Egypt in March
Egypt is only a little over five hours flying time from the UK, making it a strong contender for those longing to escape the chilly weather. There's no need for jabs, more history than you can shake a stick at and a good track record for sunshine, so it's lovely for March.
Sharm el Sheikh on the Red Sea is a popular base and allows you to combine sightseeing with relaxation. Ten years ago, this one-road desert town had just one proper hotel, a few basic B&Bs and some live-aboard dive boats. Now it's one of the most popular family resorts in Egypt.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families of all ages, sun-seekers and those looking to combine a bit of history with a week in the sun
- Flying time: just over 5 hours
- Time difference: GMT +2 hours
- Average temperature: 21˚C
- Tourist information: Egypt travel
How to get there
- Sharm is now well served by airlines and travel companies from across the UK.
- Choose between an all-in package holiday with the likes of Thomson and First Choice, or book your own flights and sort out accommodation and tours separately.
- Take a more cultural or adventure-based tour with travel companies such as Exodus.
- However you arrive in Egypt, you will need a visa which is arranged when you arrive (British/EU nationals). In Sharm and other resorts around the Red Sea, this is a free 14 day 'pass'. Find out more here.
Where to stay
- A popular hotel with Mumsnetters is First Choice's Holiday Village Red Sea, which offers a full-on programme of entertainment and activities for all ages, accommodation on an all-inclusive basis and all-in holidays from £512pp.
- Thomson's 5* Sensatori offers swim-up rooms, dedicated adult and child areas, and a choice of restaurants.
What to do
- Spend a full day in Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings, (emphasis on full), with a trip by air from Sharm.
- Cairo for the pyramids - again, you'll definitely need a full day.
- Follow in the footsteps of Moses to the summit of Mount Sinai for stunning views and an unforgettable sunrise across the desert, though for a sunrise visit you'll need an overnight trip.
- There are plenty of desert activities to pick from - take a camel ride, visit a Bedouin camp, or ride a quad bike over the dunes.
- Gain your PADI with one of the numerous dive schools in the resort.
- Haggle, haggle, haggle. Never accept the first price. You can even haggle in a supermarket.
- Egyptian food is generally very good and very tasty. Of course we've all heard the horror stories, but common sense and basic hygiene will save you from a dodgy tum.
- You can never take too many hand sanitiser gels with you.
- Arrange your transfer from airport to hotel in advance, either via your operator or director with the hotel. This will save you queuing for a cab and then the ensuing haggle after your flight - far easier to have someone waiting.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Egypt
- Travelling up the Nile in a felucca was really peaceful and the Sphinx blew me away. I didn't think you could stand so close to it. My children loved the Egyptian museum, too. Fluffy1234
- I had a lovely relaxing time in Sharm, loads of snorkelling, a wee shot at diving and lots of sun. Must admit we didn't venture far, which is unusual for us on holiday, but we felt really safe once there and the Egyptians we met were great, happy to talk about what is happening. Definitely want to go back for the diving. womblesmissus