For many, Sharm el Sheikh is an Egyptian paradise and all-inclusive hotels in Sharm el Sheikh mean it’s quite possible to spend your entire trip in complete luxury, sunning yourself around the pool and on the beach.
Should you feel like stirring yourself from your comfortable sun bed and indulging in some gentle activity, here are five fascinating things to do on your trip to Sharm el Sheikh:
Visit the Valley of the Kings
Whatever else Egypt is known for today, it’s still most famous for its intelligent and creative ancient civilization. To get a sense of what life, and death, was like in those times, a visit to the Valley of the Kings will explain a lot. This is an ancient Egyptian burial site which dates back 4 millennia. Once the resting place of pharaohs like Tutankhamun and Ramses, you can visit some of the tombs and see the sarcophaguses laid there. This is a fascinating trip back in time to a culture which has never been seen again.
See beneath the sea
The Red Sea contains a unique underwater world of marine life and shipwrecks. There are a few different ways to experience the wonder of the waters here, starting with deep sea diving. This isn’t for everyone, but if you’re feeling adventurous you can take a quick course in the basics and get out there in the incredible sea life.
If you’ve dived before you’ll find the Red Sea a most incredible location for discovering the world below. And for a quieter version of this activity pull on your flippers and go snorkelling to marvel at the wonders of life underneath the shallow Red Sea. To see below the sea in style, you could take a trip one of the many glass-bottomed boats, giving an interesting overview of marine life we still know relatively little about.
Go on a Bedouin adventure
Take an evening excursion out into the Sinai Desert and you can get close to the life of the Bedouins. This is a guided tour into the stunning, sandy landscape of these desert inhabitants.
A sumptuous candlelit tent is the setting for a majestic Egyptian feast. After your meal, you can relax on the lavish cushions and drink traditional Bedouin tea which is infused with habak, the local desert herb. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere relaxing.
Mount Mount Sinai
To get to the top of Mount Sinai you need to be fit. A potentially ankle-aching 4,000 steps lead up to the summit of this incredible mountain where it’s said that Moses received his ten commandments. If you think you’re up to the challenge, it will take you approximately four hours to reach this holy peak, but if you do, the views from the top of the desert are awe-inspiring.
If you don’t fancy testing your stamina in this way, St Catherine’s Monastery is at the bottom of the mountain and, as the oldest monastery in the Christian world, it makes a fascinating site to discover.
Discover the desert
Live like Lawrence of Arabia for a few hours and get to know the desert a little better. Unlike Lawrence, of course, you can do the trip in style and with ease. There are a few ways to enjoy the desert terrain and all of them offer something different:
Take an organised tour in a 4×4 and tackle the sand dunes head on. This is for those who like comfort and prefer to sit back and let someone else take the reins.
If you like to take the reins yourself, however, you can take a camel ride and really feel the Egyptian land beneath you on one of these magnificent creatures.
Alternatively you can make the trip on quad bike, the ideal choice if you like to test yourself. This is the rugged way to travel through the desert.
Whichever mode of transport you prefer, getting out into the desert is an experience not to be missed.
Your Egyptian odyssey includes culture and experiences, sun, sand, sophistication and luxury. Once you’ve indulged in everything on offer, all-inclusive the hotels in Sharm el Sheikh will welcome you back with the warm embrace of a home from home.