Luxury holidays in Egypt – A wonderful way to see some of antiquity’s finest treasures.
I first came to Egypt on a trip from Tunisia, where I had been staying at the time. I stayed where I could afford, and caught my first glimpse of the Pyramids after an intriguing battle with Cairo’s public transport system.
I saw plenty, and the memories stayed with me, but when I went back and was guided by an expert, I realised how much I had missed. The stories of the pharaohs who had built these monuments (or perhaps, to be more accurate, the millions of slaves who did), add a sense of wonder and context to the experience.
So, too, did staying in a place like the Mena House – a hotel which used to be the palace of Egypt’s ruler in the 19th century, sat just half a mile from the Pyramids. The views are exceptional, the service and setting something else.
This, to me, is what marks out a luxury holiday in Egypt as being such a wonderful experience.
Egypt’s treasures are central to any visit – but how you experience them matter. If your guiding, your accommodation and even your time simply relaxing doing nothing complement the sights that you see, it turns a good trip into a great one.
And of course, it is not just in Cairo that you can make those subtle changes to infuse luxury into the trip. Upgrading from a cruiser on the Nile to a charming sailing boat like a dahabiya is one such time. Taking the watery route to Abu Simbel and seeing the temples approach over the horizon rather than flying in with the rest of the visitors is another. Or going down into a tomb in the Valley of the Kings which has been opened just for you – another fresh way to see the country. A suite overlooking the Red Sea, with the coral just a jump off the jetty away, is another still.
Whatever you choose, there’s no shortage of options to make a trip to Egypt a luxurious one.