On the banks of the River Nile are the world’s finest ancient temples, tombs and palaces, wonderfully preserved in the utterly dry climate. Karnak Temple in Luxor is half a mile long with enormous statues of pharaohs, immense temple chambers and its 134 columns each measuring 200 feet high. Standing there dwarfed by 5,000 year old architecture you can let your imagination run and almost hear the priests chanting incantations and see Ramses III making his way in splendour through the temple courts.
All the more important is that you are not being jostled by coach loads of tourists or struggling to hear your guide at the back of a yellow hat tour group. This is why Africa Exclusive always arranges a private guide for you so you can visit each place at the quietest times, stay as long as you like, and enjoy his undivided attention. The less busy places are often the most interesting, such as the richly decorated tombs of the artisans, who decorated the Pharaohs’ tombs and treated each other to richly illustrated tombs. The Dharshur pyramids receive a tiny fraction of the tourists, who visit the more famous Giza pyramids, yet they are beautiful and you can even descend bent double down a shaft into the cavernous triangular tomb inside – an awe inspiring experience.
One of the best ways to enjoy the Nile and visit magnificent temples is by cruise boat. Again, most of them cram as many people as possible on board, so Africa Exclusive only uses four of the finest, like the Alexander the Great with spacious all suite accommodation, which has a magnificent restaurant and even a gym and spa to enjoy as you cruise in high style from Aswan to Luxor on one of the world’s great rivers. When you arrive in Luxor don’t rush, but relax for a few days at the Al Moudira Boutique Hotel with its delicious cuisine and magnificent pool. In Cairo, stay at the Mena Palace where the suites have views of the Great Pyramid so close you feel you could almost touch it.
If you’d like to relax and try some world class scuba diving you can hop over to the Red Sea, or if you fancy a quiet few days by the Mediterranean take a first class train ride down to Alexandria. Egypt is one of those places that you simply have to see. When you do, make sure you see it in privacy and style so call us now to plan your step back in time to the Land of the Pharaohs.
Egypt is a very dry land and south of Alexandria receives almost no rainfall. The main climatic consideration is the temperatures. In the winter from November to early March temperatures are pleasantly warm, into the low 30s in the day and cooler at night. At all other times of year it can be very hot, quickly rising into the high 30s and low 40s. These high temperatures need not rule out a holiday in the warmer times of year as the better Nile Cruise ships are air conditioned. We would arrange for your excursions to temples, tombs and palaces to be in a private vehicle with a good private guide and air conditioning.
The almost guaranteed dry weather and warm temperatures makes the Egyptian Red Sea resorts attractive for a beach holiday at any time of year, and it is the nearest beach location to London with good warm weather during the British winter.
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Cairo is just under five hours flying time from London with several direct flights every day. It is two hours ahead of GMT. We will arrange for your travel to Luxor, Aswan and the Red Sea by air. Alternatively you may prefer to do one of these journeys or a trip down to Mediterranean Alexandria by first class rail for a change.
We only arrange private vehicle excursions with a private guide as this allows you to avoid the crowds and benefit from the undivided attention of a high quality guide. Likewise we only book the highest quality Nile cruisers to ensure that you have plenty of space, expert guides, good facilities and high quality food.
You should pack for warm to hot weather with a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Ladies should bear in mind the clothing sensibilities of this Muslim country. Please consult your medical doctor for advice about vaccinations.
Cairo’s Mighty Pyramids
The word Egypt immediately conjures up visions of towering orange pyramids set in the vast dusty desert, probably one of the most iconic images of the country. Visiting the pyramids you’ll be in awe of their sheer enormity. Why and how were such huge structures built in ancient times? You tour of the pyramids will be entirely private and your guide will be able to take you inside some of the pyramids, discovering the complex chambers and tombs.
Cruising the Nile
Cruising the famous River Nile is one of the best ways to explore Egypt. You’ll have superb accommodation (because here at Africa Exclusive we only use the very finest boats), complete with spacious lounges, vast suites, saunas, spas and gyms. Top chefs prepare a la carte dishes for you to refuel with as you discover Egypt’s fascinating history, visiting temples and enormous ancient creations.
The Vast Western Desert
The Western Desert covers a huge 700,000 square kilometres, brimming with fascinating history and mythology. Visit the Temple of Hibis, built by Darius I for the god Amun, this is best preserved temple from the Persian rule, and the Deir-el-Hagar, the monastery of stone, having been covered in sand the temple is still in superb condition and features cartouches of emperors amongst others. Where there are no temples, you’ll find vast areas of rolling orange sands and high dunes, such as the Great Sand Sea, one the biggest continuous areas of sand on the planet.
Valley of the Kings
The Valley of the Kings, which lies on the western banks of the Nile, is the most well-known collection of elaborate tombs, created by ancient Egyptians for their pharaohs. In ancient times the tombs yielded treasures and goods for the afterlife (everything from underwear to furniture), much of these have been moved or taken now but you can still explore the various chambers of the tombs with your private guide who will indulge every secret of these early tombs.
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These are just a few of the experiences you can enjoy in Egypt. Contact us now to plan your perfect holiday