P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Safaga in Egypt as a Port-of-Call.
Arriving at Egypts 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 countrys 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 passengers 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.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Safaga as a Port of Call can be found here:
P&O Safaga Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Safaga Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
Luxor, Karnak and Valley of the Kings
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 East Bank.
Arriving in Luxor, 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.
Sea Splash and Sun Worship
Spend a relaxing day enjoying the facilities of a leading resort on the mainland coast of the Red Sea.
Situated on the mainland coast of the Red Sea, Hurghada was once an isolated fishing village. Today, it boasts all the facilities of a modern resort town without losing its timeless desert ambience. You will have a short orientation drive, before continuing to a leading resort.
Relax at a leading resort hotel with its own private beach, providing a range of comforts and facilities, offering excellent views of the bay, well known for its beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish. Spend a day at complete leisure – take a dip in the cooling waters, snorkel, try out the watersports (payable direct at the resort) or simply soak up the sun on the private beach and enjoy your day.
A buffet lunch will be served at the resort and includes refreshments.
Red Sea Submarine
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.
Giftun Island Hideaway
Sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and luncheon all feature on the menu at this island haven.
With unique underwater life and crystal clear waters teeming with colourful fish and magnificent corals, Giftun Island has become a favourite amongst snorkelling enthusiasts. Arrive at Mahmeya, meaning ‘protected area’ in Arabic, and soon see why this hideaway has been declared a natural protectorate.
For those who wish to relax, sun mats and umbrellas are available so that you can simply settle down, soak up the sun, take a stroll along the sandy beach or swim in the clear waters. Alternatively, you may choose to head straight off in a motor launch for a snorkelling trip.
Lunch will be served at the Mahmeya Restaurant and includes grilled fish, chicken, salads, pasta and fresh fruit. Refreshment of a soft drink, coffee or tea are included.
After lunch, relax and enjoy the beauty of your natural surroundings, take another dip in the sea or settle onto your sun mat.
Desert Sunset Jeep
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.
You will find the full and current list of P&O Safaga Shore Excursions at
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