8 days (7 nights): 2 nights Cairo + 5 nights Safari
After a whirlwind tour of the many wonders of Egypt’s pulsing capital, you’ll embark on a desert journey through the Sinai Peninsula, featuring the magnificent Mount Sinai and concluding with the sunny beaches of Sharm el-sheik.
As you arrive at Cairo International Airport, one of our English-speaking representatives will guide you through all the necessary immigration, customs, and visa procedures. You will then be transported to your hotel in Cairo by one of our air-conditioned vehicles.
Early in the morning, once you’ve had breakfast at your hotel restaurant, you will be driven to the Suez Canal. The Canal bridges the Mediterranean and the Red Sea and marks the boundary between Africa and Asia. You will pass under the channel, cross the Ahmed Hamdi tunnel and the famous Mitla Passage. Later, you will stop for a delightful picnic as you approach the fortress of Salah Eldin, a historic fortress built by the crusaders in the 12th century and located on Pharaoh Island where it is surrounded by coral reefs. The fortress, which was also a strategic commercial and military enclave, was strategically built on high ground, giving you spectacular views of the coasts of Saudi Arabia and Jordan merging.
In the evening, you will be driven to a camp where you will enjoy a light dinner and rest.
Enjoy breakfast in your camp before setting off on a walk to explore the raw nature of your surroundings. One of your exciting destinations will be Serabit El Khadim, the only pharaonic temple in Sinai. The temple is built on a mountain in the midst of turquoise and copper mines. The complex is notable for a temple dedicated to Hathor, and a Sphinx which has attracted a great deal of attention among Egyptologists. Later in the day, you will enjoy a picnic in the desert, and in the evening you will return to your camp for dinner and rest.
After having breakfast at your camp, you will begin your day with a visit to the shrine of Sheikh Habus and Wadi Mukkatab, also known as the valley of inscriptions, which houses the largest collection of rock carvings and inscriptions in Sinai. Some of this date back to as far as the Third Dynasty. Later you will visit the largest oasis in Sinai Wadi Firan. Your next stop will be the monastery of Moses, where, according to the Bible, Joshua triumphed over the Amalekites. Later in the afternoon, you will arrive at Saint Catherine’s, and in the evening you will dine and rest in a camp in the Blue Valley.
Expect a spectacular day as you rise to begin your climb up Mount Sinai, where, according to Biblical tradition, Moses received the Ten Commandments. This spiritual climb culminates with your arrival to the peak of the mountain, from which you will admire the glorious sunrise over the mountains of Sinai. Later in the day, you will visit the Greek Orthodox monastery of St. Catherine, a 5th-century building that houses an incredible cultural heritage. According to the Old Testament, this was the site of the famous burning bush. Later, you will stop for a light lunch and a quick break. Your journey continues to Sharm el-sheik, a beautiful town on the Red Sea coast. There you will check into a hotel.
After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will have a leisurely day to kick back and relax. Sharm el-sheik is located in the Sinai Peninsula and boasts a warm and sunny climate throughout the year. A range of hotel and city attractions will be at your disposal. Soak up the sun as you lay sprawled on one of the many gorgeous beaches, get excited for a variety of water sports such as snorkeling, windsurfing, diving and swimming with dolphins. Later in the day, you can venture on a safari, or if you feel like relaxing then enjoy a round of golf or indulge in a cleansing spa session. In the evening, enjoy a live Bedouin show and decadent dinner or head for downtown to make the most of Sharm’s vibrant nightlife.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for the International Airport of Sharm El Sheikh in an air-conditioned vehicle, where you will catch a domestic flight to Cairo. In Cairo, you will check into a hotel for dinner and rest.
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before begin driven to Cairo International Airport in an air-conditioned vehicle. Savor this as an opportunity to contemplate one last view of this beautiful, richly historical city.
To ensure your trip goes smoothly, an English-speaking representative will accompany you at all times and be available to assist you until you are safe aboard your plane.
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