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Thomas Cook Ireland has twice-weekly direct flights from Dublin to Sharm El Sheikh, departing Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Alan O'Keeffe stayed at the four-star Hotel Hilton Shark's Bay Resort, available for seven nights from €699pp departing May 30 for a twin room all-inclusive, including flights and transfers.

Thomas Cook can arrange excursions to the pyramids and a boat trip on the Nile, from €215pp; a sand buggy safari in the Sinai Desert with afternoon tea (€59pp) and an evening camel ride, with dinner in a Bedouin tent followed by stargazing (€45).

To book, call Thomas Cook in Dublin on 01 514 0316.