Characterized by some of the everlasting and renowned ancient structures on the globe,a holiday in Egypt is worth every penny. The country has a certain enigma and mystery to it which is fostered by it's temples, mummies, hieroglyphs and particularly the pyramids. This cryptic feature exhibited by Egypt has always held a fascinating appeal to the western tourists who throng to this destination like a bee to honey.
Even with the political turmoil faced by Egypt in recent times, the North African country still continues to be a major tourist haunt and draws millions of visitors every year. The old Nile river has played a significant role in making the country extremely fertile and has brought about civilization in this land as without Nile the country would be without any fertile land, food or electricity. Tourists can also enjoy looking at the various sight-seeing points by going on a Nile cruise.
No one vacations in Egypt and not head over to the pyramids of Giza. Famous for being one of the Seven Wonder of the Ancient World, these legendary structures will always continue to capture the minds and hearts of the tourists worldwide. The majestic lion-bodied and pharoah-faced Sphinx is said to be a guard over the ancient pyramids. One of the fist cities to spend time in would be the chaotic but alluring Cairo. Some of the notable sight-seeing points include religious shrines such as Al-Azhar mosque, the imposing Citadel of Cairo, the necropolis - City of the Dead, Bab Zaweila - medieval gate known to posses healing powers and so forth. Be sure to head over to Downtown Cairo, aptly been nicknamed - 'Paris of the East' for the area encompasses a distinct European vibe as most of the architecture was designed by French architects.
Be it experienced divers or amateur ones, Sharm-el-sheikh is a must visit for those interested in scuba diving. Perched comfortably along the coast of the Red Sea, this holiday resort is a breathtaking sight with long stretches of sandy beaches meshed with clear blue waters. Be sure to visit the majestic temple of Luxor, intoxicatedly designed with lotus-columns. Don't forget the drop by at the magnificent and imposing Karak Temple Complex encompassing a mixture of decayed temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. The temples of Abu Simbel are also well worth the visit.
Trek over to the Valley of the Kings where one will find tombs which were built for the Pharaohs and important nobels from the 16th to 11th century BC.Alexandria is noted for it's ancient sights particularly the Roman and Greek monuments, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Qa'edbay's Castle and Qasr El Montaza. Stop by at Geziret El Nabatat (the Island of Plants) in Aswan where rare and exotic species of plants, trees and flowers are found. Take a day trip to explore the famous and renowned Siwa Oasis.
When it comes to shopping, Cairo offers plenty of good options particularly at the ancient and prominent bazaar Khan el-Khalili, a Middle-Eastern Souq where tourists can purchase quintessential goods like metal lampshades, antiques, woven textiles or plastic pyramid souvenirs. When in Egypt, don't forget to try their Egyptian cuisine like Kabab, Kofta, Reyash, Nefa and Tarab served in restaurants scattered around the city. Beverages such as Arabic coffee and mint tea are found abundantly.
Egypt caters to a variety of stay options that feature the best luxury hotels and sprawling apartments for the richie-rich as well as modest and cheap accommodations to budget travellers.
Egypt experiences hot dessert climate. The best time to visit the city would be from October though April as the weather is more pleasant and conducive for a holiday.