One of Egypt's best-kept secrets, Wadi El-Gemal-Hamata National Park offers the best of both worlds – on land and under the waves. It requires a bit of a bus ride to get to the marina at Hamata. But as your boat skims the glittering waters to your first snorkel at a completely virgin island, you'll be delighted you made the effort. A treasure of sea grasses, coral and exotic fish awaits you here, and in the vastly different mangrove forest island for your second snorkel. A third reef snorkel will be the icing on the cake before the sail back to port.
The dolphin-rich ‘Blue Lagoon' of Sataya is the location for this brilliant snorkelling expedition. Kick off with a dawn run down the coast to board your boat for a full day's snorkelling at this world-renowned spot. Sataya really comes to life if you happen upon a one of the many pods of wild dolphins that inhabit its warm waters. There's also a second dive site after an on-board lunch. There's a good likelihood that you'll enjoy an epic dolphin-swimming experience but, even if you don't, the abundant other marine life will make the trip worthwhile.
In keeping with the pace dictated by the timeless sand, life in the desert seems unhurried – but that doesn't mean you can't have an adrenaline-fuelled adventure. Get to know your powerful quad bike, then don your helmet and be ready to ride. Leaving clouds of dust behind, zoom across the desert landscape and head up and over rolling sand dunes. After a thrill-pumping session, you'll head back to base to catch nature's nightly celebration – a spectacular desert sunset. Then after a quick camel ride, there's a slap up barbecue meal to enjoy with a side helping of traditional entertainment like belly dancing and folk music.
This trip has adventure stamped all over it. By quad, camel and 4x4, you're in for thrills and spills in the Egyptian desert. After an hour or so by 4x4, you'll arrive at a traditional Bedouin tented camp, where your guide will take you to meet these friendly tribespeople. Then it's time for white-knuckle thrills with a quad bike ride. Afterwards, take to a more traditional form of transport, climbing onto a camel for a short, sheikh-like ride. Then as the sun disappears behind the mountains, you'll tuck into a tasty dinner with a side of folkloric music and dancing.
Discover the epic sand dunes and beautiful landscapes on this morning buggy tour from Marsa Alam. Zoom through the desert and nearby beach with a local guide.
Sunset is when the Red Sea really lives up to its name. You'll visit one of Egypt's premier diving spots, at Marsa Mubarak to snorkel along the rainbow-coloured coral and discover what feels like another universe. If you're lucky, you might spot sea turtles or dugong – also known as the sea cow. Back on board, a sizzling barbecue is served. Munch on the tasty fare and wash it down with some Egyptian sparkling wine as the boat glides towards the grand finale – sunset. And when the stars come out, you can take the chance to go for a night time swim – illuminated by powerful underwater lights, you won't miss a thing.
Hugging the shores of the Red Sea, the 5,000-year-old city gem that is El Quseir is a town steeped in historical, colonial and trading significance. Set back slightly from the beach, the town's narrow streets are lined with bazaars, which have a decidedly Bedouin accent – providing a stark contrast to the bordering French and British colonial-style buildings.Your visit to El Quseir kicks off with guided tours of the two of the city's hubs of religious significance – a mosque and a church. Then it's off to explore the typical town centre and see a snapshot of everyday life in the bazaars of the shopping district. You can even pick up a bargain on locally produced artisanal goods – but don't forget to haggle. It's all part of the experience.After some time to yourself taking the sights and sounds of the city, a short bus ride will have you back at your hotel.
Camels may well be the traditional local means of desert transportation. But they certainly aren't as an exhilarating a way to kick up the desert sands as a roaring quad bike. This guided evening excursion will take you on guided trails as you zoom through the dunes of the desert for over an hour. After this adrenaline-pumping session, you'll pop off your goggles and helmet for a short break before re-mounting your iron horse and continuing to the nearby beach. Satisfy your need for speed as you skid across the waters lapping the beach as the sun sets across the desert.
Discover snorkelling at Sataya Lagoon and reef, with two dive sites and the chance to spot wild dolphins in their natural habitat.
Cast off in search of an Egyptian sunset aboard the spectacular Nefertari boat. Named after an ancient Egyptian queen, this trip is fit for royalty. Home to sea turtles, rays and vibrant coral reefs, the Red Sea is perfect for snorkelling – and you'll have plenty of chances to dive in with stops in Marsa Mubarak. Or if you prefer, you can head below deck to spot shoals of exotic fish through the glass bottom viewing point. After a swim stop, a tasty dinner is served up by the crew. Back on dry land in Port Ghalib, you've free time to shop.
Zoom into deserts beyond Marsa Alam on this quad sunset tour. Book now for an evening roaming over sand dunes and beaches, watch natures nightly celebration and enjoy a tasty barbeque
Book here to discover Luxor from Marsa Alam. Take a step back in time with visits to Karnak, West Bank and Valley of the Kings.
Book here for a taste of the desert. Offroad in a 4x4, quadbike and take part in a camel ride before tucking into a tasty dinner.
Explore Aswan, ancient Egypt's gateway to Africa. Book here for a tour of the temple of Edfu, a boat trip across Lake Nasser and a visit to the UNESCO Site Philae Temple.
The pristine walkways of the immaculately maintained Port Ghalib harbour provide the perfect destination for an evening of strolling and perusing the boardwalk's many shopping treasures.After your private shuttle bus delivers you right into the heart of this Red Sea gem, your guide will escort you around the multitude of shops and stalls inhabiting the pedestrian streets that flank the boardwalk.The port's Khan and Corniche are where you'll pick up a souvenir or two, or simply browse the mind-boggling array of artisanal objects on display. And a view of the stunning boats nestled in the marina, and the ambiance of locals and tourists relaxing in the port-side's plentiful bars and restaurants, makes the shopping experience all the more enjoyable.
Book your Luxor deluxe tour from Marsa Alam and take a step back in time to see top treasures including Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings and Medinat Habu Temple.
Witness the watery wonders of the coral reefs, the glittering array of colourful fish, sea rays and green turtles – without even having to get your feet wet. Discover an underwater world as the bottom half of the Sea Scope is fully submerged beneath the waters of the Red Sea. And as one of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Red Sea is home to an array of colourful coral reefs and exotic species of fish. Your knowledgeable captain knows the spots to visit as a friendly commentator fills you in on all the facts.
Few snorkelling or diving locations in the world boast as many ‘ticked boxes' as the famous Abu Dabbab beach location – two spectacular reefs flank the warm and sheltered waters that line the pristine sands of the beach. These reefs, which can be accessed by diving in directly from the beach, offer the likelihood of snorkelling with green turtles, a glittering array of colourful fish amid the thriving coral. This half-day excursion drops you at the world-renowned dive site, with two hours of expertly guided snorkelling before depositing you back at the hotel. Short and sweet.
Experience a boat trip on a pharaonic designed boat with crew dressed in pharaonic style, Enjoy Sea Food lunch with hot & cold soft drinks included, Wi-Fi service is available onboard
With its abundance of marine wildlife and its sheltered clear waters, the reefs of the Red Sea offer some of the most inviting and intriguing snorkelling conditions anywhere in the world. You'll sail to the Marsa Imbarak reef – a the world-renowned dive spot. Here, you'll glide amid the glittering shoals of fish, marvel at the ancient grace of the green turtle, and likely encounter the very large but docile dugong – but don't let their size put you off, they're 100% vegetarian. And best of all, you'll repeat the whole experience at the day's second snorkelling destination, Sharm El Shouna.