Tired of the Hurghada beach? Take a day out to explore some of Egypt’s archaeological and geological riches on these top guided day trips.
Hurghada is a popular Red Sea resort destination primarily because of the beauty of its coastline, but there’s an additional benefit for those not wanting to spend their entire holiday lounging in the sun: marvelous ancient ruins. With the right guided tour, you can make the most of your time in Egypt by touring the Valley of Kings and Luxor, or making the most of the natural wonders beneath the waves or in the deserts. These top five guided tours offer plenty of exciting options for a great Hurghada excursion.
Hurghada quad tour along the sea and mountains
All around Hurghada, the Red Sea desert offers the perfect adrenaline-inducing racetrack for quad biking. This tour starts with pick-up from your hotel, taking you into the desert, where you can follow your guide through the hills or along the coast during a spectacular sunset. Single and double quads, or a four-person buggy for families, are available. Rides are between 20 and 45 minutes, depending on the selections you make at checkout. These tours run daily during the morning and evening. From $20 per person.
Hurghada to Luxor Valley of the Kings full-day trip
Join your Egyptologist guide for this fascinating tour of some of the oldest human constructs known. Walk through the Valley of the Kings where rock-cut tombs are thought to date back around 3,500 years. See the impressive Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and cross the Nile on a boat trip after visiting the Temple of Karnak in Luxor. Please note that fees for the ferry and entrance to each of the sites is not included in the tour price, although lunch at a restaurant in Luxor is provided. From $67 per person.
Turtles Bay and Marsa Alam snorkeling trip
One thing the Red Sea is well-known for is its incredible marine life, with diving and snorkeling among the most popular pastimes for those seeking a great excursion from Hurghada. This 12-hour tour strikes a path south along the shore of the Red Sea towards Marsa Alam. You’ll stop at a remote resort location and bay called Abu Dabbab, where turtles are frequently spotted and where beautiful coral reefs thrive. This activity is suitable for those with little swimming experience. Snorkeling equipment is provided. Tours run daily. From $85 per person.
Trip to Luxor and Valley of the Kings with lunch from Hurghada
The remains of Ancient Egypt are among some of the oldest and best-preserved archaeological treasures on the planet, including the only surviving ancient wonder of the world. Highlights of this 13-hour trip include the UNESCO-listed Temple of Karnak, with its high columns and impressive stone buildings, and the City of the Dead and its lofty Colossi of Memnon statues. Remains of the Temple of Amenhotep III in the Valley of Kings rounds off this impressive tour. The listed tour price includes all entrance fees. From $99 per person.
Cairo and Giza full-day highlights tour from Hurghada
Giza’s pyramids are an ancient wonder in the modern day. The Great Pyramid of Giza and the Great Sphinx have lost little of their charm, if you can ignore the encroaching Cairo suburbs, that is. Although a lengthy trip from Hurghada (the full tour lasts around 20 hours), this tour packs the itinerary with fascinating and memorable sights. Start by building a frame of reference at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo’s Tahrir Square before heading to the pyramids. Please note that entry inside the pyramids costs extra. Tours run Mon-Thu and Sat. From $120 per person.