Home to the legendary Nile, the iconic pyramids and the cryptic Sphinx, as well as some of the most important historical sites, cities and temples in the world, Egypt has to be one of the most fascinating and eye-opening countries on earth.
Combine this ancient history and world-famous culture with fantastic beaches and crystal clear seas, and you’ve really got yourself a winner. If you still need convincing that Egypt is the place to go in 2014, don’t worry, there’s so much more on offer. Even just reading about the adventures in store for you will get your feet itching.
All most of us in the soggy and damp northern half of Europe want from our summer holidays is a little bit of sunshine. And as Egypt is located in northern Africa on the shores of the Mediterranean, it should come as no surprise that the country boasts one of the best climates in the region.
With January temperatures hovering around a pleasant 20˚C and very little chance of rain throughout the year, Egypt makes the ideal destination whether you’re looking for winter sun or summer fun.
If you’re a keen sightseer, there can be few better locations for your summer holiday than Egypt, home to the mother of all sights, the Pyramids. The most famous examples are those found at Giza, also the location of the giant Sphinx. They were built around 5,000 years ago and have been attracting tourists ever since.
One of the earliest descriptions of these titanic structures comes from Herodotus of Halicanassus, the father of travel writing, who visited Giza in 450BC and told how the Pyramids had taken 100,000 men twenty years to build.
As well as the Pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt also boasts the Valley of the Kings, final resting place of the boy king, Tutankhamen. Here you can see how the Egyptians buried their dead, ready for the journey into the afterlife.
Other awe-inspiring sights include the Temple of Karnak, the Nile, the Aswan Damn and the ancient city of Luxor, more than enough to keep even the most avid history fan happy for a while.
From the Greeks to the Ottomans and the Romans to the British, Egypt has been part of many of the world’s biggest and most influential empires in its long and colourful history, each one of which has left its mark on Egyptian culture and national identity.
Today, this gives the country a completely unique feel, a delicious cuisine and a vibrant culture all of its own.
After all of that sightseeing, you’re bound to be a little tired and what better way to help you revive than a few days of relaxing on the beautiful Red Sea coast.
Famous for its clear waters, coral reefs and colourful fish, the Red Sea is the perfect place to enjoy snorkelling, SCUBA diving or simply relax with a good book in the sunshine.
From its bustling capital to its sun-drenched beaches, ancient monuments and unique landscape, Egypt has something for everyone. So, why not make 2014 the year that you put your best foot forward and walk like an Egyptian by booking your north African adventure now?