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Egypt

In the Footsteps of the Pharaohs

Explore 4,000 years of history amid the history and intrigue of evocative Egypt.

With an ancient history that spans around 4,000 years, Egypt never fails to astound, from the monumental Pyramid tombs to the golden glory of Tutankhamun, the charming alleyways of Old Cairo to the bankside temples of the swirling Nile.



“Discover ancient secrets while caught in the spell of antiquity at the new Grand Egyptian Museum, opening soon at the Pyramids, which will host the world’s largest archaeological collection.”

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Cairo

"Cairo is the gateway to Egypt's intriguing wonders - soak up its exotic atmosphere in busy markets and side streets while you anticipate visiting the Pyramids."

The sights and the smells of this sprawling capital city set you immediately into explorer mode. Rise early to journey to Giza where the Pyramids and Great Sphinx await. With an expert guide, fathom these extraordinary and unfeasibly geometric pharaoh’s tombs from inside and outside and get up close to hieroglyphics, the enigmatic feline sphinx and ancient artefacts from Tutankhamun’s tomb at the hotly anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum, when it opens later in 2023.

LUXOR

Nothing compares to the sheer scale and grandeur of ancient Thebes. Prepare to be dwarfed by the gigantic obelisks and statues amid temples such as the hugely ornate Karnak and Avenue of the Sphinxes. Explore the Valley of the Kings where you’ll discover tombs of Tutankhamun, Hatshepsut and Ramesses II and III and stop by The Temple of Luxor which glows golden as the sun sets.

NILE CRUISE

The distillation of thousands of years of history and secrets that span millennia are encapsulated on a cruise along the Nile, the world’s longest river. There is no better way to travel between the fabled Valley of the Kings in Luxor to Aswan’s archaeological wonders, 150 miles downstream. The key is to find a way to explore which suits your style, whether it’s a high spec Nile cruiser or a white-sailed dahabiya.

 

ABU SIMBEL

The mighty rock temples of Abu Simbel were built for one of Egypt’s most powerful and celebrated pharaohs, Rameses II. Visited from Aswan, this remarkable site is as impressive now as when the monument was constructed 3,000 years ago. Abu Simbel’s location on the banks of Laker Nasser in the Nubian Valley is an impressive story. Due to fears of damage from the construction of the Aswan Dam, the temples were dismantled and physically moved 200 foot up a cliff to a place where they were reassembled in the exact same relation to each other and the sun.

Egypt Property Spotlights

SS MISR ROYAL STEAMER Egypt
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SS MISR ROYAL STEAMER

This 1918-built steamship, constructed for the Royal Navy is now a floating example of how time travel might just be achieved. Decorated with rich fabrics, elegant styling and opulent antiques, it’s not hard to see why this boat was the vessel of choice for Egypt’s last monarch, King Farouk. Choose between a three-, four- and seven-night cruise with days spent on shore excursions with knowledgeable Egyptologists exploring pyramids, desert tombs and temples

Must do

Afternoon tea is a great welcome back followed by very good dining and post-dinner drinks served up in comfy sofas. All cabins have a private balcony with fantastic Nile views and there is also a refreshing pool onboard.

Four Seasons Cairo at the Nile Plaza
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Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza

Glamour and opulence characterise this modern hotel – the Four Seasons Cairo. Overlooking the Nile and minutes from the Egyptian Museum, this architectural skyscraper of a hotel rises over 30 storeys, offering commanding views of the river and the city of Cairo. The perfect spot to rejuvenate post-flight and pre-pyramids, the hotel has an impressive array of facilities including a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, plus varied dining options including the city’s best Chinese restaurant.

Must do

Board the hotel’s traditional felucca sailing vessel for a peaceful sunset cruise along the Nile, away from the bustle of city life, but close enough to enjoy the historic sights of Cairo, bathed in the golden glow of the setting sun.

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Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan

This is where to stay while visiting Abu Simbel; it’s also where Agatha Christie stayed while writing the book Death on the Nile, the Old Cataract was also the location of the 1978 film. Today it rekindles an old-world glamour of travel with its emblematic dusky-pink exterior dotted with palm trees in between a stunning pool. Inside its décor is made up of Moorish touches, chandeliers and elegant furnishings.

Must do

In Aswan, a plethora of sights await from Elephantine Island, Aswan Museum, the rock tombs of Amarna, where ancient Egyptian nobles are buried, the Nubian Museum, the Philae Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk.

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