As the Cradle of Civilization, the monuments and mystique of the pharaohs have lured tourists to Egypt since Thomas Cook organized the first tours in the 1860s. Now equal numbers come just for the beaches and the diving, while the desolate wastes of the Gilf Kebir and the lonely sacred peaks of Sinai beckon those who enjoy the most adventurous safaris and treks. Egypt really has it all, whatever sort of holiday you prefer: rich culture, inspiring landscapes, luxurious cruises, ancient history, underwater worlds and the crazy culture shock of Cairo. What often stands out is the famed hospitality of the people, so allow time to be spontaneous, accept some of the constant offers of tea, then sit back and watch the endlessly fascinating circus of Egyptian life.

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