Besides the obvious attractions of its Pharaonic history, Egypt
has Greek, Roman and Islamic treasures to explore in Alexandria and
Cairo, and numerous historic Christian monasteries such as St.
Catherine's in the Sinai Peninsula. But there is more to a luxury
Egypt holiday than just culture - the Red
Sea coast offers luxurious beach resorts, good weather and the
best diving in close proximity to the UK.
If you travel via Cairo then you really can't miss the pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. To stand and admire
the Great Pyramid of Khufu, a structure which consists of over two
million blocks of stone and has stood for more than forty-five
centuries - for most of which time it was the world's tallest
building - is something special. As the Arab proverb goes: 'Man
fears time, but time fears the pyramids.' We also recommend Cairo
itself for a day or two, despite the bedlam, because our excellent
guides can show you the edited highlights among the 120,000 relics
in the vast Egyptian Museum or arrange sedate sailing trips on
elegant felucca yachts along the Nile.
For fanatical divers the Red Sea coast offers undoubtedly the
best diving within easy reach of Europe. Sharm el Sheikh, at the
tip of the Sinai Peninsula, and Hurghada, just across the Gulf of
Suez, both have excellent fully equipped dive centres for scuba
instruction and exploring the beautiful underwater world. Unlike
many other places, the coral reefs here are still in good health
and harbour almost as many fish species as Australia's Great
Barrier Reef, while the numerous wrecks that lie in these warm,
shallow waters add extra interest to the diving.
The cultural heartlands of Egypt are strung out in Luxor, Aswan and
along the Nile, the river that provides the lifeblood to the
country. Luxor, or Thebes as the city was once known, is home to
the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, while Aswan is home to the
awesome Abu Simbel temple, a testament as much to engineering
prowess as the Pharaonic emperors' dedication to vanity.
While it's easy to know what to see in Egypt, it's not so easy
to know what you might be missing. And it's these hidden wonders
that can transform a fabulous holiday into an experience that's
truly out of the ordinary. The secret, as mentioned earlier, is to
have a top guide. Fortunately we have access to some of the best. A
skilled guide is essential not just for the depth of knowledge they
can share with you, but for their ability to avoid crowds and
hassle. One of the best parts of a tailor made Original Travel
holiday is that you'll feel like you're able to unlock invisible
Without your guide, you might never touch the real Egypt, the
one beneath the skin of everyday life. You might never find the
silversmith in the souq who will engrave your name in hieroglyphics
on a key-ring. Or have the chance to get your personal travel diary
bound in the most beautiful decorative leather book-binding. Or
visit the belly-dance costume stall. All Original touches we can
tailor make for you.
Luxury Family Holidays in Egypt
For winter sun, warm sea and the best diving within easy reach
of Europe, Egypt's Red Sea coast is the place to go, with
excellent, family-friendly resorts and top class facilities. On the
way to or from the Red Sea, stop off in Cairo to visit the nearby
pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza.
Once you've stood and gawped at the Great Pyramid and its
extraordinary feat of engineering, take a relaxing boat trip down
the Nile in a private felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) or
relax at our recommended hotel in the shadow of the pyramids, where
facilities include a large pool, tennis courts, horse riding and an
18-hole golf course.
Once on the Red Sea, our recommended hotels have professional,
in-house dive centres that are the perfect environment for learning
to dive. Once qualified, the beautiful underwater world can be
explored at dozens of dive sites, including numerous shipwrecks and
the colourful reefs of the Ras Mohammed National Marine Park.
Here your urchins can come face-to-face with their marine
equivalents and other spectacular sea life such as parrotfish,
lionfish and turtles. For children too young to dive, there is
still great snorkelling and all kinds of other activities on land
and sea. There are excellent kids clubs, tennis courts and private
sandy beaches with a variety of watersports on offer. Original
Travel can also organise excursions such as boat trips or camel
rides in the desert. For parents, there are spa treatments and
excellent restaurants to enjoy.
This makes Egypt the perfect place to holiday with your family,
especially as they say that in the eyes of a child there are not
seven wonders of the world but seven million, and Egypt should
prove suitably wonderful for your youngsters.