The long Easter holiday is finally here and Cairo 360 has all the details you need to plan your holiday escape. This long weekend is a great opportunity to do your part for the Egyptian economy and tourism industry by travelling around Egypt, and what a lot of options we have!
Promising to be packed this weekend, Gouna offers trendy nightclubs, delicious dining and lots of water sports. The Steigenberger is already fully booked, so try a double room at Mövenpick Resort and Spa El Gouna for 450LE pp on a b&b basis.
Not to be outdone by Gouna, Hurghada has its fair share of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and great beaches. Triton Empire Hotel is an affordable option, while Hilton Hurghada resort offers a double room for 240LE pp based on a b&b basis. A double room at Hilton Hurghada Plaza costs 475LE pp on an fb basis, while a double room at Hilton Hurghada Long Beach Resort costs 350LE pp on an fb basis.
Divers and snorkelers love the untouched beauty of Marsa Alam with its mangroves and barrier coral reefs. Stay at Utopia Beach Club or Deep South Diving Centre, but if you need more luxurious accommodation, try the Mövenpick El Quseir for 270LE pp in a double room on a b&b basis, or Jaz Marsa Alam at 500LE pp in a double room on an hb basis.
Sharm El Sheikh
If the glitz and glitter of Sharm El Sheikh is more your thing, the Sofitel offers a double room for 800LE on a b&b basis, while Hilton Fairouz resort offers a double room for 475LE on a hb basis. Hilton Sharm Waterfalls is slightly more expensive at 555LE for a double room pp on a full-board basis, while Jaz Sharm El Sheikh offers the cheapest option at 180LE pp in a double room on a half-board basis.
The destination of choice for Egyptians seeking a relaxed and low-maintenance atmosphere on pristine beaches, Nuweiba has its share of popular camps, such as Basata and Ananda, but the cool thing about the area is that it’s literally dotted with camps all along its coast, so even if you can’t find a vacant hut, you just keep driving till you do. Other lesser known but worthwhile camps are Bakraj3, Soft Beach, Freedom Camp and the Good Life.
For the high maintenance among you, you can always opt to stay at the Hilton Nuweiba Coral Resort at 250LE pp for a double room on an fb basis.
When in Nuweiba, be sure to spend the day at Castle Zaman, blessed with an impeccable hilltop view, delicious slow-cooked food, a stone pool and lounging bean bags.
In Taba, there’s also the Hilton Taba Resort at 250LE pp for a double room on an hb basis, or the Mövenpick Taba for 248LE for a double room pp on an fb basis, while Jaz Taba offers double rooms for 170LE pp on an hb basis
If you’re more inclined to stay in Ras Shetan, check out our guide, which includes phone numbers for Ayash, Castle Beach and Petra Camp.
The southern Sinai town of Dahab is a perfect spot for diving and snorkelers. Stay at Jaz Dahab for 300LE pp in a double room on an fb basis, or try La Reine Hotel and Penguin Hotel for cheaper options.
Escape to the beautiful south with a double room at the Sofitel Luxor (095 2380425) for 699LE pp on a b&b basis. A double room at the Hilton Luxor resort costs 443LE pp on a bed & breakfast basis, while a double room at Jaz Luxor will set you back 180LE pp on a b&b basis. For a more unique experience, try the cheap and very cheerful Little Garden Hotel.
In Aswan, you can stay at the Mövenpick for 300LE pp on a bed& breakfast basis, or the Jaz Aswan for 180LE pp on a b&b basis. However, the bright colours and impeccable views of Anakato Nubian Culture House make this eco-lodge a perfect option at US$120 for a single room.
Just a 45-minute drive from Cairo, Fayoum offers a multitude of beautiful sites like Wadi El Rayan and the UNESCO World Heritage site Wadi El Hitan. End your day with a simple stay at Zad El Mosafer eco-lodge.
Around an eight-hour drive from Cairo, Siwa’s peace and quiet is much needed in this time. Stay in style at Albabenshal or Shali Lodge, or any of the hundreds of little bed & breakfast venues there for much cheaper options.
Head into the desert and enjoy the serenity of Bahareya Oasis by staying at the charming Qasr El Bawity eco-lodge. Oasis Expeditions offers a four-day trip to Bahareya for 660LE pp in a double room at Qasr El Bawity. The rate includes transportation to and from Cairo, meals and accommodation.
Heading to Alex for the weekend? Read our guide on where to eat and what to do. Located on the San Stefano Corniche, Four Seasons Alexandria (call 03 5818000) offers a sea-view double room for US$500 on a b&b basis, with a pool view double room for US$400 on a b&b basis.
For a much cheaper option, try Hilton Alexandria Green Plaza for 327LE pp in a double room on a b&b basis, or Jaz Borg El Arab for 200LE pp in a double room on a b&b basis.
If you prefer the North Coast, IntoEgypt (02 2576150) offers a five night package deal at Porto Marina in a double room on a b&b basis for 825LE pp, while Jaz Marsa Matruh offers a double room for 500LE pp on a half-board basis.
Just an hour away from Cairo, Ein Sokhna is the perfect short-distance holiday destination. Stay at Jaz Little Venice for 500LE pp on an hb basis, or Mövenpick Sokhna for 550LE pp on hb. For a cheaper alternative, try Amigo Ain Sokhna.
If you’re staying in the capital for this long weekend holiday, spoil yourself and book into one of the capital's many hotels.
The Fairmont Nile City offers an Easter package of 1050LE for a single room, 1470LE for a double room. The rates include a Sunday night barbeque dinner on the terrace, a Monday Easter brunch and a late checkout at 6PM. If you check in on Sunday, you will be upgraded to the next room category.
A double room at the Intercontinental Citystars (02 24800100) costs 750LE pp on a b&b basis, while the JW Marriott (02 24115588) offers a double room on a b&b basis for 1925LE. A double room at Mövenpick Cairo Pyramids costs 200LE pp on a b&b basis, while Hilton Pyramids Gold Resort offers double rooms at 345LE pp on an hb basis.
And there you have it, Cairo! Happy Holiday!
b&b: bed & breakfast. hb: half board. fb: full board. pp: per person.
For Jaz Hotels: call 3854 2067 or 16416. For Mövenpick call: 0800 4411 111. For Hilton Hotels call 19009