Egypt has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for all types of travellers. The many faces of Egypt’s tourism industry, including world-class scuba diving, luxurious river cruises and a country seeped in fascinating history has brought millions of visitors each and every year.
Situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, the beach resort of Sharm el Sheikh has become a famous Egypt holiday destination. Sharm is packed full of sprawling five star resorts and long stretches of sandy beaches and its arid landscape contrasts beautifully with the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea.
As well as a whole host of desert activities, such as quad biking and camel safaris, the diving is what really makes Sharm stand out. The visibility of the Red Sea is legendary amongst scuba divers across the world. It’s so clear that you don’t snorkelling can be just as rewarding. Ras Mohammed Marine Park, Shark Reef and Yolanda Reef are three must dive areas around Sharm el Sheikh.
Moving away from the Red Sea and inland to the waters of the River Nile, Egypt’s famous river is one of the most appealing attractions for travellers. Many of Egypt’s most famous sites and cities can be found along the Nile, including Cairo and Luxor, because it was a key source of trade and transport during this county’s long history.
Hop on a traditional Felucca, which is a small wooden sailboat, for a two to three day trip along the river. Sleep under the stars on the deck and enjoy the famous sights on a very leisurely cruise, going as fast as the wind takes you. If you want something a bit more luxurious, board a Dahabiyya, a beautifully crafted wooden boat that was very popular in the 19th century. These boats were frequently used by aristocrats and sophisticated travellers to cruise the Nile.
While you are on the Nile, it’s a good opportunity to visit another side of Egypt – its famous historical sights. From Cairo visit Egypt’s most famous monuments – the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Travel down to Luxor and see are the tombs of the Valley of the Kings and Queens on the west bank of the river and then city’s open-air museum. On the east bank of the river, stop by the Temples of Luxor and Karnak and then down to Abu Simbel near Aswan, which has The Great Temple and four colossal statues of Ramses II one of the most popular Egypt tours