Advice on a non-beach trip to Egypt and how to get to the Dead Sea: The Holiday Guru solves traveller queries
The Holiday Guru is always on call to answer your questions.
This week a non-beach trip to Egypt and a query about visiting the Dead Sea are on the agenda…
Q. I can’t swim but I’ve heard you can float in the Dead Sea. How do I go there?
Abi Adeboye, via email
The waters of the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, contain eight times as many minerals as seawater and are good for your skin
A. It is a fabulous experience: the waters of the Dead Sea, a salt lake bordered by Jordan, Israel and the West Bank, contain eight times as many minerals as seawater and are good for your skin. A week, including flights, costs from £931pp B&B at the Movenpick Resort and Spa in Jordan (kuoni.co.uk).
Q. My 60th birthday is on New Year’s Eve and I’d like to go somewhere hot and exotic with my grown-up daughters, but we’re struggling to find an adult-only, all-inclusive hotel. Our budget is £8,000-£10,000.
Elaine Webster, Harrogate
A. Try the Dominican Republic, where many all-inclusive hotels have an adults-only feel. If you travel on Christmas Day, 11 nights in Grand Bahia Punta Cana in two junior suites cost from £4,092 all-inclusive for all three of you, with flights from Gatwick (tui.co.uk).
Q. My wife and I want a week in the Caribbean, but would like to experience local culture and not be in a remote resort. Any ideas?
John Harkin, via email
Holetown in Barbados has small restaurants and bars with plenty of local life (stock image)
A. Holetown in Barbados has small restaurants and bars with plenty of local life. A week at Mango Bay Hotel, with flights, costs from £1,539pp (tropicalsky.co.uk).
Q. We haven’t been to Egypt for some years. Can you suggest a non-beach trip?
A. Nile cruises take you to some great archaeological sites. See discoveregypt.co.uk for cheaper trips (about £1,150pp for a week with full board and flights) or audleytravel.com for a luxury cruise.
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