History, Culture and wonderful marine life
Egypt’s long and illustrious history captivates the modern world. Whatever your pre-conceived ideas are, simply nothing prepares you for the beauty and scale of the fantastic archaeological sites. For those who prefer the beach head for the Red Sea Resorts for all year round sunshine. You'll find white sandy beaches, excellent snorkeling and some of the best dive sites in the world.
Flight time from London Heathrow to Cairo is 5 hours
Time difference: GMT +2 hours
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
The summers in Egypt are very hot and very dry. In the coastal regions, summer temperatures can reach a high of 37 degrees Celsius, but in the desert areas it can hit 46 degrees, with the temperature dropping to a low of 6 degrees Celsius after sunset. Winter months between October and May can be a lot cooler than anticipated, so it’s best to be prepared with warmer clothing.
The Pyramids of Giza
These are the most famous Pyramids in Egypt. There are three main Pyramids on the site which date back to 2550 BC, the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, as well as the Great Sphinx which is probably one of the most recognised constructions in history.
Located close to the southern border with Sudan, Abu Simbel consist of two temples cut into the rock face, dating back to 1290 – 1233 BC in the time of King Ramses ll. Amazingly, with the construction of Lake Nasser, the two temples had to be moved to higher ground before the area was flooded. The two temples were cut into many pieces and transported 65 metres higher up and re-built in an incredible piece of engineering skill.
The Valley of The Kings
Situated on the west bank of Luxor, The Valley of The Kings is the location of the royal cemetery of 62 Pharoes, the most famous being the tomb of Tutankhamen. There is an entrance fee to pay which allows you to enter 3 tombs of your choice. There is an additional fee to enter the tomb of Tutankhamen. Still cameras and video cameras are not allowed.
by Susan Dearing