RTW Trip Hurghada, Egypt Day 51, 52, and 53: Tropical Luxury with a backpacker’s wallet

When I think of Egypt, I hate to say I usually just think of the Pyramids and mummies.  But what about beaches?  Sure, there is Sharm El Sheikh, but we were already nervous about going to Egypt, that we decided to still stay away from that area.  We then read about Hurghada, which ended up feeling like luxury!  It was my first time to swim in the Red Sea, and was probably one of clearest waters I have been in!  The waters were extremely calm, SO clean, and absolutely gorgeous.  Even if you were on shore, you could see fish swimming in the water.  Some people were snorkeling as well.

The clearest water!

The clearest water!

This was paradise!

This was paradise!

If you think you will be riding motorbikes and visiting historic sights and waterfalls in between your lazy beach days, then you probably should go elsewhere.  Hurghada definitely does not have a lot of sites, just rows of resorts with their private beaches.  After “roughing” it backpacker style for months on end, getting a serviced apartment at the Marriott for $62 per night felt like heaven.

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greg in hurgada

We are definitely not resort people, but we couldn’t help but feel pampered.  We had a huge furnished apartment with a kitchen (hello homemade meals!), a balcony, air conditioning, and a living room.  Even though this place looked like it hadn’t been updated since 1986, I have to say, I fell in love with the place.  It was clean, huge, felt like a home away from home, and was definitely bigger than our Brooklyn apartment!  Some people have complained online that they thought it was a long walk to the beach, but it is literally a 3 minute walk.  Are we that lazy?

Our huge apartment!

Our huge apartment!

The resort accommodation obviously was more expensive, but if you stay at the Marriott apartments, you still get access to their lounge chairs and umbrellas, towels, pool, tennis courts, gym, sports equipment, and yoga and aquafit classes.  I embarrassingly joined one of the Aquafit classes.  Wasn’t much of a workout but was fun watching all of us make a fool of ourselves in front of our non-certified Russian teacher.

Aquafit class and sunsets!

Aquafit class and sunsets!

The resort and Hurghada in general attracts a lot of Russian tourists, as well as couples and families.  I actually didn’t see too many local Egyptians.  Since most of the visitors were foreign, I had no problems wearing a bathing suit at the resort.  Most females wore their bathing suits in public with ease.  In fact, while in the resort, I felt like it was the only place in Egypt, where we didn’t feel like we had to cover up.  I do feel though, that as soon as you leave the resort, you should cover up your arms and legs, as it is respectful to do so in Egypt.

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Vanessa in Hurgada

Each day, we got up, made our meals, swam, relaxed at the beach, and had sunset drinks.  We were recharged and ready to move on!  (Actually, I probably could have stayed longer!)

Swimming in front of the resort

Swimming in front of the resort

sunset 2

Costs for day 51, 52, and 53:

Day 51
Toilet 1 LE
Bus to Hurghada from Cairo 240 LE
Luggage 5 LE
Gad Schwarma sandwich chips coke 35 LE
Taxi to Marriott from the bus station 25 LE
Marriott apartment $62

Total cost for day 51: 306 LE + $62 = $104.79 / 2 = $52.40 per person

Day 52
Marriott apartment $62
Bread, tomatoes, green pepper, water, yogurt, pastries, Nutella, chicken soup, beans in tomato sauce, pasta, tomato sauce, Oreos, chips, and oranges 89 LE
Beer 37 LE

Total cost for day 52: 126 LE + $62 =$79.62 / 2 = $39.81 per person

Day 53
Marriott apartment $62
Beer 45 LE
Pasta sauce, bread, chips, and noodles 30 LE

Total cost for day 53: 75LE + $62 = $72.49 / 2 = $36.25 per person

What I learned:  If you are looking for rest and relaxation with beach time, and worried about heading to Sharm El Sheikh due to its location, go to Hurghada.  Gorgeous waters and fairly close to Cairo!

Actual dates of travel: Oct. 24, 25, and 26, 2014

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