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Egypt heats up as a backpacking destination, leaving cheap package holidays out in the cold.


Once popular for cheap winter sun package deals, HostelBookers can reveal that Egypt is a top backpacking destination for Winter 2009. The budget accommodation site is bucking the market trend, with a boom in hostel bookings and frequently top-rated hostels in destinations such as Cairo and Dahab.

With temperatures sizzling at around 25 degrees in November, and excellent diving in the Red Sea, Egypt is ideal for some winter sun. But whilst resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh are tied to touristy package holidays, independent travellers are choosing a Cairo Holiday and booking online - saving money and seeing the real Egypt at the same time.

Cairo is the booking site’s most popular destination year-round in Egypt, an exotic mix of ancient relics, cutting edge culture and buzzing nightlife.

Surfing and diving hot spot Dahab comes in at a close second. Less commercial than Sharm el Sheikh or Hurgada, this bohemian resort and former Bedouin village is popular for budget activity breaks. 

The top six hostels in Cairo were rated at 90% or higher by HostelBookers customers. Recommended for being safe, clean and away from downtown noise, travellers also rated their Cairo hostel for arranging personalised tours around the city and sharing essential travel tips.

With rooms starting at just 5 Euros per person per night for a shared room, here’s what customers had to say about the top Cairo Hostels:

WakeUp Hostel Cairo

“We loved Wake Up! Small and cosy, the staff were more helpful than words can describe. Always ready to write out directions, phonetic translations, or just plain hang out with you. You also get a nice little breakfast in their common room. The Room had A/C and thankfully was mosquito free - a very tough thing to find in Egypt!”

Meramees Hostel

“The staff were absolutely wonderful! Rooms are large and clean...Great location for wandering through downtown and very helpful staff for arranging tours and drivers. I would recommend to anyone travelling on a budget.”

Luna Hotel and Hostel

“Why do I think this hostel is so special? Because here, unlike most of the hotels, you can learn Arabic, taste Egyptian cuisine and get familiar with Egyptian culture. With the help of professional tour advisers, you can organize unforgettable journeys to places like Aswan and Luxor”

All these and other Cairo hostels are available online now for winter sun holidays.