5 Reasons to Book an Egypt Holiday For 2022 (5 minute read)

(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)

There are hundreds of reasons to visit Egypt at some point in your lifetime. Legendary monuments including the Pyramids of Giza. World-beating museums packed to the rafters with treasures dating back thousands of years to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Blissful beaches, reliable weather and luxury 5-star hotels. We could go on – there’s a reason it’s our most popular destination! But there are several reasons why 2022 SPECIFICALLY promises to be such a great year to visit. From famous anniversaries to grand openings, here are five reasons why you should book an Egypt holiday for 2022.


1. It’s been 100 years since a big discovery

In November 1922, the archaeological world was rocked by the discovery of the tomb of the Boy King, Tutankhamun. One of Egypt’s most famous rulers, who died tragically at a very young age, King Tut was unearthed by Howard Carter after a seven-year search in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. In fact, Carter and his British backer were on the brink of giving up with the search. It took weeks to carefully unearth the full tomb and to begin exploring the chambers. It was on February 16, 1923, that the mummy of King Tut was finally discovered in a solid gold coffin, amongst all manner of treasures, weapons and other items.

As 2022 marks a century since the first discovery of King Tut’s tomb, the country is sure to host all manner of special events in celebration. And the largest collection of items recovered from his tomb will go on permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

Tour group at the tomb of Tutankhamun, Valley of the Kings, Egypt
A tour group at the tomb of Tutankhamun, Valley of the Kings, Egypt

2. The Grand Egyptian Museum will FINALLY, FINALLY open

Ok, so this isn’t the first time we’ve said this. And if you’re a regular reader of our blog, you probably think we’re beginning to sound like a broken record. But we really mean it this time. Built in the shadow of the Pyramids, the museum has been beset by delays since construction started in March 2012. Yes, that’s nearly 10 years ago. And the COVID-19 pandemic hardly helped the situation. But with travel now firmly back on the cards for an economy that is so reliant on tourism, the Egyptian authorities are keen to get the museum open as soon as possible. The latest information suggests that the museum is nearly ready, and a 2022 date seems the most likely timeframe. When it does open, the Grand Egyptian Museum promises to be one of the highlights of any trip to Egypt.


3. Flights are bouncing back

As countries around the world learn to live with COVID-19, and as vaccinations ramp up, international travel is bouncing back. EgyptAir is already operating flights from Heathrow airport in the UK to Cairo, and in early November it restarted its direct route to Luxor, south of the Egyptian capital. Meanwhile, airlines such as Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad from Australia, United from the USA and Emirates from South Africa have all got scheduled flights to Cairo for 2022. Things are looking up, and there is more confidence that we’ll get a proper year of international travel in 2022!

There are many more options for travellers booking an Egypt holiday in 2022 now that direct flights to Luxor are operating again.
An aerial view of Luxor, Egypt

4. The Avenue of Sphinxes has had a facelift

As well as the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, one of Egypt’s most iconic attractions has been spruced up in time to welcome visitors to the country in 2022. On 4 November 2021, the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes in Luxor reopened to the public and travellers following a $38 million restoration program. The 1.7-mile road links the two popular attractions of Karnak and Luxor Temple. And authorities hope for a huge return on their investment as travellers rush to step back in time with a stroll along this ancient pathway. It’s sure to be a highlight of any Egypt holidays in 2022.


5. Beaches are booming

Maybe you’re not bothered about ancient artefacts? Perhaps you’re more interested in spending your 2022 holiday doing as little as possible apart from working on your tan? If this is the case, then there’s more good news coming out of Egypt. Popular Red Sea resorts including Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada have reopened to tourists, and Egypt has dropped the requirement for vaccinated travellers to provide an expensive PCR COVID-19 test on arrival. This means Egypt holidays in 2022 are going to be cheaper and more-hassle free than they’ve been since before the pandemic.

A beach in Hurghada, Egypt, which is once more welcoming travellers looking for a beach break
The beaches of Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada (pictured) are once more open to travellers

The pandemic has been devastating for Egypt, which is so reliant on tourism. And so the country is pulling out all the stops to get things going again. Covid restrictions are being relaxed and construction on the Grand Egyptian Museum and Avenue of Sphinxes gives even more reason to visit. Plus, it just so happens that special events including the 100-year-anniversary of Tutankhamun’s discovery are all coming together at the same time. This should ensure that Egypt holidays in 2022 are a roaring success.

 If you’d like to join us for an Egypt holiday in 2022, then why not browse our range of tours to the country?

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