Where is Marsa Alam?

Marsa Alam is a resort in Egypt which is growing in popularity, in part due to a number of UK operators stopping their holidays to Sharm el Sheikh, it will appear in more borchures over the coming year leading to more people wondering where it is.  Everyone has heard of Cairo and Sharm but not many have seen other locations in Egypt.  It is a vast country with lots of offer so its a shame that the focus is on the same few locations.
The development, increase in holidays and accessibility of Marsa Alam can only be a good thing.
It is a similar in that it has long sandy beaches and coral reefs which are waiting to be explored.  The Abu Dabab Bay is known for its sea turtles and sea cows.
The resort, given its position and being in Egypt mean that it offers year round sun, so perfect for that winter sun destination.  The wettest month is recorded as November but has on average just one rainy day!

Flight time

The flight time is around 5hrs from the south of the UK.  Marsa Alam International Aiport (RMF) is well equipped and not as crowded as Sharm as the number of flights is currently fewer that the more popular destination to the north.  The airport opened in 2003 and typical transfer time from the airport to most hotels ranges between 15 and 45minutes.

Who can you fly with?

Current UK operators flying to the aiport include Thomas Cook and Thomson with many holiday companies offering hotels but flying with these airlines.

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Thomas Cook cancel ALL Sharm el Sheikh holidays


Thomas Cook have made the huge step of cancelling all holidays to Sharm el Sheikh, Egypts popular holiday destination.

They have removed all holidays from sale upto and including the summar 2018 season.  They have started the process of contacting anyone who has a holiday already booked to make alternative arrangements.  They will be offering full refunds or exchanges to other holiday destinations within their portfolio.

Thomas Cook are offering holidays as an alternative in the relatively new destination in Egypt of Marsa Alam.  We’ll be posting a new article on this shortly, but in the meantime if you have booked a holiday to the region it is probably worth exploring the options available.

At present other tour operators continue to offer Sharm el Sheikh in the destination list for when the current foreign office travel ban is due to end.

Having said all of that, one thing that is worth noting is that the other operators, such as Thomson, First Choice, Holiday Pirates etc all have some amazing deals for this year and next to Sharm at the moment so make sure you book with someone who is ATOL protected and check out what is on offer.


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