We know that when it comes to deciding on a destination for your next holiday, it can be extremely overwhelming. Not to worry though, as Egypt should be your first and only choice. With the dreamiest climate, friendly locals, an alluring exchange rate and a boundless assortment of activities, Egypt is at the top of the list.
Our Egypt tours promise the perfect overview of this incredible country, and if you aren’t convinced check out these 10 reasons to visit Egypt in 2019.
Year-round sunshine along the coast
If you are looking to escape the winter blues in your country during 2019, Egypt is the best place to go. The Sahara Desert heavily influences Egypt’s climate so you can expect endless sun-filled days and sizzling temperatures.
The winters in Egypt are mild and the summers are hot. On many of our Egypt tours, we travel to the seaside resort of Hurghada for the ultimate beach break. You can spend your days lounging on the sand, paddling in the temperate Red Sea or dabbling in one of the many water sports available.
Precipitation is very low in Hurghada, the skies are always blue, and it hardly ever rains. We also offer the option to extend your stay by the Red Sea Riviera to take full advantage of the idyllic weather.
One of the most affordable destinations on the planet
Feeling a bit tight on cash coming up to the New Year? There is no need to hold off booking a holiday when you can visit Egypt – one of the cheapest countries in the world.
Not only can you make your money go far in Egypt, but you can experience an unforgettable getaway. From reasonable accommodation and low-priced meals to inexpensive public transport and discount shopping, holidaying in Egypt is a bargain. Haggling in the markets and shops in Egypt is encouraged, so give it a go and get the price you want.
If you need any assistance, be sure to ask your local guide on tips. Check out our Egypt on a Shoestring, which offers a perfect introduction to the country and its splendors (at a very appealing price).
The opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum
Egypt is a cultural haven and has a wonderful selection of museums and galleries. However, 2019 will see the opening of a new and even more impressive edifice – the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Also known as the Giza Museum, this expansive structure will be the biggest archaeological museum in the world. Inside this mammoth building, you will be able to view a Tutankhamen exhibition, with certain pieces on public display for the first time. Another popular museum that we will visit on our Egypt tours is the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Your guide will show you around the ancient artifacts and point out Tutankhamen’s mask. This museum is also very grand in size and features 120,000 items. It is famous for being one of the largest museums in the world.
The last Ancient Wonder of the World
You can’t go to Egypt and not see the Giza Pyramids, especially in 2019. The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the last existing Ancient Wonder of the World is a spectacular sight.
Even the most experienced traveller will be taken aback by the magnitude and magnificence of this structure, which is 4,500 years old. Situated on the outskirts of Cairo, the Giza Plateau along with the Sphinx is the first stop on most of our Egypt tours. We waste no time in visiting these towering man-made landmarks.
You can even climb down inside one of the Giza Pyramids to get a better look (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). Your local guide will escort you around and be available to snap all your photographs.
A relaxing cruise on the Nile
After all the busy days of sightseeing on our Egypt tours, some time spent floating on the Nile allows you to relax. This lengthy waterway is the longest river in Africa and runs from north of the Equator to north of Cairo.
Our Egyptian tours include a serene cruise along the river on a felucca – a traditional wooden sailboat. On this journey, you can unwind and view the collection of riverside temples. The felucca is a slower means of transport, but it gives you the opportunity to catch your breath and pass by rural Egyptian life.
The feluccas are simple in design and do not have electricity, letting you switch off and take in the surrounding nature. Our tours usually spend one night onboard a felucca, where you can sleep on the deck under the stars (mattresses, pillows and blankets are provided).
Scuba diving in one of the world’s best spots
When you aren’t wandering around ancient ruins and monuments, Egypt’s sublime Red Sea is the place to be. With global warming affecting diving spots around the world, the Red Sea has been voted among the best locations.
Diving enthusiasts travel from all over for wreck diving, shore diving, best value diving, and cavern and grotto diving. On our Egypt tours, we will make sure that you have ample time to explore the Red Sea’s underwater world.
A varied vacation, with a bit of everything
A holiday to Egypt is sure to appease every member of the family. On our Egypt tours, we include a vast range of activities. If you are after a dose of culture, our local guides will show you to the country’s famous temples, monuments and museums.
If you want to do some retail therapy, our Egypt tours will stop off at different souks and markets. Khan el-Khalili is a famous bazaar – perfect for picking up some souvenirs. For those after an adrenaline rush, you can try quad biking in the desert, and windsurfing and surfing by the Red Sea. There will also be time to relax by the coast or as you sail down the Nile.
An array of mesmerizing temples, monuments and tombs
The Giza Pyramids are just the start of Egypt’s long list of historic landmarks. On our Egypt tours, we will venture to some of the country’s most iconic sites. In Aswan, we will check out the Temple of Isis, which dates to the 4th century BC, as well as the Temple Khum, from the Third Dynasty.
The Philae Temple Complex is another notable archaeological site, resting on Agilkia Island. After we have ventured down the Nile River, our Egypt tour will go to the striking Kom Ombo Temple and the Edfu Temple – one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. Of course, Abu Simbel Temple can’t be missed, especially in 2019. Nothing can beat the sight of the sunrise illuminating its inner structure.
A tour to Egypt isn’t complete without an excursion to the Valley of the Kings, home to royal burial sites and temples. You will also get to see Karnack Temple, the largest religious building ever constructed and the Djoser Step Pyramid – an ancient tomb in the Saqqara necropolis.
Exploring the Sahara Desert
Although this immense sandy region should be avoided in the height of summer, on most of our Egypt tours you will experience it. The Sahara is the largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic.
One of the best ways to explore the desert is on the back of a camel. These long-legged mammals allow you to take in the scenery at a relaxed pace. If you want a faster option, you can rent a quad bike to speed off into the horizon. You can also take to the skies in a hot air balloon and view the desert and other landmarks from above. Our Egypt tours will offer you plenty of opportunities to enjoy all these options.
You can also venture into the Sahara Desert at night to gaze at the Milky Way and endless number of stars. We recommend booking to see the remarkable sound and light show at the Giza Plateau. As the sun sets, the desert darkens, and the landmarks are illuminated with flashing lights.
The warm and welcoming people
You can’t beat Egypt when it comes to friendly destinations. From the very beginning of your Egypt tour until the end, the Egyptian locals will be consistently welcoming towards you. Even since ancient times, Egyptian hospitality has been renowned. Egyptians would throw huge feasts and celebrations for visitors coming to their country.
Food and entertainment have always been a central part of Egyptian hospitality practices. In Egypt today, when you are exploring, the local people will always be friendly – and even invite you for a meal. As a visitor, it is important to be respectful of the religious practices of the people and the Egyptian culture.