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Hurghada Excursions Tips

Hurghada Excursions Tips

Hurghada is a beautiful place to spend your vacation with your family, friends, or partner. It has so much to offer, from crystal clear warm water, year-round sunshine, and sandy beaches, to a wide range of amazing things to do. Follow this travel guide to help make planning your dream Hurghada trip more manageable and have lovely experiences! Our Hurghada excursions tips will help you decide when to go, how to get there, where to stay, what to do, and more.

When is the Best Time to Visit Hurghada?

With a year-round dry and temperate climate, Hurghada is suitable for vacation all year round. Winter and early spring are good times to visit Hurghada if you want to avoid the summer heat and look for cheaper hotel rates. June through September is usually considered the best time to visit, especially if you want to go snorkelling and scuba diving. During this period, the Red Sea coast enjoys much cooler weather than Egypt’s inland, with average temperatures hovering around 84°F (29°C) and sea temperature about 80°F (27°C). If you choose to go in July and August, it’s best to book early. The resort is frequented by many European and American visitors and Egyptians who want to escape the summer heat of Cairo. Besides, applying a lot of sun cream is essential to avoid skin damage.

Is it Safe to Travel to Hurghada?

Except for some no-go areas, including the North Sinai province, Egypt is generally safe to travel. People in Egypt are kind, friendly and willing to help travellers. Moreover, the Egyptian government is committed to keeping the country safe for travellers, as tourism is crucial to the nation’s economy.

As one of Egypt’s most popular tourist destinations, Hurghada is considered safe. Some travellers even said on TripAdvisor that they felt safer staying in Hurghada than in Europe and America.

Despite the overall safety, when visiting Hurghada and other places in Egypt, you should respect the local customs, keep vigilant at all times and follow the advice of local security officials, especially during festivals like Ramadan. It’s also essential to purchase travel and medical insurance before your departure.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit Hurghada?

Unless you’re a citizen of one of the visa-free countries, including South Korea, Jordan, Haiti, etc., you’ll need a visa to visit Egypt. With Egypt’s launch of the new e-visa service, nationals of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc., can apply for a visa online for a maximum stay of 30 days from the day of entry.

How to Get to Hurghada?

Being the most popular resort town on the Red Sea coast, Hurghada is easy to reach both from abroad and from Egypt’s domestic cities. Just a twenty-minute drive from downtown lies the Hurghada International Airport, which has flights from major Egyptian towns and worldwide destinations. If you are in Cairo, you can take a 1-hour flight to Hurghada. Travellers from some European counties, such as England, and Germany, can fly straight to Hurghada.

Apart from taking a plane, you can also take a long-distance bus from Luxor (5 hours), Aswan (8+ hours) and Cairo (7 hours) or hop on a ferry from Sharm El Sheikh.

Where to Stay in Hurghada

With over 100 hotels stretching along the 40-kilometre-long coast, Hurghada offers a wide range of accommodations to suit various tastes and budgets, from traditional Egyptian guest houses to top-end hotels. You’ll find luxury hotels in El Sakala and the marina, which surround boutiques and yachts. Sekalla, the city centre, is the place to go for more budget-friendly options. You may stay in El Dahar, the old town, for authentic Egyptian charm.

Hurghada Activities Tips

The following activities are the best things to do in Hurghada:

1). Dive the Red Sea

The Red Sea is one of the most popular places to dive. It’s easy to see why – the water is clear, calm, warm, and vibrant, with colourful marine life. Whether you are an experienced diver or just a beginner, Hurghada is the perfect place to delve deep under the water.

Most hotels provide diving excursions or courses that you can book. You may take a taster dive in your hotel’s swimming pool if you are a novice.

Crystal clear water in the Red Sea in HurghadaWater in the Red Sea is clear as crystal, perfect for a dive.

Safety tips for diving in the Red Sea:

  • Check your diving equipment before you jump into the water, as it is dangerous to dive with broken gear.
  • Don’t break corals; take them out of the water, as it is forbidden.
  • Don’t stand on the reef as there could be dangerous fishes there.
  • Avoid touching any fish, however beautiful they may appear, because they could be poisonous.

2). Go on a quad bike to Desert Safari

A quad bike Safari in the Desert near Hurghada is fun, exciting, and rewarding. You’ll travel across the shifting dunes before reaching one of the traditional Bedouin villages. Here you can enjoy a nice cup of mint tea, talk to the nomads and discover their way of life.

3). Try some traditional local food in El Dahar

If you fancy authentic local fare, visit El Dahar, the old town of Hurghada, with local restaurants and street stalls. Here you have the chance the try a variety of local food, including Falafel (cooked broad beans) and Taouk (grilled chicken sandwich), most of which are reasonably priced. After that, enjoy a coffee or juice at a Bedouin bar.

4). Shop in Hurghada

Depending on your interests and budget, you might find many places to go shopping in Hurghada. If you want to shop locally and hunt for bargains, head to the back streets of El Dahar. You will find a range of local products, including Bedouin jewellery, perfumes, papyrus, spices, shisha pipes, etc. If you prefer modern shopping, go to Senzo Mall in New Hurghada, which has big, international brand shops such as Adidas, Aldo, etc. Besides, Sheraton Street is also an excellent spot to buy souvenirs.

5) Take a boat trip to Mahmya Island

The beautiful, sandy beach on Mahmya Island is a must-see. The only way to get to the island is to take a boat ride from Hurghada, which takes around an hour. During the boat trip, you can appreciate the glistening blue waters. Get your cameras ready, because if you are lucky, you’ll see dolphins swimming along. When you reach the island, you’ll be amazed at the glowing white sand and crystal-clear waters that can be found nowhere else. Then it’s time to relax under the beach umbrella or snorkel to see the stunning coral reef.

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Hurghada Experiences

Hurghada Experiences

Hurghada is the ideal spot for a perfect place to relax and soak up the sun. Hurghada experiences open the gate to making unforgettable experiences. Here, you can find plenty of excursions, including immersing yourself in the ancient sights and enjoying the stunning views. You can also spend your time swimming in the clear waters or taking a day trip to one of the nearby villages. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to enjoy yourself in this beautiful destination! Here are some of the best things to do in Hurghada to get you started.

Hurghada Experiences in Cairo

Cairo’s frenetic energy hits you as soon as you leave the airport and plunge into weaving four-lane traffic (along with the occasional donkey and cart). Hectic, hot and noisy, the city is at its best in the evening. This is when locals flock to food stands, shisha-perfumed coffeehouses, and the Khan el-Khalili souq alleyways.

Explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

Cairo’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities helped me to put into context the Ancient Egyptian ruins that I went on to see and the complex system of beliefs surrounding them, such as the rise and fall of sun worship.

Housed in a pink colonial building near Tahrir Square, the museum holds around 100,000 artefacts. Its most renowned exhibits include the contents of the tomb of Tutankhamun, excavated by Howard Carter in the 1920s. Notably, the young pharaoh’s death mask, which glints with gold and bright blue lapis lazuli, is on display.

I strongly recommend visiting the museum with an Egyptologist as your guide. They can help you navigate the masses of pottery, art, jewels, mummies and statues (objects are rarely labelled). They will also take you to some of the lesser-known displays. I was fascinated to see the life-like statue of the priest Ka-Aper, the tools and weights used to build the pyramids, and mummified animals — not only cats (which were seen as sacred) but monkeys and crocodiles.

Wander the streets of old Cairo

The citadel, a fortified area of Cairo, has panoramic views of the city with the Pyramids of Giza in the background. Make sure to visit the Mohammed Ali mosque — a vast, alabaster, Ottoman-era building with spindly minarets. No longer used for a place of worship, once you step inside into the circle of trailing gold and glass lamps, it’s an instant sanctuary from Cairo’s packed streets below.

I had the same sensation when I walked into the mosaic-lined entryway to the Hanging Church — so-called because its nave is built over the city’s Roman water gate, so it looks suspended in mid-air.

The Church is in Coptic Cairo, the oldest and calmest area of the city where Egypt’s early Christians, the Copts, first settled. They still live here today, along with the city’s Jewish community. I like wandering this district’s maze of narrow, twisting, mostly car-free streets filled with the smell of baking flatbread while residents quietly go about their day.

See the Pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur

Egypt has three main pyramid fields. Saqqara, the oldest site, was the cemetery of Egypt’s ancient capital, Memphis, and contains the earliest pyramid — the stepped pyramid of the pharaoh Zoser. Dahshur, a 50-minute drive from Cairo, takes pyramid construction to the next stage with its partially successful attempt at a true pyramid. In contrast, the pyramid design was perfected in the three great pyramids at Giza.

You can visit all three pyramid sites on a full-day tour with a driver and guide. I suggest starting with Dahshur and working your way back toward Giza via Saqqara. This way, you’ll understand how pyramid architecture progressed over time.

Dahshur’s ‘Bent Pyramid’ is a somewhat quirky sight with sides that change angle halfway up. It does give you an idea of how the pyramids would have looked initially, as much of its limestone cladding is intact. Nearby is the red limestone structure of the Red Pyramid, Pharaoh Snofru’s successful attempt.

Saqqara, Egypt

Moving on to Saqqara, you enter a vast site with mastabas, burial chambers pre-dating the pyramids with flat-roofed stone tombs, and the stepped pyramid. Dahshur and Saqqara are considerably less busy than Giza, and you can take them in at your own pace.

If you’re interested in venturing inside a pyramid, I’d suggest doing it at the Bent Pyramid in Dahshur, where crowds are unlikely.

I climbed back through the entranceway until I reached a walkway that led deeper into the pyramid, the musty smell of stale air washing over me. Eventually, I got the central burial chamber with its empty granite sarcophagus. The room was surprisingly small, and the slightest sound echoed. The passageway continued, eventually leading me to a higher point where I could look over the chamber and see the individual blocks of stone that made up the pyramid’s outer wall.

Arriving at Giza for the first time, I worried that the crowd-swamped Pyramids would be an anticlimax. They weren’t. The best way to appreciate them is to stand at the base of the Great Pyramid of Cheops, taking in its scale. You can’t help but wonder at the toil and architectural skill involved. Each limestone block is twice the size of a grown man.

Hurghada Experiences on Nile Cruise

The Pyramids aside, many of Ancient Egypt’s most important archaeological sites are clustered around the Nile. A Nile riverboat cruise from Luxor to Aswan is a relaxing and convenient way to visit these places.

Cruising the world’s longest river is an experience in itself. Sitting on the deck, as you depart from Luxor, you’ll see the riverbank landscapes gradually transform from urban sprawl to desert dunes. Then scrubby vegetation gives way to papyrus reeds, tropical forests and farmland that benefits from the Nile’s fertile silt.

The river is wide and busy. As you pass through locks, sellers swarm to the boat’s sides, trying to do business with you and your fellow passengers. Yet you’ll also pass through many quieter stretches where the only other river users are fishermen stringing out nets from their small crafts.

Hurghada Experiences in Luxor

Luxor is a modern Egyptian city but cocooned within its roads and shops lies a massive temple complex dedicated to the Ancient Egyptian god Amun, his wife and his son, a moon god. You’ll find towering, wide columns adorned with hieroglyphs, an obelisk, and the colossi that sit like guards at the temple’s entrance. I particularly like going there at night, when the central arcade and figures are lit up, and the air is more relaxed.

Karnak Temple, also located in Luxor, is even more significant and was once linked to Luxor Temple by a sphinx-lined avenue. Several pharaohs added to and developed Karnak over time, making it an architectural multi-layering of different shrines and hieroglyphic inscriptions. Walking through the hypostyle hall, you’re dwarfed by 21 m (69 ft) tall columns.

Enter the tombs in the Valley of the Kings

At first sight, this fabled necropolis looks unpresumptuous — a stark, rocky desert valley with tombs carved into cliff faces. But as you descend into the burial chambers of pharaohs like Hatshepsut and Ramses II, you’re confronted with detailed wall paintings and hieroglyphics in vivid reds, blues, greens and yellows.

My guide helped me to study the frescoes of different gods and unpack the symbolism of figures like scarab beetles and the scenes from the Book of the Dead that were meant to guide the tombs’ inhabitants through the afterlife.

Hurghada Experiences in Aswan

Your cruise will generally end in Aswan, a pretty, sleepy town. Here the Nile meets the Sahara Desert, and wooden felucca boats thread their way between huge boulders in the river.

The town’s Nubian Museum is one of Egypt’s lesser-known collections and an absolute hidden delight. Laid-out exhibits detail the history of the Nubian people who lived in southern Egypt. Many Nubian villages were flooded and lost after the creation of Lake Nasser, and the museum’s photographic display gives you an idea of what they looked like.

Nubian homes built using traditional mud brick to create vaulted structures can be found on Aswan’s Elephantine Island, and Nubian culture is still very much alive in Aswan today. I enjoyed traditional Nubian cuisine, such as meats served in spicy stews.

Choose a Nile cruise

Many Nile riverboats resemble cruise ships. Some are equipped with facilities like swimming pools and spas. One intimate option is Dahabiyya, a traditional Nile passenger boat with sails and several berths. While facilities are more straightforward on these vessels, they can dock at other points on the Nile close to the larger ships, such as village ports, although this may change depending on the tide or weather conditions. Some are so small that the only people watching you disembark are local children playing by the river.

Hurghada Experiences in Abu Simbel

You can visit the Sun Temple of Abu Simbel from Aswan. Getting there means an early-morning six-hour round drive in convoy through the desert, but it’s worth the 3 am wake-up call. Not only do you see the sunrise over the desert, but for me, this site comes close to the Valley of the Kings for spectacle. The four monumental statues of Ramses II that were originally gouged from a mountainside are 21 m (69 ft) high and stare impassively south to ward off the Nubians.

Equally impressive is that they were transported and reconstructed 210 m (689 ft) behind the original site. An on-site museum explains how UNESCO achieved this and salvaged the temple complex to save it from the rising waters of nearby Lake Nasser.

Look out for graffiti on the statues scratched by visiting Napoleonic soldiers.

Experience Eygpt’s Red Sea

Hurghada’s experiences are remarkable. The diving and snorkelling, however, are great. Hurghada has some excellent wreck dives and the opulent Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh — the outstanding hotel in Hurghada for me – has its dive hub. Overall, these beach resorts are ideal for kicking back for a few days at the end of your trip.

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Things to Do in Hurghada

Things to Do in Hurghada

Hurghada is Egypt’s coastal and famous resort on the Red Sea. It is one of the best places to stay for a winter sun-and-sea escape, with great sandy white beaches and blue skies throughout the year. Back on solid ground, the once-tiny fishing settlement of Hurghada has mushroomed into a resort city with attractions and amenities that cater directly to tourists. Offshore is the colourful underwater spectacle of the Red Sea’s marine life that first brought Hurghada worldwide attention. However, now, tourists enjoy several things to do in Hurghada.

While the main tourist attraction tends to be flopping on the Hurghada beaches, there are plenty more things to do in the sea, desert, or nearby cities.

Top Tourist Activities in Hurghada

For ideas, see our list of the top tourist attractions in Hurghada:

Hurghada Sightseeing Tours and Trips

Historical & Heritage excursions are major sightseeing activities you can do from Hurghada. The Hurghada Sightseeing Tours allow you to see the various sights spread all over Egypt. Widely, it provides you with many options to select from. For example, it will enable you to explore the attractions and monuments in Luxor and Aswan or Cairo and Alexandria.

Cairo Excursion from Hurghada

The Cairo tour from Hurghada is famous and attracts those who like to see the Great Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids. Indeed, it comes atop Hurghada Excursions to Cairo.

Valley of Kings Luxor Trip Hurghada

Several tourists like to visit the ancient Egyptian city, Thebes, where they can see its grand temples and famous Royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings. The Luxor tour, with the visit to the Valley of the Kings, comes equal to the one to the Giza Pyramids in the north of the country.

Sea Trips and Island Discovery

In general, sea excursions in Hurghada are a goal of all tourists! You cannot miss it! Having decided to spend time at sea, you can sail to nearby islands. Of course, you will enjoy nature and coral reefs, scuba diving, fishing or snorkelling. If your priority is beach and water recreation – go to one of the nearby islands. Indeed, it deserves to make a full-day snorkelling trip to GiftunShadwanUtopia Islands and Orange Bay Beach.

Orange Bay Trip Hurghada

The sea trip to Orange Bay in Hurghada includes a picnic across the Red Sea and a stop in the open sea for swimming and snorkelling with masks and fins. It is one of the popular snorkelling trips in Hurghada to the Giftun Islands.

Safari Adventures and Desert Nature Tours

Another primary type of excursion is the desert safari adventure in Hurghada. One of the most exotic and exciting destinations is a trip to the mountains to a Bedouin settlement with a guide. For tourists, this is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the culture and traditions of the inhabitants of the desert.

Landious Travel organises several camels, buggies, quad bikes, and jeeps in the desert. You will enjoy so much quad biking, camel riding and driving on the dunes with these great dune buggies!

Quad Biking Safari Hurghada

On the desert safari trip for Quad biking for three hours in Hurghada, you can enjoy quad biking for a long distance and camel riding, too! The trip allows you to get familiar with desert nature in Egypt and meet with the Bedouins!

Amusements and Leisure Trips

This type of excursion includes visiting water parks, dolphinariums and aquariums. The list of tours is long enough to allow you to choose the entertainment excursions in Hurghada you prefer. For example, you can enjoy watching the mammals show or swimming with dolphins in dolphinariums. At the same time, the aquariums allow you to see a collection of sea creatures.

Grand Aquarium Excursion Hurghada

On the entertaining excursion Aquarium in Hurghada, you visit the largest aquarium in the city – Grand Aquarium. Taking into consideration, this is not just an aquarium but an entertainment centre consisting of several sections: aquariums, outdoor pools, and an outdoor zoo.

Wellness and Spa Trips

The hotels in Hurghada have sports halls, spas and wellness centres. However, the hotel prices for this kind of service are high! For fortune, Hurghada provides different solutions to find these services at a higher level and affordable prices. Accordingly, we give you the best alternatives when organising our wellness excursions.

Spa Centre Excursion Hurghada

It is an excellent excursion for health improvement in the Spa Centre in Hurghada that relaxes both body and mind!

Attractions Discovery and Things to Do in Hurghada

In Hurghada, many places can be of interest to tourists. It is still worth joining a group city tour to feel the oriental flavour and the contrast between the ideal world of hotels and the real life of an Egyptian city.

The main attraction of the city is the 40-meter Central Mosque. The mosque rises in the old district of the town, where the Arab-African flavour is still apparent. Nearby there is a Coptic church and various administrative buildings.

Of course, the city tours by Hurghada can realise the desire to discover the attractions and sights in this city.

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Cairo among the Top 100 Tourist Destinations 2021

Cairo among the Top 100 Tourist Destinations 2021

Egyptian tourist destinations were able to attract millions of tourists, and not only that, these destinations managed to make well-known newspapers. And also, international websites write about them and the beauty of Egyptian tourist attractions. As a result, Cairo is among the top 100 tourist destinations in 2021.

American Time magazine Chooses Cairo in the Annual Classification

In its annual classification 20.07.2021, the American Time magazine chose Cairo to be on the list of the top 100 exceptional destinations in the world for the year 2021 that invites the world to visit. The classification included several cities in the world, including Athens in Greece, Berlin in Germany, Cannes in France, Las Vegas In America, Madrid in Spain and others.

According to this classification, choosing Cairo came due to the Grand Egyptian Museum construction, which the world is waiting to open soon, and the establishment of the People of Egypt Walk on the Nile Corniche and some high-level hospitality hotels.

Time magazine’s list of places works upon nominations by its correspondents worldwide, focusing on those who offer new and exciting experiences.

It is the third year in which the magazine has prepared a list of the best places in the world, which the magazine made in honour of those in charge of the tourism and travel industry, who were able to adapt, build and innovate amid exceptional circumstances. In addition, it highlights creativity, revitalisation and promotion of destinations worldwide.

Landious Travel Comments on the Choice of Cairo among the Top 100 Tourist Destinations 2021

In this regard, Mofreh Landious, owner of Landious Travel, said that the selection of the American Time magazine, in its annual classification, the city of Cairo be among the list of the top 100 exceptional destinations in the world for the year 2021. It invites the world to visit, which includes several cities in the world, including Athens’s towns in Greece. It gives us an excellent opportunity to promote cultural tourism globally.

Mr Landious added that the Egyptian government carried out the inspiring development in the Fustat area. Establishing a cultural and museum institution from which the light of Egyptian civilisation and heritage radiates. It was among the reasons that made Cairo an icon in a new dress.

He added that the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum that exhibits the treasures of Egyptian civilisation under one roof and will open soon, is one of the most important reasons to attract Cairo’s attention.

Tourism Enhancements

Mr Landious called for organising events within Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with those interested in the ancient Egyptian civilisation. The Cultural Tourism Marketing Committee head expected that Egypt would receive good flows during the next stage during the next winter season. Mr Landious also stressed that the archaeological discoveries that reveal various secrets about the history and civilisation of ancient Egypt would attract more segments of tourists who love cultural tourism. And he also called for the need to build a new mental image of cultural tourism that reflects modern museum institutions such as the Museum Foundation.

The Great Egyptian Museum, and the Museum of Civilization, point out that the Egyptian political leadership supported the tourism sector, pointing to the importance of civil society playing an essential role in promoting cultural tourism, which is the most prominent characteristic of Egyptian tourism.

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Discovery of Ptolemaic Era Warship in Abu Qir Bay

Discovery of Ptolemaic Era Warship in Abu Qir Bay

The discovery of the Ptolemaic era warship in Abu Qir Bay is one of a series of discoveries in the same place. The Egyptian-French archaeological mission of the European Institute of Laurel Archeology (IEASM), working in the underwater city of Heraklion in Abu Qir Bay – Alexandria, found the wreck of a Ptolemaic-era warship equipped to sail in the Nile River. Also, it found the remains of a Greek funerary area dating back to the beginning of the fourth century BC.

Historical Background of Ptolemaic Era Warship in Abu Qir Bay

Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the ship was to dock in the canal flowing along the upper face of the Temple of Amun. However, this ship sank due to the temple’s collapse by a devastating earthquake. Subsequently, the temple’s destruction caused the fall of huge blocks during the second century BC. For fortune, the fall of those stone blocks helped to keep the ship down the deep channel, now littered with temple wrecks.

Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Egyptian Antiquities Sector, explained that IEASM discovered the wreck of that ship under nearly 5 meters of solid mud. This mud represents the seabed and is mixed with the temple’s remains. He added that the IEASM used underwater excavation devices such as sub-bottom profiler devices to find it.

While Frank Goddio, head of the mission of the European Institute of Sunken Archeology (IEASM), stressed that the discovery of fast ships dating back to that time is still very rare. He added that the Greek ships of this type were utterly unknown until the discovery of the Punic ship Marsala (235 BC). This Punic ship is ” Our only example.

Description of Ptolemaic Era Warship

He added that preliminary studies indicate that the ship had a length of more than 25 meters. However, the hull was built according to the classical style that relies on the docus-and-deck technique. Yet, this style retains the characteristics of the ancient Egyptian one. Therefore, it represents a mixed type of construction.

The ship was a flat-bottomed one and had a flat beam, a valuable model for navigation in the Nile and the delta, and had oars with a large sail, as indicated by the shape of the mast of significant dimensions.

As some typical features of shipbuilding in ancient Egypt indicate, as well as evidence of the reuse of timber. This is enough evidence that the sailors built this ship in Egypt.

Facts Surrounding the Discovery of Ptolemaic Era Warship in Abu Qir Bay

Ehab Fahmy, head of the Central Department of Sunken Antiquities, said that the mission succeeded in finding the remains of a Greek funerary area. This area dates back to the beginning of the fourth century BC and lies at the entrance to the northeastern canal of the city. This discovery points to Greek merchants who lived in that city and controlled the access to Egypt at the mouth of the town – the Canopic branch of the Nile.

He pointed out that they were allowed to settle it during the late Pharaonic era, and they set up their funerary temples near the main temple of the god Amun. But, due to natural disasters, the area witnessed destruction. Accordingly, the mission found the archaeological remains mixed with a stable Amun temple in excellent condition in the deep channel during the land subsidence caused by the phenomenon of Earth’s fragility.

He stressed that these monuments are an indicator of the richness of the temples of that city. The place is now under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, 7 kilometres from the beach of Abu Qir.

City of Heraklion

It is worth mentioning that the city of Heraklion was, for centuries, the largest port in Egypt on the Mediterranean. It played this role until the founding of the city of Alexandria by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. Several earthquakes, followed by tidal waves, caused the fragility of the land and the collapse of a section of about 110 square kilometres of the Nile Delta. As a result, the cities of Heraklion and Canopus sank under the sea. The European Institute of Sunken Archeology (IEASM) rediscovered the two towns in cooperation with the Central Department of Sunken Antiquities at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities from 1999 to 2001.

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Preparation for Transfer of the Khufu First Boat

Preparation for Transfer of the First Khufu Boat

The transfer of the Khufu First Boat is a significant archaeological event which Egypt will witness during the coming period. Therefore, the preparation for the Transfer of the Khufu First Boat is that important. The process will include transferring the first Khufu boat from the Giza Pyramid Complex to the Grand Egyptian Museum. This transfer process will use the intelligent, remote-controlled vehicle to transport the boat as a whole, considering protecting and securing it while moving.

First Experiment of Efficiency

In preparation for the transfer of the Khufu First Boat, the work team at the Grand Egyptian Museum conducted, during the last period, the first experiment to test the efficiency of the performance of the vehicle designated for the transfer of the first Khufu boat to ensure the safe arrival of the boat, which met with the critical success.

They discussed the latest archaeological and engineering procedures and equipment needed to conduct a final simulation experiment to transfer King Khufu’s first boat from its current location in the Giza Pyramids area to its permanent display at the Grand Egyptian Museum during the next few weeks.

The discussion came during a meeting held on the morning of 17.06.2021, chaired by Dr Khaled El-Anany, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, with Major General Atef Moftah, supervisor of the project of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the surrounding area, Dr Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and Dr El-Tayeb Abbas, Assistant Minister for Archaeological Affairs at the Museum. And several museum leaders to follow up on developments in the works at the Grand Egyptian Museum.

The meeting also discussed the latest developments in the archaeological and engineering work in the museum and the file of providing and operating services there.

Transfer of the Khufu First Boat Procedures

Major General Atef Moftah, General Supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum, explained that this is the first experiment in a series of experiments that the engineering and archaeological team from the museum, in cooperation with the Supreme Council of Antiquities, will take to ensure the safe arrival of the boat.

Also, he pointed out that the transfer process will be carried out by an intelligent remote-controlled vehicle specially brought in from Belgium to transport the ship in one piece after protecting and securing it while moving.

He added that the experiment aims to test the efficiency of the vehicle and its endurance capabilities during the process of moving on the various axes of the roads up and down, in addition to knowing the extent of its ability to manoeuvre in curves and height differences of the streets. It carries weights similar to the importance of the boat, and a model of its protective metal structure, with the same length and width.

Major General Atef Moftah stressed that the experiment proved its success and the ability and efficiency of the intelligent car to complete the transportation process successfully, as the car’s balance. Also, they fully ensure the safety and stability of the metal structure while walking and on curves and the efficiency and security of the roads.

He said that the boat had been separated from the current museum building. After completing the remaining engineering works, the ship and the metal structure have become part of the preparation for the final transfer process.

The most important information about the transfer of the first Khufu boat

  • The transfer of the first Khufu boat from the pyramids area to the Grand Egyptian Museum is the event that the world will witness in the coming weeks.
  • The Khufu boat is one of the sun boats, the largest surviving organic monument in history.
  • Transfer from the pyramids area to the Grand Egyptian Museum will occur amid a simple celebration without a procession.
  • Finishing the boat’s hull protection with a wooden structure in preparation for its transfer to the Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • The preparation of the Khufu’s first boat for transport was completed, with the chassis firmly fixed around the boat’s hull to protect and preserve it during the transport process.
  • The first Khufu boat will be moved to its new display place inside a museum equipped to display the sun boats at the Grand Egyptian Museum.
  • The transport will be carried out using a vehicle designated for the first Khufu boat transfer.
  • The vehicle, used for intelligent remote-controlled transport.
  • It was specially brought from Belgium to transport the boat in one piece.
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List of Egypt Excursions 2021

List of Egypt Excursions 2021

According to Landious Travel, an online tour operator, Egypt has many excursions. Indeed, there is a need to find all the activities and things to do in one list. For this purpose, Mr Landious – the famous Egyptian guide, helped to provide a complete list of Egypt Excursions 2021. The following are the main subsections of the trips, tours, and excursions Egypt has:

  1. Cairo Excursions
  2. Dahab Excursions
  3. Additionally, El Gouna Excursions
  4. Hurghada Excursions
  5. Luxor Excursions
  6. Also, Marsa Alam Excursions
  7. Safaga Excursions
  8. Besides, Sharm El-Sheikh Excursions

List of Egypt Excursions

The following list of Egypt excursions 2021 is alphabetically organized by the destination tourists can tour in/from. In addition, this provides valuable information about the main topics of the program of the given trip. Also, it gives the duration, kind of transport, type of activity, and degree of privacy.

Alphabetical List Tours In Egypt 2021

DestinationNameMain TopicsTypePrivacyTransportDuration
CairoFaiyum & Wadi El-RayanVisiting Faiyum Oasis, Karanis monuments, Horse carriage ride, water wheels, Visiting lake Qaroun, Lunch, and visiting Wadi Al RayanSightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
LuxorLuxor Temple, Karnak Temple in the City of the Living, Lunch, Colossi of  Memnon, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Valley of KingsSightseeingPrivateCar/ PlaneTwo Days
Moses MountainAccommodation, Climbing Moses Mount, Saint Catherine’s monasterySightseeingPrivateCarTwo Days
Egyptian Museum and Old CairoVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visiting the Old Cairo district with a stop at Khan El-Khalili
Also, the citadel of Saladin
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
Bahariya OasisVisit Bahariya oasis
Visit the Black Desert and the natural hot spring of El Haize
Lunch
Crystal Mountain
Valley of Agabat
White Desert National Park
Camping in the white desert
Also, Golden mummy showroom and Nobles Tombs
SightseeingPrivateCarTwo Days
Sakkara and DahshurVisit the three pyramids in Giza
The Valley Temple (Mummification Temple)
Also, the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
The Step Pyramid of Djoser in Sakkara necropolis
Lunch
And the Pyramids of Dahshur
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
Memphis and SakkaraVisit the three pyramids in Giza
The Valley Temple (Mummification Temple)
Also, the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
The Step Pyramid of Djoser in Sakkara necropolis
Lunch
And the statue of Ramses II in Memphis
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
AlexandriaRock-cut Roman catacombs
Ruins of a Roman temple complex
In addition, the Alexandria Library
Lunch at a fish restaurant
Citadel of Qeitbay and Abu-Abbas Mosque
Also, Visiting the Roman Amphitheater
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
Pyramids and EgyptianVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visit the three pyramids in Giza
Also, Visit the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
Pyramid ComplexVisit the three pyramids in Giza
The Valley Temple (Mummification Temple)
Also, the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
SightseeingPrivateCarHalf Day
El-MinyaTuna El-Gabel
Tell Al Amarna
Lunch
And Beni Hassan Tombs
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
DahabPetraWalkthrough the canyon of Siq
Visit Al Khazneh or the Great Treasury of the Pharaoh
Also, explore the Roman Theater and the Royal tombs
Lunch
Finally, Visit Al Habis Fort
SightseeingGroupFerry/ BusOne Day
HurghadaCairo & AlexandriaVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
The Three Pyramids in Giza
And the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
Also, Hotel overnight stay
SightseeingGroupBusTwo Days
Old CairoVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visiting the three pyramids in Giza
And the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
One night stay in a hotel
Visiting the Old Cairo district with a stop at Khan El-Khalili
And; also the citadel of Saladin
SightseeingPrivateBusTwo Days
Luxor & Valley of KingsKarnak Temple in the City of the Living
Lunch
Moreover, the Colossi of  Memnon in the temple of Amenhotep III
The temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Also, a visit to the valley of Kings in the City of the Dead
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Dendera & LuxorVisiting the Karnak temple in eastern Luxor
Lunch
The Colossi of Memnon in the Temple of Amenhotep III
Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in the Western Luxor
Also, the temple of goddess Hathor in Dendera
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Luxor & Valley of QueensKarnak Temple in the City of the living
Lunch
The Colossi of Memnon in the Temple of Amenhotep III
Visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut
And the Valley of the Queens in the City of the Dead
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Cairo & GizaVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visit the three pyramids in Giza
Also, Visit the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Orange BaySwimming in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers in the open sea
Lunch on boat
Also, Landing Orange Bay on Giftun Island
SnorkellingGroupBus/ BoatOne Day
Dolphin HouseSwimming with the dolphins in the open sea
Snorkelling
Lunch
Also, Banana and Sofa rides
SnorkellingGroupBus/ BoatOne Day
Giftun IslandSwimming twice in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers in the open sea
Lunch onboard
In addition, Landing on Giftun Island
SnorkellingGroupBus/ BoatOne Day
FishingFishing in the open sea
Snorkelling with masks and fins
Also, Lunch on the boat
FishingGroupBus/ BoatOne Day
El GounaSwimming in the open sea
Snorkelling
Lunch
Fishing
Sightseeing motor-boat tour around El Gouna (lagoon trip)
Also, Walk tour in El-Gouna
SnorkellingGroupBus/ BoatOne Day
Mahmya IslandSwimming in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers in the open sea
Food and drinks (Water and soft drinks)
Also, Landing at Mahmya Beach on Giftun Islands
SnorkellingGroupCar/ BoatOne Day
Super GounaSwimming with dolphins in the open sea
Snorkelling
Lunch
Watching sea life on semi-submarine
Sightseeing lagoon tour by El Gouna
Also, Walk tour in El-Gouna
SnorkellingGroupBus/ BoatOne Day
Paradise IslandSwimming in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers in the open sea
Food
Also, Landing at Paradise Beach on Giftun Island
SnorkellingGroupCar/ BoatOne Day
SubmarineSea picnic by the Read Sea
Also, watching the underwater world on board the Sindbad submarine
DiscoveryGroupBus/ Submarine3 Hours
Semi SubmarineSnorkelling in the open sea with masks and flippers
Also, watching the underwater world on board semi-submarine
DiscoveryGroupBus/ Semi Submarine3 Hours
DivingSea picnic
Diving twice underwater
Snorkelling in the open sea from the yacht
Also, Lunch on the boat
DivingGroupBus/ BoatFull Day
Super UtopiaSwimming and snorkelling in the open sea from the yacht
Fishing activity
Lunch on boat
Banana and sofa rides
Also, Landing on the island of Utopia
SnorkellingGroupBus/ BoatFull Day
Moto SafariQuad Biking for a distance of 50 km in the desert
Camel Riding
Also, Drinking tea in the Bedouin tent
Quad BikingGroupBus/ Buggy3 Hours
Mega SafariRiding a quad bike for a distance of 50 km across the desert
Then, camel and buggy riding
Next, watching the terrarium
And visiting the Bedouin village
Still, you will have time for dinner and oriental dances
Quad biking and Dune Buggy ridingGroupBeach Buggy/ Dune Buggy5 Hours
Super Jeep SafariJeep rides for 50 km in the desert
Then, camel riding
Next, visiting the terrarium
And the Bedouin village
Still, having time for dinner and oriental dances
Jeep RidingGroupJeep5 Hours
Swimming trip with dolphinsSwimming with the dolphins in a swimming pool
Pictures and DVD briefing
EntertainmentGroupCar2 Hours
Jungle Aqua ParkEnjoying the water-park facilities for a full day
Lunch
EntertainmentGroupBusFull Day
Sea Horseback RidingTutorial
Calm horse riding at a walk
Bathing with horses in the open sea
Also, Trotting
Sport/ FunGroupCar/ Horse3 Hours
Grand AquariumOrientation of the aquarium and zoo with a professional guide
Free tour inside the Grand Aquarium
Also, taking a picture with sea creatures and animals
WanderingGroupCar3 Hours
DolphinariumSea animal show
Also, taking a picture with these animals for memory is a paid option
EntertainmentGroupCar4 Hours
Spa CenterMassage with a cocktail
Hammam
Sauna
Stream bath
Jacuzzi
Also, body scrub with foam and mask
RecreationalGroupCar/ Bus4 Hours
City tourVisiting the embankments in Hurghada (Marina Boulevard)
Also, the port, and get an idea of how to prepare yachts in this port.
Then, the inspection of the largest mosque in Hurghada
After that, visit the fruit market, and fish one
The trip includes a visit to the Orthodox Church
Finally, shopping in the oil factory, and the souvenir hall
TouringGroupCar/ Bus4 Hours
LuxorHot Air Balloon RideBreakfast
Also, 45 minute’s ride on Hot Air Balloon
Sightseeing/ BallooningGroupCar/ Hot-air balloon3 Hours
Marsa AlamMarsa Mubarak by boatSwimming twice in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers in the open sea
Also, Lunch on the boat
SnorkellingGroupCar/ BoatFull Day
Dolphin Bay Sataya TripSwimming with the dolphins in Sataya Dolphin Bay
Snorkelling in the open sea
Also, Lunch on the boat
SnorkellingGroupCar. BoatFull Day
Aswan & Abu SimbelHigh dam
Philae temple
Unfinished Obelisk
Nile  Picnic with Egyptian Felucca
Temples of Abu Simbel
SightseeingGroupBusTwo Day
Cairo from Marsa AlamVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visit the three pyramids in Giza
And the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
The bazaar of Khan el-Khalili
Also, Saladin Citadel and Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali
SightseeingGroupBus/ PlaneOne Day
Trip to Aswan & Abu SimbelHigh dam
Philae temple
Unfinished Obelisk
Nile  Picnic with Egyptian Felucca
Temples of Abu Simbel
SightseeingPrivateCarTwo Day
Trip to LuxorKarnak Temple in the City of the Living
Lunch
Moreover, the Colossi of  Memnon in the temple of Amenhotep III
The temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Also, a visit to the valley of Kings in the City of the Dead
SightseeingPrivateCarOne Day
SafagaUtopia IslandSwimming and snorkelling in the open sea from the yacht
Fishing activity
Lunch on boat
Also, Landing on the island of Utopia
SnorkellingGroupBusFull Day
Aswan & Abu SimbelHigh dam
Philae temple
Unfinished Obelisk
Nile  Picnic with Egyptian Felucca
Temples of Abu Simbel
SightseeingGroupBusTwo Days
Three Hours Moto SafariQuad Biking for a distance of 25 km in the desert
Quad Biking for a distance of 25 km along the Red Sea coast
Quad BikingGroupBus/ Quad3 Hours
Sharm El SheikhParasailing tripComprehensive briefing and training on parasailing
Parasailing to a height of 30-40 meters above the sea
Also, Stunning views over the picturesque Red Sea Coast
EntertainmentPrivateSpeedboat/ Parasail/ Car2 Hours
Dolphin ShowSea animal show
Also, taking a picture with these animals for memory is a paid option
EntertainmentGroupCar2 Hours
Swimming trip with dolphinsSwimming with the dolphins in a swimming pool
Pictures and DVD briefing
EntertainmentGroupCar2 Hours
Dune Buggy SafariBuggy drive for a distance of 50 km in the desert
Camel Riding
Also, drinking tea in the Bedouin tent
Dune Buggy DrivingGroupCar/ Dune Buggy3 Hours
Stargazing tripRiding camels in the desert
Next, Bedouin dinner with soft drinks
Then, stargazing via telescopes
Finally, enjoying the oriental show
StargazingGroupBus5 Hours
Abu Galum and Blue HoleRiding camels by the sea
Then, snorkelling in Blue Hole
Next, visiting the canyon
And more, having time for Lunch
Finally, shopping in Dahab
SnorkellingGroupCar / CamelFull Day
Moto SafariRiding a quad bike in the desert
Driving on quads for 50 km in the middle of the desert
Also, a stop at a Bedouin tent
Quad BikingGroupCar/ Quad3 Hours
Mega SafariRiding quad bikes for 50 km across the desert
Then, camel rides
Next, visit the Bedouin village
Also, having time for an oriental dinner
Quad Biking/ Camel RidingGroupCar/ Quad5 Hours
Cairo & GizaVisit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visit the three pyramids in Giza
Also, the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
PetraWalkthrough the canyon of Siq
Visit Al Khazneh or the Great Treasury of the Pharaoh
Also, explore the Roman Theater and the Royal tombs
Lunch
Finally, Visit Al Habis Fort
SightseeingGroupBus/ FerryOne Day
Cairo & AlexandriaThe first-day program in Cairo:
Visiting the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
The Three Pyramids in Giza
The Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
Also, Overnight hotel stay
The second-day program in Alexandria:
Visit Montazah Park and the Lighthouse of Alexandria
Visit the Alexandria Library
Lunch at a fish restaurant
Citadel of Qeitbay and Abu Abbas Mosque
Also, visit the Roman Amphitheater
SightseeingGroupBusTwo Days
JerusalemMount of Olives in Jerusalem
The Wailing Wall
And the Road of Tribulation
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Lunch
The Church of the Nativity
Also, Swimming in the Dead Sea
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Mountain of MosesClimbing the mountain of Prophet Moses
Breakfast
Also, Visiting the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai Peninsula
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Cairo Trip by Plane Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Lunch
Visit the three pyramids in Giza
Also, the Great Sphinx in the pyramid complex
SightseeingGroupBus/ PlaneOne Day
Monastery of Saint CatherineVisiting the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai Peninsula
Lunch
Also, Shopping
SightseeingGroupBusOne Day
Luxor Trip by PlaneKarnak Temple in the City of the living
Lunch
Moreover, the Colossi of Memnon in the Temple of Amenhotep III
The temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Also, the Valley of the Kings in the City of the dead
SightseeingGroupPlaneOne Day
FishingFishing in the open sea
Snorkelling
Also, Lunch on the boat
FishingGroupBoatFull Day
Abu Galum and Blue Hole Riding camels by the sea
Then, snorkelling in Blue Hole
Next, visiting the canyon
And more, having time for Lunch
Finally, shopping in Dahab
Snorkelling/ SafariGroupBus/ CamelFull Day
Ras MohammedSwimming in the sea from the beach
Snorkelling with masks and flippers
Enjoying the land nature of Ras Mohammed National Park
Also, swimming in the Magic Lake
SnorkellingGroupBusHalf Day
Tiran DivingSwim in the open sea from the yacht
Diving twice underwater
Also, Lunch on the boat
DivingGroupBoatFull Day
Tiran SnorkelingSwimming in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers
Also, Lunch on the boat
SnorkellingGroupBoatFull Day
Semi SubmarineSea picnic by the Read Sea
Observation of the underwater world from inside the semi-submarine
DiscoveryGroupSemi SubmarineFull Day
Ras Mohammed SnorkelingSwimming in the open sea from the yacht
Snorkelling with masks and flippers
Also, Lunch on the boat
SnorkellingGroupBoatFull Day
Ras Mohammed DivingSea picnic
Swimming in the open sea from the yacht
Diving twice underwater
Also, Lunch on the boat
DivingGroupBoatFull Day
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List of Egypt Excursions 2021 by Landious Travel

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Egypt reduces domestic flight prices

Egypt reduces domestic flight prices

It is excellent that Egypt has reduced domestic flight prices during this period! The Egyptian Cabinet received a notification of an initiative to reduce domestic air flight prices. This initiative comes as a stimulus to domestic tourism.

Period of Initiative

The government will implement this initiative from 15.01.2021 until February 28th of the same year.

Aims and Goals

This initiative comes within the Framework of the state’s efforts to support the tourism sector. It aims at stimulating domestic tourism for various tourist destinations across the republic.

 It was also agreed that the national company “EgyptAir” would reduce flight tickets to tourist destinations. Meanwhile, hotels located in those destinations would offer promotional prices to contribute to encouraging travel.

The Ministry of Aviation confirmed in a statement issued to set up mechanisms to stimulate the internal tourism movement. This statement came Tuesday 05.01.2021, under the recommendations of the Ministerial Committee for Tourism and Antiquities. It was during the meeting held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister in December 2020.

The initiative will aim to reduce domestic flight prices. Also, it will link tourist cities in various governorates by organising trips from Cairo to Luxor, Aswan, Sharm El Sheikh, Taba, Hurghada and Marsa Alam, and from Alexandria to Luxor and Aswan.

Also, the Ministry of Aviation confirmed that the prices of airline tickets for Egyptians and foreigners would be tax-inclusive. Indeed, this reduction will be at a flat rate during the period from January 15th to February 28th, 2021.

The Framework of the initiative

Within the initiative’s Framework, the Hotel Establishments Chamber will announce accommodation prices in the hotels participating in the initiative. Consequently, these hotels will apply favourable accommodation rates throughout the activation period of the initiative, with a commitment of 50% of the capacity. Indeed, all these steps will go with the established operating controls and the need to adhere to all preventive measures and health safety controls in all airports, museums, archaeological sites, restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and tourist buses.

In its last session, the Supreme Council of Antiquities decided to grant a 50% reduction on the prices of tickets for the entire Egyptians in the archaeological areas and museums in the governorates of Qena, Luxor and Aswan.

Why Egypt reduces domestic flight prices

Indeed, the government in Egypt takes these initiatives to limit the impact on tourism caused by the Coronavirus disease. Encouragingly, the Egyptian government took more procedures and initiatives to help the tourism sector. Of course, all these initiatives aim to avoid the high expenses of travel. The initiative will allow tourists to overcome the increased costs of PCR tests and travel tickets.

Highlights

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.

Many governments worldwide took procedures to reduce the infection among the audience. Among these procedures: making a medical analysis PCR.