The best Red Sea tours in Egypt

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To some people’s surprise, Egypt isn’t all ancient ruins and sacred temples – as the golden stretch of coastline along the Red Sea promises an idyllic beachside escape. This seawater inlet of the Indian Ocean, bordered by Africa and Asia is renowned for a vastness of shallow shelves, home to luminous coral reefs and rich marine life. Drawing diving enthusiasts for many years, the world’s northernmost tropical sea is an abundant and diverse ecosystem with more than 1200 species of fish recorded.

If you are after endless reclining on sublime shores or exploring what lies below the translucent surface, our best Red Sea tours in Egypt will most definitely appease.

Nubians & Beaches – 13 days

Key Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Abu Simbel option
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Karnak Temple
  • Hidden tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Nile felucca cruise
  • Red Sea at Hurghada

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Not only do our Egypt tours take you to the best sun-filled spot along the Red Sea, but they also tick off some cultural highlights. This trip begins in Cairo – and wastes no time in transporting you from your hotel to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx. Positioned on the Nile, Aswan is the next destination with the enchanting island temple of Philae and the Aswan Dam.

This city is part of the ancient region of Nubia and many descendants of the Nubian people still reside in the area. The tour visits a local village and offers you the chance to feast on a traditional lunch. Those wanting to take a further step back into the past can enjoy an optional tour to Abu Simbel. Setting off early in the morning, the tour heads out to the immense rock temples and allows you to witness the sunrise over these archeological splendors.

The tour continues via a traditional felucca cruise down the Nile towards the temple at Kom Ombo. As night falls, you can sleep under the stars on the deck (mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets are provided). The tour then stops at Luxor – a town built on and around the ancient site of Thebes. On the west of the Nile lies the City of the Dead and to the east the temples of Luxor and Karnak can be found. Other sights include Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, the Colossi of Memnon and the ancient Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Leaving Luxor behind, the tour goes across the desert to the Red Sea beach resort at Hurghada. Formerly a small fishing village, Hurghada is now a teeming tourist destination with plenty of appeal. Over the next 4 days you are free to take advantage of the activities on the sparkling waters – imagine snorkeling, diving and wind surfing to your heart’s content. Our local representative is happy to help assist with any arrangements. Picking the perfect spot under one of the scattered straw umbrellas and refusing to budge is also encouraged. On day 12, it is time to shake off that sand and return to Cairo. Alternatively, you can extend your stay and fly directly from Hurghada.

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Sands & Seas – 10 days

Key Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Karnak Temple
  • Hidden tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Nile felucca cruise
  • Red Sea at Hurghada

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The name of this tour says it all – and promises plenty of sand when travelling to both the desert and the shores of the Red Sea. Taking place over 10-days, the trip kicks off with the main historical sites in and around Cairo. The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza is followed by a visit to the impressive Egyptian Museum, housing a vast collection of artifacts and Tutankhamen’s tomb. Those feeling brave can even climb down inside these giant, stone structures for a closer view.

Throughout the tour, your local Egyptologist guide will keep you informed and answer any questions about attractions. The tour then heads south to Luxor – the world’s largest outdoor museum – and pays a visit to the temple complex at Karnak, Luxor Temple and the Valley of the Kings. On the west bank, the tour will also cover Queen Hatshepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the Colossi of Memnon. You can also cross off your bucket list by taking a hot air balloon ride over the Nile at sunrise.

After exploring the markets and temples of Luxor or taking a traditional felucca trip on the Nile, the tour departs and makes its way across the crimson coloured dunes to Hurghada on the Red Sea. Given this sea’s positioning between desert, semi-desert and arid land, reef systems have flourished – making it an extremely popular diver’s dream. The fringing reefs along this coastline are 5000 – 7000 years old with 10% of the fish species unique to the region.

If diving isn’t your thing, there are many adventurous activities available. You can explore the area on quad bike, ride a camel – the country’s national animal – or go on a fishing trip. Your local representative can help with any arrangements. The tour will spend 3 days by the seaside before returning to Cairo on a private minibus and fitting in some more sightseeing before returning home. You can also choose to fly directly from Hurghada.

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Discover Egypt – 9 days

Key Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Abu Simbel option
  • Philae Temple by boat
  • Nile felucca cruise
  • Karnak Temple
  • Hidden tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Red Sea at Hurghada

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Promising a more comprehensive tour of Egypt, this tour covers many of the country’s wonders in just 9 days. Cairo is the starting point where your guide will show you around the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. If you wish to venture into the pyramids, you can request a ticket to do so. A visit to the Egyptian Museum, serving as a gateway to the past and exhibiting King Tutankhamen’s display is also on the itinerary.

During the evening, the tour continues on an overnight sleeper train to Aswan. This scenic site overlooks the Nile and is surrounded by leafy islands and feluccas dotted on the waters. Here, you can enjoy a traditional lunch in a local Nubian village before visiting the island temple of Philae, wandering around the spice markets and taking a camel ride on the far bank.

If you have chosen the Abu Simbel option, you will be woken up early in the morning to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site in its golden glory. The tour then travels on a felucca cruise down the Nile, taking in the picturesque scenery as you float. A crew will prepare meals and provide evening entertainment before you are gently swayed to sleep on the deck of the boat (mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets are provided). If this activity is not for you, skip the sailing and upgrade to an additional night in the Aswan hotel.

The temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu are next as the tour continues down to Luxor – an ancient site with the greatest concentration of ruins in the Nile Valley. After lunch, the tour ventures to magnificent temple complex at Karnak – originally the religious centre of Thebes – as well as the Luxor Temple, best appreciated lit up at night. The following day, the tour crosses the Nile early to see the Valley of the Kings with the temples of Queen Hatshepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon. You can also catch the sunrise from a hot air balloon, flying over the Nile.

After you have had your fill of sights and splendor, the tour heads off to the beach town of Hurghada. For the next 2 nights you will be staying in an all-inclusive 5-start resort – so take advantage of all of the meals, snacks and soft drinks. With free time at your disposal, have a go at snorkeling, wind surfing or take a trip on a glass-bottomed boat. Those wishing to remain on land can unwind by the pool or meander around the Old Town and check out the shops and restaurants. The tour concludes in Cairo with a guided walk through the snaking backstreets and a traditional show.

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Egyptian Family Adventure – 12 days

Key Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Fun camel ride
  • Traditional felucca sailboat trip or Nile cruise upgrade
  • Temples & tombs at Luxor
  • Snorkeling & swimming in the Red Sea
  • Cairo bazaars 

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This carefully curated tour is specifically designed with families in mind. It incorporates Egypt’s most popular ancient sites, a range of activities for children and some much welcomed rest and relaxation by the Red Sea. The group sizes are kept small and a family-friendly guide will be on hand throughout the trip. The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx are first on the al in Cairo and you can even enjoy a short camel ride in front of these marvels – a perfect photo opportunity. A visit to the famous Egyptian Museum is also included with the Tutankhamen exhibit being a highlight.

The following night will be spent on an overnight sleeper train that heads towards Aswan. With a charming view of the Nile River, islands including the island temple of Philae enclose Aswan. The tour stops off at a local school during term time where you will get the chance to join in on an informal English/Arabic language class before tucking into a traditional Nubian meal. The following morning you can take an optional tour to witness sunrise at the temples of Abu Simbel or walk around the busting bazaars.

Setting sail from Aswan, the tour swaps the bus and winding roads for the calmness of the Nile River on a traditional felucca. A friendly Nubian crew will look after you and as night falls, you can sleep on the deck of the sailboat. The felucca will come to a stop at Luxor – the site of many ancient remains. The most impressive sites are the Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the expansive temple complex of Karnak.

Leaving Luxor behind in the dust, the tour drives through the desert to Hurghada on the Red Sea. You will stay in an ideally situated beach resort on a half-board basis. It is also possible to upgrade to an ‘all-inclusive’ basis or to swap the resort to a higher level or different style. The tour will spend 3 days in this beach town allowing you to take full advantage of the assortment of watersports, visit the water parks and leisurely amble around the Old Town and marina. Before you leave Egypt, the tour is in Cairo for one more day – ideal for picking up some last minute souvenirs.

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Gods of Egypt – 9 days

Key Highlights

  • The Great Pyramids & Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Luxury cruise down the Nile
  • Abu Simbel option
  • Karnak & Luxor temples
  • Hidden tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Red Sea at Hurghada

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Calling all history buffs – this tour offers a deep dive into the past and features all of the main Pharaonic sites. Your expert guide will give you an extensive tour of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the smaller pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure and the Sphinx. It is also possible to climb inside the structures and look around. The Egyptian Museum is the next point of interest with the famous Tutankhamen display and an immense variety of artifacts.

In the evening, the tour takes a domestic flight to Aswan – a unique town reflecting a mixture of African and Middle Eastern cultures. For lunch, the tour will head out on a Nile cruise and then begin an afternoon of sightseeing with the temple of Philae and the Aswan Dam. There is an option to enjoy a camel ride on the far bank of the Nile and venture to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Abu Simbel Temple, the following morning.

You will then board a cruise down the Nile, stopping off at the Kom Ombo Temple and the Horus Temple where you will stay overnight. Horus Temple is the best-preserved shrine in the whole of Egypt, adorned with inscriptions and intricate paintings. After sailing through the lock at Esna, the cruise concludes at Luxor, a city built on ancient ruins. Ticking off more temples, the tour visits the massive temple complex of Karnak and at night, the illuminated Luxor Temple. On the west bank of Luxor, you can see the Valley of the Kings with several Pharaonic tombs, the temples of Queen Hatshepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.

In the afternoon, the tour departs from the Nile Valley and drives to the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada to check into a 5-star resort. Here, your stay is on an ‘all-inclusive’ basis which includes meals, snacks and soft drinks. With a free day at your disposal, snorkel and scuba dive in the Makadi Bay area or go quad biking, kite surfing and ride camels in the desert. A local representative is available for you to arrange excursions and if you want to extend your stay by the sea, this can be organised. Those flying back to Cairo are able to see some more sights, take a guided walk through the city and watch a festive performance.

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