Culture and Adventure in Egypt
The Nile Delta is a fascinating historic area steeped in culture. It’s ideal for couples and groups wanting to experience the heritage of this vibrant country and one of the oldest regimes in the world. Visit Luxor and admire its streets which are packed full of stories from the past, as well as indulging in more modern pursuits such as shopping in the many boutiques. The area is well known for its delicious mezze style meals, which are served at a variety of restaurants. Choose from off the beaten track family run establishments, one of a kind experiential dining and world class restaurants serving exceptional dishes and wines.
Explore the history of the area with a visit to one of the many temples, some of which have been preserved for millions of years. See ancient ruins built into the sides of mountains or enjoy the incredible desert scenery of the surrounding landscapes.
8 day suggested trip
8 day suggested trip
Flight time from the UK to Egypt is around 5 hours 30 minutes.
There are a number of carriers offering services to Egypt.
Direct Carriers: British Airways and Egyptair all offer direct services from London Heathrow to Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh. Regional departures are available in conjunction with these carriers. Luxor can be reached on Egyptair or on charter or low costcarriers.
Indirect Carriers: KLM offer indirect services via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: There is no departure tax when leaving Egypt.
May and June see beach-perfect temperatures reaching the early 30s, while in July and August you can sometimes see the mercury hitting 40 degrees. If you’re a diver, the summer months are a great time to spot manta rays and turtles. October to May is a good time to visit if you like things warm but not too hot – even in January, average highs are in the early 20s.
British passport holders require a Visa to enter Egypt. UK citizens are able to buy a Visa from the airport for US$25. This is also payable in GBP and allows a visit of up to 30 days
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt. Known as baksheesh, here people tip for favours as well as service. So as well as giving to the usual waiters, porters and taxi drivers, in Egypt you might want to tip bathroom attendants, locals who offer directions, people who pose for photos, and so on.
Arabic is the most widely spoken language in Egypt. Other languages are widely spoken and most people also speak English.
Beach resorts are relaxed, especially in touristy or international areas. When visiting areas of cultural or religious significance women must cover their arms, shoulders, legs and heads. Men should wear clothes with long sleeves and trousers.
Leylet en Nuktah is a celebration of the rising waters of the Nile and is held on the 17th June every year. The festival includes delicious Egyptian picnics by the river’s banks, with some visitors camping by the Nile overnight. Street parties and festivities run throughout the night and there is also music and dancing.
Sham al-Naseem is a celebration of the beginning of spring and is held on the 21st March. It includes a get together of friends and family who enjoy picnics along the banks of the river.