The land of pharaohs, pyramids and endless golden sand, Egypt is a destination rich in history, with a host of awe-inspiring attractions to discover. Its magnificent location in northeast Africa means this mystical nation is blessed with superb weather all year round. With the waters of the Red Sea along its east coast, it is also home to a number of exceptional beach holiday resorts. From Sharm El Sheikh, on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, to the sun-drenched shores of Hurghada, travellers will find a varied selection of luxury hotels, with both family-friendly and adult-only Egypt holidays to choose from. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a number of thrilling activities, both on land and in the sea, as well as embrace the fascinating culture this incredible destination is famous for.
Flights: You can fly direct to Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh from a number of UK airports, including Gatwick, Manchester and Birmingham.
Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date you enter Egypt. You will also normally need a visa to enter Egypt. Tourist e-visa are valid for 3 months.
Packing essentials: Egypt enjoys great weather all year round, so you should pack light clothing, a sun hat, sunglasses and plenty of sun cream. Evenings can get cooler, so it’s also worth taking a light jacket. If you’re planning to visit any holy sites remember to pack long skirts or trousers and garments that cover your shoulders, as you will need to cover up.
Due to its diverse landscape, climate and history, Egypt is a holiday destination with so much to offer in the way of leisure activities and exploration.
From family fun and world-famous landmarks, to adrenaline-fuelled sports and pure beach bliss, you’ll find it all in Egypt.
For those who enjoy a spot of sightseeing during their holiday, Egypt is the ideal destination, with the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Great Sphinx of Giza, located just outside the country’s historic capital Cairo. The city is also home to the Egyptian Museum, which specialises in ancient Egyptian artefacts and boasts the golden mask of Tutankhamun among its collection.
A visit to the city of Luxor is another option for history enthusiasts, with notable attractions including the Valley of the Kings, the burial site of pharaohs, as well as the Luxor and Karnak Temples.
If you’re looking for a more action-packed Egypt holiday, then how about sampling some of the water sports on offer in the resorts dotted along the shores of the Red Sea? Kite surfing, water skiing and windsurfing are among some of the options available, while Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada are exceptional scuba diving and snorkelling sites. As well as being great locations for both experts and beginners, the warm clear waters and colourful reefs offer plenty to see in the way of spectacular underwater flora and fauna.
Family holidays to Egypt are also full of fun, with plenty of activities to enjoy. Indeed, many of the beach hotels and resorts feature their own water parks, as well as excellent children’s clubs. Couples and friends are also catered for, with opportunities for spa days, sports and exercise. Entertainment options are also on tap day and night, with something for everyone to enjoy right throughout their luxury Egypt holiday.
Egypt’s location in north east Africa means it has great weather all year round. Due to this, the best time to visit is completely up to you and depends on whether you are seeking a luxury summer escape or a touch of winter sun. Egypt’s hottest months are between May and October with average temperatures ranging from the high 20s up to 40°C. The hottest time to visit is in June and July when temperatures peak. Between the months of November and April the weather is a little cooler, but you will still enjoy plenty of sunshine, with the mercury remaining well above 20°C during the day. In March and April, the temperatures start to rise, with average highs in the late 20s and early 30s.
You crave sun-drenched days of beach bliss just steps from glistening turquoise waters.
You’re fascinated by historic landmarks, ancient wonders and unique cultures.
You dream of scuba diving among colourful coral reefs and discovering awe-inspiring marine life.
If sampling authentic culinary delights forms part of your holiday agenda, you won’t be disappointed by the delectable gastronomic offerings to be found in Egypt.
A myriad of flavoursome dishes are waiting to be discovered, with the aroma of exotic spices and sweet scents sure to tempt your taste buds.
Koshari, the national dish of Egypt, is a popular comfort food well worth seeking out. This hearty treat consists of layers of rice, lentils, chickpeas and macaroni, topped with caramelised onions, tomato sauce, garlic, vinegar and chilli.
A tasty way to start the day and awaken your taste buds is with a delicious plate of Shakshouka. This breakfast delight features eggs poached in a rich, spiced tomato sauce, infused with aromatic herbs and fiery chilli peppers.
Another Egyptian dish often eaten at breakfast time, is Ful Medames. Slow-cooked fava beans are seasoned with garlic, cumin and lemon, creating a wholesome and delicious feast.
For a meal with a bit of history, you’ve got to sample Fattah. With origins in ancient times when the Pharaohs ruled Egypt, this celebratory dish consists of layers of crisp bread, tender lamb or beef, and aromatic rice. It is then drenched in tomato sauce and garnished with toasted nuts.
After indulging in a smorgasbord of satisfying savoury delights, why not treat yourself to something sweet? Umm Ali is a popular hot dessert which dates back to the 13th century and consists of puff pastry, sugar, milk, raisins, nuts and coconut. Another mouthwatering option is Konaffa, a noodle-like pastry soaked in syrup and stuffed with creamy cheese and topped with nuts.
While sampling Egypt’s irresistible culinary creations, don’t forget to try the nation’s national drink, Shai (tea), with golden koshary tea and dark salida tea the two main varieties to choose from. Another popular beverage to enjoy is Sahlab. This delicious sweet hot drink is made with milk and pure orchid root powder, and can be enjoyed as a comforting winter treat.