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The awesome achievements of the ancient Egyptians are all around you, and modern-day Egypt's holiday resorts are pretty impressive, too...
You might be heading to one of the popular resorts dotted along the coastline of the Red Sea - famed for excellent diving and palm-fringed beaches. But the treasures that await outside of the resorts, such as the Pyramids at Giza or the stirring Valley of the Kings, may entice you away from the shoreline and into the heartlands of this exciting African nation. There is no shortage of sunshine in Egypt and resort holidays continue to be popular with Brits, with flights to Egypt taking around five hours.
Holidays outside of the resorts - and trips from them - include pleasant Nile cruises, or sailing on feluccas, the traditional wooden sailing boats with sails that look like shark fins rising above the water.
The Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza are on the edge of Cairo. At the city's fascinating Egyptian Museum you can dive head first into the country's past via an impressive collection of antiquities. It's also a great place to spend a cool few hours out of the heat of bustling Cairo.
The Temple of Karnak at Thebes is near Luxor in the southern half of the country, as is the Valley of the Kings. The city of Aswan and the Abu Simbel temples, on the shores of Lake Nasser, can also be found in the south.
Excursions to discover this enthralling land are available from most holiday resorts at reasonable prices.
Just be aware of the temperatures -- the summer months are extremely hot. The cheapest flights are usually between June and August, as many visitors prefer to see Egypt when the mercury isn't pushing past 30C.
With a flying time of around five hours from the UK, Egypt is an easily accessible destination for short and long breaks...
You will arrive into one of a number of major airports, the most common being:
Cairo Airport (CAI) in the country's capital - ideal for a city visit;
Sharm El Sheikh Airport (SSH), which serves the Sinai Peninsula and the resorts on the north shores of the Red Sea;
Hurghada Airport (HRG) on the western shores of the Red Sea;
Luxor Airport (LXR), the gateway to the wonders of Thebes and the Nile;
Marsa Alam Airport (RMF), serving the fast growing resort of the same name further south on the Red Sea;
Taba Airport (TCP) is on the border of Israel and Jordan, and also caters for holidaymakers arriving at northern Red Sea resorts;
and Alexandria El Nohza Airport (ALY), which is located on the northern coast of Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea.
British Airways and Egyptair have daily non-stop flights from Heathrow airport, in London, to the capital, Cairo. The Egyptian national carrier also operates a daily service from Manchester.
Alternatively, you can fly from London and UK regional airports via various European gateways - airports servicing international flights. Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Zurich and Paris are popular options.
For the beach resorts, EasyJet operates regular year-round flights from the London airports Gatwick, Stansted and Luton, as well as from Manchester. Monarch flies to the Red Sea from Gatwick, Luton and Manchester.
The holiday companies of Thomson and Thomas Cook also fly from London and Manchester and operate regional services from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Edinburgh, East Midlands and Doncaster.
Use the TravelSupermarket price-comparison tool to find cheap flights to Egypt.
You're advised to arrange a transfer from the airport to your hotel before you fly to Egypt...
Without a prearranged transfer, you'll likely have to negotiate with taxi drivers or others offering unlicensed transfer services. There are public buses at Cairo and Alexandria airports, but using the generally effective transfer companies is your easiest and safest option.
Most travellers to Egypt stay in beach resorts or the tourist hotels of big cities such as Cairo...
If you opt for the highest star rating your budget will stretch to, you're more likely to find a level of comfort you might be used to from other destinations.
In Cairo, staying near the pyramids, on the edge of the city, offers tranquillity as well as easy access to the temple complex. Alternatively, there are good hotels along the banks of the Nile in central Cairo, many with impressive views.
Many travellers to the coast stay at one of the all-inclusive beach resorts. Hurghada has a reputation as being overwhelmingly purpose-built and lacking much character. For something a little less built-up, head south to the Marsa Alam area or Port Ghalib.
Sharm El Sheikh has lots of accommodation choice and there are plenty of entertainment options outside the hotel zone. For quieter breaks, head towards Taba at the other end of the Gulf of Aqaba.
In the cities of Luxor and Aswan, most tourist hotels are alongside the Nile with pools to let you cool off from the heat. All have easy access to the major tourist sites.