 19th century Egyptologists and modern day sun-seeking explorers, Egypt has an enduring ability to capture the imagination. Encompassing a whopping 1,010,408 square kilometres within borders shared with Libya, Sudan, the Gaza Strip and Israel, Egypt has a lot to work with. Just outside of bustling Cairo on the Nile's western banks - where the sun sets - lie the 4,500 year-old Pyramids of Giza, the country's star attraction. Over on the east bank, monumental Luxor is just waiting to be discovered. Renowned for their crystal clear waters and recognised world-wide for their unparalleled diving credentials, the sublime sands of the Red Sea's resorts offer year-round warmth. For an utterly unique experience, you can follow in the footsteps of traditional Bedouin caravans with an expedition into the vast and daunting Sahara. Whether you're after an adventure into an ancient past or simply a warm spot on an exotic shore, Egypt is a choice that stands the test of time.

Three tips for a top trip

Learn a few phrasesLearn a little Arabic to make getting around that bit easier: salam - hello; aywa - yes; lā - no; shukran - thank you.
Keep small notes for tipsTipping ('backsheesh') is a part of Egyptian culture. Keep some small denomination notes on hand to give to guides, drivers, waiters and other service workers.
Hone your haggling skillsHaggling is expected in Egypt. Ask 'bi-kam da' (how much), offer a third and expect to pay half.

Don’t-miss dates in Egypt

Spring

Without the blistering heat of summer and the large crowds and prices of winter, spring is an excellent time to visit Egypt.

Eid al Fitr Festival

Marking Ramadan's end, the festival sees attractions, restaurants and shops return to normal service. Taking place in summer, the exact date varies each year.

September

Autumn also brings lower temperatures and smaller crowds. Visit in September to catch the Wafaa Al Nil festival, celebrating the mighty Nile River.

Best things to do in Egypt

See the Pyramids of Giza

Rising up from the Nile's western bank and watched over by the Sphinx, the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure are Egypt's most famous attractions.

Cruise down the Nile

See the valley of the Kings from the water as you sail down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor.

Relax at a Red Sea resort

Feel the sand beneath your toes at Hurghada and explore the wrecks, reefs and abundant sea life of its warm clear waters.