Wave goodbye to the resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh and go from urban to rural on this Egypt tour that takes you out to the desert plains and farming lands of this beautiful country. We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh, then drive for around 1.5 hours until we reach Wadi Murrah, the entrance to the desert. Here you’ll meet a local farmer, our host for the day. You’ll be greeted with some refreshing Bedouin tea, and given an introduction into the local farm project and the kinds of ways in which you can help out.
After you’ve learnt what the farm’s all about, it’s time to get your hands dirty! We won’t be asking too much of you, don’t worry – your local farm host will get you started on a few bits and bobs that will really them with their project. It could be putting fences up or getting to some planting, but whatever it is your hosts will be more than happy to take suggestions. You and your group can work together to help out for the day, learning from each other and your farming host.
You’ll definitely deserve some lunch after that hard work! Your local host will cook up a fresh lunch made from farm produce, all cooked in the traditional way over an open fire. As well as picking up farm tips, this will be your opportunity to pick up some Egyptian food tips as well. Learn how to make fresh bread just like the locals do, and bake it to perfection under hot coals.
After lunch, we’ll continue this Egypt tour by taking a short trek into the surrounding area, where we’ll learn about the indigenous herbs grown in the desert plain, and how they’re used to treat people for illnesses. This will give you even more information on how Egyptians have lived off the land for centuries, a far cry from the resort living you find in the centre of Sharm el Sheikh!
Towards the end of this Egypt tour, we’ll head back to the farm for a last cup of tea with our hosts, say our goodbyes, and head back to Sharm el-Sheikh. We’ll drop you back off at your hotel, where you can rest up after your day on the farm!
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, transport to and from your hotel, lunch and refreshments, entrance fees, Bedouin fees, and a farm donation.
Exclusions: Souvenirs, drinks outside of those shown in itinerary, tips / gratuities.
Dress standard: Comfortable, modest dress which covers your shoulders and chest is standard for tourists in Egypt. Walking or rubber-soled shoes are a must for this tour, and a fleece or jacket during winter months is advisable.
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: Guests will have the opportunity to contribute by working on the farm with planting, building fences, and any small tasks the farm needs that day. Guests are encouraged to offer and share ideas on techniques, knowledge, and suggestions that they feel could benefit the farmer.
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. 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 under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.