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Holidays in Egypt
For picture-perfect beaches and jaw-dropping antiquities, come along on one of our holidays to Egypt. In this beautiful country, you enjoy any combination of activities and adventures. Try soaking up the Eastern atmosphere in the souks or experiencing ancient history up close and personal, examining gigantic hieroglyphs for yourself. If you’d rather indulge in a little pampering, relax in tranquility by the azure sea before enjoying an aromatic massage in one of their world-class spas.
Egypt has a rich and tumultuous history with records dating back to about 3150 BC at the beginning of one of the greatest ancient civilisations in the world. Ancient Egypt stretched along the fertile Nile Valley and delta, and the great thinkers of the day invented many objects and techniques that we now take for granted including the door lock, one of the earliest forms of paper and of course construction techniques such as those used to create the colossal pyramids. In the many centuries between these wondrous creations and modern day, Egypt has experienced a whirlwind of dynasties, conquerors and cultural influences. Look closely during your visit for Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Arab and European influences still prevalent throughout the architecture and ambiance of the country.
As you may suspect, Egypt is the perfect place to escape to for a warm getaway. The weather is generally dry and warm with very toasty summer days and extremely mild winters. The Mediterranean Sea winds caress the northern coast keeping the climate quite temperate, and the mountainous areas of the Sinai Peninsula tend to have the coldest night temperatures. It is good to keep in mind the strong Khasmin winds when planning the dates for your trip to Egypt. The winds that can occasionally blow between March and May bring sand and heat up from the [Sahara] in the southeast up to the north of the country. The winds are just a part of everyday life in Egypt, but it’s nice to be prepared if you want to be out and about visiting the incredible ancient Egyptian archaeological sites.
Things to see
There is no limit to the number of fascinating places and world-famous monuments to see in Egypt. At the top of the list are the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The scale and stature of these man-made marvels never ceases to amaze. Visit Karnak to pore over the intricate hieroglyphs from one of mankind’s earliest written languages carved along the circumference of 134 massive columns. The tombs and chambers in the Valley of the Kings are also decorated with intricate runes that indicate the somewhat-macabre funerary rituals of the time. The Egyptian Museum and its Royal Mummy Room is a must-see for those visiting Cairo. Of course Egypt is also home to breathtaking landscapes such as the Siwa Oasis and Red Sea coastline that offer great activities for outdoors aficionados.
Things to do
Travel along Egypt’s ancient lifeline on a Nile River cruise. Those looking for the most leisurely of routes might enjoy boarding a Felucca, the ancient sailboat design dating back thousands of years in the region. Wildlife enthusiasts will love diving or snorkeling in the Red Sea. Sharm el-Sheikh at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula is a particularly fabulous place to discover exotic seascapes and submerged ruins. Sun worshippers have no problem finding a place to unroll their towel with miles of golden beaches stretching along the coast including the world-renowned resorts at Hurghada and El Gouna. These happening resorts are also fantastic places to head out for a night on the town with a number of chic and stylish clubs to explore.
Food & Drink
Egyptian cuisine is the delicious result of their rich cultural history, bringing together an array of spices and influences from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Travellers with a large sweet tooth will want to try a steaming cup of shai tea and might want to pick up a bit of halawa to munch on while exploring the souks. Halawa is a sweet made from sesame paste that is common throughout many countries in the region, and it is often infused with other nuts or seeds. If you happen to be on one of our Egypt holidays during a festival and are feeling particularly famished, try the Nubian dish fatta. This delicious (and calorific, it must be said) dish is a concoction of toasted Arabian bread, broth, rice, garlicky tomato sauce, and braised meat that must be tasted to be believed. If you’re not feeling so adventurous, then not to worry! We would recommend that you try ful medames, a fava bean dip somewhat similar to hummus, and of course there are always a wide array of cuisines available in most resorts.
Our holidays in Egypt are the perfect opportunity to experience one of their many festivals and events. Visiting during the month of Ramadan offers incredible insight into Islamic Egyptian life, and the colourful festivities of Coptic Christmas are a wonderful time to experience unique preparation and celebrations. You can celebrate the coming of spring during Shem al Nessim with a festive picnic cruise along the Nile, and the South Sinai Camel Festival and camel racing offers edge-of-your-seat thrills. The Art Festival in the summer is one of the most impressive in the Arab world with folk art exhibitions from around the region. Perhaps one of the most spectacular festivals in Egypt is the Abu Simbel Sun Festival that takes place twice a year in autumn and late winter. At these times, you can watch the rising sun gradually enter and illuminate the statues of Ra, Amun and Ramses in the central chamber of the temple at Abu Simbel.
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