Must See

Cairo

A stir to the senses, this chaotic, noisy and intoxicating city on the River Nile is home to 16 million people. Widely regarded as one of the greatest cities in the Islamic world, its old quarter features one of the world's largest bazaars, Khan-el Khalili, a place crammed with spices, perfume and trinkets. A central landmark in Cairo is Midan Hussein, a large open square with tea houses around the perimeter, and dominated by the sacred Mosque of Sayyidna Al-Hussein.

Don't miss the superb museums, such as the Egyptian Museum and the Open Air Museum of Memphis, not to mention the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at nearby Giza.

River Nile

Visitors can travel along the river on a traditional felucca or an ultra-modern cruise boat, sailing through the land of the pharoahs, passing historic sites, spotting birds and watching ancient villages on the river banks.

Sinai and The Red Sea

Busy tourist resorts line the Sinai coast, which has fine beaches and offers some of the world's best scuba diving and snorkelling. Inland it's all vast desert - a fun place to explore by jeep or camel. A highlight is St Catherine's Monastery.

Aswan

Aswan is a relaxing market city located on ancient caravan routes and steeped in Nubian culture. The Nile here is truly wonderful, as feluccas glide down from the High Dam and Lake Nasser.

Luxor

This buzzing tourist hub in Upper Egypt was built on the site of the ancient city of Thebes - the capital of Ancient Egypt. There are a vast number of monuments in Luxor located on both the east and west banks of the city, and visitors should allow at least 4 days in order to see them all properly.

East bank sites include the magnificent monuments of Luxor and Karnak, the Museum of Luxor and the Mummification Museum, whilst the west bank offers the Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of the Kings (which includes the tombs of Nefertari and the boy-king Tutankhamun), the Valley of the Queens, the Valley of the Nobles, the Temple of Ramses III, the Hatshepsut Temple and the Ramesseum.