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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Another Part of Egypt…


I reach Dahab in the early afternoon after an eight-hour road journey from Cairo. Although the route goes through bumpy terrain and involves a lot of winding roads, it’s a surprisingly pleasant experience.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

The Dahabiya


Recently Dahabiya’s have seen a revival for discerning travellers looking to explore the mystery of the Nile and recapture the bygone era of romance, elegance and intimate service.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Egypt through the eyes of an Australian Boy


I’ve just been on a tour in Egypt with my Mum, and my dream since I was three years old was to go to Egypt. It was the number one place in the world I have always wanted to see.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Driving the King’s Highway, Jordan


The Kings Highway is a 335km ancient thoroughfare running from the north to the south of Jordan. The King’s Highway was first mentioned in the Bible, as the route that Moses wished to follow as he led his people through the land of Edom.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

A visit to Jordan


After selling Jordan tours for many years and having to cancel 2 previous trips, I finally made it to Jordan this year and it was definitely worth the wait!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Egypt: Smooth sailing


We glide listlessly, aside for a gentle about-turn each time we approach the river’s banks. A smooth pirouette, and we catch the wind again, slowly zigzagging our way northward.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Taking your Family to Egypt


When I tell people we are taking the kids to Egypt, I get two responses: The first is sudden, like a knee jerk reaction: “Have you seen the news lately?! Is Egypt even safe to visit?”

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs


The word hieroglyphics refers to a method of writing used by ancient Egyptian. Hieroglyphics involved a series symbols, or hieroglyphs, which are ‘pictures’ of the words or sounds.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Dar al Rahman orphanage, Egypt


The Dar al Rahman orphanage is situated in the El Tawoon district, in Giza, Cairo. It’s a small orphanage looking after about 10 children currently aged between 2 to 6 years.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Am I Still on Planet Earth?


If ever there was an ‘Am I Still on Planet Earth?’ sort of a desert, it’s Wadi Rum. Mention Jordan to 20-to-30-something adventurers, and many will tell you that the country begins and ends right here.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Families and children travelling in Egypt & Jordan


Bringing your children to Egypt or Jordan can be an adventure for all the family. There is so much to see, and most of the sites are so big, famous and impressive, that most children get a lot out of a holiday here, and are not quickly bored.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Brief history of Baalbek, Lebanon


The town of Baalbek is located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, approximately 85km northeast of Beirut and 75km north of Damascus (Syria). Nowadays the town is famous for its exquisitely detailed Roman ruins which attract thousands of tourists to the country each year and also plays host to the annual Baalbek festival.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Guide to Abu Simbel, Egypt


This monumental temple complex was built by King Ramses II (c.1279-1213 B.C.E.) in what was once known as ancient Nubia, as a demonstration of both his worldly and divine power. He was the most prolific pharaoh in terms of building works, and a highly accomplished military leader.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Ancient Tanis, Egypt


Throughout history, Tanis has been known by many names. The ancient Egyptians called it Djanet and the Old Testament refers to the city as Zoan.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Aswan Dam, Egypt


The High Dam at Aswan is one of the most impressive feats of engineering design in the whole of the African continent. Construction on the High Dam began in 1960 with the view to it being a replacement for the already existent Low Dam which was built by the British from 1889-1902.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Dakhla Oasis, Egypt


Dakhla is located around 350km from the Nile Valley between the oases of Farafra and Kharga.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Cairo, Egypt


There is no city in the world like Cairo. It has been the largest city in Africa and the Middle East for 750 years and has been attractive to tourists throughout the ages.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Farafra Oasis, Egypt


Farafra is the smallest oasis in the Western Desert of Egypt with an estimated population of around 5,000, all living within its single village. It is located approximately midway between Dakhla and Bahariya.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Diving site in Dahab, Egypt


Dahab is only a few hours drive north of Sharm el Sheikh, but hidden in its nearby waters lie several world-class dive sites.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Laid-back Dahab, Egypt


Dahab (Gold in Arabic) is a small tourist town located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Dahab was once a small Bedouin fishing village, but the arrival of international hotel chains has meant that Dahab is now a thriving tourist resort.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Brief guide to Beirut, Lebanon


Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and has a population of approximately 2.1 million. The city has a history dating back more than 5000 years and has been under the rule of many empires.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt


The only remaining structure of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. The Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza, Cairo is the oldest structure in existence and it is so advanced, even using modern technology, it can’t be duplicated today.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Hurghada, Egypt – an overview


Hurghada has transformed in recent years from a small Red Sea fishing village into a vibrant tourist hot-spot. Sandwiched between shimmering blue seas and empty desert, its smart hotels, fabulous restaurants and golden sands make Hurghada a perfect place for some serious sun drenched R&R.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Exploring Mount Sinai, Egypt


Mount Sinai, located within the Sinai Mountains of Egypt, stands at 2,285m high. The mountain is known by many names, such as Mount Horeb, Mount Musa and Gebel Musa, but is probably better known as ‘Moses’ Mountain’.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Brief guide to Amman, Jordan


Amman, the capital of Jordan, is one of the most ancient cities in the world, with archaeological finds dating as far back as the Neolithic Period, finds at Ain Ghazal in Eastern Amman date back to around 8,500BC.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Israel Travel Guide


Israel is one of the most historically important places in the world. It intersects countries, continents and religions, situated at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe and home to three of the world’s greatest and most important religions.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Things to do in Jordan


Jordan is a fascinating country to visit. A hugely significant country in many religions and cultures, it has a rich history for you to explore and some wonderful places to visit.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Egypt Tourist Attractions


Guide to attractions you can see on an Egypt Uncovered tour of Egypt, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Luxor and a felucca cruise along the Nile.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Luxor, Egypt


Luxor is one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations and is one of the world’s greatest open air museums. The town is located on the banks of the river Nile, approximately 670 km south of Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Brief guide to Jerash, Jordan


Many tourists today, come to visit the city of Jerash to see the ancient ruins of the city of Gerasa, one of the Roman’s Decapolis cities.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Edfu Temple, Egypt


Edfu Temple is one of the stop-offs when doing a cruise down the Nile either on a cruise boat or a felucca. Most people are transferred from their boat by bus but it is possible to make the short journey on horses using a Hantoor carriage ride.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Komombo Temple, Egypt


The town of Kom Ombo is located 30 miles north (or downstream) from the city of Aswan. Most people visit the temple from either a cruise or a felucca boat.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 27th, 2017

Brief guide to Aqaba, Jordan


Aqaba is known as Jordan’s window to the sea, as it is the countries only seaport. Aqaba is a contrast to the rose coloured deserts to the North, and is home to pristine sandy beaches and spectacular coral reefs.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Bahariya Oasis, Egypt


Bahariya – the Northern Oasis is located around 300km from Cairo. The oasis consists of many villages; the largest of these is Bawiti.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

A visit to St Paul’s Monastery, Egypt


The Coptic monastery of St Paul lies in Egypt’s eastern desert far from any other ancient ruins. St Paul is said to have been born to rich parents, however by the age of 16 both of his parents had died.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Siwa Oasis, Egypt


Until very recently, Siwa was Egypt’s most inaccessible oasis despite it being one of the most interesting. Siwa’s rich history includes a visit from Alexander the Great in 331 BC; he came here to consult the Oracle of Amun.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Guide to Aswan, Egypt


Aswan is Egypt’s southernmost city, and the ancient frontier town lies in one of the most beautiful settings on the first cataract of the Nile. This is also where the desert meets the Nile, amidst sparkling blue waters and granite bedrock.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Dahab beach resort, Egypt


For those wanting something a little more off the beaten track there is Dahab – a place that makes you feel after a week like you’ve been away for a month.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Brief guide to Alexandria, Egypt


The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km from Cairo.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Mosaics of Madaba, Jordan


At first glace Madaba appears to be a typical East Bank town, but there is one major difference. Under almost every building, you will find a fine Byzantine mosaic.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Kerak, the crusader castle, Jordan


Heading south from Madaba on the King’s Highway, you will come across Kerak, the ancient capital of the biblical kingdom of Moab. Kerak is perched on top of a steep hill and is dominated by the largest and best-preserved crusader castle in the area.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Brief guide to Hurghada, Egypt


Hurghada was once little more than a small fishing village; it is now one of the Red Sea’s premier resorts. Hurghada stretches for more than 35km along the banks of the Red Sea.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Island Temple of Philae, Aswan, Egypt


The Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis in Upper Egypt is situated in one of the most idyllic settings in Egypt although this is more from necessity than by natural design.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Mount Nebo, Jordan


Located 12km west of Madaba, Mount Nebo stands at around 817m above sea level and is one of Jordan’s most revered holy sites. The site is believed to be the location of Moses’ death and burial place.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

A visit to St Anthony’s Monastery, Egypt


St Anthony’s Monastery stands at an oasis spring in the Red sea mountains around 100 miles from Cairo, it is the worlds oldest active monastery. It was founded around 356 AD just after the death of St Anthony, on his burial site.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 23rd, 2017

Guide to Wadi Ryan, Egypt


Not on many tourist trips, Wadi Rayan is best known locally for its swimming beaches and waterfalls, but is also close to Egypt’s first natural World Heritage Site, the ‘Valley of the Whales’, in Wadi El Hitan.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 23rd, 2017

Brief guide to Petra, Jordan


Described as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of mans cultural heritage’ by UNESCO and designated as a world heritage site in 1985, Petra truly is an amazing site to see.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Deserts of Wadi Rum, Jordan


Wadi Rum is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southwest Jordan. It is the largest ‘Wadi’ in Jordan. There is only one road into Wadi Rum, which runs off of the Desert Highway, 42km north of Aqaba.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Israel – A Hidden Gem?


Israel has an incredible past and is shaping up to have an amazing future. It has much to offer travellers from all walks of life.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Am I Still on Planet Earth?


If ever there was an ‘Am I Still on Planet Earth?’ sort of a desert, it’s Wadi Rum. Mention Jordan to 20-to-30-something adventurers, and many will tell you that the country begins and ends right here.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Jesus of Nazareth lived here


Known in the 4,000 year-old City of Jerusalem as ‘Haram Esh-Sharif’ and ‘Western Wall’, your guide will explain all this stonework – the remains of the original Fort Antonia.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Rose-red Petra, Jordan


Built in the 6th century BC as a capitol for the Nabataeans, Petra is your reward for a horse or camel-ride through the Siq, a narrow corridor of cliffs.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Showing off with stonework


Cairo is Africa’s city of 15 million – they don’t come with more residents on the entire continent. It is hot, hot-headed and frenetic with bustle, bazaars and traffic chaos.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Nile Explorer – May 2009


I’ve just returned from Egypt, and I wanted to tell you a little bit about my tour. Although I have travelled to Egypt several times before, this was my first time since I started working for Egypt Uncovered. I joined the Nile Explorer tour on the 23rd May and what a great time I had!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Grand Egyptian Adventure – May 2010


Having worked in the UK reservations office for the last 4 months and from my training and research into this tour I thought that I knew all there was to know about the itinerary and what to expect. What I didn’t count on and what made my experience surprising and exceptional were the people I encountered.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Egypt: Experience of a lifetime


Egypt was a milestone for me in many ways. It was the 10th country that I have explored and my first time in the continent of Africa.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

A visit to Jordan


After selling Jordan tours for many years and having to cancel 2 previous trips, I finally made it to Jordan this year and it was definitely worth the wait!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Egypt: Smooth sailing


We glide listlessly, aside for a gentle about-turn each time we approach the river’s banks. A smooth pirouette, and we catch the wind again, slowly zigzagging our way northward.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Taking your Family to Egypt


When I tell people we are taking the kids to Egypt, I get two responses: The first is sudden, like a knee jerk reaction: “Have you seen the news lately?! Is Egypt even safe to visit?”

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Am I Still on Planet Earth?


If ever there was an ‘Am I Still on Planet Earth?’ sort of a desert, it’s Wadi Rum. Mention Jordan to 20-to-30-something adventurers, and many will tell you that the country begins and ends right here.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The sandy road less travelled…


Many well travelled people are often looking for the next big thing but before the masses find out about it. One destination that is just starting to open up to adventurous travellers is Sudan.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Taking your Family to Egypt


When I tell people we are taking the kids to Egypt, I get two responses: The first is sudden, like a knee jerk reaction: “Have you seen the news lately?! Is Egypt even safe to visit?”

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 29th, 2017

Dahab Divers


Dahab Divers is a well established dive centre right in the heart of Dahab. The centre offers the highest standards in PADI/TDI courses and guided diving.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Families and children travelling in Egypt & Jordan


Bringing your children to Egypt or Jordan can be an adventure for all the family. There is so much to see, and most of the sites are so big, famous and impressive, that most children get a lot out of a holiday here, and are not quickly bored.

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Ralph Foulds By: Ralph Foulds March 19th, 2020

Coronavirus Update


Please read for details of suspended tours departing up to 31st October, and udpated terms and conditions both for suspended tours, existing future bookings and new bookings.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Top tips for Petra, Jordan


Petra is a vast and unique city, half built and half carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago. It lies between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and was an integral crossroads for trade routes that linked China, India and Southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Current travel to Egypt


Many people considering booking a holiday to Egypt may have some concerns and questions about visiting the country at the moment. We have made some notes below which will hopefully be informative and helpful.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

20 Most Surprising Things about Egypt


By Russ & Rebecca Booking a journey to an iconic location, like Egypt, can be an interesting process to say the least. Prior to traveling, we heard “Be Careful” or “Are you sure it’s SAFE to go there?” from nearly everyone. But …

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Egypt itinerary changes


Many people considering booking a holiday to Egypt may have some concerns and questions about visiting the country at the moment. We have made some notes which will hopefully be informative and helpful.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

News from the Ministry of Antiquities


Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Eldamaty opened two important individuals’ tombs at the western cemetery- the Pyramids Archaeological Area to receive their local and international visitors.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Why Egypt is safe for single ladies


Why Egypt is safe for single ladies to travel to. For years I have dreamed of vacationing in Egypt, and I decided now was the time.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Diving information


Useful information about whether diving is right for you and what to expect on a diving course or diving tour.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 27th, 2017

Non-PADI divers


If you have Diving Certification from any organisation other than PADI, then here are a few general guidelines that should help to explain acceptability of your existing credentials

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Diving medical information


Medical questionnaire designed to highlight any existing problems that might affect you while diving. Please use this if you have any doubts about your suitability to dive.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Shore diving


There’s nothing quite as exciting, as walking straight into the water and disappearing beneath the waves. In fact there are many of us who simply love this type of diving, due to the ease and apparent simplicity of the method.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

PADI diving courses


Detailed look at some of the various scuba diving courses offered by PADI international diving, including the Open Water course, the Advanced Open Water course and the PADI Rescue diver course.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 24th, 2017

Boat diving


Diving from a boat is an adventure in itself. For many dive sites, boats are the only way to get there. Boats come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the number of people it needs to carry, whether or not you will live aboard, and the distance needed to travel.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Unusual laws and customs


Playing bingo, snacking while sitting on a monument or feeding pigeons may seem innocent enough to many British citizens, but these are just some of the reasons why many people have found themselves faced with hefty fines or in some cases arrested or detained abroad.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

The Muslim clothing guide


Throughout large parts of the Middle East and Western Asia, the Muslim faith is the predominant religion. The effects this can have on you, as you travel through these countries can be very limited, but as a matter of respect, we often advise on certain dress standards.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Economy or business? The choice is simple!


On most Egyptian tours, the long overnight train journey from Cairo down the Nile to Luxor or Aswan is unavoidable. This journey can be taken in two ways…

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 23rd, 2017

How to make a Chador


The instruction below are an easy way to make a lightweight chador, ideal for anyone travelling to an Islamic country where dress codes apply.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Guide to Ramadan


Every year, some of our tours will take place during Ramadan, when adherents of the Muslim faith fast during daylight hours.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Backpack vs Suitcase….


If you have an opinion on this it will usually be a strong one. People who travel with backpacks see it as a badge of honour, a way of earning the travel experience you are about to have.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

8 products for less stressful travelling


The most experienced travel gurus know that the key to smart travelling is efficiency. Packing lightweight, compact items that help you navigate your travel experience is best.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 14th, 2017

Felucca support boat, Egypt


We are delighted to bring you some more information about the support facilities boat we are now providing on all our tours that feature a Nile felucca cruise.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Round the world flights


In 90% of cases a round the world flight is a once in a lifetime experience, a trip that will never be repeated. It is a chance to discover new places, find oneself, make new friends and have the longest holiday you are likely to ever have!

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs


The word hieroglyphics refers to a method of writing used by ancient Egyptian. Hieroglyphics involved a series symbols, or hieroglyphs, which are ‘pictures’ of the words or sounds.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Dar al Rahman orphanage, Egypt


The Dar al Rahman orphanage is situated in the El Tawoon district, in Giza, Cairo. It’s a small orphanage looking after about 10 children currently aged between 2 to 6 years.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 22nd, 2017

Desert clean-up days, Egypt


Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries and one of its fastest growing economic sectors. It has a multitude of impacts, both positive and negative, on people’s lives and on the environment. Therefore, the impact that tourism has on the earth’s natural environment is of great concern to everyone.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 28th, 2017

Families and children travelling in Egypt & Jordan


Bringing your children to Egypt or Jordan can be an adventure for all the family. There is so much to see, and most of the sites are so big, famous and impressive, that most children get a lot out of a holiday here, and are not quickly bored.

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Martin Hosie By: Martin Hosie March 10th, 2017

Welcome to the Egypt Uncovered Blog


Egypt Uncovered specialises in small group adventure tours to some of the Middle East’s most amazing destinations.

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