Mainland Egypt

Tailor made journeys on Egypt’s mainland can range from a brief stopover to take in Cairo’s iconic sites, to several days exploring the Nile or heading into the desert. Each itinerary is put together after careful consultation and then delivered by our experienced ground handlers, who will arrange transport, accommodation and guides to give you the experience you are looking for.


The famous Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities are the starting point for most visits to Cairo. Beyond this are the ancient citadels, cathedrals, churches and mosques, as well as an abundance of cafes, bazaars and galleries in this incredible, historical, cultural and teeming capital city.


Egypt’s rich Christian heritage can be discovered in the early Coptic churches in the heart of Cairo as well as the nearby monasteries of Wadi Natrun. Further afield are the monasteries of St Anthony and St Paul, pioneers amongst 4th century desert hermits who were drawn to the wilderness seeking a life of silence, prayer and asceticism. These monasteries are in Egypt’s Eastern Desert near the Red Sea, with their many buildings, chapels and gardens and significant collection of Coptic wall paintings.

The Nile

The best way to take in Egypt’s spectacular sites along the Nile is afloat, whether on a luxury cruise or by sail on a traditional felucca. Most journeys involve internal flights, starting in Aswan and finishing in Luxor.

Western Desert 

Egypt’s Western Desert offers a tremendously exciting experience, travelling by 4-wheel drive through remote and timeless desert scenes, interspersed with palm-fringed oasis towns on the edge of the mighty Sahara.

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