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Egypt Travel Guide
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'An ancient river of life in a sea of sand’

In 430 BC, when Herodotos exclaimed in awe over the magnificent monuments in Egypt, several of them were already 2,500 years old. Most, from the pyramids of Giza to the astoundingly beautiful temples of Karnak or Philae, or the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, can still be visited today. The sheer age of this great civilisation is somewhat incredible.

With the high levels of confusion, heat, hassle and stomach bugs to contend with, Egypt is not a very easy country for travellers, although largely improved security measures mean anti-Western activities have been largely reduced. And for those prepared to brave a few little discomforts, this extraordinary country alerts the senses.

The life-giving River Nile pours across the map, feeding an emerald ribbon of irrigated fields adjacent to villages sheltered by date palms. Whether on a cruise ship or traditional felucca, life on the water is a continuous visual feast, while the few huge, dusty cities of Alexandria, Cairo, Aswan and Luxor – a mix of exotic sounds and smells.

Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheik, located on the Red Sea coast, are doors to a delightful underwater world of technicolour fish and coral favoured by divers. The other adventurous travellers head inland, where you can discover monasteries among the arid mountains of Sinai or the distant desert oases, homes of the hardy wanderers whose camel trains still wander the Saharan sands.