Think Egypt and you probably conjure up images of the Great Pyramid of Giza, the inscrutable Sphinx, and the silent sands of the Sahara Desert. While these timeless treasures are an integral part of this country’s history, it isn’t rooted in the past. Head to the New Administrative Capital and you’ll find a modern skyline, dominated by the aptly-named Iconic Tower. Fly to Egypt with Qatar Airways and you’ll find yourself in a country of delightful contradictions.
If you travel to Egypt, there’s little to beat a cruise along the River Nile, bringing the country’s 3,000 year-old history to life, with a few river crocodiles thrown in to add to the excitement. Alternatively, go to one of the country’s spectacular water parks, such as Hurghada’s Jungle Aqua Park, where you’ll find watery rides and slides for visitors of all ages.
Whether you’re treating your loved one to a romantic getaway or have the kids in tow, don’t pass up the chance to visit one of Egypt’s sun-splashed beaches. Agiba Beach and Abu Galoum are just two of the world-class beaches peppered along the country’s Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts.
The best time of year to book a flight to Egypt is between March and May, when the mercury climbs into the mid-thirties – perfect for scuba-diving one of the country’s incredible coral reefs, such as the one fringing Makadi Bay. In Summer temperatures can quickly tap the 40°C mark, while during the cooler months between December and March, rain is a still a rarity and the climate clocks up a comfortable 15°C.
Egypt has plenty to offer traveling gastronomes. Shawarma and kofta have become famous across the globe, but there are other, less well-known dishes to sample, such as the soup-like mulukhiyah and lip-smacking koshari.
The cost to fly to Egypt depends on which city you are flying to and whether you are flying in Economy or Premium Class. Check the price of plane tickets to Egypt's most popular destinations below.