From the pyramids in Cairo to the underwater wonders of the Red Sea, Egypt is a short haul shoo-in.
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will be - as the name suggests - a gem. Located near the Pyramids in Giza, the museum is under construction and on completion will be worth at least half a day's exploration to take in the enormity of the 100,000 artefact collection. The likely highlight? The stunningly presented contents of boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb, including his chariot for the afterlife.
Catch the Breeze
Just three hours north of Cairo and the Pyramids is the breezy Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, once home to another of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world - the Alexandria lighthouse. Join the daily passeggiata (evening stroll) along the corniche where the lighthouse once stood, stopping for the occasional mint tea.
Beneath the Waves
The Red Sea is home to arguably the best diving within easy reach of the UK. WE can help pair a cruise on the Nile with a visit to Hurghada to dive (or snorkel) over very healthy coral reefs teeming with aquatic life.
Fill the Sails
Extend your slow travels aboard La Flaneuse du Nil, a traditional river boat that sails down Lake Nasser from Aswan to the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel. En route, visit the Coptic (Egyptian Christian) Saint Simeon monastery and enjoy a ride in a felucca sail boat.
Tea on the Terrace
Spend an afternoon watching the Nile flowing soft and silver through Aswan from the terrace of the iconic Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, one-time haunt of Tsar Nicholas, Agatha Christie and Churchill, who stayed here while attending the inauguration of the original Aswan Dam in 1902.
Located in Egypt's deep south, after Abu Simbel it's next stop Sudan (once known as Nubia). The journey to this magnificent temple complex is long, but well worth it as you gaze up at the temple's four colossal statues - the guardians of pharaoh Ramesses II.