The lushness of the Nile flood plain allowed one of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations to flourish in what is essentially a desert. Egypt’s rich cultural heritage has captured the imagination of millions over the centuries — some of the world’s greatest monuments, the Sphinx, the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings, continue to amaze and inspire today.
Modern Cairo, which offers culture, dining, shopping and nightlife alongside the ancient ruins, is one of few places where the locals wear a mix of the latest designer wear and traditional long flowing robes. Combine this with the opportunity to cruise the Nile, head into the Sinai or White Desert and the excellent diving in the Red Sea, and Egypt gets top marks as a destination. A ferry crossing enables you to combine Egypt easily with Jordan.
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Fiona’s travel tips
DON’T MISS: Dahabiyas, small boats taking 4-6 people — the ‘boutique’ option for Nile cruising.
FOR THE ACTIVE: A dawn climb to St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai or trekking with mules in the High Atlas.
TOP TIP: Morocco used to have a reputation for being a place where visitors got hassled. This has changed hugely. Now you might even have a ‘Monty Python’ moment: “Come on, ask me to buy a carpet”!
BEST TIME TO GO:
Morocco: September to May
Libya: Spring and autumn
Egypt: September to March
Egypt: 5 hours (direct)
Morocco: 4¾ hours (direct)
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“Generally we were really impressed by transfers and how smoothly all arrangements worked.”
Mr and Mrs Graham Bell, Egypt
“Morocco was great – just as diverse and interesting as expected. All the excursions, transfers etc. worked perfectly and everybody was friendly, efficient and helpful. The Riad Kniza is a beautiful oasis in Marrakech and the Kasbah du Toubkal is truly spectacular. Probably the most surprising thing about it was the amount of snow!”
The Margetts family, Morocco
“It went superbly well thank you. The riads in Fez and Marrakech were very good and I am glad that I had the experience but I found them a little confining and will go for hotels next time. The establishment at Skoura was wonderful as was the walking from Kasbah du Toubkal although I found the ambience in the Kasbah somewhat institutional. I shall be going back, take it that you have a very satisfied customer.”
Barry Northrop, Morocco
“The kindness of our driver, Mahjou, is what we remember about Morocco, he enabled us to integrate with the local people, and he was and is, without question, the finest of men. The knowledge that he has of his country and the customs and wares of all the different cities that make up that beautiful land, is phenomenal.”
The Korner family, Morocco
“This was a very last minute break to find some real relaxation and perfect warm sunny weather, it worked totally.”
Richard and Sally Morgan, Morocco long weekend
“Holiday went well and we had an excellent drive guide. Places you chose for us to stay were excellent!”
Lois Fonda, Morocco
“All in all we loved the timeless ambience of the medina, stumbling across picturesque alleyways and shops, wandering down to the port each day to watch the fishermen unload their silvery sardine catch from gaily decked trawlers and walking along the beach before the sun went down.”
Mr and Mrs Graham Bell, Morocco
“So spoilt being met on arrival, charming staff in the riads and guides – especially our driver.”
Mrs Sarah Rising, Morocco
“I have to say straight away that our trip really did exceed expectations. All the arrangements went exactly to plan and we very much enjoyed our experiences of the country, the people and the food. Our guide was excellent and all the organisation that went into our trip and trek was first class. Many thanks for your help in making it such a success.”
Pat and Cicely Roche, Morocco, Mt. Toubkal Climb
“We were nervous about travelling to Morocco, it’s the furthest we have ever been away from home. However the arrangements and the accommodation were amazing, and we loved the experience. The overall experience through Far Frontiers Travel was absolutely fantastic.”
Helen Metcalfe and family, Morocco
“I just wanted to thank you again for organising such a superb holiday. It’s easy today to organise holidays by surfing the internet, but I am just so glad we booked with you. You stuck to our budget and created a fabulous, memorable itinerary for our family of four kids. We met other people en route, covering roughly the same ground, but felt confident we had the better deal – you had found us stylish, family-run hotels, and booked brilliant, appropriate activities with the best local organisations. You also paced the holiday perfectly for the age and stage of our kids. Thank you. I would not hesitate to book with you again.”
Lucy Thomson, Morocco