Cruise ship sailing along the Suez Canal

Suez Canal Tours and Travels

About Suez Canal

Built over the course of 10 years and opened in 1869, the Suez Canal, measuring 101 miles in length, was a spectacular feat of modern engineering that facilitated world trade by directly connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. The canal was extremely significant as it allowed Europe a direct route to Asia without having to circumnavigate Africa. This shortened the traders' route by 7000km. Since its conception, the canal has had a turbulent history and has been closed and reopened several times according to the political landscape of Egypt. The worst of these closures lasted for 8 years, with the canal finally reopening for business in 1975.

Read More

With dozens of ships passing along the canal every day, this historic waterway sees a lot of traffic, which makes for some rather interesting viewing for nautical enthusiasts. In 2015 the New Suez Canal was completed, which aims to double the number of ships that can pass along the canal in a day and to decrease the waiting time for these ships from 11 hours to a mere 3. The 22 mile expansion runs alongside the existing canal and ran up a bill of $8.2 billion. Whether or not it will live up to the high expectations of the Egyptian government is yet to be seen. Whatever the state of the waterway nowadays, it is one of the most important pieces of history in the modern world and well worth learning about. A trip to the Suez National Museum should do the trick.

Suez Canal Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Suez Canal. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Suez Canal on a bespoke touring itinerary to Egypt, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.

IndependentThe Pyramids | Giza | Egypt

Cairo Stopover

3 Days FROM £205
IndependentThe Mohammad Ali Mosque | Cairo | Egypt

Cairo City Stay

4 days FROM £290
IndependentLe Meridien Pyramids Hotel | Egypt

Pyramid City

4 Days FROM £395
SignatureCamel trekking | The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt

Pharaohs Adventure

6 days FROM £675
Signature

King Tutankhamun

9 days FROM £780
Budget

Felucca Explorer

9 days FROM £310
BudgetOn The Go Tours group at Queen Hatshepsut Temple | Luxor | Egypt

Essential Egypt

9 days FROM £385
SignatureThe Sphinx | Giza | Egypt

Festive King Tut

9 days FROM £990
IndependentThe Pyramids | Giza | Egypt

Classic Egypt

9 Days FROM £1,780
SignaturePyramids of Giza | Egypt | On The Go Tours

King Tutankhamun 2020

10 days FROM £835
Signature5-star Nile Cruise Boat | Egypt

Jewel of the Nile

10 days FROM £1,095
Signature

Treasures of the Nile

10 days FROM £1,410
SignatureLuxor Temple | Luxor | Egypt

Egypt Unplugged

10 days FROM £780
SignatureLuxor Temple | Luxor | Egypt

Ramses Sunrise Feb 2020

10 days FROM £1,620
SignatureColourful marina of Hurghada | Egypt

Egypt Uncovered

11 days FROM £885
IndependentPhilae Temple | Aswan | Egypt

Cruise Lake Nasser

11 days FROM £2,095
SignatureEl Alamein | Battlefield Tours | Egypt

Alexandria & Ancient Egypt

12 days FROM £1,200
SignatureMarsa Alam on the Red Sea | Egypt | On The Go Tours

Cairo, Cruise & Coast

13 days FROM £1,360
SignatureWadi Rum At Sunset | Jordan | On The Go Tours

Temples, Tombs, Treasury

13 days FROM £1,515
SignatureColossi of Memnon | Luxor | Egypt

King Ramses

13 days FROM £885
BudgetSnorkelling in the Red Sea - Dahab | Egypt

Felucca Explorer & Red Sea

13 days FROM £520
SignatureBeach in Hurghada | Egypt

Festive King Ramses

13 days FROM £1,255
SignatureAbu Simbel lit up at night

King Ramses Sun Festival

13 days FROM £1,095
SignatureColossi of Memnon | Luxor | Egypt

King Ramses with Cruise

13 days FROM £1,095
SignatureThe River Nile | Egypt

Sunchaser Feb 2020

13 Days FROM £1,255
IndependentAbu Simbel | Egypt

Cairo Cruise & Red Sea

13 Days FROM £1,885
BudgetAn On The Go Tours group at the Pyramids of Giza | Egypt | On The Go Tours

Essential Jordan & Egypt

14 days FROM £1,410
Signature

Pyramids to Petra

14 days FROM £1,570
SignaturePyramids of Giza | Egypt

Giza & Gallipoli

15 days FROM £1,780
SignatureGroup of travellers in front of the Treasury in Petra, Jordan

Pyramids to Petra 2020

15 days FROM £1,725
BudgetThe Roman Ruins of Jerash | Jordan

Jordan & Felucca Explorer

15 days FROM £1,515
IndependentCamel Caravan | Egypt

Cairo to Amman

15 days FROM £3,615
SignatureAnzac Monument | Turkey | On The Go Tours

Anzac 2020 & Ancient Egypt

16 days FROM £1,830
SignatureCamel trekking | The Pyramids | Giza | Egypt

Turkey & Tutankhamun

16 days FROM £1,305
SignatureTreasury | Petra | Jordan

Road To Jordan

16 days FROM £1,620
SignatureTreasury | Petra | Jordan

Road to Jordan with Cruise

16 days FROM £1,885
SignatureThe Monastery | Petra | Jordan

Festive Road to Jordan

16 days FROM £1,885
SignatureEphesus | Turkey

Egypt & Anzac Explorer

17 days FROM £1,830
BudgetCamel trekking | Wadi Rum | Jordan

Jordan & Egypt Discovered

19 days FROM £1,675
Independent

World Wonders Tour

31 Days FROM £5,455
Show All Tours