A country with a rich and profound history, Egypt is probably the world’s oldest civilisation having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3,100 BC, historically. Egypt is much more than Pyramids and monuments. From Red Sea scuba diving, hot night spots, luxury hotels and restaurants to romantic cruises down the Nile on festive river boats or a night at the grand opera, this spectacular country provides a bountiful of options to indulge in the cultural and exciting experiences.
The city lies on the banks of the Red Sea on the east coast of Egypt. Hurghada, founded in the early 20th century, until a few years ago, remained a small nondescript fishing village. Today, it has become famous as a party town. Locals and visitors will tell you that life begins after nightfall in Hurghada, with its many clubs throwing open their portals to revelry and fun. The clubs though a favourite haunt of the young, are also frequented by people of all ages. It is also a beach resort, where thousands of tourists come with their families to enjoy the sun and fun of private resort beaches. It is an international centre for aquatic sports. If it is a water sport, you can enjoy it here: windsurfing, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming, but, above all, snorkelling and diving.
A cruise down the world’s longest river – Nile – in Egypt is an experience of a lifetime. A paradigm of luxury these cruises offer the traveller a regal ambience of leisurely sight-seeing and the entertainment aboard is fit for the Pharaohs. Live music, traditional belly dancing and other performances combine to transport the weary traveller to the bygone eras of extreme dissipation in the lap of one of the richest cultures of the world.
The best time to enjoy a Nile cruise is between October and mid-April, when the weather is fairly cool and the locks closed around the middle of April, are all open.
Sailing on the Nile is a rare privilege and has to be experienced to be believed. The breathtaking sights it offers can only be savoured if seen. Just sail along and you will know what a Nile Cruise is all about!
Anyone standing on its shore and gazing out across its heavenly waters, the Red Sea may seem to be mislabeling. Its blueness is eternal and anything less red cannot be fantasised. The Red Sea where the desert meets the ocean is truly one of the planet’s most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. The Red Sea holds beneath its crystal blue surface an oasis of living creatures, reefs, and coral formation.
It is far from surprising that Sharm El Sheikh was awarded “World’s leading dive destination” by professionals and tour operators during the last World Travel Awards. As a matter of fact, diving is truly an exciting experience no matter the season. Under a sapphire-like sky guaranteed all year round, the so-called “Mare Rostrum” meets every diver’s expectations. Beginners and advanced divers can benefit from the ultimate service and facilities, enjoy their first dive or sit for their dive mastery.
The magical combination of sun, sea and sand, the luxury of five-star hotels, the thrill of water sports, and the pleasure of shopping and entertainment – this is Sharm el-Sheikh to you. A veritable tourist paradise, Sharm el-Sheikh delights with its casinos, discos, nightclubs, and golf courses. In fact, with diving and snorkelling, windsurfing and other water sports, horse and camel rides, desert safaris, and the nearby treasure trove of antiquities, there can never be a moment of boredom here for the visitor.
For those who love to shop, the Sharm El-Sheikh mall has both foreign and local product outlets, including jewellery, leather goods, clothing, pottery and books.
The Capital of Egypt, Cairo is a mega global city. Known as the city of a thousand minarets for its multitude of Islamic architectures, it is also the centre of the country’s political and cultural life.
Set in the backdrop of ancient monuments, Cairo offers an incredible city life experience to tourists complete with shopping, leisure and nightlife activities. A luxurious cruise of the Nile is an experience of a lifetime here. An amazing city buoyant with life, Cairo is a perfect holiday destination for the plethora of activities it offers to the modern day tourists. From ancient temples, tombs, Christian churches, magnificent Muslim monuments, Antiquities Museum to of course the famous Khan-el-Khalili market bustling with the plentitude of Egyptian artefacts and spices and perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copperware, leatherwork, glass, ceramics and other wares, it is a tourists’ dream city. A shopper’s paradise, Cairo houses innumerable markets like the Wekala al-Balaq, for fabrics, including Egyptian cotton, the Tentmakers Bazaar for appliqué-work, and the Mohammed Ali Street for musical instruments.
Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country.
Alexandrian culture is much the same as the rest of Egypt. Arabic is the national language, but most people in the tourist industry speak English and other European languages as well
Blessed with blue sky all year round, a pleasant temperate climate, fine sandy beaches lining a sumptuous tropical sea stretching nearly 1500km down Egypt’s eastern coast, with coral reefs renowned by experienced divers as amongst the best in the world, Egypt’s Red Sea coast plenty to draw you in, and keep you coming back. Back on land, the attractions are just as compelling: holiday resorts, the opportunity to invest your own piece of paradise through an attractive market in beachside holiday homes and a fascinating bouquet of shopping, sport and mountains rise up dramatically, perfect for both trekking and seeking one’s inner peace of mind.
Stretching across 298 miles, Ras Mohamed is located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula where the Gulf of Aqaba meets the Gulf of Suez. Although there is no direct reference to the Ras Mohamed region, there is a mention that it is at Tiran where some scholars claim that Moses parted the sea, taking with him the “Israelites” towards the “Promised Land”. Therefore, Ras Mohamed is gifted with a wealth of natural wonders both on shore and off shore. There is no denying that the protected land is home to one the most fabulous marine and terrestrial ecosystem. The surrounding mountains douse into the Red Sea offering divers woozy wrecks. Ras Mohamed is truly a Garden of Eden which recreates the inner you.
With unspoilt coral reefs, colourful fish and hilariously springing dolphins, this Egyptian fishing village was a well-kept secret of some insider “divers” for a long time. Situated near the Tropic of Cancer where the Arabian Desert meets the Red Sea, Marsa Alam has the appearance of a tropical paradise with its palm trees, mangroves and sea coasts fringed with barrier coral reefs. It has already gained a strong reputation amongst scuba divers due to it’s numerous and virginal diving sites both along the coast and offshore. Sightings of spinner dolphins, dugongs and hammerhead sharks are a frequent occurrence for those who venture into its waters. Marsa Alam is also a favourite for some of its inland attractions, such as the Emerald Mines and the Temple of Seti I at Khanais.
Arish or Al Arish, meaning palm huts in Arabic, is the capital and largest city of the Egyptian governorate of Shamal Sina’ which lies amid beautiful groves of date palms and fertile oasis gardens on the Mediterranean Coast. Al Arish is distinguished by its clear blue water, widespread fruitful palm wood on its coast, and its soft white sand. It’s famous for its yacht marina and luxury resorts and hotels. Al Arish is said to have been under military occupation by the state of Israel from 1967 to 1979 and briefly in 1956. It was returned to Egypt in 1979 after the Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty. Tourists who come to enjoy its shady palm-lined beaches, Mediterranean waves and the glowing colours of Bedouin crafts mark this northern sea resort town go back as contented travelers.
Set against ancient mountain ranges, Taba quenched by one of the world’s most vibrant coral seas lies nestled at the crossroads of untamed deserts and cinnamon mountains. A small Egyptian town near the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba, Taba offers a complete destination package to tourists with its resorts, luxury hotels, desert style golf course, sea activities and casinos. It is surrounded by blue and turquoise waters and its reefs are a paradise for snorkellers and divers. Taba is a favoured vacation spot for tourists, especially those from Israel on their way to other destinations in Egypt or as a weekend getaway.
Egypt’s multifaceted treasures, including the Nile Valley with its Pharaonic treasures and its cultural metropolis of Cairo, the bathing and diving paradise of the Red Sea and the Oasis and open expanse of the surrounding deserts, each guarantee the traveller an unforgettable experience on their own.