Reasons to Visit
The Ancient Egyptians have attracted more interest and attention than almost any other ancient civilisation. Their feats of engineering, and the details of their lives we can glean from tomb and temple walls make them seem very alive; similarly their obsession with death also fascinates us.
From the temples of Upper Egypt, to the numerous fantastic pyramids near Cairo, Egypt is probably best known for its ancient ruins. Even once away from the ever-popular Nile Valley, there are oasis tombs, and remnants of Roman Alexandria to uncover.
The shores of the Red Sea are rightly famous the world over. The water is a stunning clear blue and the coral reefs are simply amazing. Year-round, the sun shines, and there are excursions into the mountainous interior to tempt you away from the sand and lapping waves.
Gliding serenely past lush green fields, farmed by ox-drawn ploughshares, admiring the sleek form of a egret is one of the great pleasures of a visit to Egypt. The fact that this glimpse of unchanged rural life also links together some of the greatest historical monuments in Egypt makes a Nile cruise a must!
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is one of the world's great treasure troves, crammed with artefacts from the country's illustrious past. Other, much smaller museums are more than worthy of your time: Luxor museum is especially noteworthy.
As you twist and turn deeper into the Khan El Khalili, passing under Mamluke arches and admiring Ottoman 'mashrabiya' window screens, you're drawn into a traditional world where charismatic vendors try to persuade you to purchase handicrafts and goods manufactured in a tiny workshop behind the shop front.
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North Africa & the Middle East
The smallest of the oases on the desert circuit, Bahariya lies approximately 350 kilometres from Cairo and boasts hot springs, palm groves and rock formations.
Bahariya was under Pharonic control in the Middle Kingdom and later thrived as a post on the lucrative trading route between Egypt and Libya. Most recently it became famous for the discovery of over a hundred beautifully gilted golden mummies that had lain undiscovered for over 2,000 years.
Bahariya also serves as a good base for exploring the White and Black Deserts with its unusual chalk formations.
Bahariya was under Pharaonic control in the Middle Kingdom and later thrived on the caravan trail between Egypt and Libya. Most recently it became famous for the discovery of 105 beautifully gilded golden mummies, accidentally uncovered by a donkey that tripped and hit its leg against one of the tombs!
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