The Red Sea might not be the first place that comes to mind when deciding where to migrate over Christmas; more so, perhaps, given the media coverage on the Arab Spring, which might have unsettled some travellers. However! ‘Tourists’ and travellers have been visiting the Red Sea for millennia – Moses started it! Rumour has it he was fond of water-sports and long mountain hikes.

Holiday prices to the region are affordable – I would say that you should consider the holidays as ‘a good buy’, and the UK Foreign Office has moderated the directive over travel to Egypt, allowing the region to rejoin the ranks of Israel and Jordan, who have been keenly welcoming tourists as before. This news also means that the ever popular Nile Cruises are back.
The Red Sea is rich in culture and history, with resorts catering to everyone’s needs. There’s always good climate of warm days; it’s great for kids, as a number of hotels and resorts have kids clubs and a range of activities to keep them engaged, happy and occupied. There are fabulous beaches, amazing mountain ranges and seascapes – and as for diving and snorkelling, the Red Sea has the nearest coral reef to Europe. Often dubbed ‘The Underwater Classroom of the World’, the area proves to be a great place to learn to dive, with a number of dive schools to choose from, all with fully qualified and professional staff, who are always willing to help and make sure your experiences are safe and memorable.
There are also famous sights to be seen – many with religious significance – including: St Catherine’s Monastery famous for its collection of Byzantine icons, close by is Mount Sinai, Petra the Nabataean Rose City, Jerusalem the holy city of the three Abrahamic religions, and the lowest point on Earth at 427m below sea level: the Dead Sea – it’s all there, waiting to be discovered!

Here are some offers to get you thinking…

Resort: Isrotel Royal Garden
Details: 7 nights room only for two adults and two children under 11 years, including flights.
Departure: 26th December 2013.
Price from…£953.00 per adult.

Resort: Isrotel Agamim
Details: 7 nights bed and breakfast, including flights.
Departure: 26th December 2013.
Price from…Adult: £899.00pp / Child (under 6 years): £699.00pp.

Vessel: Viking Princess Nile Cruise
Details: 7 nights full board, including flights, transfers and 10 excursions.
Departure: Various dates from 2nd December 2013 flying from Heathrow or Manchester.
Price from…£799.00pp.

Activity: Christmas House Boat Safari – Aswan to Abu Simbel
Details: 7 nights full board in 5- or 6-share.
Departure: 21st December 2013
Price from…£1,270.00pp

Activity: New Year House Boat Safari – Abu Simbel to Aswan
Details: 7 nights full board in 5- or 6-share.
Departure: 27th December 2013
Price from…£1,200.00pp