Holidays in Marsa Alam annually attract more and more tourists and soon this young Egyptian resort will become no less famous than Hurghada or Sharm el-Sheikh. Already today, not only the usual water activities and recreation on the beach are available here, but also all kinds of entertainment programs, trips to attractions and educational tours. The list of excursions from Marsa Alam is quite large and we will tell you about the most interesting of them.
Abu Dabab Marine Sanctuary
Abu Dabab Bay is home to a marine reserve of the same name, which is definitely worth a visit. The fact is that it is here that amazing dugong animals or sea cows are found – they cannot be found in other parts of the Red Sea. Also here you can see giant turtles, rays, squid and other underwater inhabitants. And to observe them, just a mask with a snorkel is enough! Those who do not want or know how to dive can enjoy the excellent Abu Dabab beach covered with soft fine sand. The Marine Sanctuary is located 35 km south of Marsa Alam International Airport, the tour here is usually designed for half a day, you must have a swimsuit, towel and sunscreen with you. The cost of this excursion from Marsa Alam is about $ 30.
Luxor, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens
The location of the Marsa Alam resort in Egypt allows vacationers to visit such an outstanding landmark of the country as Luxor without particularly long journeys. As part of the excursion, it is planned to visit the Karnak Temple, cross the Nile, visit the Colossi of Memnon and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. It is also possible to visit the Valley of the Queens and the Valley of the Kings. The price usually includes transfer, entrance fees, guide services and lunch at a restaurant on the banks of the Nile. Depending on the location of the hotel in Marsa Alam, the road to Luxor will take from 4.5 to 5.5 hours, the cost of the excursion is $ 80-100 per person.
Cairo and the Pyramids
When visiting Egypt, most tourists try not to miss the opportunity to see the great pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the sights of Cairo. From the hotels of Marsa Alam, it takes a long time to get here by bus (about 9 hours), but the trip is worth it. In order to have time for everything, you will have to leave the hotel at about midnight, returning back only a day later. The cost is from $ 110, this amount includes transfer, guide, lunch. For entrance tickets to the pyramids and museums, you will have to pay extra separately. For wealthy tourists, excursions to Cairo from Marsa Alam by plane are organized – this is more convenient, because the flight will take less than an hour, but it will cost from $ 320 per person.
Wadi Hammamat Valley
In fact, Wadi Hammamat is a dried-up old bed of the Nile, which was once the shortest route from Thebes to the Red Sea … Now the main interest here is caused by unique, perfectly preserved rock paintings and inscriptions on stones, of which there are about 2300. The road here from the hotels of Marsa Alam takes about 3 hours, the cost of the excursion is from $ 30.
The most curious should visit the Aswan reservoir, which is located 200 km from the resort. The Aswan Dam, erected in the 60s of the last century, which led to the emergence of the reservoir, is impressive to this day. It is carefully guarded and can only be visited as part of an organized group excursion. There are many ancient sights near the reservoir, which also deserve attention: first of all, it is the famous temple complex of Abu Simbel, which had to be moved during the construction of the dam. Such an excursion will take about 8-10 hours, its cost must be specified when booking.
Various excursions to the desert are very popular in almost all resorts in Egypt and in Marsa Alam in particular. Their content can be very different: they include safaris in jeeps, ATVs and buggy in the desert, riding camels and horses, visiting a Bedouin village to get to know their life, Bedouin tea, a barbecue dinner, an entertainment show from local artists and much other. The duration of the excursion depends entirely on its content, as well as the cost. The minimum tour lasting about 2 hours will cost $ 30 per person.
Wadi El Gamal National Park
This park is also known as the Valley of the Camels, a visit to it will allow you not only to see camels in their natural habitat and ride on these “ships of the desert”, but also to get acquainted with the diversity of the local animal world, visit the Bedouin village and drink there tea, see the mangroves in the Al-Kulaan area. Some operators include in such a excursion from Marsa Alam a visit to the Abu Debab Nature Reserve, the oldest emerald mine in Egypt, the meteorite coast and other interesting locations. The journey will take 6-8 hours and will cost from $ 50.
Have you decided to buy a tour to Marsa Alam and are you planning an excursion program? Contact us, we will be happy to tell you even more about interesting excursions, sights and monuments that you should definitely visit during your stay at this resort.