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Welcome to Hurghada

With the crystalline waters of the Red Sea to the east and the sands of Egypt’s vast desert to the west, Hurghada attracts vacationers from across the globe who want to relax on its endless beaches, explore its spectacular dive sites, and take day trips to the historic cities along the Nile River. Like its fellow resort cities of Sharm El Sheikh and El Gouna (just a half hour away), Hurghada is known for its incredible water sports and diving; and visitors can take a snorkeling trip along the coastline or across the water to the beautiful Giftun Islands and Mahmaya Island to view coral reefs populated with exotic fish, sea turtles, and rays. Though now a modern vacation destination, Hurghada has a long history, which visitors can learn about on a private tour of Old Town, with stops at the Abdel Monaem Read Mosque (Big Mosque), Church of St. Mary, and the marina. You’ll also want to stroll through the colorful, bustling souks (markets) to shop for souvenirs. Outside the city to the west, take an unforgettable desert safari by 4x4 quad bike or Jeep, stopping for a Bedouin barbecue under the starry night sky. Further west, explore the Nile from Aswan in the south to Cairo and Alexandria to the north. The river is lined with ancient cities and monuments, including Luxor, Qena, the Karnak temple complex, the Giza Pyramids, and the Valley of the Kings—perfect day tours for archaeology buffs.

Top 10 attractions in Hurghada

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Giftun Islands

Giftun Islands

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The two Giftun Islands—Giftun Kebir and Giftun Sughayer—are some of the closest to Egypt’s resort town of Hurghada and comprise part of a marine reserve in the Red Sea with spectacular coral reefs and drop-offs teeming with life. Day-trippers come for snorkeling, diving, and sunbathing on the pair of islands’ pristine, protected beaches.More
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Hurghada Marina

Hurghada Marina

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Opened in 2008, Hurghada Marina is the recreational hub of the Red Sea resort. Centered on a 200-berth harbour and bordered by the Marina Boulevard—a walkway flanked by palms, parks, and ochre-painted shops and residential blocks—the marina boasts an abundance of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.More
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El Dahar (Hurghada Old Town)

El Dahar (Hurghada Old Town)

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North of Hurghada’s luxury resorts lies the Old Town of El Dahar, where you’ll find the city’s most authentic restaurants and shops. A highlight of the area is a traditional Egyptian souk that’s crammed with shops selling leather, copper, papyrus, spices, and shisha pipes.More
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Hurghada Grand Aquarium

Hurghada Grand Aquarium

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Hurghada’s Marine Biology Museum reveals insights into the aquatic wonderland lying offshore.Whether you’re a keen snorkeler or want to learn more about the world’s rare coral reefs, the museum provides all the answers, focusing on the Red Sea’s ecological environment.You’ll also find out about the critters that live in the Red Sea, including sharks and turtles.More
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Mahmya Island

Mahmya Island

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Mahmya Island, a small island off the coast of Hurghada, offers access to some of the clearest, bluest waters of the Red Sea away from the busy nearby shores. Accessed by boat, the island has food and lounge facilities and places to get snorkel gear. Snorkeling in this area is a must, as the underwater life is bright, colorful and active and it is less crowded than in other snorkel spots.An abundance of marine life awaits in the many reefs just below the water’s surface. Dozens of tropical fish and a variety of coral types can be seen just off the island’s beach. Dolphins are a frequent sighting and a highlight for many visitors to this area. Soak in the Egyptian sun on a white-sand beach and cool off with a dip in the calm, turquoise waters.More
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Makadi Water World

Makadi Water World

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This beachfront water park in Hurgada is a favorite for many families visiting the area. With 46 different water slides, a wave pool, water cannons, a wave simulator for surfing, waterfalls throughout and the turquoise ocean merely steps away, there are dozens of ways to enjoy the water. Brightly colored themed structures provide ways to stay cool while climbing and playing in the freshwater. Palm trees create shade in a lagoon area for when it’s time to relax.There is also a lounge area facing the sea on the hotel’s private beach, seven large pools (three of which are freeform,) or the option to stay in the water and float along in one of the many inner tubes. Water slides range from small and slow to extreme and fast, the largest of which is a 19-meter free fall slide. There are also supervised smaller pools designated for children.More
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Hurghada 1,001 Nights (Alf Leila Wa Leila)

Hurghada 1,001 Nights (Alf Leila Wa Leila)

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At the Alf Leila Wa Leila hotel property, 1,001 Nights (Alf Leila Wa Leila) is a celebration of Egyptian culture, color and dance with a variety of entertainment and dinner theater shows. Serving local food and drink, the many acts tell the history and folklore of Egypt through live music, a sound and light show, belly dancing and a pharaonic horse show that includes acrobatics and horsemanship. Each show tells the life of ancient Egypt and its pharaohs, the tribal history of the Bedouins, and other customs and traditions of the many regions of Egypt.The shows are set in the largest theater of the area, with a seating capacity of 2,500. Other highlights include traditional Egyptian architecture including a large fountain and a performance of tanoura, an Egyptian folk dance in Sufi festivals. The whirling dance is unique to Egypt, performed by Sufi men in long, colorful skirts.More
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Careless Reef

Careless Reef

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The corals of Careless Reef, set in the open waters of the Red Sea about an hour from Hurghada, are flourishing again as it recovers from the crown-of-thorns seastar’s predation. With excellent visibility, shallow pinnacles, and a steep wall with caves and overhangs, it offers something for every diver, including the chance of big pelagics.More
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Red Sea

Red Sea

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The Red Sea channel draws tendrils of Indian Ocean water up through Africa and Arabia to Egypt, Jordan, and Israel. Divers and snorkelers appreciate the Red Sea’s clear waters and colorful coral and marine life, while sandy beaches lure sun worshippers from around the world.More
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Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque

Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque

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Once a small fishing village, Hurghada has grown into the most toured destination in Egypt. Though it sits beside the bright-blue waters that bring many visitors to the area, the Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque stands tall on its own — offering visitors the chance to connect with the daily life and culture of the beach town.The intricate design of the mosque’s classic Islamic architecture — combined with the scenic placement in the area between the main street and the ocean — makes this a unique mosque to visit. The minarets can be seen from long distances, and the call to prayer can be heard resonating from within its walls. Domes, arches and hallways are detailed with delicate carvings. Local citizens can be often seen heading to the mosque, with most visiting on Fridays for prayer.More

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Day Trip to Cairo by Bus

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hurghada

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Amazing glo
Mohammed_A, Jan 2022
Semi Submarine Underwater Tour from Hurghada, Safaga, soma bay, Makadi, elgouna
This is my first time to come to hurghada and was very amaze friendly crew and pleasant atmosphere unfortunately couldn't have time to see more but promise coming back again great experience thanks guy's hope to see u soon
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Trip in Luxor
kai_z, Jan 2022
Private Day Tour To Luxor From Marsa alam by private coach.special day
We are really enjoy it and we will come to visit Luxor with him again.
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An excellent way to escape Hurghada for the evening.
Philip_T, Dec 2021
Hurghada: Star watching Desert Adventure by Jeep with Dinner
It is worth noting that if you have experienced good dark skies then this may disappoint, it is not far enough from Hurghada to get true dark skies, however it is just about dark enough to see the milky way.
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Fully recommended!!
Jose_C, Nov 2021
4-Days Nile Cruise From Aswan To Luxor including Abu Simbel and Hot Air Balloon
Many Thanks to our guide Khaled , he has all the knowledge about all attractions you will visit with him, he always been willing to help us in any way to make you comfortable, never push you to buy anything from the sites we visit and also he helped us to get our tickets from Luxor to Hurghada and drop us to the bus station at the end of the tour...
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Very nice cruise from Luxor to Aswan
Sabbir_C, Sep 2021
4 nights Luxor and Aswan Nile Cruise including Abu Simbel,Air Balloon From Luxor
The best experience was the Air Balloon in Luxor, that was memorable and definitely worth to wake up at 3am to see the sunrise from the sky.
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Incredible experience and customer service!
MICHELLE_B, Aug 2021
4-Days 3-Nights Cruise From Luxor to Aswan including Hot Air Balloon&Abu Simbel
Erase and friendly customer service vegan from booking and continued with the pickup at Luxor airport by our guide Mohamed who speaks very clear English and is very knowledgeable and friendly!
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amazing Tour with great tourguide
Sebastian_W, Aug 2021
Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada By Bus
we arrived back at our hotel at around 23:30,so you can expect the Trip to take at least 22hours but in our opinion its 100% worth it to do this trip to see the last remaining of the 7 World wonders
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Best tour guide in Luxor!
Korey_B, Jul 2021
Private Full-Day Tour Luxor from Hurghada
It is a very long day, but so worth it to see some of ancient Egypt history!
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Fantastic
Ashu_S, Jan 2020
Day Trip to Cairo by Bus
Fantastic way to see Cairo in a day, we were picked at 1.
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Perfect day in Luxor
Erin_N, Nov 2019
Day Tour To Luxor from Hurghada by Bus
I went from hurghada to Luxor by bus for 1 day it was very amazing tour and the driver was perfect and it was very safe for me to have a tour like this I enjoyed the time between hurghada and Luxor also the temples was very amazing to see really it have very special history you should have this tour once
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Great Accommodation!
Joseph D, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Cairo Day Trip from Sharm El Sheikh by private coach
They hit all the main highlights you need to see in Cairo.
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Enjoyed every second of it! Our tour...
Michelle J, Oct 2017
Private Tour: Hurghada City Sightseeing
Our tour guide Mohammad was excellent and knew all the best sights to see.
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Great trip. Responsive tour coordinator and glad to see so many sights
Alvin_L, Jun 2021
8 nights Cairo,Aswan,Luxor,Abu simbel,Nile cruise&Red sea from Cairo airport
First it's amazing to see ancient Egypt and this tour covers a ton of ground if you look on a map how far away Cairo/Giza is from Luxor-Aswan-AbuSimbel, and then to Hurghada.
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Worth every penney, great experience
Samir_M, Jun 2021
Hurghada: Star watching Desert Adventure by Jeep with Dinner
Our astronomer, Mohamed was so helpful I was amazed from the desert beauty, Mohamed was obviously very knowledgeable, was such an expert that he was able to guide us novices through the programming of the telescope to see the various stars.
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Great experience you won’t regret it
Martin, May 2021
Orange and Giftun Islands Snorkeling Trip from Hurghada with Lunch
After that we put anchor at the harbour and had water sports activities like banana and water sofa which were fun.
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Everything was fine!
Lubo_H, Apr 2021
Hurghada Cairo visiting the pyramids one day by bus
Nice English speaking tour guide.
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Good trip, probably the best you can get in Egypt
David_J, Mar 2021
Luxor Full day "Valley Of Kings" & Hatshpcout & Karnak Temple - From Hurghada
I still don’t understand and not really like that they charge you 10 EUR more during the trip to visit the banana island.
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Exceeded expectations
Alan_S, Feb 2020
Enjoy 2 Nights Luxor and Aswan Nile Cruise includes Tours from Hurghada
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone wishing to see this wonderful part of the world.
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Great experience but a very long trip
Marius_V, Jan 2020
Cairo Over Day Visit Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Sphinx Full Day, Lunch -Hurghada
After that we were recomended a trip on the Nile for a certain price that lasted 20 minutes and then we were off to see the Pyramids.
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Fast-paced tour of major Cairo highlights
Nicholas_P, Jan 2020
A Day Tour to Cairo group price
As there is so much to see in Cairo, one day could never really do it full justice.
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