The most cosmopolitan of the Red Sea resorts, Hurghada is built along the spectacular eastern coastline of crystal clear waters stretching from Safaga in the south to El Gouna in the north, attracting scuba divers and beach lovers in equal numbers. Alongside the glorious beaches which attract many visitors, the resort of Soma Bay is also known to be the best golf resort in Egypt. With a variety of activities on offer Hurghada holidays hold something for everyone.
Originally a small fishing village, Hurghada has become one of the most popular beach destinations on the Red Sea, enticing divers who delight in the numerous small offshore islands. Traditional ways of life persist in Hurghada's old town, where the local souk provides opportunities to haggle, and international bars and restaurants mingle with Egyptian cafe culture.
Amongst many other amenities the main attractions of Hurghada holidays are the resorts numerous coral islands and reefs harbouring colourful fish, and sophisticated luxury hotels, offering all the facilities and comforts needed for a perfect holiday. Many hotels have their own private section of beach, and coupled with sunloungers, parasols, bars and restaurants, they are simply perfect for sun worshippers.
A popular premier destination for guests on holidays to Hurghada is the resort of Soma Bay. Set against a stunning backdrop of the Nile Valley Mountains, the self-contained modern resort of Soma Bay occupies a peninsula surrounded by the Red Sea. Boasting wonderful, fine sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs and well-appointed hotels, Soma Bay offers everything required for a relaxing beach or diving holiday.
Considered one of the most exclusive resorts on the Red Sea Riviera, it features a first class 18-hole championship golf course, a luxurious Thalassotherapy spa with a vast array of treatments, and a wide range of water sports, including some of the best windsurfing and kite surfing in Egypt.
There is a good range of quality dining options at resort and hotel restaurants, including some delightful cafes in the little village of El Khan. Nightlife is low key and tends to centre on a relaxing drink in one of the hotel bars. For luxury holidays Hurghada and Soma Bay are the perfect sunshine destinations for all holiday-makers.
For those with a passion for sport, holidays in Hurghada and Soma Bay are an ideal choice. The Cascades at Soma Bay golf course is part of the Cascades Golf Resort & Country Club complex and is considered to be the best in Egypt. Designed by Gary Player, this spectacular 18-hole, par 72 championship course combines desert and links features with lush fairways. An extensive range of facilities are available including a 9-hole Golf Academy Course, a 60 bay driving range and numerous putting and pitching greens. There is a complimentary shuttle bus available between the course and Soma Bay hotels.
With a stunning range of 5 star hotels at Classic Collection Holidays we take pride in tailoring your perfect luxury holiday in Hurghada.
Hurghada is the second largest city on the Red Sea coast and a truly wonderful holiday destination. Although the beaches are favourites amongst things to do in Hurghada, a trip into the city is a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon away from the beach. The old town of El Dahar has plenty of bazaars and places to buy jewellery and street stalls providing local food and delicacies. The surrounding area also holds many Hurghada attractions, the ancient Roman monasteries of St Paul and St Anthony, most of which are bursting out the desert sands. For those looking for something a bit more active inland, visitors can partake in a short climb up Anfish Mountain for stunning panoramic views.
The fantastic resort of Soma Bay has a brilliant array of amenities and things to do including; gorgeous sandy beaches, championship golf course, thalasso spa alongside excellent watersports facilities.
Take a four wheel drive vehicle into the desert before changing to four-legged transport. Dinner is served under a starlit desert sky. This safari is one of the most wonderful things to do in Hurghada and a great way to experience magical Egypt.
Experience the magnificent underwater life of the Red Sea on board a semisubmersible seascope. An ingenious glasssided boat with panoramic windows it ensures a perfect view of the enchanting marine life, with colourful coral reefs teeming with clownfish, trigger fish, starfish, moray eels and rays. Equally diving in Hurghada is a popular excursion and there are plenty of professional diving centres around the resorts and area.
Islands near Hurghada offer diving, snorkelling, fishing, swimming and sunbathing and barbecue adventures. Excursions include: Giftun and Gobal Islands famous for their seagrass beds and mangroves, spectacular reefs at Sharm el Naga Bay, and the national park at Mahmeya Island boasting one of the best beaches on the Red Sea. Careless Reef and Abu Ramada islands are great for divers. With an abundance of things to do in Hurghada there is something for everyone and, for those who prefer to be on the water, cruise the Red Sea in an enclosed catamaran giving you the chance to admire the beautiful coral and a myriad of marine life through glass.
Cairo (1 day be air)
One of the greatest capitals in the world Cairo is home to nearly 20 million people and a visit to Africa's largest city includes all of the city's most dramatic landmarks, the Pyramids and the Sphinx, The Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Egyptian Museum.
Luxor (1 day by air)
Luxor, is set against spectacular desert landscapes of the Kharga Oasis and features the Valley of the Kings, the Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank, and the Karnak and Luxor Temples on the East.
St Catherine's Monastery (2 days by ferry)
A return fast ferry trip includes Sharm el Sheikh, Ras Mohamed National Park, Yolanda reef and Mangrove Channel, for swimming and snorkelling, Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments, Monastery of St Catherine, including a 6th century church which lies on the site of the Burning Bush, and finally Dahab for some exotic snorkelling.