Think of Egypt and you will understandably recall the iconic images of the great Pyramids, the Sphynx, ancient Luxor and the Nile, but Revere Travel believes this amazing region offers visitors so much more.
There are so many experiences to discover, from desert treks into the vast shimmering Sahara to beautiful beaches and great scuba diving in Sharm El Sheikh, and of course the lively city of Cairo with its culture and fantastic shopping.
Cairo is the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, with over 15 million people. No visit to Egypt is complete without enjoying some of Cairo's many attractions, including the Pyramids of Giza. Here we recommend the oft-missed solar boat museum, where a King's ceremonial funeral boat discovered buried in 1954 has been reconstructed from 1,224 pieces like an enormous jigsaw. In Cairo itself the Egyptian Museum includes a staggering amount of artifacts. In particular we recommend visiting the Royal Mummies Room, which houses numerous mummified remains. Cairo is also home to several excellent hotels that cater to all tastes.
To the south lies Luxor, where many Nile cruises begin and end. The route from Luxor to Aswan is lined with many famous temples, and there are a number of excellent cruise options now available. In particular we recommend the Oberoi Zahra, the most luxurious vessel on the Nile, and the elegant Sonesta Sun Goddess. The modern city of Luxor is full of monuments, including the Temples of Karnak, a vast site of ruined temples, chapels and other buildings.
Across the Nile from Luxor lies one of the most important archaeological sites in the world, the Valley of the Kings. Aswan itself is a picturesque town with bazaars full of exotic spices. A must-see is the Temple of Isis, located on an island between Aswan's two dams.
Further south is Lake Nasser, created when the Aswan dam was built. Many of the tombs in this area were moved to higher sites to escape flooding. The great thing about this area is that there are only four boats cruising Lake Nasser, and with many sites inaccessible by road, getting to them is half the experience and once at the sites there are few tourists. The most famous of these temples is the hugely impressive Temple of Ramses at Abu Simbel.
Sharm El Sheikh sits on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula and depicts the perfect sun, sea and sand image that we all dream of when looking for a destination to while away our halcyon holiday days. Famed for its location along the coral reefs in the Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh is the obvious choice for a diving holiday that's within 5 hours flying time of the UK. For those who would rather stay on land, Sharm El Sheikh the resort offers fantastic facilities for families and couples alike, including golf, cultural excursions, water parks, quad biking and a trip to the desert is definitely in order. Popular day trips from here include St Catherine's Monastery, considered one of the oldest functioning Christian Monasteries in the world and which houses a bush said to be the direct descendent of Moses' "burning bush". From here we also recommend viewing sunrise from the summit of Mount Sinai.
Ramadan, which is observed for one month each year, is a period of fasting when the pace of life is slower, public areas are busier and there are certain restrictions, for example, consuming food in public, drinking alcohol and use of restaurants.