Go on a journey into Ancient Egypt on this desert tour that takes you out of Dahab and into the sandy lands of the Sinai Desert. Your local guide will pick you up from your hotel in Dahab at 7.30am, and take you out to St Catherine’s Monastery, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest working monasteries in the world. Once we arrive, we’ll take a walk around the grounds, take a peek into the daily life of the local monks, and admire the architecture at this beautiful site. We’ll also stop off at the site of the Burning Bush, where you can even get a blessing from a priest if you want.
Our next stop on this Egypt tour is a visit to a local handicraft centre, where you can find all kinds of goodies, from clothing to cushions, made from local Bedouin women. We’ll take some time browsing the treasures for sale, and you can also pop into a little bookshop and pick up some reading material about Egypt and the monastery.
We’ll take a break here for a bite to eat, but not just any bite to eat! You’ll be invited into a local home for some authentic Bedouin food. We’ll take a nice relaxing breather from all the history, and get to know some local culture through the Bedouin people and their cuisine. Sit back and enjoy a cup of local tea, and take some photos of your very unique surroundings – you’ll want some memories of this special occasion for sure!
After we’ve fueled up with food, we’ll set out on the serious adventure of the day. We’ll take a ride in our vehicle out into the desert, where we’ll meet our local Bedouin hosts who’ll have some friends in tow – camels! Say hello to your new mode of transport, hop on their backs, and take a camel trek into the desert plateau. We’ll head towards the Nawamis, a collection of Bronze Age tombs in the Sinai desert. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back thousands and thousands of years, and you’ll feel right in the mood to visit them as you trek up to them on the back of a camel! We’ll take some time here to explore our surroundings, and learn all about this area, rich in history.
Fully clued up on desert life in Egypt, we’ll get back in our vehicle and take a drive back towards Dahab, where we’ll drop you off at your hotel. No doubt you’ll need a rest after this Sinai desert adventure!
Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page - www.intrepidtravel.com/au/travel-alerts.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, transportation, camels, Bedouin fees and licensing, traditional Bedouin lunch, entrance to the monastery.
Exclusions: Additional drinks, souvenirs, tips / gratuities, optional entrance fee to enter Museum of Holy Icons.
Dress standard: Both men and women must wear suitable clothing to cover shoulders, arms, and knees to enter the monastery. Suitable footwear and clothing to be worn for riding camels in the desert is also required, and we advise that you bring sunscreen and hats to protect you from the heat.
Your Trip: For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at your hotel for pick up. Please check your hotel details are correct on the voucher.
If your details are not correct, it is very important to please email us to confirm your correct pick up hotel using the contact details on the voucher. If you prefer you may also phone the change through to us during business hours.
Additional Information: This excursion has been designed along the guidelines of the Travel Foundation UK to create and promote greener excursions. We bring various elements into each trip to create a maximum benefit to the local community to reach multiple families. Within this trip we liaise and employ from 4 families within the community.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.