Classic holidays in Egypt tend to follow a set pattern: a whiz through some of the sights – Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, the pyramids (the latter sometimes combined with a ride on a camel) – followed by a cruise on the Nile, and then a swift retreat to the hotel swimming pool, where tall ice-laden drinks are never far away.
Egyptology and archaeologists
These are fantastic holidays, and they are not to be sneered at, but Egyptology and archaeologists go together like a bucket and spade. The country is so full of fascinating, historical treasures that it is hard for anyone to get a full flavour of any one of the country’s many facets on a short trip.
Your first trip should be a tour!
The only answer is to take many holidays in Egypt! The first should be a tour, a fast impression of the whole, after which point a priority list of destinations can be drawn up based on your own personal interests. Some people adore working out hieroglyphic messages, others like admiring statues from antiquity – perhaps with Shelley’s Ozymandias running through their heads as they do so – while others like to view the many precious treasures packed into the tombs of pharaohs and wealthy citizens in bygone days.
Soak up some sun too
Professional archaeologists and amateur dabblers alike can find the artefacts and information they need to sustain their passion for the ancient culture of Egypt. But when the scholarly work is done, it will be time to head to Makadi Bay or Sharm El Sheikh to soak up some sun and relax. Combining an archaeological expedition with a leisurely cruise to a resort is the perfect way to indulge your love of history with a wonderfully refreshing holiday that is sure to set you up for the coming months, whatever they might hold.
The best way to enjoy Egypt’s many treasures – be they modern or ancient – is to opt for a package that is tailored specifically to your needs. This way you can be sure that you will not only enjoy the polished and stylish side of modern Egypt that ensures millions of visitors from all over the world keep coming back year after year, but the heart of ancient Egypt in all its glory too.