Holidays in Egypt – The perfect mix of leisure and heritage

Egypt is familiar to many whether it’s appearances by famous landmarks in movies and TV documentaries or from school where it remains a staple of history classes the world over. The fantastic landmarks in The Valley of Kings bring visitors from every corner of the globe as well as other attractions such as the markets and the famous River Nile.

The weather is perennially hot and so there is no worry about the rain which we’re used to back home. For some it may become too hot to handle and so it’s not uncommon for people to spend the majority of their trip in the shade but sun worshippers can consider this country their Mecca. Many Egypt hotels that have sprung up in the country accommodate thousands of tourists who come for the sun alone.

With all the sights and experiences outside the hotel you’d certainly be wasting a perfect opportunity to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Valley of the Kings. Many tour groups can arrange a guided tour of the sights and you could even travel on the traditional transport of camels! If you don’t like the idea of being exposed to the elements then there are also tour buses or jeeps where you may be lucky enough to cool down with some air conditioning.

Aside from the plentiful experiences in the land of the Pharaohs there’s still plenty of other activities to do when in Egypt. Many towns in Egypt, as well as other areas such as Morocco and Turkey have booming arts and craft industries, markets lined with stalls selling fine rugs, pottery or other items. If you have the space in your luggage to transport your purchases home then it’s highly recommended.

The cuisine in Egypt is surprisingly different from most other African cuisine and is primarily based on vegetables and legumes but also bread is included in almost all Egyptian dishes, the local bread is like thick, glutinous pita bread, Eish Masn. Bread is so important to Egyptians that the government subsidises bread prices as a part of an initiative to ensure even the poorest Egyptian families is still able to afford bread.

By far one of the best ways to see the country is on a cruise trip down the Nile River. Many trips start in the capital city of Luxor on the site of the ancient city of Thebes, other areas your cruise will stop off at include Giza where you can see the pyramids and the Sphinx and Cairo which is home to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

A lot of the exhibits in this museum will embark on a world tour of museums as far afield as London, China or even New York so hopefully when you come to visit the sarcophagus of Tutankhamen it is still there and not off on its travels!

Egypt is a welcome mix of history and activities all with agreeable weather (if a bit hot at times); many people who have been there have given the trip great reviews and some people go on day trips from nearby countries like Cyprus or Turkey. It’s clear that Egypt is a big draw for the tourists and can provide lasting memories of an ancient world.