The 10 excursions you absolutely must do in Marsa Alam

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The Egyptian village marsa alam has now become a famous tourist destination, chosen above all by lovers of excursions. Here, in fact, you can visit the most famous Egyptian archaeological sites, take a tour in the desert, visit the temples and the main cities of Egypt. Obviously, among your ten excursions to Marsa Alam you cannot miss the white beaches and the wonderful seabed rich in an innumerable series of fish due to the coral reef.
Here are some useful info and the 10 excursions to do absolutely in Marsa Alam!


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Excursion to Luxor
  3. Excursion to the Eastern Desert
  4. Abu Dabab excursion
  5. Excursion to the new city of Marsa Alam
  6. Abu Simbel excursion
  7. Excursion to Sharm el Loli
  8. Excursion to the Elba National Park
  9. Abu Ghusun excursion
  10. Excursion to Marsa Egla
  11. Excursion to the Roman port of Myos Hormos
  12. When to go: climate and best time
  13. User questions and comments
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Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 4.685
  • Languages: Arabic, English, French
  • Local currency: Egyptian pound (€ 1,00 6 = 21,32 local currency)
  • Weather: tropical (hot desert)
  • vaccinations: no vaccination required
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least 6 months or identity card valid for expatriation with two passport-size photos. Without these elements it is not possible to obtain a tourist visa, to be requested at the Consulates and the Embassy of Egypt, or at the airport.
  • 1 - Excursion to Luxor

    At 350 km from Marsa Alam, Luxor is a city rich in history, ideal for those who think that art and culture cannot be missing in their holiday. Thanks to this tour you can get to know the fascinating world of Egypt and visit its most beautiful monuments. Given the high distance, this excursion is very demanding, especially suitable for young people and less suitable for the elderly and families with small children in tow. The historical-cultural imprint is evident in Luxor: here everything recalls the ancient splendor of Egypt.

    Among things to do in Luxor there is certainly the excursion to the temple complex of Karnak, the temple of Luxor and the colossi of Mnemone in front of which you will be amazed. At the end of this full day excursion, it is possible to visit the famous Valley of the Kings with the tombs of the pharaohs.

    • Cities / places concerned: temples of Karnak, Luxor and the colossi of Mnemone
    • duration: a day
    • difficulties: medium / difficult (due to the duration of the excursion)
    • Average price: starting from € 42,00 per person
    • Luxor: Day Trip to the Valley of the Kings Luxor: Hot Air Balloon Tour

    2 - Excursion to the Eastern Desert

    If you love adventure, the eastern desert excursion is a must. On board the quads, fun is guaranteed: it will be possible, in fact, to overcome the dunes and observe the endless expanses of sand at sunset. Obviously, given the high temperatures, it is advisable to protect yourself well from the sun's rays with protective creams, hats, sunglasses, scarves and suitable clothes.

    The possibilities for excursions are many: by jeep, on foot, by quad bike or on the back of a camel. During the desert excursion, suitable for nature lovers, it will be possible to visit the different villages, drink Bedouin tea and smoke the hookah for an unforgettable experience.

    • Cities / places concerned: eastern desert
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: medium / difficult
    • Average price: starting from € 40,00 per person
    • From Marsa Alam: super safari in a Bedouin village

    3 - Excursion to Abu Dabab

    Ideal for sea lovers, this beach is one of the most popular with tourists. The long, fine white beach is the most suitable place for families with children, but this is also the place for snorkelers.
    Here, in fact, you can see the wonder of the seabed with all its animals, such as giant turtles, fish, dugongs and corals. In short, all the marine life of the Red Sea!

    • Cities / places concerned: Abu Dabab
    • duration: 5 hours
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 40,00 per person
    • Marsa Alam: snorkeling in Abu Dabab

    4 - Excursion to the new city of Marsa Alam

    The new city of Marsa Alam is in constant development and is ideal for those who love to walk and observe the beauty of the area. Here you can see the mosque and the market from the outside. For this excursion we recommend wearing hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun's rays.

    • Cities / places concerned: Marsa Alam
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 20,00 per person

    5 - Excursion to Abu Simbel

    It is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt which counts among its beauties the two temples erected by the great pharaoh Ramses II. Once you arrive on site you will find the majesty of the past before you
    on the one hand and the charm of Lake Nasser on the other. As the place is close to the Tropic of Cancer, it is advisable to hike in the early hours of the day to avoid the hottest hours of the day. Remember to also bring a sweatshirt or jacket with you because the temperature is low before the sun comes out. Also, for your comfort wear sneakers!

    • Cities / places concerned: Abu Simbel
    • duration: 1 day and a half
    • difficulties: demanding. Abu Simbel is about 5 hours from Marsa Alam, which can be traveled by bus or plane
    • Average price: starting from € 170,49 per person. Usually excursions are organized directly from the hotel / village desk where you are staying
    • Abu Simbel temples: 1 day private tour

    6 - Excursion to Sharm el Loli

    Ideal for lovers of the sea, this town is renowned for its white beaches reminiscent of those of the Caribbean and for the possibility of snorkeling even for the less experienced. The area is completely unspoiled and is not ideal for families with children as there are no tourist facilities on site. The seabed is shallow and sandy, therefore also suitable for beginners.

    • Cities / places concerned: Sharm el Loli
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 35,00 per person

    7 - Excursion to the Elba National Park

    250 km from Marsa Alam the national park is a real jewel of the whole of Egypt, between mountains, mangroves and a real triumph of flora and fauna. Given the distance from the city, this excursion lasts a whole day and is suitable for everyone, always considering the duration of the trip. You need to have cameras to bring home so many memories.
    Within this protected area, there is the Jebel Elba mountain with the most luxuriant plants in all of Egypt. It is not uncommon to find many sub-Saharan species such as maned sheep and many varieties of birds.

    • Cities / places concerned: Elba National Park
    • duration: a day
    • difficulties: average
    • Average price: starting from € 90,00 per person

    8 - Excursion to Abu Ghusun

    Half a day is enough to enjoy the beauty of this beach: the coral reef and the sloping seabed make this place truly unmissable. In this beach it is possible to snorkel: in addition to fish and sea animals, it is possible to see a wreck that sunk years ago. Ideal, therefore, for all lovers of the sea.

    • Cities / places concerned: Abu Ghusun
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 40,00 per person

    9 - Excursion to Marsa Egla

    This bay is ideal for snorkelers who, in half a day, will be able to see the wonderful seabed of this town. You can also spot sea turtles, nudibranchs, frog fish and, if you are lucky, the famous dugong and hawksbill turtles. It is a bay that slopes gently, so it is really suitable for everyone and does not have great difficulties.
    In the first few meters of diving you will encounter sponges, puffer fish and crocodile fish, while at a depth of 18 meters you can see seahorses and glassfish up close.

    • Cities / places concerned: Marsa Egla
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 25,00 per person

    10 - Excursion to the Roman port of Myos Hormos

    Ideal for history and art lovers, this is the ancient gateway of the Roman Empire to India, built in the third century. BC ideal for archeology lovers. In this place you will find several Roman artifacts from one of the main ports of Roman Egypt for trade with the Indian and African continent.

    • Cities / places concerned: Myos Hormos
    • duration: half day
    • difficulties: easy
    • Average price: starting from € 25,00 per person

    When to go: climate and best time

    • Weather: subtropical desert. Winters are mild and summers are very hot. During the summer months the average minimum temperature is 25/26 ° and the maximum is 35 °; in winter, however, it is around 13/14 ° and the maximum 24/25 °. Whatever time of year you choose to go to Marsa Alam it is very rare to come across any precipitation. The sea temperature, on the other hand, reaches 22 ° in February and 29 ° in August - more info on climate and best time in Marsa Alam
    • Best time: the best time to visit Marsa Alam corresponds to our spring and our autumn, that is March and April, October and November, because in this period the heat is not excessive.
    • Period to avoid: the period to avoid is from June to August because temperatures are very high and can exceed 40 °.

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