If you haven't heard about the political crisis currently affecting Egypt you must have been living under a rock. The transition from dictatorship to democracy has been anything but smooth for the Egyptian population and even worse for tourism. Egypt holidays were once a must for most holiday makers with a visit to the ancient pyramids number one on the to do list. The political unrest has slowed trade dramatically though as holidaymakers seek to avoid any chance of holiday hell. This lack of confidence however, is fairly unfounded in 2012. Despite the military closing the pyramids back in 2011 and mass cancellation of tours, the pyramids are now very much open and political demonstrations are few and far between. Those holidaymakers who have visited Egypt since the unrest began haven't, for the most part, been unaffected. In fact with the negative turn in tourism, tour operators have been pushing Egypt with huge discounts and fantastic deals to recoup their losses from 2011. This could perhaps be one of the best times to go while prices are low and tour operators are most on their guard. With the unstable situation, security is even tighter and local guides have been striving to ensure their guests are protected. It goes without saying that the local people rely heavily on tourism and so it is in their interest to look after you as much as possible.
And so a family holiday to Egypt is still a safe possibility especially if you head further south away from Cairo. You can see the pyramids in a day and fly straight out of Cairo post viewing. One of the most fabulous locations in Egypt has to be Luxor, home to the Valley of the Kings. Here you can take your family on a hot air balloon ride over the ancient ruins, ride in a horse-drawn carriage right up into the Valley and see the mighty Karnak Temple. Heading west from Luxor to the River Nile you can jump on board a felucca and sail the mighty river. Daily life will pass you by as you gaze out onto the river banks and the felucca owners are generally a very happy bunch of Egyptians eager to please and show you their beautiful country. Looking to Hurghada and the west you'll find the family-friendly Red Sea resort. This is all about snorkeling, swimming and dolphin spotting. From the sea you can head inland on a camel to explore the vast desert. The desert is home to lush oasis, world famous marine life and pristine coral beds. You can try snorkeling and sand boarding or take a 4WD drive across the dry plains. In Dahab you can enjoy kayaking, walking up Mt. Sinai to watch the sunrise and diving.
Your family holiday in Egypt doesn't need to be affected by political events in anyway and the people of Egypt rely on your tourism to survive. The new president-elect, Mohammed Mursi, has recently begun the long process of introducing democracy and rebuilding the economy. Tourism will play a big part in this and the travel industry is behind the move to reignite the Egypt holiday train. There is optimism in the air and your family can play a part in Egypt's new future.
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