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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mons Porphyrites

Mons Porphyrites

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The short trip to Mons Porphyrites is a popular excursion from Hurghada.Egypt’s rare porphyry was highly valued by the ancient Romans, and these former Roman quarries were mined for their precious purple and white crystalline stone, used to decorate columns, sarcophagi and temples.This former quarry town was once a thriving settlement of houses, temples and workshops. Today, you can still see relics of this activity, which involved not only quarrying the semiprecious stone but also dragging it for miles across the remote desert sands to the Nile, from where it was shipped to Rome.Nearby Mons Claudianus supplied the Romans with rare black granite, which was used to carve the pillars of Rome’s Pantheon.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Hurghada

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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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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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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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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 ( 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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Excellent Historical Cultural Tour
Brian L, Jan 2020
Dendera and Abydous from Hurghadad Visit the most beautiful temple in Abydous and the Greco-Roman temple in Dendera
I had already visited Luxor and wanted to visit more sites in Egypt on a day trip from Hurghada.
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it was the best time ever
beardjimena6, Jan 2020
Private Tour: Luxor Day Trip from Hurghada
When you are in Hurghada , Luxor isn’t too far on the road trip to visit and to get the idea and history of Egypt, this tour has got what we needed, ok it takes about 4 .
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A fantastic luxor tour
Alia_J, Dec 2019
Day Tour To Luxor from Hurghada by Bus
our first stop in Luxor was Karnak temple where we met our guide Hazem Hassan,he speaks English fluently,he gave us a lot of information about ancient Egypt.
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The great pyramids
Adam_J, Dec 2019
Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada By Bus
the bus had comfortable seats that I could sleep,we did one stop on the way to Cairo,I had some coffee,then our journey continued to Cairo,we went firstly to the Egyptian museum,there we met our tour guide Mustafa,he speaks very good English,and he told me a lot about ancient and modern Egypt, after visiting the museum we drove to the restaurant.
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A fantastic quad tour
Bree_e, Dec 2019
Super Safari Quad Bike, Camel Ride & Bedouin Diner in hurghada
To visit Hurghada is good,but Hurghada not only beaches, in Hurghada you can also do a desert safari.
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It was a great day
Holly_J, Nov 2019
Day Tour to Cairo from Hurghada By Bus
But I decided to visit Cairo from Hurghada.
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great trip
sharon_d, Nov 2019
Cairo Over day ( Pyramids & Egyptian Museum & Sphinx ) Full Day & Lunch-Hurghada
the extra attractions were not really necessary for us as we just wanted to see the highlights!
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