Egypt’s Red Sea coast continues to be a hot favourite for UK holidaymakers seeking guaranteed good weather, great beaches and clear seas. As autumn draws in fast, it’s the perfect place for those thinking of getting away for some winter sun. But what about travellers who are interested in seeing some of the fascinating sites of this unique country? Resorts like Marsa Alam, Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are wonderful destinations for beach breaks but offer very little in the form of sightseeing. The perfect answer this winter could be a wonderful Red Sea Cruise from Hays Travel, as Emily from the agency explains:.
“In the past, most summer cruises went around the Mediterranean and most winter ones toured the Caribbean, but the popularity of Egypt has spurred the launch of new, exciting Red Sea cruise itineraries.”
Passengers on board Red Sea cruises can expect to call in at some of the world’s most interesting ports and, if they choose, take excursions to fascinating ancient sights, such as Petra in Jordan, the stunning temple of Karnak in Luxor and the ubiquitous Pyramids at Cairo. And the days at sea are never dull: cruise ships have a wealth amenities and facilities on board, so you won’t feel hemmed in. Not only that; cruising the Red Sea, you’ll marvel at the dreamy blue waters and glistening sunsets.
There are Red Sea cruises to suit every taste and budget, from lines like Costa, Princess and Thomson and Island Cruises. Because cruise holidays are full board, they work out brilliant value for money. Cruise ships offer brilliant entertainment, bars, decks, swimming pools, spas, shops and beauty salons – it’s easy to see why they’re so popular.
“Sometimes people are hesitant about going on their first cruise because they think it might be too formal and stuffy for them. For these customers, we would recommend a smaller, more relaxed line like Thomson. The service and food on board their ships is impeccable, but without the formalities you’d expect to find on other lines.”
One of the best aspects of a Red Sea cruise is the option to combine it with a stay in a beach hotel. After all that exploring in the ancient world, spend a week in n affordable, luxury hotel on dry land. The Red Sea region has a host of hotels to suit every budget, from luxurious 5* all-inclusive complexes with their own private beaches, to 3* bed and breakfast guest houses. The area is rich in marine life with its rainbow coral reefs, so it’s a prime sport for snorkelling or perhaps even taking a PADI course and learning to dive. The perfect combination of adventure and relaxation but with comfortable accommodation and pampering all the way!