Editors note: this is an updated version of an article I published here nearly three…
You could take a Nile cruise and discover the world-famous ancient sights of Egypt, such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Temple of Luxor, the Great Sphinx and all manners of other must-see landmarks. On a Nile cruise you can kick back in luxury and watch the world slip past, before joining your choice of excursions to discover some of the oldest and most spectacular sites our civilisation has ever known.
Or if you fancy a beach break, Egypt is happy to oblige. Head to the beautiful Red Sea and while away your days soaking up the sun on golden sands, paddling in sparkling shores, snorkelling in crystal clear waters or trying your hand at watersports. You’ll find all sorts of activities ranging from boat trips and jet ski hire to wind surfing and pedaloes.
Scuba diving is big in the Red Sea region, given its calm, clear waters and stunning rainbow-coloured coral reefs. Join a local diving group or learn the ropes on a PADI course, and dip beneath the waves to discover vibrant marine life among the corals, ocean bed and sunken ship wrecks.
The Red Sea is also a great option if you’ve got the kids in tow. The summer season gets pretty hot, but if you fancy a half-term October break or even a holiday somewhere different over Christmas, you can still expect a mild climate and warm sunny days. Resorts such as Sharm el Sheikh are well equipped for tourists and come with plenty of first-rate hotels and local amenities.
So whether you’re a culture vulture, a history enthusiast or you’re looking for an unforgettable family break, why not escape to Egypt and discover one of the world’s most spectacular destinations?