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Sun and sea


A wide choice of premium watersports, diving schools and miles of sunny beaches have made the Red Sea resorts of Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada two of Egypt’s most popular holiday haunts. The star attraction is, of course, the magical underwater kingdom, but you’ll also discover the delights of the region’s fi ne dining and lively bars. A sunset cocktail on the terrace at Camel Bar & Roof Restaurant in Sharm will return your zing after a day in the sun, before you head next door to Italian restaurant Pomodoro, a favourite with visitors. But back to that underwater kingdom. The coral beds and reefs of the Red Sea form a vast, colourful tapestry that teems with more than 1,000 species of shimmering fi sh, stingrays and octopi. Diving conditions are perfect — the water temperature rarely falls below 15°C and is at its bathtub-like best in September — and the dive operators are top notch. Both Hurghada and Sharm off er try-


dives in addition to full PADI training and certifi cation, which you can complete in just a week’s stay if you’re willing to give up late nights and days on the sun lounger. If you are already a PADI


graduate, varied sea adventures await you, such as challenging wreck dives. For those who are too nervous to plumb the depths, snorkelling here is equally thrilling. With visibility this good you’ll see more than your fair share of fi sh, and the vibrant pinks, yellows and cobalt blues of the coral are at their technicolour best. These fun-packed resorts bustle with activity and it’s no surprise children love it here, hurling themselves into water at every available opportunity, grappling with fl ippers and clambering into canoes. And for thrill seekers who prefer to get their kicks on dry land, desert safari tours are a must — you can go by jeep, quad bike or camel! There is so much to discover in this


ancient country you’ll have to run — not walk — like an Egyptian to see it all!


RCI AFFILIATES


RCI has 56 affiliated resorts in Egypt, here are just a selection.


Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort (7436) Guests can enjoy the seven outdoor pools and three restaurants at Hilton Sharm Dreams Resort, which is also the perfect base for exploring the Naama Bay area and the numerous attractions of city life in Sharm El Sheikh.


Folklore in Bedouin Tent, Hurghada


Desert safari tours are a must


Mirette Touristic Village (2420) Brilliantly positioned on the shores of the Red Sea, just a paddle away from the spectacular coral reefs the region is famous for.


Zahabia Resort (3936) This stylish resort is strategically located close to downtown Hurghada. Make sure you dine in the poolside restaurant — the food is great.


Cruise Views


Customise your holiday to Egypt by adding a Thomson cruise. Discover ancient history and relax on the golden sands with clear blue seas like you have never seen.


From £724 pp including fl ights. Call to book on 0845 60 86 361. Visit rcitravelstore.co.uk for more cruise ideas.


Terms and conditions: Cruise based on 2 people travelling on 19th Jan 2012. 30 HOLIDAY www.rci.com


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