Travel challenge: October half-term in Egypt

Every week we invite competing companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a half-term holiday for a family of four in Egypt. Prices are for two adults and two children departing for a week in October half-term.

Thomas Cook

£3,132: Sonesta Beach Resort, Sharm-el Sheikh

Includes flights from Gatwick departing 25 October and six nights' all-inclusive accommodation at the four-star resort.

"An attractive property, the Sonesta Beach scores very well in customer feedback. Families love the fact that family rooms offer a separate second bedroom with bunk beds, plus the resort has its own private beach and great facilities for children of all ages," says Trish Hughes at Thomas Cook (0844 412 5970;

On the Go Tours

£4,599: Highlights of Egypt family holiday

Includes flights departing Heathrow 23 October, seven nights' B&B with some meals (four nights in hotels, two nights on a train, overnight Nile cruise), transfers, a felucca cruise and village visit, trips to Cairo, the pyramids, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and Aswan, plus the services of an Egyptology-qualified tour leader. "Offering active experiences to tantalise even the youngest traveller" says Pru Goudie of On the Go Tours (020-7371 1113;


£4,124: Tropicana Azure Club, Sharm-el Sheikh

Includes flights departing Gatwick 23 October, transfers and seven nights' all-inclusive accommodation at the four-star resort. "Located on the quiet Nabq Bay, this resort has a great pool scene, three restaurants and easy access to the beach, ticking off all the family-friendly essentials," says Jennifer Budden of Thomson (0871 231 3235;