Take a trip to the heart of ancient Egypt on this desert tour from Sharm el-Sheikh. Brush shoulders with monks in a monastery, enjoy a Bedouin lunch with a local family, and camel trek out to the World Heritage sites of the Sinai Desert.
What to Expect
Ready to see the real side of Egypt? Sharm el-Sheikh is a city built for five-star beauty, but if you want to see a different side to Egypt during your time there, this Sharm el-Sheikh full-day tour is definitely for you. Head out of the city on an ancient adventure, and experience a taste of authentic Egypt.
You'll be picked up from your hotel at 06:30, to travel over to St Catherine's Monastery in a private transfer. On arrival, walk up to the monastery, taking in the scenery of the walled gardens and monks' accommodation behind the ancient walls. There will be plenty of opportunity to take some stunning photos here, so make sure you have your camera with you!
As you continue to tour St Catherine's, you'll enter the monastery and watch as the monks go about their daily business. Walk below the beautiful collection of silver chandeliers that hang from the ceiling, and browse through the many religious artifacts on display in the chapel. Stop off at the Burning Bush, where you can even get a private blessing from the priest if you wish.
Next up on your Egypt desert tour, take a trip to the Bedouin handicraft center, where you can find plenty of locally-made treasures, such as purses, bags, cushions, clothing, and more. All of the items on sale here have been made by the local Bedouin women, intricately beaded and embroidered by them with distinctive Bedouin design. There is also a bookshop here selling all kinds of goodies about the monastery and Egypt, printed in many different languages.
If you're getting peckish by now, have no fear! It's time for lunch, and a very special lunch at that. You'll be invited into the home of a local family, and be served up an authentic Bedouin feast with plenty of traditional tea. This will be your chance to relax and take in your surroundings, and get to know the local cuisine and food culture.
Once you've recharged your batteries with lunch, hop back in the vehicle and set off towards the desert plateau, where your Bedouin hosts will be waiting with camels. Take a camel trek across the sandy desert, towards the plateau of Nawamis. These Bronze Age tombs are a stunning World Heritage Site, said to date back over 5,000 years. You'll have plenty of time to explore the area, take photos, and really soak up this fascinating part of Egypt's history.
Once you've got your ancient Egypt fix, you'll head back to Sharm el-Sheikh, to be dropped off at your hotel at around 19:00.
- English-speaking guide
- Camel trek
- Bedouin fees and licensing
- Traditional Bedouin lunch
- Entrance to the monastery
What's Not Included
- Additional drinks
- Entrance fee to enter Museum of Holy Icons (optional)
Know Before You Go
This excursion has been designed along the guidelines of the Travel Foundation UK to create and promote greener excursions.
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 it is advised that you bring sunscreen and hats to protect you from the heat.