Fascinating history and sandy beaches
Egypt is packed full of history, culture, beaches, activities and more. Whether you’re travelling with your family, as a couple, in a group or as a single there’s so much to do in this wonderful country. From the ancient pyramids and sphinx to iconic cities and long stretches of golden sands there’s something for everyone on holidays to Egypt.
Those who like to keep active will find plenty of water sports available. Try sailing and windsurfing or explore the coastline from the waters with kayaking and boat trips. The Red Sea coast town of Hurghada is a scuba diving paradise, with incredible underwater wildlife just waiting to be discovered.
To combine culture with activities book a Nile cruise from the Nile Delta and experience this fascinating area of the world first hand. Take in the ancient sights and world famous cities as you’re guided through the heritage of the country, book activities such as local cooking, dancing and music lessons or simply enjoy a well deserved rest on the golden sands of the beaches.
Spas are a part of Egypt’s culture, with traditional hammams a must for those wanting to try a unique and cultural treatment. Enjoy the stunning interiors of the spas, which are a traditional meeting place for women in Egypt, before being scrubbed from head to toe and rubbed with black soap, which will leave you smooth, soft and ready to soak up the sun.
Egypt is also home to some fantastic activities, ideal for a luxury holiday. Take a hot air balloon, try scuba diving trips or sunset cruises along the Nile or across the sparkling sea. Guests can also enjoy cultural trips to see the pyramids, ancient ruins and more, as well as enjoy delicious gourmet dishes and fine wines.
8 day suggested trip
8 day suggested trip
Flight time from the UK to Egypt is around 5 hours 30 minutes.
There are a number of carriers offering services to Egypt.
Direct Carriers: British Airways and Egyptair all offer direct services from London Heathrow to Cairo and Sharm El Sheikh. Regional departures are available in conjunction with these carriers. Luxor can be reached on Egyptair or on charter or low costcarriers.
Indirect Carriers: KLM offer indirect services via Amsterdam.
Departure Taxes: There is no departure tax when leaving Egypt.
May and June see beach-perfect temperatures reaching the early 30s, while in July and August you can sometimes see the mercury hitting 40 degrees. If you’re a diver, the summer months are a great time to spot manta rays and turtles. October to May is a good time to visit if you like things warm but not too hot – even in January, average highs are in the early 20s.
UK citizens travelling to Egypt require a visa. The visa can be obtained on arrival for US$25 and paid in sterling, US dollars or euros.
Tipping is a way of life in Egypt. Known as baksheesh, here people tip for favours as well as service. So as well as giving to the usual waiters, porters and taxi drivers, in Egypt you might want to tip bathroom attendants, locals who offer directions, people who pose for photos, and so on.
Arabic is the most widely spoken language, although other languages are spoken, and most Egyptians speak English.
International beach resorts are more relaxed, but when visiting areas of cultural or religious significance women are expected to cover arms, shoulders, legs and their hair, while men must wear long sleeves and trousers.