Take the opportunity to add a few extra days to Egypt and visit the The Sinai. The Peninsula is accessible by road from Cairo; you drive under the Suez Canal, then head south before turning inland to St Catherines or keep straight on to Sharm el Sheikh – around a 5-7 hour drive. Or you can take one of the daily flights from Cairo to Sharm.
The hinterland of the Sinai offers stark, barren and hostile scenery. Yet it is appealingly dramatic, with periodic oasis, wind carved rocks and mountains that buffer Africa and Asia and over the years, have made the area difficult for ancient peoples to cross and modern armies to control.
The reward of making the effort is a visit to St Catherines Monastery situatuated at the base of Mt Sinai itself. The Monastery is a small complex rich in ancient treasures and you can see the Burning Bush, now carefully looked after.
For the more energetic a climb up Mt Sinai for sunrise is a must. Of course its the location where Moses received the Ten Commandments and an experience we guarantee you will remember for ever. Our Guides will ensure that nearly all in reasonable health will enjoy the walk, fortified by the various Tea Shacks and of course many stories, as you progress. Its a nighttime climb and takes 3-4 hrs up and a bit less down hill!
Sharm el Sheikh.is a modern and very lively resort town and popular with sun seeking Europeans and a place to relax.
The Red Sea area has some of the best diving in the world and we are happy to make arrangements to do this too. Sharm and Dahab are some of the most popular bases. We can also arrange camping and hiking in the Sinai.
…and on to Jordan
From the Sinai you can cross to Jordan. There is a boat but it is unreliable and does not operate to a schedule so we opt for the land crossing via Israel. It works like this:
-our vehicle leaves you at the Tabah border crossing where you leave Egypt and walk to the Israel border with your bags where you complete their formalities
– you then take a taxi for the short journey through Eiliat to the Jordanian border (Taxi in June 2011 $35)
– you pay the Israeli Departure Tax (around $35) and walk to the Jordanian border where our Private Guide will meet you.
We allow 2-3 hrs but it is not predictable. From the border Wadi Rum and Petra are accesible in 1-2 hrs respectively.
St Catherines and Mt Sinai Climb
|Day 1||Drive from Cairo into the Sinai and to St Catherines Village with stops en route. Rest ready for early call (around 1am) for climb of Mt Sinai.|
|Day 2||Return to Village for Breakfast and rest. Later tour St Catherines Monastery. Overnight in St Catherines or Sharm|
|Day 3||Return to Cairo, on to Jordan or to Sharm|
|Prices on application|
|Other Suggested Sinai Itineraries|
|Day 1||Transfer to the Cairo Airport for the flight to Sharm el Sheikh and then transfer to your hotel…or leave Cairo early and enjoy the road trip. Overnight in Sharm|
|Day 2||Free day in Sharm. Breakfast included|
|Day 3||A second full day in Sharm. Breakfast included. Optional St Catherines visit and Mt Sinai climb|
|Day 4||Continue on to Cairo or Jordan . Breakfast included|
|Prices on application|
|Snorkeling and Diving in Dahab.|
|Day 1||Transfer to the Cairo Airport for the flight to Sharm el Sheikh and then transfer to Dahab. Overnight at the Resort. Breakfast and dinner included|
|Day 2||Free day in Dahab. Breakfast and dinner included|
|Day 3||A second full day in Dahab. Breakfast and dinner included|
|Day 4||Continue on to Cairo or Jordan. Breakfast included|
|Dahab Camel Trek.|
|From Dahab. take Jeeps far into the wilderness along the shoreline of the Red Sea and meet your camel caravan and Bedouin handlers. They will take you even farther into the wilderness and set up camp. From there you can snorkel, dive and explore the uninhabited wilderness. Camping is under the stars and all equipment is provided. All meals (Bedouin specialties cooked over an open campfire) are included.|