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Egypt Holidays 

There's more to Egypt than just sand, pyramids and souvenirs, so discover this magical destination with a fantastic holiday deal from Airtours. Whether you want to relax on a beautiful beach, explore the local history or just enjoy the nightlife, you’ll find it all with our choice of Egypt holidays.

45 °C

During the tourist season, which runs from November to February, the temperatures stay around acomfortable 23°C. If you prefer to stay cool, you might find the weather unbearable in May and June when the daytime high can range between 32°C and 45°C.

5 hours

Hurghada International (HRG): 5km from downtown.

Sharm El-Sheikh International (SSH): 9km from downtown.

Book a cheap holiday to Egypt with Airtours to save money on a trip to this fantastic destination. Egypt is a popular place for a sun-kissed holiday and there’s plenty of great places to stay if you’re planning a holiday there.  

Featured holidays in Egypt

Jungle Aqua Park

Hurghada Resort, Hurghada

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Waterpark with 21 adult slides and 14 kids' slides
  • 21 outdoor pools
  • Choice of 6 restaurants and 12 bars

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Based on 2460 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£397

Xperience St George Homestay

Um El Sid, Sharm el Sheikh

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Courtesy shuttle bus to private beach
  • Two free-form outdoor swimming pools
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice award winner 2016

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 4432 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£492

Aqua Blu

Um El Sid, Sharm el Sheikh

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Largest waterpark in Sharm
  • Wave pool and lazy river
  • Family rooms sleeping 5

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 3892 reviews

What is included?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • Resort service
  • Return Transfers

From

£555

Cairo has many attractions, but that also makes it pretty hectic. For relaxing beach holidays in Egypt, you'd be better off staying further away. The resort towns of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada are both excellent choices. 

In Egypt, there are lots of different things to do depending on which area you choose. It’s probably best to decide where you’ll visit and plan everything in advance, or book an All Inclusive holiday deal with Airtours and let us do all the planning for you. 

There’s a range of Nile cruise options to choose from, and they’ll all give you an unforgettable experience in slightly different ways. The most romantic way to travel is to take a Felucca, an old low set wooden boat with lateen sails.

Of course, the first thing anybody will ask you about your visit to Egypt is whether you saw the pyramids, and they'll be eagerly anticipating your response. Don't disappoint them, or yourself for that matter. There are plenty of tour packages that’ll take you to Giza to see the pyramids for yourself.

If you love diving, Egypt is perfect for you. The waters of the Red Sea are teeming with life and the water visibility is excellent. You’ll see all kinds of exotic and colourful fish, and you may even get the chance to explore a wreck or two.

Egypt is best for

Packages: If you prefer an All Inclusive experience where everything is planned in advance and taken care of for you, Egypt is ideal because there’s no shortage of tours and package holidays available.  

Divers: Egypt is great if you’re a diving fanatic, as it's situated between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, both perfect for underwater exploring.

History Buffs: Pyramids, kings, mummies and treasure... We've all seen movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Mummy, so we know what's in store. But, as impressive as it all looks in a movie, seeing it up close and personal is a jaw-dropping experience.


Fast facts

Language: The official language of Egypt is Standard Arabic, and unofficially it is Egyptian Arabic. Plenty of people can speak English and French, and some can speak German. Learning Arabic will definitely help a lot, but it's not essential. 

Currency: Egypt uses the Egyptian Pound (EGP) as its currency. 

Local Time: Egypt is in the EET zone, 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly To: Cairo International Airport (CAI) is the largest and most popular, but there can be long queues. You might choose instead to go via Aswan (ASW) and then make your way overland to visit other cities like Luxor, Hurghada, Sharm El-Sheikh, Cairo, and Alexandria.

Flight Time From UK: London to Cairo takes almost 5 hours. Add an extra 40 to 50 minutes if you plan on flying to Aswan instead. Even though it's much further, Sharm El-Sheikh flights only take 5 hours and 20 minutes, on average.

Tourist Information: More information about visiting Egypt can be obtained here.

Visas & Health: Technically all UK passport holders can apply for a Visa On Arrival, but it’s better to apply in advance for a visa in order to make sure you won’t be denied entry. Vaccinations aren’t essential for visiting Egypt.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Egypt has extremely hot weather during the summer, which lasts from March to October. It’s made worse when the khamsin wind blows across the desert, creating a sandstorm and raising the temperature up to well over 40°C. 

Best time to visit Egypt: Because of the sandy winds, you’d be best off visiting between November and February, when the weather won’t be as extreme.


Getting Around

By Train: Trains in Egypt are pretty good, but they don't run throughout the entire country.  They are slower than buses but more comfortable.  

By Bus: Intercity travel by bus is faster and much cheaper than by train. It's best to book your ticket the day before you need it.

By Service Taxi: These are collective taxis that take you on fixed routes, just like songtaos in Thailand or the minibus services in Sumatra. They're pretty cheap but best for when you’re only going very short distances.

By Ordinary Taxi: Well, ordinary is a very flexible term in Egypt, but this is quite simply a taxi that takes you anywhere you ask to go. The main difference between this and a normal cab you’d get in London is that your driver will stop for anyone who waves him down even before you arrive at your destination.

By Hire Car: Renting a car for long trips aren’t recommended if you’re going to Egypt.  It's usually better to let somebody who knows the local roads well do the driving. 

By Boat: Well, look, it's home of the Nile. What else are you going to do but cruise down in style?


Events

For sports fans: The Sharm El-Sheikh International Women Tennis Tournament will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh during September and October 2016. You may also want to see the Cross Egypt Challenge which is a scooter enduro race covering a 2400km circuit. 

For fashionistas: Queen Nefertiti is a famous symbol of beauty and style, so it's no wonder that there’s a fashion festival named in her honour. The Nefertiti Fashion Festival kicks off in April at Luxor.

For music lovers: There are several major musical events scheduled to take place in Egypt in 2016. Among them are a Richard Clayderman concert to be held in Cairo on March 11, an Ibrahim Maalouf concert to be held at the Giza pyramid site on March 19 and the Oshtoora Music Festival to be held in Fayoum on April 29.


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