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Honeymoon in Egypt

Experience Romance: Couple Retreats & Honeymoons in Egypt

Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony were charmed by Cleopatra and the romance of Egypt. Today, you too can share the charm of Egypt and enjoy an unforgettable romantic vacation.

Imagine walking the powder-white sands of pristine Red Sea beaches. Feel the sun at your back and the sand covering your feet. Hear the waves. See the wide expanse of the sea.

Now picture the two of you discovering hand in hand breathtaking scenery on a sensational desert tour. Take in the heat of the day and see different desert hues as far as the eye can see until the day gives way to a moonlit night. The sound of oriental music is in the air, the stars are shining and you’re dancing by the camp fire.

Lose and find yourself with your partner. Experience a river cruise to share a seductive blend of luxury, sightseeing and intimate moments overlooking Ancient Egyptian monuments while gliding gently along the dreamlike Nile River. Take pleasure in candlelit dinners with spectacular backdrops.

Whether it’s a well planned honeymoon or a spontaneous winter getaway, Egypt is perfect for a romantic getaway under the brilliant sun and starry night skies of Egypt. Enjoy a captivating blend of European refinement and exotic Middle Eastern culture, Egypt is made for two.

Agiba Beach, a virgin beach

agiba-beachVisit one of the most beautiful virgin beaches in the world, the pride of Marsa el-Sharif. Roughly 40 metre long, the clean sand and cool waters of the beach are snuggled between cliffs.

Climb up one of the cliffs for an astonishing view of the impossible blue greens of the Mediterranean contrasted with the light shades of the shore, or follow the narrow path leading to the beach for a revitalizing swim in the cool waters of the Mediterranean. Atop one of the high cliffs, there is a small cafe where you can enjoy a refreshing drink.

Bedouin Dinner & Stargazing: Shooting Stars in the Desert Sky

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Sharm el-Sheikh into the Sinai desert and meet the Bedouins who will take you on a tour of their village. After the tour, relax while sipping on a deliciously flavoured Bedouin tea. Then comes time for a traditional Bedouin meal followed by a folkloric Tannura dance show.

After the show, enjoy naked eye stargazing or explore the star formations through the available telescopes. This tour can be arranged from almost every hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh. Tour operators pick you up and drop you back at your hotel after your short desert escape.

Castle Zaman

castle-zamanGracefully perched atop a desert cliff between the cities of Taba and Nuweiba, Castle Zaman is a unique attraction on the serene stretch of Sinai.

In this newly built medieval-like castle, you’ll be transported in a luxurious yet eco-friendly atmosphere with attractions ranging from swimming and diving to upscale dining, yoga and massaging.

You’ll also have access to the castle's private beach, with its pristine sand and crystal clear waters, the only virgin beach left in the Taba-Nuweiba area. Some of the best corals on the coast are within a short swimming distance from the shoreline.

Gharam Beach: The Shore of Love in Marsa Matrouh

The Largest of Marsa Matrouh's Beaches, Gharam Beach, meaning "The Shore of Love" in Arabic, is only 17 kilometres away from town. This paradisiacal location is a perfect romantic beach getaway. Come feel the calm waves caressing the fine and soft sand. Do not fight the temptation of sinking your toes into it and diving into the infinite blue. And although "Gharam" is more secluded than most of the Egyptian White Med beaches, rest assured, you will still find places nearby to buy refreshments or any other beach-related products you might need. So relax, lie down on the sand and soak up the Mediterranean sun at "The Shore of Love".

Honeymoon Getaway: Cleopatra's Beach

cleos-bathCleopatra’s Beach is a wonderful bay located on the opposite side of the biggest lagoon in Marsa Matrouh; its clear waters surrounded by rocks give the impression of a vast, square pool in which, according to the legend, Cleopatra came to bathe - with her lover, Mark Anthony. Ruins of one of her palaces were uncovered on the hillside opposite the pool and it seems that a subterranean passage lead from the "villa" to the beach, perhaps allowing cosy midnight swims! It is somewhat challenging to swim between the rocks, with strong currents and waves swirling you around, but after all maybe that’s what you’re looking for!

Ancient Egypt

Even today, Egypt is still synonymous with the legends of the Pharaohs, the Great Pyramids, treasure-laden tombs and undeciphered hieroglyphs.

Pyramids

Although the construction of the pyramids was only an episode in the long history of the pharaohs, this period has left us some of the most impressive monuments that can be seen. Besides the three giants of Gizeh, more than 70 pyramids can be counted along the Nile.

Al Giza Pyramids

Guarded by the familiar lone lion-bodied Sphinx are the three Great Pyramids of Giza. Over 4,000 years ago, the mummified bodies of Kings Cheops, Kefren and Mykerinos were ferried down the Nile to be buried and prepared for the journey to the afterlife within these massive monuments.

The largest, oldest and finest of all three is Cheop's Pyramid, simply known as the "Great Pyramid". It was the tallest structure in the world until the end of the nineteenth century (145 meters). But Kefren's Pyramid, Cheop's son and successor, makes a bigger first impression. On higher ground with its limestone cap still intact, it looks loftier even though it's 4 meters shorter.

The smallest of the three, Mykerinos' Pyramid, makes up for its size with its fine funerary and valley temples.

What to see in Giza

One of the three Pyramids, the Solar Barque Museum, the Sphinx Complex and the Sphinx Sound and Light Show.

But the Giza necropolis is also the final resting place of the Pharaoh's family and high officials. Buried inside the mastabas and minor pyramids which dot the plateau are queens and royal courtiers. There are also tombs of the craftsmen and engineers who toiled over these epic edifices.

Dahshur Pyramids

There were originally 11 pyramids at Dahshur, although only the two Old Kingdom Pyramids, the Bent and the Red Pyramid, remain intact. Pharaoh Sneferu, father of Khufu and founder of the 4th Dynasty, built Egypt's first real pyramid, the Red Pyramid, here. It is a quiet place where you will be able to enjoy the monuments in peace.

Saqqara Pyramids

Time has all but erased the once mighty Memphis from the Egyptian landscape, however, the city of the dead has been excavated and exhumed from the desert sands, the vast necropolis of Saqqara. Memphis is some 23km south of central Cairo, in the center of the floodplain on the western side of the Nile. Memphis was traditionally founded in 3000 BC by Menes, the legendary figure credited with the creation of a politically unified Egypt. Memphis served as the effective administrative capital of the country during the Old Kingdom and partly in later times.

It's eleven pyramids, countless mastabas and lone Coptic monastery stretch over 7km from north to south, and span three and a half thousand years of Egyptian civilisation. At its centre sits King Djoser's "Stepped" Pyramid, the very first pyramid and the first great stone structure in the world. North of the pyramid, inside a stone "serdab", sits the Ancient Pharaoh himself.

Saqqara also includes the Serapeum, represented by a life-sized sculpture of limestone, the original of which is in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and an astonishing collection of mummified Apis bulls in gargantuan granite coffins. Of its eleven pyramids, King Teti boasts the best preserved burial chamber, with pyramid text lined walls mapping out his journey to the afterlife. The walls of Mereruka's multichambered maze-like tomb are covered with exquisite murals, showing scenes of everyday life.

Beaches

Both Red Sea and Mediterranean beaches are favourites with visitors.

The Mediterranean offers stunning azure water and you'll find Egyptians flocking to its beautiful beaches.
Along the coastline between Sallum and Alexandria you can still find quiet places such as Sidi Abdel Rahman, an unspoilt beauty spot west of El Alamein.

If diving in turquoise waters and discovering exotic creatures of the deep is your goal, choose the Red Sea Coast. It stretches for more than 800 km from Suez in the north to the village of Shalatein, near the border of Sudan.

Mediterranean beaches

Since the 1990s, the coast west of Alexandria has offered a wide range of seaside resorts. Tourist complexes include sports and shopping centres and, in some cases, marinas. In summer the climate here is gentler than on the Red Sea and the wonderful white sandy beaches attract many holidaymakers. As elsewhere in Egypt, natural beauty and archaeological remains are found side-by-side offering the possibility of multi-interest holidays.

Mariut
15 km west of Alexandria.
The region’s climate is ideal for spa tourism and relaxation. In addition to Lake Mariut, there are the extensive remains of the early Christian city of Abu Mena. As a result of irrigation seepage, the site is now under threat and features on Unesco’s list of World Heritage Sites in Danger.

Agami

25 km west of Alexandria.
Now the meeting-place for the jet set, the village of Agami has been nicknamed the "Egyptian Saint-Tropez” and fashionable restaurants, nightclubs, luxury cars and villas abound. Swimming is only possible from private beaches such as Bianci Beach.

Abu Sir
50 km west of Alexandria.
Abu Sir is the name given by the Bedouins to the ancient Ptolemaic city of Taposiris Magna. All that remains of the city today is the 30m-high lighthouse, a quarter-sized replica of the one which stood at Alexandria. There are three lovely beaches nearby.

Borg el-Arab
60 km west of Alexandria.
A new town founded by President Mubarak in 1988, Borg el-Arab has become a prestigious destination thanks to the arrival of the Hilton Hotel. The beach is perfect for water sports and an ideal playground for children.

Sidi Abdel Rahman
125 km from Alexandria.
This wonderful bay is one of the best-kept secrets of the whole coast. The village has managed to preserve its traditional Bedouin way of life and remains relatively underdeveloped, guaranteeing an air of authenticity. Today only the El-Alamein Hotel caters for visitors seeking out pristine, family beaches.far from the bustle of other seaside resorts. 

Source: www.egypt.travel

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