EG 11: Camel Safari White Desert
1. Day: Arrival
Arrival at Cairo airport, assistance and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
2.Day: Cairo – Giza – Bahariya
Transfer from Cairo to Baharija. On the way stop at the pyramids of Giza and sphinx.
Arrive at Baharija, then drive through the beautiful fruit groves of Bahariya then
drive 60 km to El Haiz. After lunch walk through the palm groves. In the afternoon
drive westward via El Haiz to El Agabat. The exciting tour goes through hills and
dunes. Overnight at a beautiful site at El Agabat. Here we meet the camels and the
accompanying bedouin. Tent overnight
3. Day: El Agabat – Wadi Battikh
After breakfast we get acquainted with our camels and take a short roundtrip through
the impressive landscape of El Agabat. Afterwards we go on to Ain Sirw, and from
there to Wadi Battikh (ca. 27 km). Overnight in tent.
4. Day: Wadi Battikh – Wadi Henein – White Desert
Breakfast, then camel ride or trekking from Wadi el Battikh to Wadi el Henein, all
in all ca. 15 km. In the afternoon we go on from Wadi el Henein to the Sahara el
Gedida, an extension of the White Desert (ca.12 km). Overnight in tent.
5. Day: White Desert
Leaving the Sahara el Gedida we proceed to Wadi Mushroom and its famous mushroom-shaped
rocks, with enough opportunities to linger and take photos. In the afternoon we leave
for the Sahara el Qadima, camping and overnight.
6. Day: White Desert – Bir Rigw
The morning is dedicated to walking and photographing in the White Desert; after
lunch we proceed to Bir Rigw; here we say goodbye to our camel team. Overnight in
7.Day: Bir Rigw – Farafra – Bahariya - Cairo
After breakfast drive to Farafra and visit to the small local museum. On to Bahariya.
On the way stop at Crystal Mountain and short stroll, then on to Bahariya, and after
Bawiti 100 km towards Cairo. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
8. Day: Final Departure
Transfer to Cairo airport and final departure.
EG 8: Sinai - Jeepsafari
Arrival, meeting & assistance at airport, transfer to camp. Overnight.
2.Day: Sharm - Abu Zenima - Serabit el Chadim
Early morning start from Sharm along the west coast of Sinai. Lunch on the way. From
Abu Zenima we'll drive eastward through Wadi Matulla to Serabit el Chadim.
Dinner and overnight in a camp.
3.Day: Rod el Aïr - Hathor temple - Wadi Chredj - Wadi Ba´ba´ - Bir el Nasb - Serabit
After breakfast we'll climb up to the temple (ca. 2h), passing the rock inscriptions
of Rod el Aïr, and visit the sanctuary of Hathor, lady of turquoise. After lunch
drive to the most beautiful valleys of the area. In Wadi Chredj, center of copper
mining in Pharaonic times, we'll ascend to the stele of Sahura to enjoy the view.
Wadi Ba´ba´ shelters a surprisingly green palm garden. After a visit to the little
oasis at Bir el Nasb return to Serabit, dinner and overnight in camp.
4.Day: Wadi Seih - Sheikh Habus - Wadi Mukattab - Wadi Feiran - St. Catharine
In the morning drive through Wadi Seih, with a stop at the tomb of Sheikh Habus,
a locally revered saint. Continuation of the tour through Wadi Mukattab with its
protosinaitic and Coptic inscriptions. After lunch drive through Wadi Feiran
to St. Catharine. Dinner and overnight in a camp.
5.Day: St. Catharine - Blue Mountain - Wadi Safra - Nawamis - Ain Hudra
Early morning ascent to Gebel Musa (ca.3½h) to view the sunrise from the summit.
Afterwards visit to the mediaeval monastery. Then drive to the "Blue Mountain",
a colourful symbol of peace amidst the desert. After lunch on through Wadi Safra
to the Nawamis, well preserved tombs of the Bronze Age. Drive to the little oasis
of Ain Hudra, the biblical Hazerot, dinner and overnight in tent.
6.Day: Ain Hudra – Coloured Canyon
Drive through Wadi Hudra, passing Ain Furtaqa to the Coloured Canyon; walk through
the breathtaking rock formations of the Colored Canyon (ca. 1½h.). Camping and
overnight in the vicinity.
7.Day: Coloured Canyon - Nuweiba - Sharm
Drive to Nuweiba, where you have the opportunity to take a stroll in town. In the
afternoon there is time at leisure for swimming; afterwards transfer back to Sharm,
dinner and overnight at camp.
8. Day: Final Departure
Transfer to Sharm airport & Final Departure.
EG 9: Mountain trekking in Sinai
1.Day: Arrival in Sharm – Nuweiba
Arrival, meeting & assistance at Sharm airport, transfer to hotel in Nuweiba. Overnight.
2.Day: Nuweiba - St.Katharina - Malga - Talaa – Zawateen
Drive to St.Katherine and visit the mediaeval orthodox monastery. Then begin of the
walking tour from al Malga at Sheikh Musa’s, loading the pack camels with equipment.
Ascent to the Talaa mountains, for about 2 ½ hrs. Walking through the Bedouins’ olive
plantations with their interesting irrigation system. Occasional tea break. Lunch
at the waterfall of Talaa. After lunch walking for about 2hrs to Zawateen (ca.180om
above sea level). Dinner and overnight among the olive trees.
3.Day: Djebel Abbas Basha - Wadi Tina - Farsh el Rummana
After breakfast climb to Djebel Abbas Basha (ca.2305m above sea level). On the summit
there are still ruins of the palace of Abbas Basha, begun in 1750 A.D. and left unfinished
four years later. After one hrs walk arrival in Wadi Tina, which is full of fig trees.
Lunch, and continuation of the tour to Farsh el Rummana, a valley named for its pomegramate
trees. Dinner and overnight.
4.Day: Ain el Negela - Djebel el Bab - Wadi Kharaza
Breakfast, then 2hrs walk to Ain el Negela. The spring comes out of the granite
rock. Ascent to Djebel el Bab (2088m). From the summit one can overlook the Gulf
of Suez and the city of Tor Sinai. After lunch 4hrs walk to Wadi Kharaza. Natural
hollows in the granite collect water to form pools. Overnight.
5.Day: Djebel Katharina - Wadi Homra - Djebel Musa
3hrs walk from Wadi Kharaza to Djebel Katherine (2646m), through Wadi Homra, a valley
famous for its beautiful red granite formations. Lunch at Farsh Umm Sela. From there
one has a view of Djebel Katherine and Djebel Musa. Afterwards descent to Wadi el
Arba’in. The monastery of Deir el Arba’in is named after the 40 monks who were its
occupants. Ascent to Djebel Musa (2285m), overnight on the summit.
6.Day: St.Katharina - Nuweiba
Sunrise on the summit of Djebel Musa. Afterwards drive back to Nuweiba. Overnight
Free at leisure in Nuweiba.
Transfer to Sharm airport and final departure.