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The Amazing Red Sea – Even Napoleon Wanted a Piece of the Action!

The Red Sea is over 1400 miles long and at its widest point 221 miles wide. One of only four seas that are named after colours, it is a seawater inlet coming in from the Indian Ocean and borders with 8 other countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

You can visit the sea as part of your Nile Cruise and Stay experience in Egypt. The most popular holiday resort areas include: Hurghada, Makadi Bay, El Gouna, Marsa Alam, Safaga and Sahl Hasheesh.

There are over 1200 different species of fish in this sea, and at least 10% of these cannot be found anywhere else in the world. With over 200 different types of coral too, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the most popular diving destinations in the world and also has over 30 beautiful islands to discover and visit. If you’re interested in seeing the beauty hidden beneath the waves during your Nile Cruise and Red Sea Stay Holiday,  you can take a snorkelling excursion to popular reefs like Daedalus Reef, Rocky Island and Elphinstone Reef. You could also book a glass-bottomed boat trip, complete a diving course, or embark on a semi-submarine underwater tour.

Yes, even Napoleon liked the Red Sea so much that he tried to take control of Egypt in 1798, but failed!

The Red Sea Resorts in Egypt have some of the most beautiful sandy beaches. Couple this with year-round sunshine and there is no better reason to visit as part of your Nile Cruise and Stay holiday.

El Gouna is a beautiful man-made resort and is commonly described as the Venice of the Red Sea; Hurghada is full of restaurants and shops with a buzzing nightlife; Marsa Alam has sandy beaches and great dive sites; Sahl Hasheesh has a number of islands and some stunning coral; Makadi Bay is approximately 5 miles from Hurghada and has wonderful beaches and its own Aqua Park, whilst Safaga, a small fishing port, is great for diving. Whichever you choose, all of the resorts’ beaches have access in one way or another to beautiful coral and some of the most amazing species of fish in the world.

If you want a day out, why not visit the popular city of Cairo on a pre-arranged excursion. You will have the opportunity to visit the wonderful Pyramids and the Sphinx and you will also have the chance to visit the Museum in the heart of the City. Built in 1835, it houses the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. There are also lots of restaurants, shops and bazaars so your Cairo day excursion will be something you will remember for the rest of your life.

Want to add a little more flavour to your visit? There are plenty of options. Why not arrange to visit St Catherine’s Monastery and Moses Mountain at sunrise, enjoy a camel ride, hire quad bikes or go on a Bedouin desert Jeep safari?

Though there is no end of activities for you to see and do, you may want to just sit back, relax and enjoy your Red Sea Nile Cruise and Stay Holiday, luxury surroundings and breathtaking sights. No matter what you choose, you should certainly enjoy and have the holiday experience of a lifetime.

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