Cross the Nile to the famed Valley of the Kings and the magnificent tomb of Tutankhamen and the huge mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. In the evening, witness the fabulous sound and light show at Karnak. Take a jeep safari into the desert to a Bedouin settlement for sweet tea and flatbread and enjoy the dramatic beauty of the sunset over the sands. Buy lovely hand-painted papyrus copies of tomb paintings, mother-of-pearl inlaid boxes, alabaster trinkets, jewelry, and replicas of ancient artifacts. Enjoy sizzling lamb dishes, falafel, and myriad other Middle Eastern and Egyptian specialties.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience that has you discovering the exotic underwater world of the Red Sea. Board your coach at the pier for the short drive to Na'ama Bay where your motorboat awaits. Once you have boarded, you'll set off on a northerly course toward an area of the Bay known for its wonderful snorkeling opportunities.
Arriving at one of the premier snorkeling areas, you can either relax on board the boat or enter the warm, crystalline waters where you can swim and snorkel amongst the colorful fish and beautiful coral formations. A qualified instructor accompanies you during your excursion to provide assistance and offer information about the region's marine life as well as direct the boat to the best snorkeling spots. Bottled water and soft drinks are available on board for your refreshment.
After approximately 3 1/2 hours enjoying the enchanting marine environment of the Red Sea, you'll head back to Na'ama Bay where you'll be transferred back to the ship.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. There is a ladder guests must be able to negotiate to enter and exit the motorboat from the water. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants should be in good physical condition and be good swimmers who are comfortable swimming in deep water. A swimsuit under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a towel from the ship; and flat, comfortable shoes or aqua socks are recommended. Snorkeling equipment is included and guests should advise the Destination Services Desk of their shoe size to reserve your fins. A snorkel vest is not provided. Those taking part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.
Enjoy a trek into the desert on this off-road tour that highlights the sights and culture of the Arabian Desert.
Starting off from the pier, you'll board your 4X4 vehicles and take a scenic drive from the port of Safaga to the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada. Reaching Hurghada, you will leave the paved road and drive into the Eastern (Arabian) Desert. With its desolate, rough terrain and stark rock-strewn outcrops, the natural environment of the desert provides excellent photo opportunities.
Your destination is a remote Bedouin settlement where upon arrival, you will be warmly welcomed by the hospitable nomads. During your visit, you'll have the chance to explore the camp and learn about the Bedouin history and culture, as well as sample their aromatic sweet tea and flat unleavened bread. From a rocky slope on a nearby hill, you can experience the mesmerizingly beautiful vista of the desert as it stretches out before you.
Following a relaxing visit of approximately 90 minutes, you will rejoin your vehicle and made the return journey to the pier in Safaga.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking over some natural and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, pregnant women, or anyone with a heart or back condition. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Guests are cautioned that the road can be quite bumpy and dusty. Light-weight, comfortable clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen, and flat comfortable shoes are recommended.
Disembarking the ship, you'll board your comfortable motor coach for the drive to Luxor. During the drive, you'll enjoy majestic scenic vistas provided by the vast expanses of desert and barren mountains that are interspersed with areas of surprisingly fertile farmland.
Your first stop will be at at Luxor City where you will visit the Luxor Museum. This marvelous museum overlooks the west bank of the Nile River and has an amazing collection of ancient artifacts. Displays range from magnificent pharaonic art to items used in everyday life, such as pottery and jewelry, including a carefully selected assortment of items from the Theban temples and necropolis.
From here, you'll proceed to a local hotel where you will be treated to an inviting buffet lunch, after which you will travel to Karnac Temple, the largest religious complex ever built by man. Composed of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples, Karnac is a vast complex that was built and enlarged over a thirteen hundred year period. During your visit, take the opportunity to see the impressive Avenue of the Sphinx, linking Karnac with Luxor Temple. View the massive statues of Ramses II, the great halls and pylons, and the pink granite obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut.
Re-boarding your coach, you’ll continue on to the spectacular Luxor Temple, originally built during the reign of Amenophis III over 5,000 years ago. On the walls of the Temple, dedicated to the triad of Amun-Min, Mut and Khonsu, you will witness some of the best preserved artwork in Egypt. You will also find a collection of simply breathtaking statues and obelisks that date back to the 14th century BC.
After a truly unforgettable day immersing yourself in Egypt's mesmerizing ancient history and culture, you'll travel back to the ship.
Please note: Travel time to and from Luxor is approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours each direction. This tour includes a significant amount of walking and climbing as well as some stairs and uneven surfaces to negotiate. It may not be considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Marvel at the glorious temples and tombs of Egypt’s most legendary pharaohs, which were ingeniously constructed in Luxor about 3,500 years ago.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing 3 1/2 hour drive inland to Luxor, an ancient city also known as Thebes, situated on the east bank of the fabled Nile River. Your initial stop will be at the Karnak Temple, a collection of buildings dedicated to Pharaoh Amun.
Because the complex was built over a period of 1300 years, under the guidance of multiple pharaohs, it reached an unprecedented size and diversity. The scale is staggering, as you will discover walking the Avenue of the Sphinxes that once stretched two miles. Another highlight is the pink granite obelisk erected during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut in the 15th century B.C.
A leisurely lunch cruise on the Nile follows, after which you will visit the tomb of Nefertari, the wife of Ramses II. Although thieves stole almost everything inside, including her sarcophagus, the well-preserved wall paintings are among the most exquisite in Luxor.
Two more tombs await you in the Valley of Kings. The tomb of Pharaoh Seti I is the largest and longest in the valley. While some of its original contents are in museums, its spectacular painted reliefs remain.
Tutankhamun’s tomb is surely the most well known and with good reason. Its discovery in 1922 and the fabulous treasures found inside captured the world’s attention. After visiting King Tut’s tomb, you will enjoy afternoon tea before traveling back to Safaga.
Please note: This tour includes over 3 hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing. There will be steps, uneven, rocky and sandy surfaces to negotiate. Dependent upon the time of year, temperatures can be very hot. Travel time to Luxor is 3 1/2 hours each direction. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties or those who have trouble sitting for long periods of time. Participants should be in good physical condition. Light weight modest clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Cameras and video are not allowed at all sites. Please check with your guide. The lunch offered on the Nile is on an open-air boat that is not air-conditioned. It will be a set menu. The tour sequence may be reversed. In Egypt, guides and drivers expect a tip at the end of the day.
Behold the archaeological treasures unearthed in the Valley of Kings, and then explore several temples nearby, one of them built for the powerful female pharaoh Hatshepsut.
After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a relaxing 3 1/2 hour drive inland through vast expanses of desert, punctuated by surprisingly fertile farmland. Upon arriving in Luxor, you will enjoy a hearty buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel before crossing the Nile River.
In the Valley of Kings on the river’s west bank, excavations have revealed extraordinary tombs belonging to Egypt’s legendary pharaohs. This valley was the royal burial ground for the likes of Tutankhamun, Seti I and Ramses II, and archaeologists are still surprised by the riches that continue to be found.
Not far away, you will discover the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut, a beloved ruler known as the Splendor of Splendors. A rare female pharaoh, she was one of ancient Egypt’s most successful rulers, and the beautifully painted reliefs on her tomb reflect that.
It took a Herculean effort to construct these temples and tombs. At Deir El Medina, you will see where the stonemasons and craftsmen that built them lived. Many of the artisans were buried in tombs here and worshipped at the Temple of Hathor, which you will visit.
Your last stop will be at Habu Temple, a huge mortuary complex built to honor Ramses III. The gates, pylons and chapels inside the walls are spectacular, as are the relief depicting battles on the exterior walls. Following this visit, you will make your way back to Safaga.
Please note: This tour includes over 3 hours of moderate to strenuous walking/standing. There will be steps, uneven, rocky and sandy surfaces to negotiate. Dependent upon the time of year, temperatures can be very hot. Travel time to Luxor is 3 1/2 hours each direction. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and not considered suitable for those with walking difficulties or those who have trouble sitting for long periods of time. Participants should be in good physical condition. Light weight modest clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat comfortable walking shoes with a closed-toe are recommended. Cameras and video are not allowed at all sites. Please check with your guide. The tour sequence may vary. In Egypt, guides and drivers expect a tip at the end of the day.
Enjoy a relaxing day on the sandy beaches of the Red Sea! Following a short drive from the port city of Safaga, enjoy the opportunity to take advantage of the private beach of Sheraton Soma Bay and swim in the clear turquoise waters of the Red Sea. Towels, beach chairs and changing facilities are included.
Please note: Walking on this tour is at the guests's discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing to include a swimsuite; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who take part in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the location.
This amazing full day tour to Luxor provides an excellent opportunity for you to see outstanding examples of ancient Egyptian architecture and learn the fascinating mysteries of centuries old culture and hieroglyphics.
Disembarking the ship, you'll board your comfortable motor coach for the drive to Luxor. During the drive, you'll enjoy majestic scenic vistas provided by the vast expanses of desert and barren mountains that are interspersed with areas of surprisingly fertile farmland. Arriving in Luxor, your first stop will be at a local hotel where you'll be treated to a lovely buffet lunch. At the conclusion of your luncheon, you'll rejoin your coach and cross the fabulous Nile River, proceeding to the West Bank area for a visit to the Valley of the Kings. It is here you will find the remarkable tombs of Egypt's ancient kings, their families and other Egyptian nobility. Ample time is allotted here for you to fully explore this wonderful site.
Next, it's on to Hatshepsut Temple where there will be a short photo stop. This awesome mortuary temple that was buried under sand for centuries was built by Hatshepsut, the only woman to rule as a Pharaoh. Built into the mountainside, it stands as an incredible monument to the powers held by the pharaohs. A second photo stop follows at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive statues that originally flanked the entrance to Amenhotep III's mortuary temple. Although the temple itself was destroyed in an earthquake and most of its remnants have long since disappeared, these magnificent statues still stand guard today, albeit over an open field.
Your final stop of the day will be at the spectacular Luxor Temple complex. Here, you will find a collection of simply breathtaking statues, obelisks, and temples that date back to the 14th century BC. After a truly unforgettable day immersing yourself in Egypt's mesmerizing ancient history and culture, you'll embark your coach for the relaxing drive back to the ship.
Please note: Travel time to and from Luxor is approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours each direction. This tour includes a moderate amount of walking and climbing as well as some stairs to negotiate. It may not be considered suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes, lightweight clothing, cap and sunglasses. There are no cameras allowed inside the tombs.
This Aqua Scope excursion truly immerses you in the underwater world of the Red Sea, all while staying completely dry!
It's a 30-minute transfer from the pier to the Royal Palm hotel where the Aqua Scope dock is located. The top deck of the Aqua Scope remains completely above water, while the bottom deck remains submerged under the surface of the sea. From this vantage point, you are treated to an unparalleled view of the magnificent and exotic marine life found in the Red Sea region. Your 90-minute cruise will allow you to discover not only colorful tropical fish, but the amazing coral formations hidden in the depths of these pristine turquoise waters.
During the return journey, relax on the top deck while sipping a complimentary soft drink and enjoying the fresh sea breeze and warm sunshine. Arriving back at the dock, your coach stands ready to transfer you back to the ship.
Please Note: This tour is not available to wheelchair guests and is not recommended for those with mobility concerns or those who suffer from motion sickness. Participants must be able to climb the Aqua Scope's ladder to move between decks. Comfortable light-weight clothing, cap, sunglasses, sun screen and flat, rubber soled shoes are suggested.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.