There’s a reason why so many people return to Egypt for their holidays year after year – the country holds a fascination which is unequalled, for its history, archaeological sites, landscape, wonderful souks and markets, and exciting coastline and beaches. If you want a totally relaxing holiday, just watching the world go by, stopping off to visit the magnificent sites of the Pyramids, what could be better than a river cruise down the Nile? Or if you are looking for a briefer city stay, Cairo or Alexandria offer a feast of sights and activities for the tourist – museums, historic buildings, and the chance to practice your bargaining skills in the local souks.
First things first – from the variety of holidays available in Egypt, you need to narrow down the choices and decide whether you would like to learn to dive and discover the extraordinary underwater marine life of the Red Sea, or whether you are keener to explore the Pyramids or Roman ruins on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. There is so much to do and see in this country that it can get overwhelming unless you plan your trip carefully and try not to cram in too much. Remember, you can always come back! Use that invaluable resource the Internet and search under holiday Egypt to get an idea of the places that you might like to go, and a good place to start is On the Beach who offer cheap flights and great hotels in different resorts as well as offering background information to help you get the most out of your visit.
Top tips for things to do during your holiday:
· Visit the Pyramids of Giza. One of the prime tourist attractions of the modern world, and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, Egypt’s largest pyramid, is over four thousand years old. You can watch the daily sound and light shows after dark, and imagine the countless number of slaves that it must have taken to put the 2 ½ million limestone blocks in place. The Sphinx, close by the Pyramids of Giza, guards the site with its mysterious presence.
- Explore Egypt’s spectacular coastline. Egypt offers wonderful opportunities to go snorkelling or take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat and view the teeming underwater life off Egypt’s spectacular coastline. Sharm el-Sheik is a prime snorkelling spot, and only 20km along the coast is the Ras Mohamed National Park, which provides coral and dramatic underwater landscapes for the diver to explore
- Tour the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, and plan to take at least a day over your visit, as the museum has one of the largest collections of antiquities in the world. The Tutankhamun Galleries are amongst the most fascinating displays, showing the treasures and funeral masks retrieved from the boy Pharaoh’s tomb