Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs.
For millennia, travellers the world over have been fascinated by Egypt.
The country’s monuments were ancient even in the days of Herodotus the Greek
who journeyed to Egypt to see the Pyramids and other great temples of the
Pharaohs. Today, Egypt’s rich history has created a tapestry of cultural and
archaeological treasures unmatched anywhere in the world.
Filled with awe-inspiring monuments of ancient civilisation as well as
some of the best preserved, Luxor is considered the world’s largest open air
museum and home to one third of the world’s antiquities making it one of the
main tourist attractions in Egypt.
Cairo, Egypt’s capital, is a destination in itself. A bustling and
crowded metropolis full of intriguing contrasts – old and new, western and
oriental, modern hotels next to traditional bazaars and coffee shops,
5,000-year-old pyramids and 19th century palaces. The Egyptian Museum of
Antiquities houses the world’s greatest collection of Pharaonic treasure, including
12 rooms filled with the golden treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun.
Travellers can also visit a host of beautiful mosques and churches that reflect
Egypt’s rich cultural heritage.
Alexandria, sometimes known as the “Queen of the Mediterranean”, features
some of Egypt’s most beautiful Greco-Roman ruins. The haunting wilderness of
the Western Desert, with its vast expanses of sand dunes and spectacular desert
scenery, is also host to an array of fascinating oasis towns and villages, each
with their own culture and ancient monuments.
The Red Sea coast and the Sinai offer superb
opportunities for diving and snorkeling, as well as spectacular desert safaris
either in 4x4s or on camelback. Saint Catherine’s Monastery is the region’s
main tourist attraction, while water sports, PGA-standard golf courses and
world-class spas make a spell on Egypt’s coastline a treat for every visitor.
Whatever your tastes - be it snorkeling in the Red
Sea, camping in the White Desert or haggling with sellers in the Khan Khalili
bazaar - Egypt is a land blessed with diversity and can offer it all.