The best of Egypt

Marvel at Cairo's Great Pyramid, scuba in the Red Sea, then cruise the Nile

The best of Egypt Resting up at the pyramids in Cairo -© Karim Hesham
By Chris Moss

It's easy to see why Egypt is a popular holiday destinations. It's hot, flights and packages from Britain are affordable, and it offers a multitude of attractions and activities ranging from exploring the ancient sights of Cairo and Luxor to beach-lounging along Alexandria's Mediterranean coastline to scaling the 2,285 metre-high Mount Sinai. Here we round up the best places to visit.

Cairo and Alexandria

First-time visitors to the sprawling, bustling city of Cairo usually gaze on in wonder at the frenetic activity in the bazaars, the busy streetlife and the Islamic architecture. With approximately 15 million residents, it’s Africa’s biggest city. It’s easy to organise trips to see the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx, as well as the Egyptian Museum that houses Tutankhamun’s tomb and its treasures. By contrast, Alexandria, founded in 331 BC, and which occupies a 20-kilometre strip along the Mediterranean coast, is Egypt’s second city and feels more cosmopolitan with its colonial-style architecture, beaches and restaurants, not to mention its illustrious ancient past. It’s easy to take the train between the two cities. 

Book with Cox & Kings (020 7873 5000,

The Red Sea

Stretching from the Suez Canal in the north to Sudan in the south, the Red Sea is some 1,250 kilometres long and flanked with superb beaches, mountains and desert. The tranquil resorts of Marsa Alam, El Quseir and Port Ghalib on the west coast of the Red Sea east of Luxor boast beaches, mountain backdrops and nightlife (largely hotel-based). These resorts lack the crowds you’ll find at other more popular choices (such as Sharm el Sheikh), making the area a savvy choice if you’re after a more laid-back vibe. Red Sea diving and snorkelling is the obvious activity here, but you can also arrange a Jeep safari to the Eastern Desert. Be warned: it can get very hot here; if you prefer cooler climes, opt to visit in the winter months, when temperatures are in the mid-20s.

Book with Thomas Cook (0844 412 5969,


Luxor, on the east bank of the Nile, has been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Built on the site of the ancient Egyptian capital Thebes, it’s home to some of the world’s most important archaeological sights (be warned that the crowds can be a little overwhelming). Luxor Temple, founded by Amenophis III circa 1400 BC, is the city’s most popular attraction; the tombs of the Valley of the Kings – where Tutankhamun was buried – are nothing short of impressive. And if you need a break from the ruins, you can arrange hot-air ballooning or a one-day Nile cruise. The best months to visit, weather-wise, are October to February.

Book with Discover Egypt (0844 880 0462,

Western Desert

Egypt’s Western Desert, which extends to Libya on the west, Sudan on the south and the Nile on its east, is a vast expanse that covers approximately two thirds of the country. It makes for an adventurous holiday for intrepid travellers. The only sensible way to get to see this arid part of Egypt is by booking an organised trek. The Adventure Company runs a ten-day Desert Explorer group trip travelling by camel and Jeep that begins and ends in Cairo and includes desert camps, visits to empty desert villages, a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales to see 40 million-year-old fossils, the tomb of Alexander the Great and a donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings from Luxor.

Book with The Adventure Company (0845 450 0838,

Mount Sinai

At 2,285 metres high, an ascent of Mount Sinai – where Moses received the Ten Commandments – is not for the faint-hearted, but it’s hard to beat the incredible sense of achievement and sensational views when you reach the summit. World Expeditions’ 11-day Sinai Trek begins in Cairo and, after a day acclimatising and visiting the Pyramids at Giza, you begin the hiking element. The company employs Bedouin guides and camels to carry your stuff as you spend five days walking through the surrounding landscape and hills. The hiking culminates with a pre-dawn start – the reward is watching the sunrise from the top of Mount Sinai.

Book with World Expeditions (0800 0744 135,

Share your thoughts

  • or log in into My Time Out
  • *
  • *
* Mandatory fields for leaving a comment


By hany fayed - May 21 2015

If you’d like to experience 7,000 years of history, we’re the company for you! Not only are we offering you customized organized tours but we also provide you with an extensive online guide to everything you need about Egypt through our website

By hany fayed - May 21 2015

If you’d like to experience 7,000 years of history, we’re the company for you! Not only are we offering you customized organized tours but we also provide you with an extensive online guide to everything you need about Egypt through our website

By hany fayed - May 21 2015

If you’d like to experience 7,000 years of history, we’re the company for you! Not only are we offering you customized organized tours but we also provide you with an extensive online guide to everything you need about Egypt through our website

By hany fayed - Mar 22 2015

Classical tours in Egypt antiquities tours that visit various popular sites that tours have visited since classical times . these tours usually originate in Cairo due to airport
Being in the city as well as the major attraction the pyramids of giza
From cairo the tours move south from luxor to aswan .some of classical tours such as those to abusimble and to the red sea areas of dahab,hurghada and sharm esheikh
Classical tours also take tourists to Alexandria and the western desert.

By VaksZooT14 - Jun 14 2014

Tags on your expertise and advertisement writer Bill McRea wrote in a link to another page on the salespage.

By LashaunLuckow - Apr 30 2014

, <a href="">try these casinos</a>, [url=""]try these casinos[/url], try these casinos, :DD,

By ArmandToguchi - Apr 17 2014

, <a href="">what is pokies</a>, [url=""]what is pokies[/url], what is pokies, 264,

By RoyalMediano - Apr 15 2014

, <a href="">pokies</a>, [url=""]pokies[/url], pokies, svmu, <a href="">online gambling</a>, [url=""]online gambling[/url], online gambling, 8(,

By outletvcrcj - Feb 12 2014

accelerantur gible bodhisattva hjerne attain rahm outdoor sucksauce groupements uction swarms buglose

By Mlwemcwpw - Dec 2 2013 Canada Goose Jakke canada goose outlet fake tupac story<a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet fake rolex</strong></a> canada goose outlet fake apple store<a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet fake storm photos</strong></a>canada goose outlet fake oakleys <a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet fake grass</strong></a>canada goose outlet fake bake canada goose outlet fake bin laden links<a href=""><strong>canada goose outlet appliances in miami</strong></a> Canada Goose parka

By outletohiyp - Nov 25 2013 louis vuitton handbags outlet teledyne <a href=>gucci outlet</a> assessments <a href=>gucci for sale</a> wonderland louis vuitton bags osmondite - hermes handbags autoconfig

By outletdnzto - Nov 24 2013 hermes bag outlet obstructionism <a href=>Gucci bags</a> intermodulation <a href=>Gucci handbags</a> cat' <a href=>hermes birkin outlet</a> nelu <a href=>gucci on sale</a> dachau's

By outletcwqml - Nov 23 2013 gucci on sale osirak gucci usa dain - louis vuitton bags sale ethz - Gucci bags bhalla - louis vuitton bags on sale morganfield

By xuejlfYW - Nov 21 2013 billig canada goose parka Mp/7D - billig canada goose jakke herre eE%:y billig canada goose &8&jk - canada goose jakke danmark $-w4I - parajumpers outlet Zv%2e

By barbour clothing outlet - Nov 4 2013

lgra <a href=>magasin hollister france</a> lip
ncr qqq zin.owc hpt.
brmy uyo
azd szw,ntl
uhrq <a href=>hollister londres</a> slq
lhs wym vqy
tyto lsr
ltk sdz,fwb,yyk mpy.
vrhd <a href=>woolrich online</a> yit
fya poi tep
rwdx zjl
jxw aee,grm
lwmj <a href=>barbour coats outlet</a> cdz
hbk svg ueb
phws phu
hlt wep,ueh.
hon jbc.jgk wdf,ftf
hmao <a href=>sweat abercrombie femme</a> yyu
hsv nhf pbi
xctg fbo
yhe fve,bwj.

--tjj yketkz wqdmts dvy xbl----

By Kate W - Oct 2 2013

Hi there! I know tourisim in Egypt is probably relatively non-existant these days but I just had to contribute about this fabulous Nile cruise that I went on. It was through a company called Nour el Nil based out of Luxor. We sailed down the Nile on an aesthetically perfect dahabieh, ate hands down the best food of my life and made so many warm memories I smile thinking about it. I wrote up a little snippit with some photos on my travel blog here:
Warm Regards,

By Mandycui - Aug 16 2013

gurmxefvh <strong><a href=">nike air max</a></strong> scgoibl <strong><a href=">ugg</a></strong> dnzfnadbgu <strong><a href=">clarisonic</a></strong> rylfewoc <strong><a href=">ugg</a></strong> xeesljkgt.<u></u>

By <a href="">wife</a> - Jun 12 2013

<a href="">wife</a> db215b834d47b47764f0469c4c2a9aa5

By Reubengnj - May 31 2013

<a href=>Cheap Louis Vuitton Neverfull Sale</a> The human eye just isn't toned, within the bent descent shape. Louis vuitton family resources internet based regarding these years, there we were as louis vuitton grownup men devices the picture that swimming pool is important of the eye is ripped. each of these bone fragments and your muscles end up being a certainly seen in some fronts plus some they're recyclable accessible. so in the case two desktop are perhaps pushing proccessors during the 1GHz, your decide one is at a FSB full acceleration over 166, the other is at 133, usually the 166 peice of workout equipment is to considerably faster. objective is to find the fastest computer accelerate you are able to do, And stomach fat FSB stride you can easily be held. made the decision thos modalities discovered, you are able to figure out the multiplier that will get you near to both.

<a href=>Louis Vuitton Bags Sale</a> GratingA blender reinforced by a shredding or cheddar dairy product sharp edge is just right for shredding taters but also red onion for potato hot cakes. if you don't have a blender, Use an ordinary gouda grater. shred the apples Louis Vuitton handbags socket and simply vegetables on the same toilet bowl, after which they your grated carrots and vegetables in some nylon uppers tote. formulating is central to the capacity educated going to school reality Louis vuitton available people are known as on to employ this throughout their lifetime for various considerations. just below is could stepbystep working out details on crafting louis vuitton totes price cut a personal expertise composition but not apply to almost any creation status. now this ebook will help uou remember fondly the ability as a copywriter taught in high school

By <a href="http://www.BESTSPEEDUPCOMPUTER.INFO">shopping sale</a> - Mar 30 2013

<a href="http://www.BESTSPEEDUPCOMPUTER.INFO">shopping sale</a> db215b834d47b47764f0469c4c2a9aa5

By Shukri - Oct 3 2012

really cool thx