Local Area

Hurghada

Located on the Red Sea about 500 kilometers southeast of Cairo, Hurghada, known to Egyptians as Al Ghardaka, has a very pleasant climate all year round.

While it was founded in the early 20th century, very few travelers were attracted to Hurghada until it was transformed from a tiny fishing village to a center for pleasure tourism in Egypt over recent years.

Today, Hurghada is the foremost tourist resort on the Red Sea, offering endless opportunities for anyone passionate about aquatic sports: windsurfing, sailing, swimming and, above all, snorkeling and diving. The unique underwater gardens offshore, at such locations as Giftun Island, are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers.

Sun and fun seekers in search of some high-scale enjoyment flock to this sunny tourist resort - far removed from the ancient relics of Cairo and the deserts of Sinai. In addition to its top notch accommodation facilities and its wide range of activities, Hurghada is known for its exquisite safari trips to explore the Red Sea mountains and deserts by quad runners, jeeps or even camels.

Points of Interest

The City of Mons Claudianus
Southwest of Hurghada lies an ancient query camp dating back to Roman times, that had been used as a transit point for the purple stones and image columns that decorated the royal temples and palaces of ancient Rome. This impressive ruined city is adjacent to Shayeb El Banat - the eastern desert's highest mountain peak - from which the most breathtaking panorama of the sparkling Red Sea waters is visible.

The Giftun Island
The Giftun Island is one of a number near Hurghada in the Red Sea that offer various kinds of fun and attractions for the visitor. Giftun Island is ideal for a day trip full of snorkeling, a fish barbecue, beach parties, games and many other outdoor recreational activities.

Luxor
Breathtaking and impressive monuments of ancient Egyptian civilizations continue to draw visitors to Luxor. The antique city of Thebes, capital of the New Kingdom, was the center of power for almost 1500 years. Due to these roots, modern Luxor has become one of Egypt's most enticing tourist destinations, home to some 80 percent of Egyptian artifacts.

Its magnificent temples, tombs and palaces - built from enduring sandstone and granite - border the banks of the Nile River. On the east bank stand the Luxor and Karnak temples, while Queen Hatshepsut's temple lines the west bank of the great river. The great city's necropolis contains the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and tombs of the nobles - a testament to Luxor's ancient name al-Uqsur, or City of the Palaces.