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Holidays in the Red Sea Riviera

Just a hop across from southern Europe, the Red Sea Riviera is one of the most popular destinations in the world for scuba-diving and snorkelling. Its beaches are also renowned; their golden sands stretching into the crystal-clear sea and back towards the international-quality hotels that line the coast. Inland, you can explore the Eastern and Sinai deserts by camel or jeep, meet Bedouins and climb Mount Sinai. You can even visit the pyramids and Sphinx from here; a real must-do!

35 °C

June to September are the hottest months, ideal for a leisurely holiday. Winter temperatures remain high with temperatures of 24°C in November being the high and 21°C in January and February being the low.

5 hours 15 minutes

Hurghada International Airport (HRG), around 5km southwest of Hurghada, or Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF), around 60km north of Marsa Alam.

The Red Sea’s exotic sunshine, stunning beaches and world-famous scuba-diving make for an unforgettable holiday at any time of year. Book it now with Thomas Cook.

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Utopia Beach Club

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Great for families
  • Activities and entertainment
  • Spacious beach

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Sindbad Club

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • On-site waterpark with wave pool
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Central Hurghada location

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Royal Tulip Beach Resort

7 Nights, All Inclusive
Hotel highlights
  • Stunning beachfront
  • Large Family rooms
  • Daytime and evening entertainment

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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SUNRISE Holidays Resort

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Hotel highlights
  • Adults only 16+
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What is included ?

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Jungle Aqua Park

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Hotel highlights
  • On-site waterpark with 35 slides
  • TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice winner
  • Huge choice of bars and restaurants

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What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
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Whether you love to be in amongst the action or prefer away-from-it-all tranquillity, there’s a great range of resorts in the Red Sea. From the untouched shores of Marsa Alam, to laid-back Hurghada and the smaller resorts that surround it; the beaches are all gorgeous expanses of soft sand and warm blue sea. And whether you’re in one of the big, bustling resorts with huge entertainment complexes or a smaller community with a more tranquil atmosphere, you can go snorkelling or diving, enjoy international cuisine, sunbathe under blue skies, and relax by sun-dappled swimming pools.

Alive with tropical fish and coral, the clear waters of the Red Sea are perfect for snorkelling and scuba-diving. Exploring under the water isn’t just for adults; it’s one of the most exciting things for kids to do in the Red Sea, too. The region’s also great for water sports as diverse as kayaking and kite-surfing, or you could relax on a boat trip. There are all sorts available: deep-sea fishing, glass-bottomed boats to see beneath the waves, and yacht cruises for a romantic dinner or a wild party. There’s much more to the Red Sea than water, though. The entertainment complexes are incredible and nightlife ranges from lively nightclubs to folk dancing.

Exploring colourful coral gardens and fascinating shipwrecks is one of the most popular things to do in the Red Sea. There are fish-filled dive sites across the region with almost 50 in the Hurghada area alone; as well as nine shipwrecks to explore. The beautiful resort of Marsa Alam has some incredible diving and snorkelling sites and is home to one of the most famous in the world; Elphinstone Reef. If you’re not a certified diver, the Red Sea is a great place to learn, though snorkelling’s just as rewarding. Blue-spotted stingrays are among the regular sightings out in the Red Sea, while the Atlantis-inspired Sunken City in Sahl Hasheesh was built especially for snorkellers and divers.

You’ll never be short of incredible places to explore on your Red Sea Riviera holiday. Head out on a 4x4 adventure into the nearby desert and visit traditional Bedouin villages. Witness the colourful sights of the Red Sea’s exotic marine life on a submarine ride or take a boat trip to the stunning island of Mahmya; Egypt’s answer to the Caribbean. And, of course, a holiday to Egypt wouldn’t be complete without having the opportunity to explore the ancient cities of Cairo and Luxor, which are both accessible by either road or air. Don’t miss out on your chance to see the pyramids, the sphinx and the River Nile.

You’ll find a huge amount of things to keep you busy throughout your holiday to the Red Sea Riviera. There are plenty of cocktail bars and clubs dotted along the coast, especially around Hurghada’s popular marina area; as well as fun rides and street entertainment to experience too. Head out into the desert for a candlelit dinner and an unforgettable evening under the stars with the Bedouins, or stay put at your luxury hotel and make the most of its extensive entertainment programme. Be sure to make time for some of the Red Sea’s incredible waterparks too; a day out that the whole family will love.

THE RED SEA RIVIERA IS BEST FOR...

Scuba-divers: The incredible reefs and colourful marine life in the Red Sea are among some of the best dive sites in the world.

Beach lovers: Beautiful beaches line the coast, with lots of space to unwind under the pure blue sky.

Adventurers: Take a journey into the desert, meet Bedouins or discover ancient pyramids.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in the Red Sea is Arabic

Currency: The currency used in the Red Sea is the Egyptian pound (EGP)

Local time: The Red Sea is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Hurghada International Airport (HRG), around 5km southwest of Hurghada, or Marsa Alam International Airport (RMF), around 60km north of Marsa Alam.

Flight time from UK: 5 hours 15 minutes

Tourist information: Further Red Sea Riviera tourist information can be found at www.egypt.travel

Visa & health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to the Red Sea Riviera.

Find out more: Read our blog on travel to Egypt from Head of Customer Welfare Carol MacKenzie.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Average highs of 35°C in summer. Winter temperatures remain high with temperatures of 24°C in November being the high and 21°C in January and February being the low.

Best time to visit he Red Sea: June to September are the hottest months, ideal for a leisurely holiday.

Hot in the summer and still warm enough to sunbathe on the beach in winter, the weather in the Red Sea area is gorgeous all year round. For the most comfortable sightseeing, go in September to April when temperatures are more likely to be in the low to mid 20s.


GETTING AROUND

By taxi: You’ll find plenty of taxis in the Red Sea resorts, especially in Hurghada and Marsa Alam, where they’re the best way to get around. They’re not expensive if you agree a price before you get in.

By tuk-tuk: These automated rickshaws are the main form of transport in El Gouna. They’re a great value way to save your legs.


EVENTS

On the waterfront: Friday night is Marina Party night in El Gouna, with singing and dancing beside the yachts.

Desert beats: Hurghada is fast becoming one of the Red Sea Riviera's leading party hotspots. There's a great selection of bars, clubs and nightlife to experience around the resort's marina.

Ramadan: For locals, Ramadan is a key annual event. Although this month of fasting won’t affect the restaurants and bars in your hotel, you might find restrictions elsewhere. Dates vary year on year.


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