Shrouded in the mysteries of the past yet equally built for a terrific destination of the the present, Holidays to Egypt make for an unforgettable experience.
Whether it’s the Great Sphinx at Giza, a cruise down the Nile or snorkelling in the Dead Sea, the country offers a heady mix of history, thrills and romance.
Egypt is probably the world’s oldest civilisation, having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3,100 BC. Early Greeks, Romans and others went there just for kicks, and to see the wonders of some of mankind’s earliest triumphs.
But Egypt is much more than Pyramids and monuments. It is also Red Sea scuba diving, hot night spots, luxury hotels and five-star restaurants. It is romantic cruises down the Nile on festive river boats, a night at the grand opera. All in all, it’s a mindblowing trip like none you have ever experienced. And there’s no better way to taste it than with one of A1 Travel’s great value all-inclusive holidays.
The best time to visit is October to April but if you want a really great deal and don’t mind the heat, June or September is the time for you.
The country is a land bustling with life, sound, visual beauty and excitement. More than anything else, it’s fun. For thousands of years, it has been the playground of emperors and kings, and we hope you will take the time to find out why.
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Why not start with the capital city Cairo, where each year so many of our customers visit the Egyptian Museum, containing King Tutankhamen’s gold mask and the remains of many pharaohs. And then of course, no trip to this destination would be complete without a visit to the pyramids at Giza, and the Sphinx, which are on the outskirts. You’ll see all of these things and more on one of our cheap Egypt holidays.
A slow cruise down the River Nile is also an important part of any Egypt holiday – a traditional lateen-rigged boat trip starting in Aswan is a great way to travel in style.
And for those who fancy a little adventure, you’ve come to the right place. While many people choose Egypt for the history, others are champing at the bit to dive into the Red Sea, with its spectacular array of coral reefs.
And there are so many wonderful resorts that you will have a hard time deciding which to visit.
But let’s start by recommending one that’s undoubtedly special: Hurghada, where you can enjoy a traditional beach break, the perfect way to end a couple of weeks of exploration.
Hurghada is very popular due to its stunning coral reefs and turquoise waters, perfect for windsurfing. This busy Red Sea Coast resort is within easy reach of the stunning Giftun Islands and the Eastern Arabian Desert. It’s a great place to just hit the beach, and some major world diving and snorkelling sites are accessible just a shot way offshore.
And if that appeals to you, Sharm el Sheikh will, too, a top spot for those seeking cheap Egypt holidays. A year-round dry, temperate climate, crystal waters and superb marine life beckon underwater explorers. This is a dream destination for them, offering something for all levels. The more seasoned divers will opt for the huge drop-offs at Ras Mohammed, while novices might choose the gentler Na’ama Bay, where diving classes of all levels are offered.
And then there’s Naama Bay, one of the best resorts in Egypt and probably the finest seafront in the Sinai peninsula, offering great snorkelling, amazing underwater reefs and diving opportunities among thousands of sea creatures.
Naama is the beating heart of Sharm el Sheikh, and from its warm waters you can discover this historic city for yourself – the great wildlife at the Ras Mohammed Park, its marine life on a cruise in a glass-bottomed boat, its Diving Museum and a Fun Land Theme Park for the kids.
At Nuweiba, the sunrise in the east, rising over the hijaz mountain-range of Saudi Arabia and the Aqaba gulf, is probably the most spectacular sight in this area. Apart from hanging out at the beach, Nuweiba offers diving and snorkelling from the camps and hotels, while short or longer camel treks can be arranged from the Bedouins at Tarabin.
Luxor was built around the 4,000-year-old site of Thebes, the ancient capital of the New Kingdom. Contemporary Luxor is an eccentric combination of provincial town and staggering ancient splendour. The concentration of monuments is extraordinary: they tower incongruously above the buzz of everyday life and make this one of our most popular all-inclusive holidays to Egypt.
Another one of the best resorts in Egypt is Taba, which gives its name to the stretch of coastline from the Israeli border southwards towards Nuweiba, and is one of the most picturesque regions on the Red Sea. Let your eyes soak up the azur waters and sandy stretches of beach laid out before the towering Sinai mountain range.
If you holiday in Taba you will also find the resort makes a great base for exploring the entire region, as many sights are easy to reach from here, such as Petra, Jerusalem and St Catherine’s Monastery.