This is a chance to experience an Egypt holiday in a different style than the normal tourist crowd. If you have some adventure in your soul and enjoy being close to nature, you will love this trip. On this vacation, you will travel from Africa to Asia, crossing the Gulf of Suez onto the Sinai Peninsula where you will camp under the stars. From examining the ancient ruins of the area including early bronze age burial chambers, the Old Kingdom Turquoise mines to climbing MT. Sinai and snorkeling in the Red Sea you will have a lifetime of memories of a great experience.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Cairo International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 1 hours before the flight.|
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Day 1: Arrival at Cairo airport
Arriving Cairo be met and assisted through immigration and customs by our staff. Transfer to a quality hotel for the evening.
We journey from Cairo early in the morning across the Eastern desert to the Suez Canal. Crossing into Sinai, the land bridge between Africa and Asia we will proceed along the coast to Abu Zeneima. From here its on to Serabit El Khadem and our overnight camp.
We visit the ancient Egyptian temple dedicated to the Goddess Hathor high on the sandstone plateau above a Bedouin village. Then a visit to the ancestral shrine of Sheikh Habus on the way to the Forest of Pillars, a rare geological phenomena, set under the great Limestone plateau of El Tih. Drive through Wadi Seih to Wadi Maghara where we overnight.
We visit the Ancient Egyptian Turquoise mines which are set above an acacia lined valley. Above the entrances are Old Kingdom inscriptions. We depart for Wadi Mukkattab, the Nabatean trade passage, with inscriptions marking the route which brings us to Wadi Fieran. Here in the midst of the beauty of South Sinai’s largest oasis is the Convent of Moses. A small church is built from the remains of the old Archbishops palace. We overnight at a hostel.
We leave early for a climb to see the dawn from the summit of Mt. Sinai then visit the magnificent Basilica Church of St. Catherine, founded by the Emperor Justinian. It houses one of the worlds most famous collections of early Christian art. From here we drive along Wadi Safra with an opportunity to climb sand dunes surrounded by great sandstone lattice work. We camp overnight.
We pass the great pilgrimage landmark, Gebel El Makhroom, before visiting the Nawamis. These extremely well preserved burial chambers are from the early Bronze Age. From here we visit the crusader pilgrimage route which brings us to the rock of Inscriptions where Nabatean and early Christian inscriptions survive side by side. A short walk brings us to the Date Palm gardens of Ein Khudra. This oasis is traditionally Hazerot, a resting place for the children of Israel. Leaving we drive through Wadi Gazala to Wadi Nakhal to see the colored canyon. We camp overnight.
We drive to the Gulf of Aqaba and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in the beautiful clear waters. From here we drive back to Cairo and overnight at a quality hotel.
Our staff transfers you to the airport and assists with checking in, clearing customs and immigration. Or extend your stay with a Felucca sailing trip on the Nile, Diving in the Red Sea, further antiquity sightseeing or trips to Jordan and Israel.