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Hurghada: Snorkeling 6 in 1 Yacht Trip with Buffet Lunch

1. Hurghada: Snorkeling 6 in 1 Yacht Trip with Buffet Lunch

After getting picked up from your accommodation, set off to board the luxury yacht. Embark on a full-day tour on the Red Sea where you will have the opportunity to participate in a range of water activities.  First, discover the underwater world with a personal Dive Master as you dive hand in hand at one of Hurghada's most colorful dive spots. Then, snorkel in style as you discover striped angelfish, manta rays, sea turtles, and dolphins in their natural habitat. Next, get your adrenaline pumping with a wonderful water sport activity stop, followed by the opportunity to relax at the picturesque Orange Bay island stop. Finally, try your hand at the fishing activity which is fascinating and enjoyable for all ages.  At lunchtime, savor a rich buffet including seafood, BBQ, and various salads all prepared in a traditional way. Also during the tour, relax with an onboard complimentary back massage performed by a member of the crew to release all your stresses. Return to shore where your memorable day at sea will end, then benefit from a return transfer back to your accommodation.

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Hurghada: Sunrise or Sunset Quad and Buggy Coastal Tour

2. Hurghada: Sunrise or Sunset Quad and Buggy Coastal Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel towards the Red Sea Mountains. Receive a safety briefing and description of the itinerary from a multilingual professional guide. Then, hop on your quad bike and follow your guide along the trail. Enjoy the fantastic views on a scenic route through hills. Stop at a desert falcon house, where you will transfer to buggy to continue the journey. Enjoy an exciting buggy ride across the sand. Marvel at the rugged beauty of the region, surrounded by imposing mountains. Arrive at Makadi Bay and ride along the coastline. Finally, enjoy a relaxing camel ride across the sand before being dropped back at your hotel.

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Hurghada Quad Bike Safari: Full-Day Trip to Sahara Park

3. Hurghada Quad Bike Safari: Full-Day Trip to Sahara Park

Your full-day desert adventure begins when you’re picked up at your hotel in Hurghada and driven to Sahara Park. On arrival you’ll stop at the quad bike station for a test drive before heading into the Hurghada desert. Stop twice along the way to see a mirage and climb up a sand dune. You’ll be welcomed with a drink and lunch box when you arrive at the Bedouin village. There will be plenty of time to tour the village and learn about traditional Bedouin life. You’ll also take a ride on a camel! Enjoy sunset views from the mountain along with an open-buffet Bedouin dinner. Following dinner you’ll be entertained by the Sahara Park Evening Show, which includes a Tanura and belly dancing performance. Later, you can explore the desert night sky and view stars by digital telescope, before the drive back to Hurghada. The tour price includes pick-up at Hurghada hotels. An extra transfer fee will be applied for pick-up at hotels in Makadi Bay, Safaga, El Gouna, and Abo Soma Bay.

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Hurghada: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diving Course with Pickup

4. Hurghada: 3-Day PADI Open Water Diving Course with Pickup

Learn to dive in Hurghada which gives you a great opportunity to enjoy clear ocean waters, colorful coral reefs, and diverse marine life. Take a three-day PADI open water diver course, specifically designed to give you an interactive learning experience. The course combines theories of recreational diving and applied underwater lectures. Practice your skills immediately in open water dives. The course is taught by a group of highly experienced PADI trainers. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the Red Sea directly when you start. All closed water lectures are delivered in the shallow and protected waters of Hurghada - a few steps from the school.

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Hurghada: 5-Hour Quad Bike Desert Safari and Barbecue

5. Hurghada: 5-Hour Quad Bike Desert Safari and Barbecue

You will picked up directly from your hotel, and taken to the quad bike training center, where you will get acquainted with your vehicle, and have the chance to take a few practice turns. As it has an automatic gearbox, all you need to do is accelerate and brake; learning to ride a quad bike isn't difficult! Visit the deserts around Hurghada and become enchanted with the breathtaking atmosphere of this unique landscape. This tour does not start directly from Hurghada, but goes through the desert of El-Gouna, because the sands there are still largely free of tourists. After around 1 hour, you will reach a small Bedouin encampment. A traditional Egyptian tea will be waiting for you as a sign of welcome. Relax and enjoy a Shisha pipe. With a little luck there will be camels at the camp, and you can take the opportunity to ride one through the desert. Riding on a camel is an experience like no other, which you should be sure not to miss. After a pause for rest in the Bedouin encampment, you will ride on another hour through the desert to the next encampment. You'll be invited to lie down in a large tent, with soft blankets and cushions, and be served a delicious traditional Bedouin meal of grilled meats. Indulge your palate with carefully selected local specialties.

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From El Gouna: Dry Canyon Quad Bike Morning Tour

6. From El Gouna: Dry Canyon Quad Bike Morning Tour

Start your day with pick up at your hotel and a drive to the tour motor park. There, you'll take a training crash course on Quad driving, where you’ll receive all of the information necessary for this excursion. Then it will be time to start your exhilarating drive through the Dry Canyon, an approximately 40 kilometer round trip. During the tour there will be three main stops. First, stop at a Bedouin camp, where you'll be served a complimentary drink and shisha by some local Bedouins. The second stop will be Wadi Billy, or Dry Canyon. This canyon was covered by the Red Sea waters millions of years ago. Here you'll enjoy the beautiful views of the canyon and see the fossils of ancient corals and shells. Your final stop will be at the top of Wadi Billy - here you will be almost 150 meters above sea level, granting you a stunning view into the canyon.  Enjoy a final ride with the Quad bike through the desert before heading back to the motor park. 

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Hurghada Airport Transfer within Hurghada, El Gouna, Makadi

7. Hurghada Airport Transfer within Hurghada, El Gouna, Makadi

Relax in comfort and benefit from the privacy of a vehicle exclusive to you and your party with a private transfer to or from Hurghada Airport (Hurghada International Airport). Avoid the hassle of negotiating a taxi or the inconvenience of navigating the public transport system with heavy bags. Be greeted by a professional driver who will help with your luggage. Details of your driver will be provided prior to your travel. Pricing includes meet and greets at the main gate of the airport. Your airport representative will be holding a sign with your name and the GetYourGuide logo. Price includes 90-minutes of waiting from the time your flight lands. If any unexpected situation arises, however, then the wait time will be extended for passengers who have trouble with luggage or immigration lines.

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Hurghada: Catamaran Cruise with Parasailing

8. Hurghada: Catamaran Cruise with Parasailing

Get picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle around midday. Head to the marina where your catamaran will be docked and waiting for you. Hop aboard to start cruising the wonderful Rea Sea. After about 20 minutes, move to the lower level of the ship to enjoy a 45-minute show from the boat's underwater windows. Look out directly into the sea to watch diverse and amazing Red Sea marine life pass by. Later on, enjoy 30 minutes of snorkeling at one of the most beautiful spots in the Red Sea. Get your adrenaline rushing with 7 minutes of parasailing. At the end of the ride, you'll find your driver waiting to transfer you back to your hotel to conclude an amazing day.

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El Gouna: 2-Hour Introduction to Kitesurfing

9. El Gouna: 2-Hour Introduction to Kitesurfing

Choose to make your own way to the center or and optional transfer from El Gouna or Hurghada. When you arrive at the center you’ll be greeted, signed in, and personally shown around all of the facilities before starting your journey to becoming a certified kitesurfer on a 2-hour group kitesurfing lesson.  Before you get started with the equipment, you will go through all you need to know about wind theory. Then you'll head to the equipment room to be kitted out before following your instructor to the beach to learn how to safely set up your equipment.   Once your equipment is ready to go, it’s time for the fun to begin. Head straight out into the water and get your first experience of piloting a kite and learn some basic kite-control skills. After completing your session, you’ll be shown how to pack away the equipment.   Once you’ve completed your full introduction to kite boarding, you may choose to have your riding level certified as a Level 1 Discovery Kiteboarder. You will then have the rest of the day to enjoy and to make use of the center’s facilities. Relax on the beach, eat and drink in the bar and restaurant, play some beach volleyball, table tennis, or hang around and get social with some of the other kitesurfers.

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Hurghada: Half-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

10. Hurghada: Half-Day Catamaran Sailing Trip

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime with this half-day catamaran tour on the Red Sea. After pickup from your hotel in Hurghada or El Gouna, travel to the marina where you'll board the boat. After the catamaran sets sail, sit back and relax as you admire the stunning coastline. Stop to swim or snorkel amongst the beautiful coral reefs and colorful fish beneath the surface. Canoe across the surface, or simply lie back in the on-deck net and enjoy the trip. Soft and hot drinks will be served on board, and a delicious lunch is included. At the end of your tour, you'll be transferred back to your hotel. Alternatively, choose to take the tip at sunset and admire the spectacular views as the sun sinks below the horizon.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What should you eat in El Gouna?

    You'll be pleased to know that you can find all kinds of cuisine in El Gouna -- it's perfect resort for any palate. Try one of the restaurants on the marina or on the beach. You're sure to find a delight for your tastebuds whether you fancy a burger, Italian fare, or local seafood.

  • Getting Around

    El Gouna is a small resort town and the best way to explore the city is to walk around. You can also take a tuktuk, which are available from the downtown station and the marina. There are also local buses and shuttles. Of course, you can also take a taxi.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    El Gouna is a terrific vacation spot year round. The temperature stays around 85 degrees almost all year. Take a trip to El Gouna in the winter and enjoy balmy days and loads of water sports under the sun.

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What people are saying about El Gouna

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,347 reviews

We booked the evening before and were immediately informed in a very friendly manner via Whatsapp about the further process and a picture of the driver and the vehicle was sent to us. On the day itself we were picked up from the hotel by our driver "Karim" and, to our surprise, he accompanied us the whole day. A very special thank you to him, as he made the day very relaxed for us and was close to us all the time to fulfill our wishes and guide us through the day. All round a successful experience, also the parasailing ... but the promised BBQ was missing. Otherwise very recommendable!

The day was planned very well - we drove about 25km and we had a break to take photos (our guide had really fun ideas and we got amazing photos in the desert). No one was pushing us to buy anything in the beduine village. Although the camel ride was included I am still not sure about that as I don't like to support these kind of activities. Overall our guide was really helpful and took care of us during the whole trip. We saw the sunset while we came back and had a tasty dinner and show after that. I definately recommend it - we got such a postive emostions from the day.

I was lucky as I was on my own on the tour. We went full speed to the mountains which took 45 minutes, went camel riding in beduin village, had nice dinner with dance show. All good.

Ir is a good program, we enjoyed it. Kareem who pick up us at our hotel is very firendly and helpfully and he drive safely. The staff on the catamaran are friendly.

Nice relaxed boat party at sunset. Saw dolphins up close. Cocktails were included. Highly recommended.