Flights to Egypt, a Holiday Destination in an Ancient Land
Flights into Egypt generally arrive at Cairo International Airport, which is safe and secure for travellers in transit. The popular holiday destinations of Luxor and Aswan also have their own international airports, with international scheduled flights.
Generally it's best to travel in Egypt during the spring (March to May) or in autumn, (September to November) to avoid the hot, dry summer months.
Many countries have issued a travel warning against travelling to Egypt at present. It is recommended that travellers wait for the political crisis to be over.
Egypt, an Ancient Land
Egypt, as a holiday destination is an ancient land of great civilisations, magnificent pyramids, minarats, monuments, pharohs, and temples, with many top attractions along the great Nile river.
The landscape is equally stunning, endless sand dunes in the Sahara Desert, mountains in the north and the Red Sea Riviera.
Egypts Capital Cairo
Often the first stop in Egypt is Cairo, a bustling, chaotic city, with an underlying deep history. The city is known as Um as-Dunya (Mother of the World), and boasts the only surviving monument of the Seven Wonders the Ancient World - Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza. The Pyramids of Giza also include the Temple of the Sphinx-the ancient Egyptian sun god.
The Egyptian Museum is packed with priceless exhibits of ancient Egypt's antiquities including the contents of the Tomb of Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy room.
Old Cairo known as Coptic Cairo is where you will find many museums, convents and churches in the narrow alleyways, as well as the country's oldest synagogue, dating from the 9th Century - Ben Ezra Synagogue and Cairo's first mosque, The Mosque of Amr ibn as-As
Islamic Cairo holds a concentration of the greatest medieval Islamic monuments. Modest clothing is essential. Here you will find the well known Khan el-Khalili, Cairo's giant souq (market). The bazaar is full of souveniers, but explore and haggle with the local traders who offer quality Islamic jewellery, clothing, and furniture.
The West Bank of Luxor is one of the most awe inspiring landscapes of Egypt, with 18 m high Colossi of Memnon statues, limestone cliff-cut Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir sl-Bahari, and the Valley of Kings, home to the tombs of ancient Egyptian kings.
Aswan and Abu Simbel
In Aswan you can truly experience the majestic Nile, take a felucca(Egyptian sailng boat) tour on the river to explore the Elephantine Island, Kitchener's Island and then onward to glimpse the pink granite mausoleum of Aga Khan.
Further South, the breath taking Abu Simbel Temples await. Only rediscovered in 1813, they are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The complex of temples, dedicated to the Pharaoh Ramsis II "the Great", feature immense statues, and a light and sound show each evening.
Cruises on the Nile
Cruising on a ship between Luxor and Aswan gives you the opportunity for excursions to see all the ancient monuments. As well you can observe all the daily activity along the Nile, wildlife alongside farmers, felucca sail boats, and traditional style dahabiya.
Red Sea Riviera
Famous as a diving destination, with year round sunshine so you can swim, snorkel or dive in the crystal clear waters among the exotic fish and corals.
Sharm el-Sheik is the most sophisticated resort of all with luxurious five-star hotels, pristine white sand beaches, coral reef diving sites, with shopping and nightlife at hand.
Other premier destinations include El Gounain the mountains, Hurghada, another popular beach resort, or the charming fishing village of Dahab.