Book your holiday in Egypt 2022: tips for the trip of your dreams

Imposing pyramids glistening in the golden desert sun – these are the images most of us have in mind when we think of Egypt. But the Northeast African country has much more to offer: ancient sites, a thousand-year history and breathtaking coastal regions on the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

Unsurprisingly, Egypt, along with Spain, Turkey, Greece and Portugal, is one of the five most popular foreign travel destinations in 2022 according to travel portal “Holidaycheck”.

So that you can really enjoy your vacation in Egypt and not forget anything important, we have compiled the most important tips, information and offers for your trip.

You should keep this in mind when booking

With a total area of ​​1,002,000 square kilometers, Egypt is nearly three times the size of Germany. Before booking your trip, you should therefore think carefully about what is particularly important to you on your dream trip.

Would you like to relax comfortably on the beach? Then you are looking for tour packages or accommodation in coastal cities such as Hurghada, Marsa Alam or Sharm el-Sheikh on the Sinai Peninsula.

Beach with umbrellas at Port Ghalib near Marsa Alam.

Most of the pyramids, on the other hand, are located south of the capital Cairo and can therefore only be reached after a very long drive from the holiday resorts of Hurghada or Marsa Alam. So, if you want to discover Egypt’s culture and exciting past, you’ve come to the right place in the region around Cairo.

If you are looking for a change and want to discover as much of the land of the pharaohs as possible, you can book a return trip.

Before booking, you should check the Federal Foreign Office website about the security situation at your destination in Egypt. As a German citizen, you need a visa to enter Germany. If you book a tour package, sometimes the visa is already included in the price.

Otherwise, you can apply for your visa before your trip online or at the Egyptian Embassy in Berlin or the Consulates General in Frankfurt and Hamburg. The costs are currently 22 euros. Alternatively, you can purchase the visa at the official bank counters upon arrival at the airport.

So expensive is the holiday in Egypt 2022

In recent years, a vacation to Egypt was considered relatively inexpensive. In 2022, however, prices will rise significantly. According to “Holidaycheck”, they are on average 27% above the level before the start of the pandemic. While in 2019 you could still count on an average of 78 euros per person per day, it is now 99 euros.

Reasons for this include tighter hotel availability due to crown-related defaults, staff shortages in the service area, and higher flight prices due to rising oil prices. Many organizers have also expanded their services, for example for crown protection.

The travel portal “Holidaycheck” therefore advises vacationers to book as soon as possible. Prices have increased in almost all destinations since the beginning of the year. At the beginning of March, for example, a vacation package in Hurghada for a family cost around 360 euros more than at the beginning of the year.

If you are flexible, you can also speculate on a last minute season. “If tourists from Russia stay away this year, it could be that Turkey and Egypt will lower their prices again in the short term,” says Christoph Heinzmann, tourism expert at “Holidaycheck”.

Best travel time for holidays in Egypt 2022

95 percent of Egypt’s land surface is covered with deserts. The climate is extremely dry and very hot. In the summer months, the desert thermometer can reach 50 degrees. In winter, however, at night temperatures sometimes drop to zero degrees.

If you are planning a desert tour, we recommend the months March to May and September to November as the best travel times.

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The Sahara Desert in Egypt. It is very hot here in the summer months.

The climate on the Red Sea is milder than inland. Even in summer, temperatures in Hurghada and the surrounding seaside resorts rarely exceed 35 degrees and the sea breeze provides a pleasant cooling.

The Mediterranean coast also offers hot summers, in Alexandria or Port Said in northern Egypt you can expect temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius during the day. In winter, temperatures range from a mild eight to 20 degrees.

The summer months between April and November therefore offer the best climate for a beach holiday on the coasts. If you want to avoid crowded beaches and hotels, it’s best to fly to the Red Sea in spring between mid-March and April.

Getting to Egypt: These options are available

You can travel directly to Egypt from various airports such as Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt or Cologne. Many airlines fly to Hurghada, Luxor, Cairo, Sharm el-Sheikh or Marsa Alam several times a day. The journey takes four to seven hours. For example, it takes four hours and five minutes to travel from Frankfurt am Main to Cairo.

There is no direct rail link with Egypt. However, within the country there is a railway network of over 7,000 kilometers managed by the Egyptian State Railways (ENR). You can use it, for example, to drive from the capital Cairo to the Mediterranean metropolis of Alexandria or travel south along the fields along the Nile.

In theory it is possible to arrive by car. However, the Federal Foreign Office advises against it, among other things because the principles and regulations of the highway code are rarely observed. Also, fuel supply is not guaranteed in all areas of Egypt.