If you are a traveler by heart and love to explore the secrets of the past, then Egypt would be a terrific place for you. It possesses a past that is as rich as it is intriguing, with locales that can captivate your mind. This land is the home of the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, which would undoubtedly take your breath away. And, if you have an archeological bend of mind, Memphis, Thebes, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings are attractions that you can not afford to miss.

Now, we understand that you may think it would be a vacation that would end up burning a hole in your pocket. But, there are several travel agencies who offer economical flights to the country, so that you can enjoy a good vacation without worries about the prices. Airfare is the one expense that scares most travelers and deprives them from having an experience of a life time. Nowadays, there are various reputed tour & travel companies that offer cheap flights to their clients looking to visit Egypt.

Such travel experts are engaged in devising plans which are aimed at providing the holidayers a memorable time at the most cost effective prices. Cheap flights from London are available throughout the year from well known tour & travel companies, which offer many discounts that help the customer have the best of times, including cheap flights to Egypt. Special packages that include travel, lodging & accommodation, food and sightseeing are also designed by most prominent travel agencies. Through these packages, you can fulfill your desire of seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World at the prices that suit your pocket.

There are numerous organizations of repute which provide the cheapest flights to their customers, that too if it’s a last minute booking. The companies are glad to sell another set of tickets and welcome the clients with cheap flights. The flights land in major cities where many famous Pyramids, markets, places of worship as well as museums are located. The flights from London are usually directed to Cairo, where you can find the following tourism hotspots:

• Ancient Memphis
• Pyramids of Giza
• Pyramids of Sakkara
• Pyramids of Dahshour
• Pyramids of Abu Sir
• Pyamids of Mydoum
• Pyramids of Eleisht
• Pyramids of Hawara
• Pyamrids of Abu Rawash
• Pyramids of EL Lahaoun
• Pyramids of Hawara
• Pyramid of Mazghuna
• The Egyptian Museum
• The Coptic Museum
• The Castle of Saladin
• The Old Market “Khan El-Khalili”
• The Hanging Church
• Santa Barbara
• St. Sergious Church
• Ben Ezra Synagogue
• Old Islamic Cairo
• Sultan Hassan Mosque
• Refai Mosque
• Ahmed Ben Tulun Mosque
• Al Azhar Mosque
• Mosque of El Hakim
• Sabil Kakhouda
• Pharaonic Village

Apart from these, cheap London flights also land at cities like Alexandria, Aswan, Luxor, Sinai and the coast of the Red Sea also hold many places that are worth more than one trip. And if these places to visit are not enough, the beautiful Nile River and the exciting camel rides trough a stretch of the treacherous Sahara Desert will surely entice you. Moreover, cheap flights to Egypt from U.K. do not originate from London only, since leading travel agencies, like Holiday Mood, provide cheapest flights to Egypt from cities like Aberdeen and Glasgow.

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Despite not having a motorway linking to Plymouth directly, all the transport links to and from Plymouth are excellent. This is due to several historical factors not least the importance of Plymouth as a strategic military location for the Royal Navy.

Getting to and from Plymouth:

The main road into Plymouth is the A38 which, in the easterly direction, connects Plymouth to the national motorway system, the M5, at Exeter. Carrying on northward on the M5 at Bristol you can then either continue northwards on the M5 to Birmingham or use the M4 going west into Wales or head east on the M4 towards London. Heading west out of Plymouth on the A38 you quickly cross the border into Cornwall and would eventually reach Bodmin Moor where the A38 terminates. From here you could join the A30 all the way down to Penzance and Lands End beyond it. The A386, which runs across Devon from Plymouth to Bideford, can also be used to reach the A30 at Launceston.

Plymouth has several railway stations in and around it. The main station for Plymouth is located very close to the city centre. Plymouth railway station is on North Road at the northern end of Armada Way. From here you can get direct trains into the midlands and the north as far as Scotland (Edinburgh and Glasgow, taking about 9 hours) on Virgin trains or using First Great Western trains into London, Paddington station, which takes about 3 hours. Devonport railway station is close to the Devonport naval base in the west of Plymouth and there is a Dockyard station nearby for the civilian docks. About 1 mile further on westwards is a suburban station at Keyham. St Budeaux Victoria Road is where the railway line splits heading west across the River Tamar to Saltash and Penzance or north, on a branch line, to Gunnislake. The branch line is known as the Tamar Valley Line.

Plymouth has a small airport that operates daily services to other UK airports namely; Bristol, Jersey, Cardiff, Leeds-Bradford and London Gatwick. The flight operating company is Air Southwest, which offer prices that are highly competitive. The Plymouth to London service takes about 1 hour and its well worth considering as a means of transport to or from Plymouth. The airport is also used by cargo planes.

National Express coach services operate out of the main Plymouth bus station on Exeter Street. Journey time from Plymouth to London Victoria is about 5 ½ hours on a direct journey. However, the coach service is considerably cheaper than even the most competitive train or air fares. There are direct services to Scotland but be warned! The service linking with Edinburgh takes 15 hours!

You could arrive in Plymouth from continental Europe on a Brittany Ferry, who run services to and from Plymouth. Their ‘Ro-Ro’ ferries operate to Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain from the 200m West Wharf at Plymouth harbour.

There has been a passenger ferry across the River Tamar since the thirteenth century.

So, you could arrive in Plymouth by boat having used the Cremyll Ferry, which journeys between Admirals hard at Stonehouse in Plymouth and Cremyll, or the Torpoint Ferry, which is a chain ferry capable of carrying motor vehicles between Torpoint and Devonpoint on the lower River Tamar. There are several other seasonal ferries that operate to cater for the tourist trade, crossing Plymouth Sound at various points. eg between Plymouth and Kingsand, Cawsand, Saltash and finally Calstock. There is also a water taxi service between the Barbican and Mountbatten.

Travel in and around Plymouth:

Several rivers meet at the estuary where Plymouth is located and over time the estuary has become both long and wide. There are two main ways of crossing the estuary, one by the Tamar Toll Bridge at the north end of the estuary or to the south end there are two ferries. There has been passenger ferry services across the River Tamar since the thirteenth century. The two main ferries are the Cremyll Ferry, which journeys between Admirals Hard at Stonehouse and Cremyll, or the Torpoint Ferry, which is a chain ferry capable of carrying motor vehicles between Torpoint and Devonpoint on the lower River Tamar. There are several other ‘seasonal’ ferries that operate to cater for the tourist trade, crossing Plymouth Sound at various points. eg between Plymouth and Kingsand, Cawsand, Saltash and finally Calstock. There is also a water taxi service between the Barbican and Mountbatten. The Tamar Toll Bridge is operated by the same company that runs the Torpoint ferry. So if you’re driving and want to avoid a long detour around the estuary, you’ll have to pay them some money. Fares on the ferry and bridge are usually kept in line with each other. ie £1 for normal car or £2 with a trailer. If you’re on a motorbike you can cross the bridge for free or pay £0.20p on the ferry.

Plymouth CityBus is the main local route bus operator in Plymouth. Although it is run as a company, it is wholly owned by Plymouth city council. Its services meet both resident commuter needs and those of tourists visiting the city. Another part of the company is Plymouth CityCoach which organises coach trips to local, national and European destinations. The bus station in Plymouth city centre is at Bretonside opposite the Drake Circus shopping centre.

For drivers Plymouth is fairly easy to navigate around but, obviously, expect delays and congestion during the main holiday periods. There are over 6000 car parking spaces across 55 locations in the city.


There’s more to Scotland than the enchanting Edinburgh and the fascinating Glasgow. Further north, the country has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, not to mention eclectic wildlife and rich historic culture.

One place of note is the Islay, Queen of the Hebrides, with its 3,200 passionate residents and 130 miles of largely unspoilt coastline.

Many tourists flock to the Scotland’s fifth largest Scottish island for its wildlife, particularly bird species. During February, birdwatchers arrive on the island to see a large colony of barnacle geese, while resident birds include the hen harrier, sea eagle, chough, oystercatcher and cormorant. Meanwhile, other wildlife enthusiasts come to Islay to see the working farm of Loch Gruinart Nature Reserve.

Along with farming, fishing and tourism, Islay’s economy relies upon its production of malt whisky distilling. There are eight distilleries on the island, including Ardbeg, Bunnahabhain, Bowmore, Bruichladdich, and Laphroaig.

Islay has much more to offer, including a host of sports-related activities, such as fishing, cycling, horse-riding, walking, canoeing and a range of good golf courses. Then there’s the island’s family-run businesses, located in picturesque local villages.

Weather on Islay is warmer than most of mainland Scotland, thanks largely to its proximity to the warm Gulf Stream, with snow rarely seen on the island and very little frost and May and June particularly mild. As a result, you may find exotic plants in many a garden on the island.

A number of popular annual festivals take place on the island, most notably the Islay Festival of Malt and Music (May) and the Islay Jazz Festival (September).

Among the other attractions are the Museum of Islay Life, located in a former church in the Port Charlotte; Islay Natural History Trust, revealing the island’s wildlife; the cornerless Bowmore Round Church; and the Isle of Jura, made famous for its whisky distillery, but home to 5,000 dear and just 180 people.

While camping is popular on the island, there are a number of Islay hotels which may be more to your liking. Meanwhile, you can find excellent rates on flights to Islay from Colonsay, Oban and Glasgow.