Holidays to Egypt in 2014

Ancient Egyptian Pyramids Sea view of El Gouna Diving in the Red Sea Luxor, the world's largest open air museum The River Nile Red Sea Coast Beach Palm Trees Beach at Hurghada Temple of Karnak, Luxor River Nile Through Cairo
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Bask in the Egyptian Sun

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With glorious sunshine all year round, Egypt holidays are a special chance to dive into beautiful white beaches, vibrant coral reefs and some of the world’s most important historical sites, including the Pyramids of Giza.

The Egyptian coast of the Red Sea coast is fast becoming a top all inclusive destination for Brits, with Sharm El Sheikh ranking as one of the most popular resorts for both winter and summer sun for obvious reasons. It is an ideal place to experience the country's warm weather, unique wildlife and thrilling water sports.

Egypt is one of the friendliest nations in the world, and you can find welcoming people in every corner of the country. As with all countries in the Middle East, have a look at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before booking your holiday in Egypt.

Sand and Sea

You are truly spoilt for choice with all the accommodation options on Egypt holidays. Choose a top-notch hotel overlooking the Nile in Luxor, or a boutique hotel with a view of the Mediterranean in Alexandria. Stay along the picturesque Nabq in Sharm El-Sheikh, the perfect choice if you’re looking to dive, snorkel or hang out on the beach. Choose from 5-star luxury accommodation next to the mesmerising Nabq National Park, complete with five beautiful swimming pools and a tranquil spa, and a resort boasting panoramic views of the stunning Naama Bay. If you're looking to relax while having all the amenities of the resort just a short walk away, it's the perfect location for you.

For a picturesque beach, head to Hurghada and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere while being close to Sharm El-Sheikh and its nightlife. A beach getaway to Marsa Alam will be full of buzzing bars and clubs, with great shopping as well for brands and at bazaars.

Explore Ancient Egypt

For a cultural and memorable experience on your holiday to Egypt, visit the historic cities in both the north and south of the Nile. Enjoy the relaxing ambience in seaside Alexandria and visit the stunning modern library that houses ancient artefacts from the later and most famous part of ancient Egyptian history, the Ptolemy’s and Cleopatra.

A few hours to the south lay the capital of Cairo and the incredible ancient site of Giza. Here is where you can find the jaw-dropping sights such as the incredible Great Pyramid of Giza, which is the last remaining wonder of the ancient world, as well as several lesser known pyramids. Take photos alongside the spectacular Sphinx and ancient tombs in nearby Saqqara, and make your friends jealous with a trip along the Nile - the best way to appreciate it is on a calming felucca boat cruise.

To the far south are Kom Ombo and Luxor, the latter is home to the impressive Valley of the Kings and the largest temple complex in the world, Karnark. Wander through the halls of ancient pharaohs here and at Medinat Habu, read their histories on the walls of Luxor Temple, and make sure to visit the stunning Deir el-Bahari, dedicated to the first known female pharaoh, Hatshepsut.

Out and About in Egypt

Holidays in Egypt are truly unmissable and offer many unique activities for you and the whole family. Imagine yourself on a camel ride in the desert before an afternoon of diving; after all, the Red Sea is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the underwater world. From bustling Sharm El-Sheikh to laid-back Dahab, Egypt is blessed with more than just one dive hot spot and you can check them all out on our diving holiday page.

Head to the water parks in Sharm El-Sheikh – if you can ever tear yourself away from the alluring turquoise waters of the Red Sea – or take a bumpy and thrilling camel ride around the desert. From the Light and Sound Show at Luxor Temple to the one at the Sphinx, you really cannot miss the exciting things to do that mix in the country’s ancient culture.

Although Egypt is a predominately an Islamic country, there are a few places within Cairo and Sharm El-Sheikh where you can have a drink or two. Remember to be respectful, especially during the fasting month of Ramadan, but you will be surprised that you can find Latin bars in Zamalek in Cairo with live music and tequila to spare!

Important Information

Travel Information
Language: Arabic (French and English widely spoken)
Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Local time: GMT/BST +2 hours

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Beaches

Egypt is packed with great beaches along the coast, where you can unwind with water sports or just a spot of sunbathing. Whether your thing is wind surfing, scuba diving or simply chilling by the sea, you’ll find that Egypt can meet your needs, particularly in the glittering Red Sea resorts. Sharm El Sheikh is home to great parasailing, so why not see the landscape from up above? Meanwhile kiteboarding is quickly becoming one of the most popular high-octane water sports and really should be tried by thrill seekers.

Diving

Egypt is simply perfect for scuba diving, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro. You’ll have access to some wonderful underwater adventures, with wrecks, cave diving and drift dives. Dahab is a popular spot for diving and features the legendary Black Hole, while other in-demand sites include Sharm El Sheikh, El Gouna and Marsa Alam. You will see some astounding marine life including dolphins, species of fish unique to the country and maybe even a shark. Some hotels even have dive centres and classes, such as the Hilton Marsa Alam Nubian Resort.

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Sunbathing

For many, sunbathing is an essential part of any summer holiday and the beaches are perfect for this. Sharm El Sheikh’s beaches are among some of the most popular, or there is Hurghada, a beautiful Red Sea resort 500km south of Cairo filled with sandy bays and backed by mountains. Also try out the former fishing village of Marsa Alam, which is the southern-most resort on the Red Sea coastline. Wherever you choose to sunbathe, remember that you need to wear sun cream all-year round on a holiday in Egypt and you should drink plenty of bottled water to stay hydrated.

Snorkelling

Snorkelling is the ideal way to spend time at the beach, thanks to the warm and clear waters making it incredibly easy to see marine life by the shore. It’s also popular due to the fact that, unlike diving, there is no training needed. By far the most popular place to snorkel is Sharm El Sheikh, with its perfect visibility, and the trendy Naama Bay is regularly packed with holidaymakers and their snorkels. Other places to consider for underwater adventures are Soma Bay and Makadi Bay, both of which have wonderful colourful reefs and warm waters that are perfect for snorkelers of any age.