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Excursion from Red Sea to Luxor

Excursion from Hurghada to Luxor (or Marsa Alam) - Experience the Best of Ancient Egypt in One Day

The African coast of the Egyptian Red Sea is the perfect destination for a relaxing beach vacation, with its luxurious resorts, warm climate year-round, and stunning beaches. While the region may not have the grand ancient monuments of other areas in Egypt, it does offer visitors the opportunity to explore them in comfort and convenience. Take, for example, this full-day excursion from Hurghada to Luxor, which is also available from Marsa Alam. On this page, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about this exciting tour.

Organization of the Excursion: Distances and Transportation

Tourists visiting the Red Sea city of Hurghada or Marsa Alam are fond of the excursion from these cities to Luxor. The main reason is the relatively short distance and good connectivity between these cities. Here are the distances to consider:

  • Hurghada – Luxor: Approximately 300 km, which can be covered in less than 4 hours through the modern highway 60.
  • Marsa Alam – Luxor: About 350 km, which can be completed in just over 4 hours via the Al Kosair-Qena road or the Edfu-Marsa Alam road, both main axes of connection between the Nile Valley and the Red Sea.

Therefore, the road trip is the best option to embark on the Hurghada – Luxor excursion or its Marsa Alam – Luxor variant. The journey is comfortable and easy, especially if a private vehicle with a driver and air conditioning like those used by Egipto Exclusivo is chosen.

In addition, during the excursion, we will use another means of transportation, even more fascinating and traditional: the boat. Specifically, a felucca will take us on a small trip on the mythical Nile river and serve us lunch onboard.

Excursion from Red Sea to Luxor

What is Visited on the Hurghada - Luxor and Marsa Alam - Luxor Excursions

The city of Luxor boasts an incredible wealth of ancient Egyptian architecture, thanks to its past as the capital of the Pharaonic era, specifically during the Middle and New Kingdoms. Therefore, the preserved constructions are numerous, which motivated their classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As a result, selecting which sites to visit during a one-day excursion can be a challenge. At Egipto Exclusivo, our Hurghada – Luxor and Marsa Alam – Luxor excursions include the following highlights:

  • Karnak Temples: this is a vast complex of temples that form the largest religious site in ancient Egypt. Among them, the Temple of Amun-Ra is particularly impressive, with monumental spaces like the Great Hypostyle Hall. Built by pharaohs of the 18th and 19th dynasties, such as Seti I, Ramses II, and Ramses III.
  • Valley of the Kings: the burial place of New Kingdom pharaohs from the 18th dynasty, this network of wadis houses the most spectacular tombs in ancient Egypt. Over 60 tombs have been discovered so far, among which the ones of Ramses VI, Horemheb, Amenhotep II, or Thutmose III stand out. We will visit the most interesting ones, depending on the availability allowed by the periodic conservation work.
  • Funerary Temple of Hatshepsut: the first funerary temple built on the western bank, it was promoted by the queen-pharaoh Hatshepsut and greatly influenced later architecture. Its location at the foot of a rocky hill in the desert is spectacular, and it was extensively rehabilitated in the 20th century, making it a must-visit site.
  • Colossi of Memnon: the surviving sculptures of the funerary temple of Amenhotep III, these colossal statues could represent the pharaoh himself.

Program of the Excursion

The Hurghada – Luxor and Marsa Alam – Luxor excursions visit the same places of interest, as the available time is practically the same. To make the most of the day, the departure from the hotel will be early in the morning. Here’s an approximate summary of the day’s program:

  • Pickup from the hotel in Hurghada or Marsa Alam
  • Travel in a private vehicle with a driver
  • Arrival in Luxor and visit to the Karnak complex
  • Short cruise on the Nile to cross from the east bank to the west bank
  • Road trip to reach the most outstanding places in this area:
    • Valley of the Kings
    • Colossi of Memnon
    • Temple of Hatshepsut
  • Return to the Nile for lunch on board a felucca, a typical and traditional Egyptian boat
  • Crossing of the river through the city of Luxor, providing a panoramic view of it
  • Return trip to Hurghada or Marsa Alam

Services Included in this Excursion

  • Pickup from the hotel to start the trip
  • Round-trip journey by private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • Guided tours of:
    • Karnak Temples
    • Valley of the Kings
    • Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple
    • Colossi of Memnon
  • Entrance tickets to the sites
  • Transportation by private vehicle between the different sites
  • Cruise on a felucca on the Nile River passing through the city of Luxor
  • Lunch on board the felucca (excluding drinks)
  • All taxes included

Not Included Services

You should keep in mind that this package does not include the following services:

  • Drinks for lunch during the cruise
  • Additional entrance fees and guided tours not specified in the program
  • Tips for the driver and guide


In any case, you should not forget that Egipto Exclusivo is a travel agency for tailor-made and personalized trips, so we can expand the package of these Hurghada – Luxor and Marsa Alam – Luxor excursions. This way, it is possible to include these services and any other that you wish to enjoy.