Egypt is one of the world’s most majestic countries, a goldmine of archaeological adventure alongside a carnival of diversity, culture, luxury and adventures available. Egypt seamlessly mixes the ancient with the modern and its intoxicating mix of culture and fun goes a long way to explaining its continued popularity.
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There are international flights into Cairo and Sharm El Sheik - both tourist hotspots.
It is easy to see why so many people make Egypt their destination of choice, especially with so many activities and when an out of season break can be as affordable as summer breaks in Europe. Egypt is an incredible country to travel in and here are some places you should add to your itinerary:
Egypt is a popular gap year destination and on our website you can find a wide selection of trips and programs throughout the country. From seeing ancient pryamids of exploring an ancient city like Cairo - there is something for everyone. Find programs for students, graduates, career breaks and people seeking to discover the country on a budget. We highly recommend you don't let all the recent political turmoil put you off visiting because there are some world class sights to see like the Pyramids and temples at Abu Simbel / Luxor.
Joining a structured experience if you have never been to Egypt before, this is the safest and most fun way to travel and see the country. When visiting this destination there are so many places to see and things to do, we recommend going to explore Cairo and visiting the Red Sea, Luxor and Aswan. By taking a gap year in Egypt you can visit amazing ancient archeological sites like the Pryamids which are one of the world travel highlights and must be seen at least once in your life. You might of seen the Pyramids, Sphinx at Giza and perhaps the legendary Valley of the Kings near Luxor on television but nothing compares to seeing them up close.
If you are planning to backpack on a budget there are lots of destinations to visit but plan ahead and book accommodation in advance. If you only have a short period of time we highly recommend taking a hot air balloon ride in Luxor or taking a felucca ride in Aswan. When visiting Abu Simbel, get there as early as you will avoid the hoardes of tourists, it gets very busy and is also amazing to see early in the morning. Dahab is a place you might want to visit which is less known than the other destinations and you could also learn to scuba dive here. There are also overland trips.
The political situation in Egypt is a lot more settled now and there is an air of optimism regarding tourism. Most of the destinations like Sharm El Sheik were unaffected during the height of the Revolution and Egypt really needs the return of the tourism industry which was badly affected by the turmoil. We really recommend to not be put off visiting Egypt but always check latest travel advice for up to date political information. Try to read about local customs before departing and also if you are a female cover your hair. All the historical sites in Egypt are currently open to visitors and the majority of Egyptian people you will encounter will be very friendly and welcoming despite recent political problems.
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