Egypt is the oldest tourist destination on earth. Ancient Greeks and Romans started the trend, coming to goggle at the cyclopean scale of the Pyramids and the Colossi of Thebes. During colonial times, Napoleon and the British looted Egypt’s treasures to fill their national museums, sparking off a trickle of Grand Tourists that eventually became… Read more »
It was nineteenth-century archeologists who coined the term Middle Egypt for the stretch of river between Cairo and the Qena Bend – a handy label for a region that’s subtly distinct from Upper Egypt, further south. (In this guide, we’ve drawn the “border” just beyond Sohag, assigning the temples of Abydos and Dendara to the… Read more »
In antiquity, Upper Egypt started at Memphis and ran as far south as Aswan on the border with Nubia. Nowadays, with the designation of Middle Egypt, borders are a bit hazy, though the Qena Bend is generally taken as the region’s beginning and Aswan is still effectively the end of the line. Within this stretch… Read more »
The oldest tourist destination on Earth, Egypt has a multitude of things to see and do. There are ancient pyramids, crumbling temples and vast deserts to explore – on foot or by camel – not forgetting the great river Nile. Find the top things not to miss in Egypt for your next trip. Explore the… Read more »
Rough Guides author and photographer Anthon Jackson has travelled to over eighty countries, from Morocco to Indonesia and Ethiopia to India, capturing many of his experiences through photography. Here, he shares some of his favourite pictures of Egypt. “I’d been to Egypt a few times before getting into photography, including one stint studying Arabic, so I wasn’t completely… Read more »
The Pyramids at Giza were built at the very beginning of recorded human history, and for nearly five millennia they have stood on the edge of the desert plateau in magnificent communion with the sky. Today they sit on the edge of the city, and it must be a strange experience indeed to look out… Read more »
The interior of the Sinai peninsula is a stark, unforgiving place. Beneath a strikingly blue sky lie parched mountains, rocky outcrops and great expanses of barren sand, interspersed with isolated oases and crisscrossed by medieval pilgrimage routes. It is, in the truest sense, a landscape of biblical proportions. In the south of this region, just… Read more »
For most travellers, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula means one thing: the coast. Package tourists flock to the bold and brash resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and neighbouring Na’ama Bay, while backpackers and independent travellers favour the more laid-back charms of Dahab and Nuweiba. The inviting Red Sea, sandy beaches and seemingly endless diving and snorkelling opportunities mean… Read more »
A hallmark of modern architecture, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a superb addition to Alexandria’s cityscape. A stunning work of stone and metal, the central library features a huge, tilted glass roof reminiscent of a sundial, and the walls are carved with text from over 120 languages, ancient and modern. Its location beside the Mediterranean only… Read more »
On a cruise from Luxor to Aswan, along a stretch of the Nile lined by some of the world’s most impressive ancient monuments, Keith Drew makes the most of Egypt’s greatest sights while they’re still crowd free. “Come closer, my dear family,” says Addy, our Orbital guide, “you need to see this.” We gather round like wide-eyed school… Read more »
Packed with coral reefs, abundant tropical fish and an assortment of World War II wrecks, there is something for every diver in the Red Sea. Yet if you go to many of the popular offshore sites you can find them swamped with dive boats, while below water there can often be more divers than fish…. Read more »
Would November be a good time to be visiting Egypt or, given current events, should I not travel there for the time being?
Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (“Ruler by God’s Command”) was only 11 years old when he became the sixth Fatimid caliph in 996, and was 15 when he had his tutor murdered. His 25-year reign was characterized by the persecution of merchants, Jews and Christians (he had Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre burned down), and by… Read more »
By that I mean independently? Im planning an extended trip, hopefully starting in Egypt, but I’m worried that it may be too difficult with it being so set up for tour groups? Will I find it difficult? Also will I have any trouble or concerns re safety? I am Polish (living in England for mostly… Read more »
Hello, I’m travelling soon Africa , visiting Morocco, Senegal and i’m thinking to visit Egypt as well, but o don’t know if it’s safe to travel there or not …can you help me with you advice ?? Thanks
Hi, I have been backpacking before to Thailand so I am not new to backpacking, but have never been to Egypt or the Middle East before and was wondering if I needed to be more concerned about safety with being a woman on my own? What tips would you all have? Thankuou. Kate.
Hi, I am hoping to travel Egypt independently in the near future, but am concerned because it is so set up for tour groups will I have trouble organising transport by myself? How easy is it to organise transport and what is the best way to get from place to place? Thankyou. Kate.