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Egypt Holidays

Egypt
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Egypt holidays are perfect for travelling back in time or for a luxury beach break at a great price. Luxor’s ancient tombs and Giza’s pyramids rub shoulders with the gorgeous resorts in Marsa Alam and Sharm el Sheikh, while Hurghada city fuses old traditions and new influences flawlessly. If you like to get active, there’s plenty to keep you entertained during your holidays in Egypt. Travel to Alexandria and marvel at Pompei’s Pillar, which overlooks the grand ruins of the original settlement.

 

A perfect destination for travelling year-round, Egypt is best visited between the months of September and April. Christmas, New Year and Easter celebrations in Egypt receive heavy footfall from all across the globe. 

 

After you have checked in at your hotel, soak up the sun on mile-long stretches of soft white sand and dip your toes in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, or dive a little deeper and explore some of the world's best scuba diving sites. Thanks to its toasty year-round temperatures, you can potter around giant pyramids, splash in sparkling pools and sink into golden beaches whenever the mood takes you!

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Places to go and things to do in Egypt
Sharm el Sheikh

Sharm el Sheikh


Sharm is a fantastic beach resort perfect for the whole family to enjoy an al inclusive break.

If you’ve always fancied having a go with some scuba gear, learning to dive in the crystal clear Red Sea is a must. You'll find some of the best diving sites in the world here and whether you're a beginner or not, there are plenty of spots to brush up on your skills. You can even sign up to an accredited course to work towards your PADI qualification, where you'll eventually head for more advanced reefs and wrecks. Once qualified, you can dive again and again!

By day this lively resort is packed with holidaymakers topping up their tans and enjoying the watersports. At night, it morphs into a party town that revellers will love! For hard-core clubbers, Pacha is a must, although there are plenty of slightly tamer lounge bars to enjoy too.

If you're a food lover, then you've come to the right place. Sharm el Sheikh is brimming with restaurants serving major cuisines from around the world, alongside its own authentic Egyptian dishes. Na'ama Bay and Old Sharm boast some of the best restaurants around the resort including Fairuz.

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Hurghada

Hurghada


Hurghada may not be as well known as Sharm, but it more than holds its own as an alternative all inclusive resort.

Hurghada is perhaps the hottest destination in Egypt for diving into the Red Sea, where you'll encounter stunning coral reefs and colourful fish. The conditions are just perfect for a beginner to learn diving as well as for veterans. The Abu Nuhas Reef has four shipwrecks to explore for those looking for thrills. You can also try windsurfing and kiteboarding on the waters!

No visit to Hurghada is complete without shopping for exotic wares for your family and friends back home (and something for yourself, of course!). Sigala is full of fantastic souvenir shops and bustling bazaars, selling everything from shisha pipes to spices. Head to the Senzo Mall in New Hurghada for big brands or explore El Dahar for busy backstreets full of local craft stalls.

An hour from Hurghada is the beautiful Mahmya beach famous for its crystal clear waters and white sands. The coral reef is within swimming distance, so don’t forget to pack your snorkel! Off the water, there are activities like Beach Volley, Soccer and SEA-SPI to keep you occupied.

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Luxor

Luxor


Luxor’s ancient attractions are its main draw and there's certainly plenty to choose from.

There's the majestic and the Karnak Temple Complex on the city’s east Bank, and the iconic Valley of the Kings on the west. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even see the ancient sights from up high on a hot air balloon! After all the sightseeing, hop onto a felucca and sail down the Nile to Banana Island and on the way back you’ll be treated to the most glorious sunset over the river. If you've got time to kill, enjoy a stroll along the Sharia al-Corniche, a beautiful riverside walkway that runs from Luxor to Karnak, scattered with shops for you to browse as you go.

Whether it’s rolled falafel or tasty kebabs, North African cuisine is mouth-wateringly good. The restaurants on the East Bank, such as Sofra on Mohamed Farid Street, are exceptional and offer authentic fare at reasonable prices. Besides dishes like stuffed duck and rabbit, you can also relax over some minty tea or Shai bi-na'ana at a café.

The port of Safaga is just three hours from Luxor and framed by rugged cliffs, making it a memorable stopover. The steady winds and the Red Sea’s turquoise waters make it a favoured destination for diving and windsurfing. Take a road trip to Aswan, passing traditional villages along the way, before visiting the Edfu temple and an unfinished obelisk. Don’t miss a motorboat ride to Philae Temple Island, where you can visit the legendary Temple of Isis, the goddess of magic and fertility.

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Soma Bay

Soma Bay


If it’s blissful relaxation you’re after, then Soma Bay is the place for you.

Based within The Cascades golf resort, The Cascades Spa & Thalasso is one of the largest in the world. It’s got 65 treatment rooms - which is handy as there are a lot of treatments on offer, from massages to body scrubs, facials and men’s grooming packages.

Those who want to practice their swings can also do so at The Cascades, which offers an 18 hole, par 72 championship golf course. Not only is it designed by South African golfer Gary Player, the perfectly manicured course also offers unmissable views out over the desert and the sea. Beginners and experts alike can practice their technique on the adjacent 9 hole, par 3 challenge course, while there are also practice facilities and pitching practice greens to take advantage of. Plus, if you’re really serious, you can even partake in a spot of individual or group tuition by PGA golf pros.

Many resorts in Egypt are popular for their diving opportunities, but few offer as eclectic an experience as Soma Bay. With its calm, clear waters, Soma Bay is the perfect place for amateur and experienced divers to soak up the subaquatic lifestyle. As well as its vibrant coral reefs, Soma Bay has shipwrecks aplenty for divers to explore, with sessions benefitting from being considerably less crowded than the larger tourist areas of Egypt. Orca Dive Club takes care of all your diving needs, offering equipment rental, changing facilities and dive boats. There’s also sailing and kitesurfing available, plus Soma Splash Soma Bay water park.

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