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The wonders of Egypt

Mark and David's verdict:

From the pyramids at Giza to the Valley of the Kings and the fascinating whirl of Cairo, Egypt is one of the world's greatest tourist destinations, and superb value. Don't expect to see it all in one visit. It's usually better to combine a few cultural treasures with a relaxing Nile cruise.

Recommended tour operator: Abercrombie & Kent

The SphinxSnorkelling and diving in the Red SeaPool and deck on one of our Nile boatsThe Pyramids at Giza

Abercrombie & Kent says

It’s extraordinary to think that one country, less than five hours’ flight away, can offer so much – Egypt is a treasure trove of ancient history, fascinating culture, dreamy beaches with colourful offshore reefs, desert adventures and iconic Nile vistas.

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Whether you would like a short break for a snapshot of Egypt’s ancient wonders or a longer trip to explore more of this intoxicating country, our travel specialists will help you plan the perfect holiday. We offer tailor-made independent holidays as well as escorted tours to Egypt.

Perhaps the best way to see Luxor and the Nile Valley is on board one of our own luxury Nile cruises. Our fleet of Sanctuary Sun Boats sail between Aswan and Luxor – the ancient city of Thebes and site of the Valley of the Kings. These boats offer privacy, exclusivity and an unrivalled sailing experience. The exemplary standard of service and cuisine on board and our private docks are all part of what makes our Nile cruise holidays so special.

A&K can also arrange a private charter for up to 12 people on board our traditional dahabiya – one of the chicest boats cruising the Nile, Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau is perfect for celebrating a special occasion with family and friends.

If you are fascinated by Egypt’s past, our Egyptologist guides will bring ancient civilisations to life before your eyes. They’ll provide exclusive insider access to private tombs, temple openings and current excavations. All our itineraries our simply suggestions, but check out our Classic Egypt luxury holiday for a taste of what we can offer.

We’ve selected a wide range of hotels throughout Egypt. Options include city-centre stunners, five-star luxury resorts and historic boutique hotels.

Find out more about our wide range of holiday options in Egypt. Also see the best time to visit Egypt.

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