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How to Spend 1 Day in Hurghada

How to Spend 1 Day in Hurghada

If you only have a day to spare in Hurghada, planning ahead is key to enjoying as many of its attractions as possible. From prebooking snorkeling and scuba diving trips on the Red Sea to taking off on desert expeditions, here are our tips for experiencing the best of this Egyptian resort city in 24 hours. 

Morning: Soak Up the Red Sea

No trip to Hurghada is complete without experiencing the Red Sea and its white-sand beaches. Snorkeling fans can join full-day boat trips to various snorkeling hot spots, including reefs where they can explore underwater, watch for dolphins, and ride banana boats. If you prefer to stay dry, opt for a submarine trip. Settle onboard and admire the rainbow-hued corals and fish through viewing windows rather than a facemask. If you’re a novice or experienced scuba diver, Hurghada’s waters beckon with great visibility and rich sea life. Join an open-water boat trip that lets certified divers explore the depths on guided excursions, while beginners enjoy onboard tuition and introductory dives.

Afternoon: Exploring the City and Desert

Many boat tours finish by midafternoon, leaving you ample time to explore on land. An afternoon tour of Hurghada introduces you to the city’s top attractions, such as its Coptic Cathedral and fishing village. Alternatively, if you’re up for some full-throttle adventure, head into the desert on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), roaring along dusty trails before stopping for tea and a camel ride. For something gentler, meanwhile, wander around the Hurghada Grand Aquarium, where the tanks and transparent walkways are populated with nurse sharks, rays, reef fish, and other marine life.

Evening: Sunsets and Shows

If you opted for an afternoon ATV tour, it may continue into the night with a stop for sunset photos before a barbecue dinner and folklore show under the stars. Otherwise, relax and enjoy some classic Egyptian entertainment by booking an evening dinner-and-show experience that begins with a meal and culminates in an exhilarating horse-riding, belly dancing, and acrobatic show in an outdoor arena. If that doesn’t fit the bill, head into the desert on a 4x4 drive and savor dinner Bedouin-style as the sun sinks behind the mountains.

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6 Hours Quad Bike Safari in Hurghada

6 Hours Quad Bike Safari in Hurghada

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Zoom across the desert by quad bike and visit a traditional Bedouin village on a 5-hour afternoon adventure from Hurghada. Climb aboard a rugged quad bike and feel the thrill as you follow your guide over the desert terrain to a Bedouin settlement. Chat to the friendly locals over tea and, if you wish, puff a shisha (Arabic water pipe), plus enjoy dinner. Enjoy a camel ride across the sands and watch a beautiful desert sunset from a dune before riding your quad bike back to base.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$23.99
Price varies by group size
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$23.99
Price varies by group size

Dolphin House and Banana Boat Fun from Hurghada

Dolphin House and Banana Boat Fun from Hurghada

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Cruise over the Red Sea to spot and swim with wild dolphins, and ride a banana boat on this full-day trip from Hurghada, El Gouna, or Makadi. Sail to the Dolphin House, an area known for its high density of wild dolphins. Watch for these beautiful mammals in their natural habitat, and take a swim: with luck, dolphins might play alongside you. While you’re here, snorkel around the fish-filled corals or sunbathe on deck—the choice is yours. Cap your adventures with onboard lunch and unforgettable banana boat ride.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.00
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$37.00
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Skip the Line: Hurghada Grand Aquarium Entrance Ticket

Skip the Line: Hurghada Grand Aquarium Entrance Ticket

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Discover the ‘Red Sea in Glass’ with tickets to the Hurghada Grand Aquarium, and experience one of Egypt’s newest, family-friendly attractions. Watch the aquarium’s 1,200 species in a series of 24 galleries that depict natural ecosystems, see rays, sharks and turtles below the surface, and get hands-on experience at a ‘touch tank.’ 
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  • 2 hours
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$22.00
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$22.00

Red Sea Snorkeling from Hurghada

Red Sea Snorkeling from Hurghada

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Experience Egypt’s underwater splendors on this full-day Red Sea snorkeling trip by board from Hurghada. Cruise out onto the sparkling Red Sea, and drop anchor at three prime snorkeling locations. Don your own snorkeling gear or the provided onboard equipment, and enjoy ample time to waft through the crystal waters past dazzling corals, exotic fish and perhaps even turtles and rays. Alternatively, just swim in the sea or sunbathe on deck. Your experience include round-trip Hurghada hotel transfers and a delicious lunch served aboard your boat.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.50
Price varies by group size
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$43.50
Price varies by group size
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Hurghada Daily Scuba Dive Trip

Hurghada Daily Scuba Dive Trip

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Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned scuba diver, experience the Red Sea’s aquatic world on a full-day diving trip from Hurghada. Join an experienced instructor and cruise to two beautiful and safe diving sites. If you’re a novice, receive tuition on route and enjoy an exciting first dive with an instructor beside you. If you’re an experienced diver, simply plunge in and swim alongside vivid corals and exotic marine life. After a buffet lunch on board, sail to another site and opt to enjoy a second dive or simply relax.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.00
Price varies by group size
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$55.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Tour: 6-Hour Quad Bike Safari Trip to Sahara with Dinner, Show, and Star-Gazing

Private Tour: 6-Hour Quad Bike Safari Trip to Sahara with Dinner, Show, and Star-Gazing

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Go 4-wheeling in the Sahara Desert and visit a Bedouin village on a 5-hour quad bike experience from Hurghada with a private guide. Get a taste of Egypt’s traditional desert culture by learning how to ride a camel, tasting local food and taking in a colorful evening performance. Train a digital telescope on the planets and stars above the desert before returning to the city.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.29
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$54.29
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Hurghada Desert Safari - Sunset ATV Trip with Camel Ride and BBQ Meal

Hurghada Desert Safari - Sunset ATV Trip with Camel Ride and BBQ Meal

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Discover the Hurghada desert by ATV and camel on an adventurous trip to a Bedouin village that combines high-speed exploring with more traditional desert travel. After a sunset camel ride, you’ll enjoy a barbecue dinner and a performance of traditional songs, a fascinating introduction to Bedouin culture that’s a world away from Hurghada’s modern resorts.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$130.00
Price varies by group size
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$130.00
Price varies by group size

Bedouin BBQ in the Egyptian Desert by 4x4

Bedouin BBQ in the Egyptian Desert by 4x4

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Escape into the Egyptian desert on an 8-hour 4x4 tour from Hurghada, and experience a Bedouin BBQ in the sand. Navigate arid plains on a 1-hour drive into the wilderness and continue on foot into rolling terrain; meet Bedouin people in their ancestral territory, get a glimpse of local life then watch the sun set into the desert as you eat a traditional barbecue dinner. 
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.56
Price varies by group size
From
$76.56
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures