Aswan, a city on the Nile River, has been southern Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple complex, on Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include the columned Temple of Isis, dating to the 4th century B.C. Downriver, Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum, from the Third Dynasty.

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Sharm El Sheikh

The crystal-clear waters and incredible variety of exotic fish darting in and out of the colourful coral reefs have made this a scuba-diving paradise.


Alexandria is Egypt's second most dense city, with a variety of activities both modern and old. Step into ancient bars, take a walk by the sea, or have seafood.


Cairo, the city that never sleeps. There's plenty to do in this bustling city, and we know all the ins and outs. Visit ancient sites or try ahwa balady (coffee).


Luxor is often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, but that comes nowhere near describing this extraordinary place.


The crystal-clear waters and incredible variety of exotic fish darting in and out of the colourful coral reefs have made this a scuba-diving paradise.


Low-key, laid-back and low-rise, Dahab is the Middle East’s prime beach resort for independent travellers.

Marsa Alam

In-the-know divers have been heading to Marsa Alam for years, attracted to the seas that offer up some of Egypt’s best diving sites.

Marsa Matruh

Marsa Matruh has the coolest summer days of any other cities or resorts, although not significantly cooler than other northern coastal places.

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Cultural events

What’s so Significant About the Abu Simbel Sun Festival?

Twice a year, crowds from all over the world gather to meet south of Aswan, at the Abu Simbel Temples. On February 22nd and October 22nd on every year, an astrological phenomenon occurs, resulting in a spectacular sight of the ...

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Cultural events

What is Opera Verdi: Aida, and Why is it So Important?

Every year since 1871, the Opera Verdi: Aida has had a grand performance at least once a year. This four-act musical by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is set in the Old Kingdom of Egypt. The play was commissioned by Cairo’s ...

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Why You Should Go on a Luxor & Aswan Nile Cruise for Your Next Vacation

Cruises. We love them. We love to relax and indulge in the luxuries of them. But what’s most exciting about the Luxor-Aswan Nile Cruise compared to most other cruises is that it’s infused with a number of historical ...

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Things You Should Know Before Traveling to Egypt

Egypt is a beautiful country that’s rich with history, wonderful sightseeing, delicious foods, and a nightlife to be envied. But if you’re looking to spend your holiday, honeymoon, or even your business trip in Egypt, there are a ...


Do people drink in Egypt?

Yes, Egypt is an Islamic country – but that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself a drink. With a minority of Coptic Christians living in Egypt, the law cannot place an ultimate ban on alcohol as other Islamic countries ...

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