Egypt Holidays 2014-2015

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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With glorious year-round sunshine, Egypt holidays are a chance to dive into beautiful white beaches, vibrant coral reefs and some of the world’s most important historical landmarks.

The Egyptian coast of the Red Sea is fast becoming a top all inclusive destination for holidaymakers, with Sharm El Sheikh ranking as one of the most popular resorts for both winter and summer sun. A vibrant resort, it provides an ideal spot to experience the country’s unique wildlife and thrilling water sports – with plenty of things to do in the surrounding areas.

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, ensure you check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office before booking your holidays to Egypt.

Cities and Sands

You are truly spoilt for choice with accommodation on an Egypt holiday. Fancy a top-notch hotel overlooking the Nile in Luxor, a boutique hotel with a view of the Mediterranean in Alexandria or a luxury retreat on the picturesque Nabq in Sharm El-Sheikh? Head to the bustling city of Cairo to browse its vibrant markets or step back in time to ancient Egypt with a visit to Giza.

If you’d rather a glorious beach break on your holidays in Egypt, head to Hurghada and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere. A beach getaway to Marsa Alam will offer you a hive of buzzing bars and clubs, with great shopping opportunities – from high-end brands to vibrant bazaars.

Discover Ancient Egypt

For a memorable experience on your holidays to Egypt, visit the historic cities found on the north and south of the Nile. Enjoy the relaxing seaside feel of Alexandria, visiting the stunning modern library that houses ancient artefacts from the later and most famous part of ancient Egyptian history, the Ptolemys and Cleopatra.

A few hours due south and you’ll find the capital of Cairo and the incredible ancient site of Giza. Here, you’ll find jaw-dropping sights – from the Great Pyramid of Giza to a myriad of ancient tombs. Meander your way down the Nile with a calming felucca boat cruise, taking in the majestic historical sites along the way.

Journey into Luxor and you’ll soon find the hidden treasures of the Valley of the Kings. Wander through the halls of ancient pharaohs at Medinat Habu, read their histories on the walls of Luxor Temple and visit the stunning Deir el-Bahari, dedicated to the first known female pharaoh, Hatsheput.

A trip to Egypt is truly unforgettable, it offers a whole host of unique activities for the entire family. Imagine yourself on a camel ride in the heart of the desert before an afternoon of diving in the Red Sea; after all, it is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the underwater world. From the bustling streets of Cairo to laid-back Dahab, the spectacular sights of Luxor and the glorious beaches of Hurghada – you’ll find a wealth of new experiences to inspire you on your Egypt holidays.

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.