History, culture and wonderful marine life
Egypt’s long and illustrious history captivates the modern world. Whatever your pre-conceived ideas are, nothing prepares you for the beauty and scale of the fantastic archaeological sites including the Temple of Luxor, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and The Valley of The Kings.
Cairo is known as the City of a Thousand Minarets and is a bustling hub full of colourful souks and markets where you can buy local crafts, fabrics and food. In downtown Cairo, you can visit one of the world's most important collections of ancient artefacts housed in the Egyptian Museum.
The Red Sea resorts are perfect for beach and watersport lovers. The white sandy beaches are a delight, snorkelling is magnificent and you also have access to some of the best dive sites in the world.
Hurghada has a lovely marina, plenty of nightlife and an abundance of luxury beaches. Scuba diving is very popular here and you should be lucky enough to see colourful coral reefs, dolphins, turtles and the very recognisable clownfish. Luxury hotels are plentiful with gracious service the norm and accommodation mostly available on a half board to all-inclusive basis.
Approximately 10 miles from Hurghada lies El Gouna which is a popular resort for watersport enthusiasts who love the location for the windsurfing, kitesurfing, parasailing and waterskiing opportunities.
An option you may not have considered in Egypt is a Nile Cruise. There are many luxury options on offer and it's a fantastic way to see this exciting country with the added benefit of escorted cruises having expert guidance from an Egyptologist. A cruise along the world's longest river lets you take in many of the iconic landmarks and you'll be able to visit ancient tombs and temples too.
Designer Travel can tailor make your dream luxury holiday to Egypt. Simply get in touch, tell us what you want to see, do, what's your budget and a few other details and we will do our absolute best to source you the holiday to Egypt of your dreams. Bespoke holidays are our specialty and we have a team of over 75 travel experts who will search for the best option for you. Our service is second-to-none and we offer a full after-sales service as well so you're in great hands from start to finish.
- Once seen, never forgotten – the wonders of the pyramids and the archaeological sites are truly fascinating
- The Red Sea resorts have year round sunshine and great beaches
- Explore what lies within the crystal clear sea with a spot of snorkelling
- Egypt boasts some of the best dive sites in the world
- Hurghada has a bustling marina and plenty of restaurants and bars
- El Gouna is a perfect resort for watersport enthusiasts
- Consider booking a Nile Cruise – a splendid way to explore Egypt in luxury
- Marsa Alam is an increasingly popular resort
- Local food is wonderful, particularly the mezze and fresh seafood
- The fasting month of Ramadan is observed each year – please contact us for dates
- We are currently unable to sell holidays to Sharm el Sheikh due to flying restrictions
- Please ask us about passport and visa requirements for Egypt
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°C , but in the desert areas it can hit 46°C , with the temperature dropping to a low of 6°C 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.
Leisure & Activities
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.