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With its sunny climate, golden desert sands and abundant history, art and ancient wonders dating back to the days of the Pharaohs, Egypt is an exotic and fascinating destination at any time of the year.

Our top 5 reasons to visit Egypt

1. Just like everywhere else, Egypt is changing and modernising. We love Egypt just the way it is – slightly haphazard, disarmingly beautiful – and would urge you to visit this authentic and culturally rich country, before further modernisation inevitably smooths the edges of its charm.   Show me more >

Egypt: when to visit

Summer in Egypt (June to August) is absolutely scorching, with unrelenting sunshine and temperatures of 35 degrees upwards. This is not the time to visit Egypt with kids, or if you’re heading out to the desert. However, Egypt’s heat is dry rather than humid, so it’s not as unbearable as it could be - this could be a good time to visit if you’re just heading to the coast to enjoy the beach (remember the sun screen!).

We think the best time to visit Egypt (and peak season) is from October to May, when temperatures are a little cooler and more pleasant.

Egypt: what to see

The fertile Nile River Valley showcases millennia-old monuments including Giza’s vast Pyramids and enigmatic Sphinx, and the hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs in Luxor.   These all offer a fascinating insight into one of the world’s most remarkable ancient civilisations, our understanding of which is still developing to this day.  Show me more >

Map of Egypt

Map of Egypt

Egypt: some background

Egypt is in North Africa, flanked by Libya, Israel and Saudi Arabia.  Its population of 90 million people live mostly in the north of the country, around Cairo or near the banks of the River Nile.    Show me more >

Egypt: getting around

The most popular way of seeing most of what Egypt has to offer is by a cruise down the Nile. You can hop off to take a tour or wander around a market, and then it’s back on board again for a consistent level of service. Cruises tend to start from Cairo or Luxor, a short flight from Cairo.  Alternatively you can explore the country by car, especially if you are heading out to the desert.

Egypt: where to stay

If you are in Cairo to see the pyramids then you should stay at Mena House, where the pyramids can be seen from your balcony. Luxurious, comfortable, quiet, and convenient, Mena House also has a hint of historical atmosphere of its own to allay any ‘Big Impersonal Hotel’ fears.  Although it is no longer run by Oberoi, we very much hope that nothing will change.  Show me more >
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