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Egypt's Red Sea coast runs from the Gulf of Suez to the Sudanese border. Its mineral-rich red mountain ranges inspired the mariners of antiquity to name the sea Mare Rostrum, or the Red Sea.

Hermits seeking seclusion founded early Christian monasteries here, sharing the wilderness with camel-trading Bedouin tribes. Today, the crags and limestone wadis of the Eastern Desert remain relatively unexplored, home to ibex and gazelle. But the Red Sea itself, dotted with coral reefs, fringed by ancient ports, teeming with underwater life, has a rich maritime history which stretches back to Pharaonic times.

The thermal winds that once sped clippers to the East still bring thousands of migrating birds to the shores of the Red Sea,  making it a paradise for bird-watchers. Today, the ancient ports are better known for some of the best diving and fishing in the world. Here, you will find over 800 fish species, including the deadly stone-fish, the equally dangerous butterfly-fish, as well as surgeon fish, jellyfish such as the cassiopei, crabs that sometimes overrun the shore in the evening and some species of shark. Sunbathers relax on white sand beaches, or find shade in the mangrove lagoons that line the coast, while snorkellers explore the reefs. 

The underwater wonder of the Red Sea remains a living tapestry of vibrant corals and exotic fish, waiting for you to discover its secrets.

Abercrombie & Kent's all inclusive Red Sea holidays are the perfect way to discover an underwater world.


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Egypt with Abercrombie & Kent

Best time to be there

Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.

Fly to

Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)

Flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

Visas

Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egypt & the Nile 2016

Nights: 9 | from £5,215pp

Cruise in luxury on Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III,' travelling to off-the-beaten-path Denderah, exploring Egypt's pyramids from the inside out and sailing the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Historical Footsteps

Nights: 9 | from £2,395pp

Explore majestic Egypt and revel in the majesty of the pyramids, Luxor, Cairo and the Nubian desert city of Aswan. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Egypt

Nights: 10 | from £2,295pp

Ever since there have been travellers, there have been travellers in Egypt. Its unparalleled ancient sites have drawn the curious for centuries – and... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Highlights of Egypt

Nights: 6 | from £1,695pp

Egypt’s treasures are on many a traveller’s bucket list; this itinerary packs in the most important historical and cultural sites of the country’s illustrious... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Egypt with Jordan

Nights: 12 | from £3,595pp

This itinerary packs in the most notable highlights of Egypt’s illustrious past and the ancient treasures of Jordan culminating in a well-earned rest... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh

A stylish blend of Moorish architecture and designer furnishings, Oberoi Sahl Hashish is an elegant resort, with spectacular views over its own private... Find out more

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An Easter voyage from Dubai to Athens

Nights: 18 | from £7,899pp

An 18 night cruise that takes you on a fascinating journey from Dubai through to Oman, Egypt, Jordan and Greece. Find out more

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