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
With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
One of the most famous hotels in Egypt, the Mena House in Cairo offers superb views of the Giza Pyramids.
The Basma Hotel offers incredible views over the river Nile and the city of Aswan. Its rooms and facilities are comfortable, and its pool and garden terrace are the perfect place to relax.
The Radisson Blu resort in El Quseir, on the beautiful Red Sea coast has unspoilt beaches and showcases stunning architecture and sophisticated rooms and suites.
The Cecil Hotel is located in central Alexandria. Its rooms are comfortable and well appointed and it boasts great views over the Eastern Harbour and Mediterranean Sea.
With 56 cabins and 4 suites, a pool, restaurants and bars, the M/S Movenpick Royal Lily offers the perfect combination of service and great facilities for a Nile cruise.
Built for the visiting Empress Eugenie, the Marriott Hotel offers verdant gardens, al fresco cafes and sumptuous dining rooms, now used as the public area of the hotel.
The staff at the Pioneers hotel in Kharga are friendly and accommodating and all of its rooms have air conditioning and a balcony or terrace that faces onto the pool.
The Barcelo Cairo Pyramids is situated just a short distance from the Giza Plateau. Its rooms, pool area and restaurants are thoughtfully designed and the hotel makes a good base for a short stay the city.
Located in Cairo's Islamic quarter, Le Riad Hotel de Charme is something of a rarity in Cairo - a small, friendly boutique hotel in a great central location.
The M/S Mayfair is an elegant boat with sophisticated décor and great facilities, with each of its cabins featuring their own small private balcony area.
The M/S Tiyi has 63 rooms and suites each with a large panoramic window, affording wonderful views of the Nile.
The M/S Tuya offers a comfortable and elegant way to view the wealth of monuments that lie on the banks of the river Nile.
Further reading:Tours in EgyptWhen to GoHighlightsItinerary IdeasEgypt CruisesPlaces to GoThings to DoAccommodationAbout EgyptCountry Guides
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