Places in Egypt
First, the drawbacks: Cairo’s crowds make Manhattan look like a ghost town, papyrus sellers and would-be guides hound you at every turn, and your snot will run black from the smog. But it’s a small price to pay to tap into the energy of the place Egyptians call Umm ad-Dunya – the Mother of the World.
Nile Valley: Esna to Abu Simbel
The Nile south of Luxor is increasingly hemmed in by the Eastern Desert, its banks lined with grand, well-preserved Graeco-Roman temples at Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo, and its lush fields punctuated by palm-backed villages – it’s the ideal place to sail through on a Nile boat.
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10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations
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Top five stops on a Nile cruise
In-the-know travellers are seizing the opportunity to visit Egypt’s famous tombs and temples while there are no crowds – and the best way to do it is by following the mighty River Nile on a cruise...
Top tips for travelling during Ramadan
Ramadan Mubarak! The Islamic holy month of Ramadan runs from the end of June to the end of July this year – and if you're planning on travelling to a Muslim-majority region during this time, you’re in for an utterly f...
Is now a good time to visit Cairo?
'Do you have a strong heart?' asked the man behind the Egyptian Museum’s bookshop counter. 'You need one here…' 'Yes, yes, I think so', I said, nodding earnestly...