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Try something different in Egypt
June 7, 2011

Everyone knows about Egypt's wondrous history and historic treasures. Most people also know that the Red Sea Rivera is home to hundreds of types of brightly coloured fish, the closest coral reef to the UK and world-class diving facilities.

The cities of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan conjure thoughts of great monuments and journeys and the mighty Nile river is a place that is on most peoples' "to do in a lifetime" list.

Yet, just by adding a day or two to a planned itinerary, you can do even more in Egypt and experience sights  you might not have thought of.  Consider these:-

RIDE THROUGH EGYPT'S VERY OWN OUTBACK FROM SAKKARA

Just 30 kilometres south of Cairo, the Sakkara Country Club is the starting point for a three day adventure on horseback. Sometimes riding up to 6 hours a day, the rides cross desert and wadis (dried up river beds) and the old railway track near Fayoum where there are still the remains of the old railway station last operational in World War 2.  Through fields of water buffalo, date palms and past the pyramids of Abu Sir (built in the step pattern), rides sometimes also weave through the canals and waterways of farmland.  Village food is served authentically with a BBQ on the final day back at the farm in the fields close to the Arabian horses who are now new friends.

LIVEABOARDS ON THE RED SEA

Forgot hotels and stay on board these luxury craft with the feel of a private party

Offering some of the best dive facilities around - for all levels including beginners, liveaboards offer the flexibility to access dive sites which may be busy during the day yet are within reach after the crowds have returned to shore. These craft offer high quality facilities and usually include three buffet style meals daily featuring local fresh produce.

GOLF

Even if you don't quite feel that  golf is your thing, why not give it a try: you can learn to play all over Egypt from Alexandria in the north on the Mediterranean coast to Luxor in the south in Upper Egypt at highly competitive rates.  The Red Sea boasts some of the best courses in the country and with such close proximity to the beach, you really have the best of both worlds.

OPERA

Seen all the well-known sites in Cairo?  Before you leave the great city, spend an evening at the Opera House where Egyptian and visiting international companies regularly perform both classical and contemporary opera.

DESERT OASES

The movies often suggest that an oasis is just a mere watering hole in the desert.

Many of the oases in Egypt's deserts are 40 kilometres wide, even more and often house whole communities. A number of carefully designed, eco-friendly lodges have appeared in recent years where a true chill-out experience is on offer. No mobile phones but plenty of outdoor experiences with the sun, the stars and the moon to light up the sky.  Some lodges provide yoga and other relaxation programmes.

COOKERY CLASSES

Egyptian cuisine can be easily mastered on a three day cookery course at the Villa Belle Epoque which was Cairo's first, centrally located boutique hotel.  The hotel's owner and chefs are all authors of cookery books and the course includes traditional meat dishes with correct paring of spices with special emphasis on cakes and pastry making which is such an important part of Egyptian cuisine.

So, you thought you had "done Egypt" ?  Think again and do a little more in just a few extra days.

Egyptian State Tourist Office etc/details








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