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Egypt Holidays

Egypt Holidays

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Egypt holidays really do have it all. Beaches with silky, soft sand, warm weather all year round and a great selection of hotels to suit every sun seeker are waiting for you here. Stretch out on the fine white sands of the Red Sea Riviera or discover the pyramids, temples and treasures of an amazing ancient civilization; however you plan to spend your holiday to Egypt, you’re in for a real treat. When it comes to where to stay in Egypt, families will love the kid-friendly resorts of Sharm el Sheikh, and there’s plenty for all ages to see and do in Hurghada, Cairo and Marsa Alam, too. Sound tempting? Read on to find out everything you need to know about this sizzling destination…


On the Beach Perks - FREE Lounge & FREE Fast Track

Today is the day. You're up early, the other half has checked the passports a thousand times and you're on your way. The kids even had cake for breakfast… because you're on your jollies. Holiday mode is on! The only thing between you and the beach is the dreaded airport faff - the security queue, the food and drink queues and all that money you spend. But, what if we skipped that bit? Skip the security queue. Stroll into the swanky airport lounge and load up on free cake. Enjoy Free airport beers and Wi-Fi access to brag about it? Now, that's what I'm talking about. With FREE security fast track on all package holidays and FREE lounge access for 4 or 5* package holidays, that's exactly what you get. Your jollies just… jollier. Free security fast track and free lounge offers apply to outbound journeys only, and some airports may be excluded. Terms and conditions apply.

On the Beach perks

Best beaches in Egypt

We really can’t say enough good stuff about beach breaks in Egypt. From fine white sand to beachfront bars, you just can’t go wrong with the sun, sea and sand here. And, oh, the water... To say taking a dip in the Red Sea is heavenly doesn’t even begin to do it justice. Trying snorkelling or scuba diving will also reveal the colourful coral reefs and shining shoals of fish hidden below the waves. From the sheltered Makadi Bay in Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh’s breathtaking Nama Bay, brochure pictures and Instagram snaps just don’t hold a candle to the beauty of these sandy stretches. Many resorts in Egypt offer private beach areas, too.

egypt hurghada
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Best hotels in Egypt

From All Inclusive resorts to relaxing spa boutiques - and cheap holidays to luxury getaways - our wide range of quality Egypt hotels makes it easy to pick your perfect place to stay. Families will adore the Nubia Aqua Beach Resort in Hurghada with its splash pools, kids club, waterslides and beachfront location. For couples holidays, is there anything better than a tranquil Adults Only stay? Check out the five-star SUNRISE Holidays Resort in Sharm El Sheikh for a truly romantic escape to Egypt. There's no time like the present to book your 2022 holidays, after all.


Still not sure where to stay? Here are our top 11 reasons to visit Hurghada.

Winter sun holidays to Egypt

Dodge the dark nights at home and book a winter sun escape to Egypt. You can squeeze in some sun before the festivities in December, or brighten up the New Year with a beach break in January or February, not to mention getting away from it all over Christmas. We’ve always quite fancied celebrating in the sun, how about you?

egypt boats

All Inclusive holidays to Egypt

Book. Fly. Enjoy. It really is that simple when you opt for an All Inclusive break. That’s because you’re food, drinks and fun are all ready and waiting for you when you check in – you don’t have to lift a finger because it’s all arranged for you. From mouthwatering buffet spreads to special a la carte menus, there’s something for everyone when you go all in with On the Beach.

Family holidays to Egypt

When it comes to family holidays, all that matters is that you’re together. Except when it comes to the hotel you choose, the nearby attractions and the quality of the beach… We get it, don’t worry; family time is lovely, but to really make it special can take a lot of planning. That’s where we come in. Our family breaks to Egypt are full of fun for the little ones and really relaxing for the grown-ups – what more could you want? You could even bag a great value getaway during the school holidays.

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Nightlife in Egypt

Even when it gets too dark to dive or sunbathe, the waterfronts are the place to be if you're looking for a good time on your Egypt holiday. From the Nile-fronted city of Cairo, to the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm el Sheikh, you can mingle with the locals or meet like-minded travellers and tourists in the pubs, clubs and bars that line the main strips. Or, if it's family-friendly activities you're searching for, why not book a trip to see one of Egypt's electrifying sound and light shows – we haven't found anyone who hasn't been impressed by a spot-lit sphinx yet!


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Things to eat in Egypt

If you’re looking to sample a signature Egyptian dish, expect lots of fresh vegetables, rice, bread and mezze options. Closely linked to North African cuisine, with hints of Mediterranean and Arabic influence too, dishes will be lighter on meat but won't lack on taste thanks to the rich local spices the food is infused with.

Culture in Egypt

The world-renowned historical treasures of this beautiful country - famous temples, awe-inspiring pyramids and mystifying tombs - are some of the amazing things you can experience on a cultural tour of Egypt. Well-respected museums and UNESCO World Heritage Sites abound, and this country even boasts the last remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Pyramids of Giza. Learn about heiroglyphs, sphinxes and pharaohs as you wander around ruins that date back thousands of years. Trust us, you'll want to take pictures wherever your archeological adventure takes you.

egypt sphinx

Things to do in Egypt

Discover the ancient Egyptians

From Tutankhamun's tomb to the temples dotted all over Egypt, there's nowhere better to learn about one of the most fascinating civilizations in history than where they lived. Many excursions can be arranged by speaking to your hotel reception for information and advice - you won't regret seeing a sphinx or the Pyramids of Giza in person.

Scuba dive or snorkel in the Red Sea

Scuba diving pros and beginners alike are encouraged to journey under the water to discover a whole new world of rainbow fish, pretty coral and interesting shipwrecks. Known for some of the best diving spots in the world, you could even find yourself swimming alongside turtles. Keep an eye out for Nemo down there too - colourful clownfish are a fun fish to spot.

Take a virtual tour of Egypt's famous tombs

If you want to stay by the beach - let's face it, who wouldn't - but still experience some seriously amazing sights (or if you're at home daydreaming about visiting Egypt, for that matter), why not take a virtual tour? Follow these links and you can explore a VR tour of the Tomb of Queen Meresankh III and a VR tour of the Tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses VI without moving a muscle.

egypt pyramid
Need some more inspiration? Read our brilliant blog on 5 things to do in Sharm el Sheikh

What's the weather like in Egypt?

With its calendar split into two seasons - summer and winter - Egypt has no time for autumn and spring; although the winters here are not as we know them. One thing’s for sure - Egypt holidays are always hot! Sizzling temperatures in July and August see the thermometer soaring into the 40s during the highs of the summer season, although the temperature stays in the 20s during the gorgeous winter season - perfect for sunbathing and dipping in the sea. Some areas of Egypt can go years without seeing a drop of rain - so leave that brolly in Britain!

Month

Average temp.

Sea temp.

Hours of sunshine per day

Jan24 °c21 °c8 h
Feb25 °c22 °c8 h
Mar28 °c22 °c9 h
Apr32 °c25 °c10 h
May37 °c28 °c11 h
Jun39 °c31 °c11 h
Jul41 °c32 °c10 h
Aug41 °c33 °c10 h
Sep39 °c32 °c10 h
Oct35 °c30 °c10 h
Nov30 °c27 °c10 h
Dec26 °c23 °c8 h

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Important Information about travelling to Egypt

How long does it take to fly to Egypt?

It takes about six hours to fly to Egypt from the UK.

What’s the time difference between the UK and Egypt?

Egypt is one hour ahead of the time in the UK.

What currency do they use in Egypt?

The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

What language do they speak in Egypt?

The official language spoken in Egypt is Arabic.

Do I need any vaccinations to visit Egypt?

Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

Do I need a visa to visit Egypt?

Visitors must acquire a £25 Egyptian tourist visa payable in GBP, USD, or Euros. These can be purchased at approved bank kiosks within airport arrival halls, before reaching immigration counters, or from the Egyptian Consulate prior to travel.

Ramadan in Egypt

Please be aware that the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will take place between 12/04/2021 and 11/05/2021. During this time, many cafes and restaurants will close during the day, restrictions on alcohol sales may be in place, and hotel dining for non-Muslim guests may take place in private rooms. Playing music, dancing and eating in public areas may also be restricted during this time.


Customer reviews

Egypt is a top holiday destination, any time of year. Don’t believe us? Here’s what our satisfied customers had to say:

Lindsey Rowlinson:


Fantastic holiday provided by On the Beach. Would definitely book with them again.


Ian Austin:


Excellent as always. I have booked many holidays with On the Beach and there has never been a problem.


Simon Groves:


As always holiday was fabulous. Hotel really good. No hitches or hiccups. Plus the price advertised is the price you pay. No hidden extras. Or increase in flight prices.


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Top Egypt Hotels

Serenity Fun City

Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt

Jasmine Palace

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Sea Beach Aqua Park Resort

Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Jungle Aqua Park

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Aurora Oriental Resort

Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Royal Albatros Moderna

Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Titanic Palace And Aquapark Resort

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Titanic Royal

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Alf Leila Wa Leila

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Aqua Blu Sharm

Sharm El Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Three Corners Sunny Beach Resort

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Titanic Beach & Spa

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Nubia Aqua Beach Resort

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Concorde El Salam

Sharks Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Barcelo Tiran Sharm

Nabq Bay, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Hurghada Long Beach Resort (ex Hilton)

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Serenity Makadi Beach

Makadi Bay, Hurghada, Egypt

Palm Royale Soma Bay

Soma Bay, Hurghada, Egypt

Sea Gull Beach Resort

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Sultan Garden Resort

Sharm El Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Steigenberger Al Dau Beach Hotel

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Ali Baba Palace

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Giftun Azur

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Jaz Aquamarine Resort

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Stella Di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa

Sharm El Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Bellagio Resort & Spa

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Steigenberger Pure Lifestyle - Adults Only

Hurghada, Hurghada, Egypt

Steigenberger Ras Soma

Soma Bay, Hurghada, Egypt

Paradise Abu Soma Resort

Safaga, Hurghada, Egypt

Tropitel Waves

Sharm El Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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