Egypt Tailormade Holidays

Combine ancient Egypt with a leisurely cruise on the Nile for that special holiday

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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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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.

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Pyramids of Giza

Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, the legendary Pyramids of Giza are the only remnants of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World and are, today, among the most famous and oldest attractions in the world. A highly skilled group of mathematicians, masons, surveyors and stonecutters were behind the design and construction of the pyramids, which were built to protect the mummies of the pharaohs and the treasures they took with them to the afterlife. It is estimated that around 2.5 million and ...
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Felucca Cruise

Simply constructed, feluccas are traditional sailboats that have been navigating the Nile for centuries. Our feluccas usually depart from Aswan and sail along to Edfu (south of Luxor), although sometimes we reverse the route and sail the other way. From the boat guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Nile village life. Dining is included in the tour and meals are prepared and served on board the boat. Daily life on the felucca includes topping up your tan, relaxing in the of a ...
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Breathtaking in both size and complexity, Luxor is described as the "world's greatest open air museum" and showcases all that is left of the Ancient city of Thebes. Despite a rather turbulent past few decades, the site is currently fully operational and an increased emphasis on security has made visiting this ancient city safer than ever. The stone buildings that characterise this region are almost perfectly preserved and do a lot to help visitors piece together the cultural and historical of to ...
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Once a tiny fishing village unknown to the rest of the world, Hurghada took on a growth explosion thanks to tourism in the 1980s and nowadays is one of Egypt's most popular Red Sea resorts. In reality, the Hurghada of today comprises three main centres and numerous self-contained tourist villages. To the north, lies El-Dahar, which hosts more than half of the total local population and some of Hurghada’s more expensive hotels, restaurants and the tourist bazaar. A couple of kilometres south, a ...
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Egypt's southernmost city, Aswan occupies an enviable position on the First Cataract of the Nile, where the river's mighty waters flow around the granite-clad Elephantine Island steeped in palm groves and tropical plants. Small enough to navigate on foot and graced with a beautiful setting and little rain, Aswan has long been a favourite winter resort. Time can easily be spent strolling along the broad Corniche watching sailboats tack, ambling around the city's souk, renowned as the best outside ...
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Nile Cruising

Generally regarded as the longest river in the world, the Nile has played a critical role in Egypt's history providing essential water to arid lands to allow the agricultural wealth that Egyptians have relied upon throughout antiquity. For visitors to Egypt one of the best ways to experience the Nile River in all its grandeur is aboard a 3/4 night one way cruise. Setting sail from either Luxor or Aswan, Nile cruise ships ply their route from Luxor south to Aswan or Aswan north to Luxor with made ...
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Situated on the Mediterranean coast, in the North of Egypt, Alexandria is one of the country's biggest and most important cities as well as a region imbued with ancient myth and legend. Founded by Alexander the Great around 2500 years ago, the city was, at one point, the cultural and educational centre of the world. It also saw much of the action that occurred during the turbulent relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony. Throughout history it has changed faces a number of times, from the ...
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Abu Simbel

Home to some of the most staggeringly impressive and intricate rock carvings in the country, and possibly the world, Abu Simbel is a place of wonder and excitement and should be a stop on any Egyptian itinerary. Located in the Southern part of the country, bordering on Sudan, the temples of the village of Abu Simbel have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples are carved in to the mountainside in the 13th century BC and were dedicated to the reigning Pharaoh of the time - II ...
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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.

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See Luxor from above

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!

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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.

Go Red Sea Diving


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.

Descend into the Catacombs


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.

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Go cruising

Lake Nasser

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.

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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.

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On this range you won’t be joining other travellers, but will be on your own private itinerary. Accommodation, pace of travel and the style of trip is tailored to your individual needs. From pre-priced packages available off the shelf to fully curated tailor-made holidays, this range also includes our selection of one-night stopovers, day-tours and short breaks.

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