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Things to do in Sharm el-Sheikh

This Egyptian city is not just a renowned diving paradise, it also has plenty of cultural gems to explore.

Our most recommended things to do in Sharm el-Sheikh

Sharm El Sheikh: Colored Canyon, Blue Hole, & Dahab Day Trip

1. Sharm El Sheikh: Colored Canyon, Blue Hole, & Dahab Day Trip

Visit two wonders of the Sinai Peninsula in one day on a jeep tour to the Colored Canyon and the Blue Hole dive site. Encounter astounding rock formations and coral reefs, ride a camel and enjoy a barbeque lunch in the tent in a Bedouin style, and explore the coastal town of Dahab. After pickup, travel by jeep to the famous Colored Canyon. Explore a vibrant labyrinth of sandstone cliffs in shades of yellow, purple, red, and gold as you walk through the 800-meter gorge. Continue to the Abu Galum Reserve. Here you’ll have time to snorkel at the coral reefs garden and see the Blue Hole, a world-famous dive site with Red Sea’s rich underwater ecosystem. Later, sit down for a buffet lunch on the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba and ride a camel along the waterfront. Before drop-off in Sharm El Sheikh, visit the coastal town of Dahab, where you can explore the lively bazaar and shop for silverware, perfumes, and clothes.

Sharm El Sheikh: Day Sail to White Island and Ras Mohamed

2. Sharm El Sheikh: Day Sail to White Island and Ras Mohamed

Explore the breathtaking waters of the Red Sea on this boat tour to Ras Mohamed National Park and White Island. Cruise out from Sharm El Sheikh Marina and enjoy the fresh sea breeze, crystal-clear waters, and a delicious barbecue lunch served on board. Get picked up from your hotel and transferred to the marina in Sharm El Sheikh. Jump aboard the yacht and set sail for Ras Mohamed National Park, on the southernmost tip of the Sinai peninsula. Stop here to explore the area’s vibrant coral reef with a professional guide. Optionally, you can choose to rent snorkeling or dive gear to see more of the reef. Continue to the stunning White Island, where you can snorkel in the surrounding shallow waters, relax on the soft sand and take photos of the sparkling Red Sea. Back on board, enjoy a delicious lunch of rice, pasta, salads, barbeque chicken and fish. After you return to the marina, you’ll be dropped back at your hotel.

Sharm El Sheikh: ATV, Bedouin Tent with BBQ Dinner and Show

3. Sharm El Sheikh: ATV, Bedouin Tent with BBQ Dinner and Show

Embark on an unforgettable trip to the Sinai desert from Sharm el-Sheikh. Enjoy a quad bike ride that will get your heart racing. Visit the Echo Mountains, admire the sunset, tuck into a tasty BBQ dinner and enjoy an entertaining show. Start your trip with a pickup from your accommodation, jump on the bus and head straight to the quad park. Next, get a quick safety demonstration on how to ride your quad bike from your guide. Hop on and ride your quad bike through Egypt's famous Sinai desert and feel the adrenaline rush through your body. Enjoy an optional camel ride if you want to discover the wonders of the desert another way. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the desert, and marvel at the dunes and the different rock formations. Next, visit the Bedouin village, where you can enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins and gain an insight into the everyday lives of real desert dwellers.  Tuck into a BBQ dinner and freshly-baked flatbread paired with Bedouin tea. Watch live entertainment, including a fire show and belly dance between the mountains of the Sinai Desert.  Enjoy an action-packed adventure away from the city's crowds and chaos in Sharm El Sheikh. Make the most of your time in Egypt on this tour; that's one to tick off your bucket list. 

Sharm el-Sheikh: Ras Mohammed Park and Magic Lake Day Tour

4. Sharm el-Sheikh: Ras Mohammed Park and Magic Lake Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Ras Mohammed National Park on a day tour from Sharm el-Sheikh. Snorkel in the beautiful Magic Lake, drive through a lush Mangrove forest, and see an ancient earthquake crack. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup in Sharm el-Sheikh and enjoy a 30-minute drive to Ras Mohamed National Park. After entering the park, stop at the Allah Gate, the original gateway to the park. Next, head to the Suez Gulf for a swimming and snorkeling break and immerse yourself in the fascinating underwater world filled with colorful fish and coral reefs. Continue your adventure through Mangrove trees sprouting from the Red Sea's salinity-rich water. Stop at Magic Lake for a swim. Enjoy the panoramic views of the sky, mountains, and sand. Return to your van and continue to Aqaba Gulf, passing by a massive earthquake crack from thousands of years ago. Climb a cliff for a panoramic view of the park and snap a perfect photo before returning to your hotel.

Sharm El-Sheikh: Full-Day Tour of Cairo and Pyramids by Bus

5. Sharm El-Sheikh: Full-Day Tour of Cairo and Pyramids by Bus

Take a guided full-day trip to Cairo to see the most important attractions on any trip to Egypt: the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, and the Great Sphinx. Start with a very early morning pickup from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh at 12:30 AM. Your Egyptologist tour guide will greet you at the lobby of your hotel and assist you to the bus station, where you’ll take the approximately 6-hour journey to Cairo on a comfortable air-conditioned bus.   When you arrive in Cairo, your tour guide will meet up with you again at the bus station and take you to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities (Egyptian Museum). Spend the morning exploring this massive museum, which houses approximately 120,000 items. See the glittering treasures of Tutankhamun, grave goods, mummies, jewellery, household items, and toys of Egyptians whose names are lost to history.   After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll head to the Pyramids of Giza — see the Great Pyramid, the Pyramid of Khafre, the Pyramid of Menkaure, and the Sphinx, situated beside each other in an awe-inspiring sight. This complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World.   After exploring these magnificent structures, your tour guide will bring you back to the bus station for your ride back to Sharm El Sheikh.

From Sharm: Quad Safari, Parasail, Glass Boat & Water Sports

6. From Sharm: Quad Safari, Parasail, Glass Boat & Water Sports

Your exciting trip will start from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh around 8:00 am when you will meet our representative and move by air-conditioned vehicle to the ATV station in the desert. After donning your helmet and listening to a briefing, you’re off through the multi-colored sands for a tour with a quad bike drive to explore the desert and make some stops to take photos in the amazing Sinai desert. We will stop between the mountain area and try the eco sound at the heart of the mountains. You will experience your voice echo along the mountains. After about an hour you will reach your destination Bedouin village. Here you can relax, take a camel ride, experience sandboarding, enjoy the typical Bedouin hospitality, drink tea and learn about the traditional life of the Bedouins. After the safari experience, drive to the marina and have a breathtaking sea adventure. When you arrive, you will be fully looked after by the crew who will provide you with the latest up-to-date parasailing equipment. Listen to a briefing about parasailing procedures and safety. As the purpose-built parasailing boat departs, you will be gently lifted off the back deck. When you are in the air, relax and absorb the amazing views. After approximately 10 minutes of flight time, your instructor will carefully bring you and your parachute back onto the platform of the boat. Have the advantage of extreme banana and tube boat rides and savor delicious lunch with soft drinks. Later on, embark on a small trip on a glass boat and marvel at the beautiful underwater world of the red sea with various colorful corals and fish. After this full of fun and emotional trip, the transfer will take you back to your hotel.

Sharm El Sheikh: Private City Tour and Shop at Old Market

7. Sharm El Sheikh: Private City Tour and Shop at Old Market

Explore Sharm El Sheikh on the guided excursion of a lifetime. Wander around Namaa Bay, visit the biggest mosque in the city, and go shopping at the Old Market. Make the most of your experience with roundtrip transportation and a guide. Explore the top zones in Sharm El Sheikh aboard a private air-conditioned limousine. See the local church and the biggest mosque in Sharm El Sheikh, then take amazing memorable photos around the area. Visit the highest spot around to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the city. Move on to the Old Market, a vibrant place full of local bazaars, spice shops, souvenirs, oils, and different local fruits. Enjoy plenty of time to shop before being transported back to your hotel.

From Sharm El Sheikh: Guided Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

8. From Sharm El Sheikh: Guided Day Trip to Luxor by Plane

Experience Luxor in all of its splendor on this full-day guided trip from Sharm El Sheikh. Enjoy the convenience of private van transportation and a round trip flight. Savor local flavors with a delicious lunch at a local restaurant.  After pickup from your hotel in a private and air-conditioned vehicle, transfer to the airport to board your plane to Luxor. Once you arrive, head to the Karnak Temple complex. See the street of the Sphinxes, the hypostyle hallway with 134 gigantic pillars, and the obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis I. Continue to the Theban Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile to see where the pharaohs were laid to rest.  Stroll through the Valley of the Kings where you can visit tombs from 3 different dynasties. Admire a masterpiece of ancient architecture at the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Finally, visit the Memnon Colossi, which are two of the largest ancient statues in Egypt, which date back to the era of King Amenhotep III. At the end of the day, fly back to Sharm El Sheikh and your private driver will take you back to your hotel.

Private Sharm El Sheikh Airport Transfers

9. Private Sharm El Sheikh Airport Transfers

Arriving at a new destination can be a stressful experience. But with this private transfer from Sharm El Sheikh Airport to Sharm El Sheikh hotels, you can take the worry out of finding a taxi and skip the long lines with a guaranteed meet and greet. A representative will pick you up outside the exit door of Sharm El Sheikh Airport and assist you with your luggage. They will be holding a sign with your name written on it, ready to transport you by private air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel. The vehicles can take up to 4 passengers, and wheelchair-accessible vehicles are available on request, for a small extra charge. Simply provide your flight details and hotel name on the booking. For transfers to Sharm El Sheikh Airport at the end of your trip, a transfer time of 2 hours before your flight time will be necessary.

From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

10. From Sharm: Mount Moses Trekking, Sunrise & Monastery Visit

You will be picked up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh city between 8:00 PM and 9:00 PM. Then you will travel in an air-conditioned vehicle for around 4 hours to reach the Moses Mountain.  When you arrive at Mount Sinai you will start your trekking tour to the sacred place where the Prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. Reach 2,285 meters by climbing up 750 steps, strolling through the night (approx 2-3 hours depending on the customers). Depending on the performance of the group, you may arrive at the summit earlier than expected. This will give you a chance to really relax and marvel at the rising sun slowly scattering across the mountains in all its splendor.  While gazing at the sunrise, snap awesome photos or pray if you wish to, then begin the descent back down. Remember, it will take around 2 hours to reach the bottom. Enjoy some time to rest after the long trail and then have breakfast.  Next, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine's Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and icons excavated from the Vatican.  It is the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world situated on the Sinai Peninsula along with the Monastery of Saint Anthony which is located across the Red Sea in the desert of South Cairo. After you've finished touring the monastery, you can relax on the drive back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

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This was a day filled with so many amazing activities. We started off at the equipment hire shop. The process was swift and quite enjoyable. You need to pay an extra 15 dollars for your equipment. We then drove to the Blue Hole. We weren't actually allowed to snorkel in the Blue Hole which was quite disappointing, but we snorkeled close by with the view of the beautiful mountains. We then went back to the restaurant where we had placed our belongings and had some lunch. The lunch was fairly good, I wasn't a fan of the mango juice as it was too sweet for me. We then went on to riding camels on the beach, which was a surreal experience. After that we went to Dahab Mall were we did some shopping, and headed to the colored canyon close to sunset time. At the end of our walk in the magnificent colored canyon, we had Egyptian tea and headed back to the cars and did some dune bashing on our way to the transportation that was going to take us back to our hotel.

One of the best days of my life. The drive from the hotel to climbing site was very comfortable and quick. We made one stop on our way to Mount Sinai and got to the climbing site a few minutes after the first stop. The tour guides were well informed and so supportive and helpful during the ascend. There are a couple of stops where you can rest and reenergize during the climb. The climb itself is quite challenging, but the support you get from the tour guides and other climbers is helpful. The hardest part is when you reach the 750 right before the summit. I almost gave up but the tour guides kept me going and rested with me when needed. There are blankets and hot drinks at the last stop before the last 100 steps. The view at the top was absolutely worth it! I would definitely do it again.

The yacht was spacious and there were three levels. There were a number of crew members who helped with different things such as: diving, snorkeling, food and drinks, photographers etc. The crew members made sure that we were taken care of. We snorkeled and dived in Ras Mohamed and visited the white island were we spent around 30min walking on the beautiful white sand. We had a delicous BBQ lunch on the boat and were given fruit at the end of the trip. There was a bar with hot and cold drinks and water throughout the trip. Overall, a fun day filled with amazing activities. The photographers and videographers make sure that they capture the beautiful moments with high quality photos.

Really great experience with different locations to swim and have a good time, the instructors were really friendly and gave informative instructions !

I had a great time,a very good experience,the team was very helpful and kind