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About Safaga

Arriving at Egypt's Red Sea cruise port Safaga is an understated start to a day, which will forever live in your memory. For this quiet and otherwise unremarkable port town is your entry into upper Egypt and the very heart of the countries existence - the Nile.

 

This great river will also take you to some of Egypt's most fascinating antiquities. You can explore the lavish tombs, temples and palaces of the pharaohs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, Karnak and Luxor (once Ancient Thebes).

 

The huge and magnificent Karnak Temple complex is awe-inspiring. The rich detail in the wall paintings of the tombs depicts the unworldly lives of the Pharaohs and will take your breath away. The spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple is rightly legendary, however, it is held at night and only available to guests who opt for the overland tours.

 

Safaga is also close to the Egyptian beach resort of Hurghada and the clear waters along this coastline are rated among the worlds best sites for diving.

 

Shore excursions in Safaga

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Desert Sunset Jeep

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5¾ hours

A unique opportunity to appreciate the solitude of the desert and the wonders of nature.

After a drive through the Eastern Desert with scenes reminiscent to a moon landing, this fantastic tour offers a real chance to ‘get back to nature’ with boundless great photographic opportunities.

Arriving at the Bedouin settlement, a warm welcome awaits by the Bedouins as they invite you into their tent where you can relax and unwind. Explore the site, familiarising yourselves with their hard living conditions. From the rocky slopes of a nearby hill across from the Bedouin settlement, watch the beautiful sunset panorama, painted by the sun’s last rays fading behind the surrounding mountain tops.

As dusk falls, night fires are lit in the compound and you can enjoy a short folkloric show. Take the opportunity to sample the unleavened bread as well as some aromatic sweet tea.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by 4x4 jeeps. Passengers are advised to wear comfortable clothing and a jacket for the evening. There are two large steps to embark the 4x4’s. Drivers do not speak English and so there is little commentary during the driving part of the tour. Rest room facilities at the Bedouin tent are ‘Oriental style’ and basic. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by the bumpy ride. Pregnant women and children under 12 may not participate. The drive from Safaga to Hurghada takes approximately one hour each way.

Hurghada On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 5 hours

Transfer into Hurghada for some free time, ideal for those that may have seen the main highlights of this port before.

Hurghada was founded in the early 20th century, and until a few years ago, remained a small fishing village. Today, it has become the one of the most popular tourist resorts on the Red Sea coast.

The unique underwater gardens offshore are some of the finest in the world, justifiably famous amongst divers. The warm waters here are ideal for many varieties of rare fish and coral reefs, which may also be observed through glass bottom boats, which can be taken independently.

While in Hurghada, don't miss the museum and aquarium, with their complete collections of flora and fauna of the Red Sea. Or you may choose to explore the area and relax in one of the many restaurants along the main road.

The drive from the port of Safaga to Hurghada takes approximately 1 hour.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The amount of walking is at passengers’ own discretion. Public beaches in Hurghada may charge an access fee. Please note that your drop off point may not be located within walking distance from some of the sites or places that you may wish to visit during your free time in Hurghada. Taxis are the best mean of transportation to reach your places of interest.

Luxor, Karnak and Valley of the Kings

Activity highMeal included

Duration: 13½ hours

See some of the greatest monuments raised by the hand of man and the underground tombs of pharaohs, who ruled 3,000 years ago.

Travelling in convoy, sit back and enjoy unfolding views of barren mountains, flat desert and fertile areas as your guide introduces you to the history of Upper Egypt.

Visit one of the greatest places of worship in Egypt’s history, the breathtaking Temple of Karnak. The scale of Karnak surpasses any other temple complex in the entire ancient world with the sheer size and solidity of these structures being quite staggering. The original temple was built in honour of Amon-Ra, the sun god, but successive pharaohs enlarged and enriched the sanctuary over a period of nearly 2,000 years. There are avenues of ram-headed sphinxes, courts and pylons, and the Hypostyle Hall is a mass of over 100 pillars, every square inch of which seems to be covered with carved figures and hieroglyphics.

Relax and enjoy a buffet lunch with wine, beer or soft drink at a leading hotel, before continuing your adventure on the Wast Bank.

Drive across the Nile to the West Bank and the Valley of the Kings. Known as the City of the Dead, this is where the dead were buried due to the life-giving sun which set in the west. The longer a pharaoh reigned the larger and more elaborate was his tomb. Sixty-four pharaohs' tombs have been found in the Valley of the Kings, but perhaps the most famous in the whole valley is that of Tutankhamun, since it was discovered virtually intact in 1922. All of the golden treasure is now in the Cairo Museum and his tomb remains open for a limited amount of time each day at an additional entrance fee. (Time permitting your guide will assist purchasing a ticket for you, if you wish). You will however have the opportunity to visit three of the other Royal Tombs.

Before crossing the Nile to the East Bank, there will be a photograph stop at the magnificent statues of Amenophis III, known as the Colossi of Memnon, standing exactly where they once flanked the entrance to the Temple 5,000 years ago.

A final short photographic stop will be made outside the Temple of Luxor, a vast complex completely covered with rubble until less than a century ago. Built by Amenophis III and Ramses II, it was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the god of Thebes.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.The convoy of coaches will be police escorted for security reasons. On the way to Luxor the security changes from one area to another, which may cause a slight delay. The journey to Luxor will take 3½ hours and there are no hotels or suitable comfort stops en route. The journey will be undertaken without a break. Coaches will be equipped with toilets. You are advised to wear modest attire covering shoulders and knees. Comfortable walking shoes, a hat and protection from the sun are strongly recommended. It is advisable to carry bottled water and to drink regularly to avoid dehydration. This tour involves walking over uneven ground and up inclines, with numerous stairs at the tombs. Please be informed that on arrival at the Valley of the Kings, coaches will park at the parking area and you will walk through the visitors’ centre to a waiting, motorised chain of wagons for the transfer to the entrance gate (thus avoiding a 20 minute, uphill walk in the heat). No official shopping stops have been planned into this tour itinerary. No cameras or videos are permitted inside any of the visited tombs at the Valley of the Kings. Camera or video fees do not apply at Karnak or Luxor.

Red Sea Submarine

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 3¾ hours

Here is your opportunity to view the fascinating underwater world of the Red Sea, without getting wet.

This tour presents a unique opportunity to take an unforgettable journey on the Red Sea. Upon arrival at the submarine platform, you will be given a commentary on what you can expect to see during the dive. The air-conditioned submarine then descends to a depth of around 75 feet, where various kinds of coral have formed beautiful reefs. During the 50-minute submarine ride, enjoy the beauty of the deep and take some unique underwater photographs.

Refreshments of soft drinks will be offered on the motor launch en route from the submarine platform.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, boat and submarine. The submarine is located at the Sinbad Resort Hotel, approximately 1 hour’s drive through desert scenery from Safaga. At the Hotel, you will board a launch for a 20-minute ride to the submarine platform. There are three steps from the platform to the submarine surface. Passengers must climb backwards down a short flight of 13 stairs to get inside the submarine. This tour is not suitable for passengers who suffer from claustrophobia or have breathing difficulties. Non-slip shoes are recommended.

Sea Splash and Sun

Activity lowMeal includedRefreshments included

Duration: 9 hours

Spend a relaxing day enjoying the facilities of a leading resort on the mainland coast of the Red Sea.

Embark on a short drive from Safaga to the eastern shores of the Red Sea Riviera and the picturesque Soma Bay Peninsular.

Relax at a leading resort hotel with its own private beach, providing a range of facilities, offering excellent views of the bay and well known for its beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish. Spend a day at complete leisure and perhaps take a dip in the cooling waters or simply relax on the warm sand and soak up the sun.

A buffet lunch will be served at the resort and includes refreshments.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Sun beds, umbrellas, towels and changing rooms are available at no additional cost. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Please remember your swimwear and plenty of sun block, sunglasses and a hat. The journey time to and from the resort takes approximately 25 minutes each way.

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