Egypt is a desert country bridging between the Middle East and North Africa. The River Nile, the Mediterranean and the Red Sea coast provide much-needed respite from the heat and it's in these places that you will find a wide range of fantastic spots for a holiday. Look out for Nile cruise deals with Red Sea stays to make the most of the country and your holiday budget.
No longer an arduous or expensive journey away, it's now easier than ever to bag a cheap flight with a budget airline. That makes a stay in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh in 2014 and 2015 a great way to make your money go further. And sunshine, beaches and stunning diving will never go out of fashion in our opinion!
Don't forget about the other fab holiday destinations here too - the ones that have been popular with tourists for hundreds of years. Many of these date back to the time of the Pharaohs and include the amazing sights of Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, as well as the Great Pyramids of Giza. You can either book a hotel in Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor or hop on a Nile Cruise; it'll take you to all big attractions lining the river, and you travel in the comfort of an all inclusive boat!
After something unusual? Then seek out a holiday to one of the desert oases, like the Siwa Oasis, which is the very image of a green and pleasant land in the middle of the desert.
The Pyramid of Khufu at Giza weighs as much as 16 Empire State Buildings!
There is plenty to take in on a holiday to Egypt. Many of the most famous sights date from the time of the Pharaohs, and many more have arisen from the country's natural beauty. Try our Egypt guide for general destination information for your Egypt holiday experience. We've hunted out some of the top sights below, but don't forget the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities if you're in Cairo, and good divers won't want to miss the Blue Hole either.
Great Pyramids of Giza
A tourist attraction for centuries, it's easy to see why. These magnificent structures are impressive, imposing and well worth a detour for. They are a short taxi ride away from the centre of Cairo, but wherever you go in Egypt you'll be able to find someone willing to send you on a day trip - although your day might start pretty early!
Built in 1400BC, this temple complex is stunning, particularly at dusk when you can watch the sun set, as well as at night when the buildings are beautifully lit. A popular sight on its own, Luxor is usually the starting point for Nile Cruises which head up to the Aswan Dam and give you the chance to see many more sights like Abu Simbel and the Valley of the Kings.
Ras Muhammed National Park
This stunning just south of Sharm El Sheikh covers both land and sea - but it's out to sea where you'll find amazing coral reefs that the park really comes into its own. Expect vertical reefs up to 800 metres deep, clear waters and an all-round spectacular experience for scuba divers on a holiday to Egypt. Bird watchers can be in heaven too as the park is a prime migratory spot for heron, white stork and osprey.
A religious site for both Christians and Muslims, this mountain is supposedly where Moses reviewed the Ten Commandments. Visit by day or by night (for the sunrise) and it's up to you whether you take the longer, shallower route, or take the bull by the horns and brave the 3750 steps to the summit, called the Steps of Penitence!
This district in Cairo is jam-packed with ancient sights such as the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church and the Greek Church of St. George. It's filled with stunning architecture and historical sites, so if your holiday to Egypt is going to include a trip to Cairo then make sure a day here is on your itinerary.
It's easier than ever to get a great deal on flights from the UK - which is great news for travellers on a budget! Increased supply means cheaper prices for you, whether you want to travel in the high season or not. Most flights take between five and six hours from take-off to landing, and nearly all of them fly direct too.
Whether you're planning a holiday to Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada or elsewhere you can use our handy search tool to make sure you kick-start you holiday with a great value flight.
Winter sun holidays to the Red Sea resorts are set to remain popular in 2014 and 2015 thanks to the guaranteed great weather and the seaside attractions. Travelling at this time allows you to escape the cold and grey UK weather, and enjoy some of Egyptian sun, which may be too hot for you in the summer (depends how you feel about 40°C+ heat....). The same is true for a city holiday, whether you want to go to Cairo or Luxor - avoid the summer with its mercury-busting temperatures.
To get the best of cheaper fares and smaller crowds on your holiday try visiting in autumn - there is a slightly higher chance of rain but the underwater visibility will be at its peak, great if you're really after plenty of time in your scuba gear. For Nile cruises, spring is a great choice too, before the sunshine really gets into its stride.
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