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Renown for its history which stretches back over 6000 years, Egypt is a land of mystery and legend. Such a past has left the country with an unequalled collection of ancient monuments and relics. Whilst the Pyramids are, perhaps, the most famous of Egypt's sights, Roman ruins, Byzantine churches and exquisitely decorated mosques testify to the various cultures that have influenced the country.

Cairo, with the Nile at its heart, is an extraordinary mixture of old and new, providing an endless variety of things to do and see. There is an incredible selection of shopping opportunities from the local crafts to designer wear; culture with all manner of monuments and museums and food outlets from Arabic coffee houses and pavement cafés to floating restuarants on the Nile. Leisure activities include golf courses, horse and camel racing, the botanical gardens, the zoo and folklore shows.

Once the capital of ancient Egypt, Luxor lies on the banks of the River Nile. On the east bank are the temples of Luxor and Karnak, whilst on the west bank, in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, are the burial tombs of the Pharaohs and their wives.

Sharm El Sheikh
Located at the southernmost tip of the Sanai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh combines sun, sea and shopping with excellent hotels, entertainment, water sports and reef diving. Scuba diving is particularly impressive in this Red Sea resort, the advantage for Bahrain divers is that this world-renowned diving area, suitable for divers of all levels, is just under 4 hours away. Thousands of kilometres of coastline are blessed with extensive reef formations and islands. The underwater scenery with 400 varieties of coral and 1500 species of fish, turtle and shark, coupled with year round good weather and great visibility make this an unforgettable experience above and below the water. For those who wish to stay on top of the water there are snorkelling opportunities as well as a variety of water sports on offer.

The second largest city in Egypt and often called 'The Pearl of the Mediterranean', Alexandria is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. Its fascinating history, which includes the reigns of Alexander The Great (after whom it is named) and Cleopatra, has left Alexandria home to antiquities from not only ancient Egypt but also Greece and Rome. Situated on the Nile Delta, Alexandria overlooks a series of open bays enjoying golden sandy beaches. There is a mixture of old and new here with a range of archaeological and historical sites that include Montazah Palace, Pompeys Pillar supported by an acropolis, the Kom Al Shogafa Catacombs an ancient burial site and the Qaitbay Citadel alongside modern shopping malls.

Perhaps one of the most satisfying of ways to explore the vast depth and richness of the Egyptian heritage is to take a Nile Cruise. It combines culture with an effective and comfortable means of transport tinged with a hint of romanticism.

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Suggested itineraries

3 nights / 4 days

Day 1
Arrival in Cairo

Day 2
After breakfast visit the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Sakarah, Memphis and the bazaar on a full day tour. In the evening watch the sound and light show.

Day 3
Take a full day tour that includes the Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo, the Citadel of Salah El Din and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. In the evening take a dinner cruise.

Day 4
Leave Egypt.

7 nights / 8 days

Day 1
Arrive in Cairo

Day 2
Visit the Pyramids, the Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and the bazaar on a full day tour

Day 3
Fly to Luxor and board a cruise ship

Day 4
Visit the Karnak and Luxor Temples

Day 5
In the morning visit the West Bank to see Thebes Necropolis, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queends, El Deir El Bahar of Haarshepsout and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon, sail to Esna passing Esna Lock.

Day 6
In the morning sail to Edfu and tour the Temple of Horus before crusing to Komombo. In the afternoon visit the temple shared by the two Gods, Sobek and Haraoeris then sail on to Aswan.

Day 7
In the morning visit the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Philae Temple, also view Elephantine Island by Felucca and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.

Day 8
Return to Cairo by air

When to go

Throughout Egypt, days are usually warm and hot, and nights are cool. There are only two seasons; a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October. During the year rainfall is usually minimal in Cairo and unlikely during the summer months but humidity is high during this time. Alexandria is cooler and receives more rain, it also has relatively high humidity but the sea breezes help keep the temperatures comfortable during the summer months. In spring hot winds blow across the country.

Additional Information

Time Difference Local Currency Local Language Average Flying Time
GMT/UTC + 2 Egyptian Pound Arabic approx 3 hours