New Year in Egypt
“Egypt is our everything,” tour operators joked, referring to foreign beach vacations this fall and winter. Direct flights, the Red Sea with excellent diving, extensive. RIA Novosti, 05.09.2022
MOSCOW, September 5 – RIA Novosti, Svetlana Baeva. “Egypt is our everything,” tour operators joke, referring to foreign beach vacations this fall and winter. Direct flights, the Red Sea with excellent diving, an extensive sightseeing program and, finally, the Grand Egyptian Museum, which is promised to open in November – all this attracts travelers. About what awaits Russians in the Arab Republic, how much the tickets cost and whether you can save on vacation, – in the article of RIA Novosti.When to flyThe answer to the question “when is better to fly to Egypt,” is simple: at any time. “The Red Sea resorts – Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh, Safaga, El-Guna, Dahab, Taba, and Nuweiba – are year-round,” Russian Express explains. However there is some seasonality. On the Mediterranean coast (Marsa Matrouh, El Alamein) and Ain Sokhna in the Gulf of Suez of the Red Sea is optimal from May to October. And of course, sightseeing options with cruises on the Nile – always a good idea too. Summer was traditionally considered a low season for Russians in Egypt, but not this year. The number of flights increased, including flights from regions, and people from Siberia got to the Red Sea even via Kazakhstan. It was unreal to be not even on the beach, just outside during the day: the temperature was about 40 degrees. Before the eyes as if a haze, no way without a panama, “- recalls a July trip tourist Marina Shamakhova. Nevertheless even the trial by the heat did not spoil rest.November is cheaper than the New YearThe beginning of autumn – too at a peak of popularity, the more so that weather becomes more comfortable. “On September 3 we launched a program of direct flights to Egypt on EgyptAir, – Coral Travel told RIA Novosti. – The company reports that the depth of sales is good, there are already many bookings for school vacations and November holidays. “It is time to make a reservation for those who are planning a trip in November. There will be difficulties with hotel rooms in Sharm el-Sheikh and a multiple increase in room rates because of the international climate forum of the UN (November 8-18),” – warn in Tez Tour.New Year – traditionally high season in all areas – also sell well. And there are favorable offers for early booking action. Discounts sometimes reach 60%. “There are too few flights compared to pre-demic times, demand far exceeds supply,” Russian Express explained.Flight programs are expanding, but as Artur Muradyan, vice president of the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, told RIA Novosti, the average shortage is 40-60%. “Egypt is flying 30% of 2021,” the expert added. In his opinion, there are ready to accept three flights a week from Russia from each regional airport.Tez Tour has expanded its flight program by 30% since September. Flights from Ufa, Novosibirsk and Yekaterinburg will be available until March 2023, from Moscow – until May. These are direct scheduled IFly flights on A330 airliners with a capacity of 378 passengers.Intourist offers charters to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg. But there are various combinations on direct and connecting flights from all major Russian cities.Customers of Coral Travel, whose program launched last weekend, offer daily departures from Moscow to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh on EgyptAir. They remind that, in addition to convenient slots (there in the morning, back in the evening), hot meals, drinks, free luggage, the Egyptian carrier has business class – 36 seats.
Russian Express offers tours on the basis of regular flights with connections from different Russian cities. “There are not enough liners to Hurghada, Sharm el-Sheikh and Alexandria,” the company says. – In late August, the aviation authorities of Russia and Egypt agreed to increase the frequency of flights.By the way, according to the Russian search engine Aviasales, tickets to Egypt in the fall fell by an average of 28% compared with summer – up to 35,500 rubles.How much will have to payTour prices can’t be called low. “Seven days with a flight in September – from 112 thousand rubles for two in a three-star hotel and from 128 thousand – for the “five” and all inclusive “- told earlier in Coral Travel. If you take the proposals of agencies throughout the fall, on average a week “all inclusive” in the “four” and “five” in Sharm el-Sheikh for two people is 120 thousand and 130 thousand respectively.In Tez Tour specified that the New Year’s tours for seven nights at the hotel “four stars” with all inclusive while you can get for 75.8 thousand per person. However, as pointed out in Coral Travel, one of the trends this season is a shift in demand toward the luxury segment.Not cheap, but cultural Even before the covid pandemic, in late 2019, when the new Ministry of Antiquities and Tourism was headed by Khaled Al-Anani, Egypt decided to change the image: shift the focus from cheap beach holidays to highly cultural. In August this year, banker and financier Ahmed Issou was appointed minister, tasked with “attracting investors and foreign currency into the country, to ensure the profitability of the industry, to actively promote Egyptian tourist destinations. So, cheap Egypt, even with new flights, will not come back. But maybe prices will go down a little bit. But the interest in culture and history will definitely increase. In November, the Grand Egyptian Museum, which was built for 15 years, will open in Giza. This is the world’s largest collection of artifacts of ancient Egypt: 90,000 square meters and several tens of thousands of unique exhibits. There is a treasure room of Tutankhamun’s tomb.Since last year, increasingly popular with Russians air excursions to the ancient city of the pharaohs Luxor. This is not a cheap pleasure: in January – about 200 euros. “Innovation, which is in demand – offers residences in the hotels of Port Galib and Nuweiba,” – say Tez Tour. Nuweiba is called an oasis of solitude, it is 200 kilometers from Sharm el-Sheikh.Port Galib – resort town on the Red Sea, designed by renowned architects. Lush green alleys, fragrant parks, fountains. Egypt – at least for the Russians – is no longer a country of cheap beach holidays. But it is still a good opportunity to immerse yourself not only in the Red Sea with its unique underwater world, but also in history.
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Have you ever thought about what kind of holiday you are going to have for New Year? How and where you are going to celebrate? Maybe you want to swim in the sea on New Year’s Eve? Then TEZ TOUR offers to transport yourself on a white airliner to the country of pyramids, pharaohs and camels – Egypt.
Probably many have already appreciated the excellent service of comfortable Egyptian hotels, wonderful beaches and the extraordinary underwater world of the Red Sea. But in addition to this in December and January there is no exhausting summer heat, the temperature is comfortable – both day and night. For example, the January cold in Egyptian style – a minimum of +15 degrees at night and +25 – during the day. The water in the sea also does not cool below 25 degrees.
In this wonderful country they celebrate New Year and Christmas twice. In total there are four holidays. So not only we have a tradition of a long New Year celebrations. Egyptians have traditionally celebrated New Year on September 11 – the time when the Nile floods. But tourists have brought their own traditions, and now January 1 is also a holiday in Egypt.
New Year’s atmosphere reigns in Egypt since mid-December. Palm trees wink with colorful lights, on the streets and resorts at every step – colorful neon greetings. Hotels offer excellent show programs, for participation in which are invited even famous performers from Russia and other CIS countries. There are incomparable animation programs for adults and children.
Egyptians also decorate the rooms with garlands, and in the stores you can buy Christmas trees instead of Christmas trees and decorate them. However, there will be Christmas trees too. All hotels in Egypt – from the most fashionable to the most simple – order in the Netherlands or Britain Christmas trees for those who can not imagine the New Year without this Christmas beauty.
On the streets you will find sculptures of Santa Claus (Egyptians call them Pere Noel), and do not be surprised if you suddenly see a dark-skinned Santa Claus. Egyptians present the so-called “Bethlehem Stars” to their loved ones – large indoor plants with scarlet leaves. It is also customary to give outfits and jewelry.
Christmas is also celebrated twice – on December 25, as in the whole Catholic world, and on January 7 – according to orthodox traditions, because millions of Copts (native Egyptians) celebrate it on this day. So you have a great chance to have a Christmas vacation in Egypt. On the eve of Christmas in Egyptian churches, as well as with us, there are cross walks and festive services. If you honor the Christian tradition, you can visit the Church of Demetrius of Thessaloniki in Cairo.
For lovers of exoticism Egyptians can offer unusual options for New Year’s Eve – on a boat, on a boat with a glass bottom, during the jeep safari and even in a scuba diver at the bottom of the sea. You can go on a cruise on the Nile, because meeting the New Year on the road is a great omen, as the beginning of good changes and momentous events in your life!
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