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Luxury Egypt Holidays

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. 

 

Jaz Senator Nile Cruise

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • With luxury, modern amenities and facilities combine a fascinating tour with five star excellence
  • See some of Egypt’s most celebrated sights and attractions
  • Full board dining include gourmet cuisine and an excellent beverage menu with an optional All Inclusive addition
  • All cabins are air conditioned and feature a private balcony, bath, high speed WiFi and more
From £1759 per person

Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise

8 day suggested trip


At a glance
  • A seven-night Nile Cruise, allowing you to relax into the splendour of your surroundings
  • Enjoy some time in Aswan exploring the Abu Simbel temples
  • Large windows ensure you can enjoy the ever-changing landscapes
  • Gourmet dining, a range of cocktails, fine wines and more are all served on board
  • Relax on the Sun terrace, take a dip in the pool or enjoy drinks as you watch the world float by
  • All daytime excursions are included
From £2475 per person
Our pick of the top hotels in Egypt
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Kempinksi Hotel Soma Bay

Hurghada, Soma Bay
  • A family friendly hotel with child friendly menus and a lively programme of activities 
  • Choose from six bars and restaurants, including show cooking and a gourmet Asian restaurant
  • Right on the beach and with a huge expanse of swimming pools and lagoons running through the gardens

Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

Hurghada, Hurghada
  • On the golden sands of the Red Sea
  • The hotel has a PADI certified dive centre, as well as other water sports and activities
  • Complementary Kids’ Club with an activity programme run throughout the day
 

Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel

Luxor, Luxor
  • A rich heritage, the hotel was built by British explorers in 1886
  • Swim up bar serving cocktails and drinks throughout the day
  • 92 luxurious rooms with elegant colonial finishing touches
Destinations in Egypt
Hurghada
With crystal clear waters, golden sands and exotic reefs just off the shore, holidays to Hurghada are ideal for those who love all things beach.Those looking to get a taste of the history and culture of the area will enjoy the historic old town, located to the north of the city.
The Nile Delta
One of the world’s most famous and historic cities, follow the pharaohs as you journey down the Nile in ultimate luxury. Stop off in iconic cities such as Luxor and sail to stunning coastal resorts. 
Flight Information

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.

When to go

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. 

Visa Information

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

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.

Introduction to languages

Arabic is the most widely spoken language, although other languages are spoken, and most Egyptians speak English. 

Clothing

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. 

Events and festivals

Egypt is a majority Muslim country and celebrates Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr every year. This is held for a month and includes fasting during daylight hours. The dates are not fixed and move back by 11 days every year. Eid a-Fitr is held at the end of Ramadan and is a three or four day festival consisting of street celebrations and markets. 

Leylet en Nuktah is a celebration of the Nile, which rises on the 17th June. It involves picnics and camping by the river’s banks, as well as street parties which run throughout the night. 

Egypt has a small Christian minority who celebrate Coptic Christmas on the 7th January. This includes traditional dishes of rice and meat soup, fairy lights and manger scenes. 

Sham al-Naseem celebrates the beginning of spring on the 21st March. It includes delicious picnics of local, traditional foods usually eaten along the banks of the River Nile. 

Moulid an-Nabi includes day long processions and parades which run throughout the streets to celebrate the birth of the prophet Mohammed. It’s the liveliest festival, with delicious feasts as well as lots of music and dancing. The date changes every year and follows the lunar calendar. 
 
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