Egypt Tailormade Holidays
Home to deserted ancient wonders, colourful markets, spectacular landscapes and the beautiful Red Sea, Egypt is a wonderful holiday destination and fascinating place to explore. The Pyramids of Giza, ancient Luxor and seaside Hurghada are popular choices for a first time visit to Egypt with Mediterranean Alexandria recommended for a longer holiday or for returning travellers. Whatever your interests, our tailor-made team will handpick unique sites to see, things to do and places to stay to ensure your tailor-made holiday to Egypt is one of a kind.
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Places on our must-see list for a tailormade holiday to Egypt
A classic holiday itinerary to the land of the Pharaoh's includes key sites of ancient Egypt - the giant pyramids at Giza and historic Luxor with iconic sites such as the Valley of Kings, Karnak Temple and Luxor temple, best visited when it's illuminated at night. Further south in Upper Egypt, is Aswan on the banks of the Nile, and gateway to the temple of Abu Simbel, undoubtedly one of Egypt's biggest draw cards. Nile cruising is a popular too as are the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada and Sharm-El-Sheikh.
Archaeological hidden gems
The Temple of Hathor at the cult site of Dendera is one of the best preserved ancient buildings in all of Egypt, but surprisingly not one of the most frequented. Built at the very end of the Pharaonic period the temple remains virtually intact with a great stone roof, towering columns, dark chambers, underground crypt and winding stair cases all carved with hieroglyphics. Dendera and its wonders are only a short distance from Luxor and can easily be explored on a day trip.
Inspirations for a holiday in Egypt
If you’ve already got the main highlights you want to see pencilled in to your tailor made itinerary, consider filling in the gaps with some unique cultural experiences. Here’s our pick of recommendations to get you inspired.
Hot air balloon at sunrise
While exploring the temples and tombs of Luxor on foot is an incredible experience in itself, seeing the city from above really is something else entirely. Drift silently over temples, ancient sites, ruins and village on an early morning hot air balloon ride. Marvel at the views, wave down to the locals and witness the sunrise over the Valley of the Kings – simply spectacular!
Abydos and Dendera
While famous temples like Karnak and Luxor top most travellers bucket lists there are plenty of other impressive sites off the beaten track. Located in rural Egypt, the temples of Dendera and Abydos are the perfect examples of this as not only are they fascinating and peaceful to explore away from the crowds, but they also give you the chance to see the rural way of life that still pervades in the area.
Take the plunge and explore the underwater world of the Red Sea, teeming with fish and brightly colourful coral reefs. Hurghada is a hotspot for divers and snorkelers alike and it’s no wonder why with classic wreck sites, impressive reefs and submarine caves. Whether you are a beginner, pro-diver or prefer to stick to a snorkel and mask you are sure to be impressed by the underwater delights of Hurghada.
Once the centre of the Ancient World, rivalling the great cities of Athens and Rome, today Alexandria is a thriving modern metropolis but evidence of its past can still be found above and below the city’s streets. Heading underground discover a vast network of staircases, passages and tombs thought to form the largest Roman burial site in Egypt.
While most travellers will not leave Egypt without spending a night or two cruising down the Nile, if you’ve got some extra time on your hands consider spending some time on Lake Nasser too. Here you can reach otherwise inaccessible ancient monuments and temples, including the Temple of Amada and Kalabsha. But the real highlight here are the awe-inspiring rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel, which are an absolute must see on any trip to Egypt.
Suggested tailormade holiday itineraries for Egypt
Egypt is home to a staggering array of archaeological treasures scattered throughout the country. You can see some of Egypt's most famous sights over a long weekend in Cairo visiting the Pyramids and Egyptian Museum or delve in deeper with a 9 day tour taking in Luxor, Aswan and the incredible temples of Abu Simbel. Consider combining Egypt with neighbouring Jordan for the Rose City of Petra or use our interactive map below for further itinerary ideas.
Get off the beaten track
Middle Egypt is a region often overlooked by travellers, despite its remarkable archaeological sites. The village of Beni-Hassan with its extraordinary excavated catacombs is one of the main attractions in the area, while other nearby sites include the necropolis of Hermopolis at Tuna Al-Gebel and the Tomb of Petosiris, decorated with wonderful Greek and Egyptian style reliefs.