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t takes a lot to impress the seasoned traveller these days, doesn’t it? Yet regardless of where

you’ve been or what you’ve seen, you cannot fail to be awestruck by Egypt. Whether you choose a Nile cruise or a Red Sea

beach break, a holiday in Egypt is an experience you won’t forget. If you come for the diving, book yourself on an

excursion to Luxor or Cairo — both are readily available as day trips or overnight stays from the beach resorts — and you’ll enjoy twice the holiday experience. The very best of sand, sea and modern watersports, with the chance to visit the most beguiling monuments of ancient Egypt in one trip — now that is an impressive holiday!

Sphinx appeal

The pyramids of Giza will already be very familiar to you, yet nothing can prepare you for the moment when you’re actually standing in front of them, scratching your head and wondering how on earth they got there. The pyramids are just a short drive from Cairo and if you’re staying in a Red Sea resort you can take a day excursion, with a brief domestic fl ight, to see them. To amp up the wow factor and grab the ultimate

photo opportunity, get there before dawn. The sight of the sun rising over the pyramids with the sphinx at their feet will stay with you forever. Or visit in the evening to catch the brilliant sound and light show, which tells the likely story of the pyramids’ creation and plays out the lives of the pharaohs in a spectacular laser show across the great monuments. Make your way to the mesmerising city of Luxor

and you’ll fi nd yourself in the world’s greatest open-air museum. Soak up city life on the East Bank — a bustling sea of street hawkers, souks and mighty temples — then cross the Nile to the West Bank, known as ‘the land of the dead’. To fi nd out why, take a guided tour around the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens to visit the glorious burial chambers of the great pharaohs, including the famous tomb of Tutankhamun.

On the Nile

If you have more time to explore but still want to pack in as many sights as possible, a Nile cruise could be your hot ticket. Try a seven-night sailing from Luxor to Aswan and you’ll be transported to Egypt’s fi nest landmark attractions, including the famous Karnak Temple in Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the imposing Colossi of Memnon. On arrival at Aswan you’ll visit the High Dam

and Philae Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Passengers can also take an optional full-day excursion by air to Cairo and visit the Pyramids, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and the vast and magical Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.

The Red Sea is perfect for exploring underwater

The pyramids at dawn


Beautiful beaches in Sharm El Sheikh Cruising on the Nile

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