Egypt holidays can be as varied as the rich history of the country itself. Whether you want to explore the history of the pyramids near Cairo, take a relaxing cruise down the Nile, visit the Valley of the Kings near Luxor or have some fun in the sun at Sharm el-Sheikh, there are plenty of activities for everyone on holiday in Egypt.
Egypt is especially known for its rich, ancient culture. The mythology of the Ancient Egyptians is on par with that of the Ancient Greeks and Romans and still affects our culture today, thousands of years later. Those interested in history should visit the Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, on their holiday in Egypt.
For a holiday that mixes culture with the opportunity to unwind, you will struggle to find a better option than cruising down the Nile. This world famous river was extremely important to the Ancient Egyptians, meaning that there is a wealth of historical sites along the shore, many of which you’ll have the opportunity to stop and see.
Those looking for beach holidays to Egypt should consider Hurghada, home to some of the Red Sea’s most luxurious resorts. Hurghada features some amazing activities, such as golf, a casino and nightlife, plus being on the coast of the Red Sea means it offers beautiful waters and beaches.
Sharm el-Sheikh is another popular resort for holidays to Egypt that offers beautiful beaches and warm waters, as well as an explorable shipwreck! Sharm el-Sheikh also has a famous bazaar offering all kinds of local crafts and historical memorabilia.
Egypt is an African country and therefore has a hot, desert like climate with a huge range between the day and night time. It can be important to plan your holiday around the time of year where the weather suits you the most. To help with this we have put together a run through of the average Egypt weather for you:
January is the coldest month, yet the weather jumps from 6°C at night to 22°C in the day, nearly quadrupling in heat!
The weather creeps up slightly in February to 7-24°C.
March jumps up a bit more quickly to 11-29°C.
By April the weather has jumped up 16-34, an incredible 10°C jump in 2 months!
By May even the night times are over in the 20°Cs, at 20-38°C.
June and July are the peak of the temperature, at a blazing 22-40°C.
The weather slowly declines in August and September at 21-39°C.
The rest of the plays out in the opposite direction to February-April with 17-34°C in October, 11-28°C in November and finally 7-24°C in December.
Whichever type of weather you prefer, we here at Holiday Gems can help you find the perfect deal on your 2016/2017 Egypt holiday!
There is a massive range of recreational and leisure activities available on Egypt holidays, due to the diverse regions and their individual climates in the country. The main activities in Egypt are exploring the ancient history, visiting the amazing beaches, taking part in thrill seeking water sports and taking a trip to the desert.
The Ancient Egyptians were a true powerhouse in their prime, comparable to the influence of the Roman Empire. Because of this there is a dense population of mind blowing historical monuments in the country, which makes sightseeing a huge part of holidays in Egypt.
The most famous city in Egypt for history is the capital of Cairo. Located just outside of Cairo and visible from some of the closer Egypt hotels is the Giza Pyramid Complex. This is where the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is located, along with two other pyramids. Not far from the Giza Pyramid Complex is the Great Sphinx of Giza, the largest monolith statue in the world.
Inside Cairo itself is the Egyptian Museum, which specialises in Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Located in the Egyptian Museum is the Gold Mask of Tutankhamun. This 11kg gold death mask is one of the most famous symbols of Ancient Egypt. All of these experiences, coupled with the fact that Cairo itself is a world class city, makes the capital an ideal destination for Egypt holidays.
Away from Cairo, the city of Luxor, known as Thebes in ancient times, is a must see for history enthusiasts on holidays to Egypt. As well as containing the Luxor and Karnak Temples, Luxor is home to both the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, where Pharaohs and their wives were buried in tombs after pyramids fell out of common use.
Water Sports and Diving
If you are looking for a more action packed Egypt holiday then we suggest checking out the exotic waters of Sharm el-Sheikh. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest dive sites in the world, Sharm el-Sheikh is the perfect diving location for both experts and beginners alike due to the world-class teachers at the resort.
Water sports in general, not just diving, are popular in Sharm el-Sheikh. Kite surfing, water-skiing and windsurfing are all popular due to the warm clear, waters and moderate winds.
Holidays to Egypt are that rare type of holidays that will please both history buffs and adrenaline junkies!
Egypt Desert Trips
The only way to truly experience the majesty and scale of the Egyptian desert is first hand. Whether travelling by camel or quad bike, experiencing the vastness of the extraordinary hills and vivid colours of the desert will give you a whole new perspective on the engineering genius needed to create the Pyramids so long ago, adding a new dimension on one of the biggest draws to holidays to Egypt.
Most tours of the desert include traditional Bedouin dinners along with tranquil nights under the stars, bookended by some of the most magnificent sunsets and sunrises you will ever see. The beautiful views during your trip will most likely lead to some of the best photographs you take in your lifetime, not just your Egypt holiday.
With so much available on Egypt holidays, there will be something to please the entire family. Here is some information that may come in important before you book your holidays to Egypt for 2016/17:
The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP.)
The official language, as well as the main language spoken in Egypt is Arabic.
Egypt is in the Eastern European TIme Zone, meaning it is two hours ahead of GMT.
A flight to Egypt from the UK takes roughly 6 hours.