Has Egypt Had Its Day?

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Egypt holidays were once the staple diet of the middle class British family; a Red Sea beach holiday, cheap and just the right amount of exotic for the average holiday maker. These days Egypt is suffering from the media rumour mill, alarmist reports and a general down turn in the economy. With the uprisings in 2011 against the regime of President Hosni Mubarak and thousands of protestors rioting in Cairo, the world looked on aghast. Over the past year as Mubarak resigned and Mohamed Morsi, the first democratically elected president took over things look more settled but has the damage been done?

Understandably the public voted with their cancellations and holidaymakers backed away from the Egypt holiday but now the dust has settled will the tourists return? In actual fact Egypt is fairly safe compared to other countries in the same vicinity. Over 1 million British visit Egypt every year and there are very few reported issues. While the north Sinai is currently experiencing attacks and cases of kidnapping the rest of Egypt is pretty much free of trouble. The current FCO advice is to avoid the Sinai areas, Sharm el Sheik and Dahab which means the whole of the rest of Egypt is safe and welcoming travellers.

Group holidays run by reputable tour operators are a really good way of exploring Egypt as you are often accompanied by a tour leader from the area, or at least with good knowledge of the destination. Most tour operators will cancel a trip prior to departure should an incident occur and most rely on the FCO for information. In this way your Egypt holiday can be a safe and enjoyable one. Touring in a group avoiding the €no go' zones, allows you to do things a bit cheaper and provides constant companions. A great trip will include all the main sites at Luxor, Aswan and the Pyramids in Cairo but also the Nile.

The River Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt and for centuries has kept the Egyptian population fed and watered. Most adventure holidays to Egypt will include a day or two sailing the Nile which away from the possible riots in Cairo, is a safe bet for a relaxing and intriguing break. Sailing on a traditional wooden sail boat, known as a felucca, is a fantastic experience and you will learn far more from this than reading the history books. Along the Nile the locals still work the land, and live side by side along the banks. On a felucca you will sleep either on deck or camp on the banks at night enjoying campfires and local cuisine, these are no frills boats but they give you a real insight into the lives of ancient and modern Egyptians alike. You will stop along the way at Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and Karnak with your last stop usually being Hurghada, the Red Sea resort.
With life on the Nile and stunning deserts to explore littered with ancient artefacts it is doubtful that Egypt will ever cease to be a top tourist destination. With demand low this is now in fact the best time to get a bargain deal.
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