For anyone with a keen interest in ancient history, Egypt must surely be at the top of the list having some of the most historically significant sites anywhere in the world. Not only that, for the modern traveller there are a number of ways you can experience this fascinating country in luxury and comfort.
You can’t really go to Egypt and not see the Pyramids. We have always recommended flying to Cairo and seeing these at the start of your holiday, combined with a stay at the famous Mena House Hotel, and their excellent lights show.
An excellent way to see much of Egypt is by river and a cruise on the Nile. Starting in Luxor you visit Karnak and the Valley of the Kings, the high dam at Aswan, Edfu and even take a flight to Abu Simbel and the Temple of Ramses II.
Then fly back to Cairo and see all the exhibits in the Egyptian Museum, as well as experiencing the bustling city with many souks and citadels.
For those who like a more sedate experience, the Red Sea resorts of Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada offer great beach options as well as being one of the world’s best places to dive.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
SPRING & AUTUMN – Ideal for a Nile Cruise, or a tailor made tour – including the pyramids.
WINTER – A great option for winter sun, especially at the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada.
Around 5 hours from the UK
There is something for everyone in Spain. Great food, architecture, music, scenery and the priority for many great beach resorts.
HOW TO GET THERE
Flights to the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are available from most parts of the UK, although Cairo and Luxor are generally restricted to London.
Spanish, with various dialects – most notably Catalan. Although English is widely spoken in most areas, especially in coastal resorts.
IDEAL TO COMBINE WITH
Combine stays with a city and then the beach – Barcelona and the Balearics, Seville and the Andalusian coast, or the historic centre of Spain.