Tourists get a 'selfie' with the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The tourism industry is one of the country's main sources of its much-needed foreign currency.
Tourists get a 'selfie' with the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. The tourism industry is one of the country's main sources of its much-needed foreign currency. KHALED ELFIQI

Egypt: an ancient land with many stories to tell

EGYPT is a destination that most people I talk to would one day love to visit. I know that in recent times Egypt has gone through some changes politically and socially. We witnessed all that through the media and to the Egyptians' credit it was a relatively smooth process unlike what is happening in Syria at the moment. Egypt is open for tourism again and if you weren't put off by what happened earlier in the year then now is a good time to reconsider the possibility of spending your next holiday there. I think by now we are all aware that there are idiots out there willing to hurt innocent people, just look at what has happened in France in recent times. However we are a lot more resilient these day to acts of violence and are more willing to still travel and not be persuaded by the few to change our minds like they want us to.

I would definitely recommend if you are looking at Egypt as a to-do destination that you look at booking it through a tour operator who will have your best interests at heart. They will have the latest and most up-to-date information and your safety is top of their list.

Honestly who wouldn't want to go where archaeologists have found rock carvings dating back to the 10th millennium BC. Where the earliest hieroglyphics were about 3200BC. Because of its location Egypt has had a few rulers in its time like the Romans and the Ottomans which you can see in the architecture of some of the monuments. The kings of Egypt however build magnificent structures that have stood the test of time. The fact they had the know-how and the knowledge to build the monuments on such a huge scale is mind blowing.

The weather in Egypt can be a deterrent for people as it can reach more than 40 degrees in summer and with most of the sights you are visiting are outdoors. The winter months and spring are good months to target if you are planning a trip as the temperatures will be around 13 to 24 degrees.

The Nile is the heart of Egypt. The river starts in the mountains of Ethiopia and makes its way all the way to the Mediterranean. It covers the length of Egypt some 4180 miles long. The Nile is Egypt's life blood providing fertile soil and water for farmers, it is also used for transporting good from small towns to larger towns and markets. The best way to see the Nile is a river cruise. You can do a traditional Felucca (type of sail boat) or the more up- market cruise ships. Variety is not a problem with river cruising in Egypt. You can do three-day, two-night cruises up to on average seven-night, eight-day cruises. Along the way you will pass farms, towns, ancient monuments and temples and other boats that use the Nile for their livelihood.

Tourism is a big part of Egypt's economy and the tour companies are working hard to get us back to Egypt. There are some great deals to be had. Trafalgar Tours has a 12-day Wonders of Ancient Egypt tour start from $3128 per person twin share. The tours starts in the great city of Cairo's bustling city streets and imposing Great Pyramids of Giza. Launch your discovery of ancient Egypt cruising down the life-source of this land through the Valley of the Kings past the temples and tombs of Luxor, the Temple of Horus and the Graeco-Roman double temple at Kom-Ombo. It includes most meals and sightseeing.

If there is anything that you have read that you might be interested in or if you would like more information on to do with Egypt, please call in and see our friendly staff.

On a personal note I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year.