Ssmple Itinerary (subject to changes/substitutions)
Day one – Your Cairo arrival. Overnight in the home of an Egyptian family.
Day two – Cairo sightseeing: camel market of Birqash and Sphinx/Pyramids of Giza. Dervish dancing in the evening. Return to your Egyptian family’s home.
Day three – Private transfer to Sinai. Overnight in 3 or 4 star accommodations on Red Sea.
Day four – Take van/bus to port of Taba, Egypt for ferry to Aqaba, Jordan, then bus to Petra and back, with lunch. Ferry back to Taba, then van/bus back to 3 or 4 star accommodations on the Red Sea that night.
Day five – Half-day snorkel in Red Sea (optional, at additional cost), then transfer to desert and camels at village of Wadi Samghi. Camel trek to area called Wadi Arwaybayya. Overnight in Bedouin goat-hair tent.
Day six – Trek from Arwaybayya to oasis of Ain Khudra. Side hike (optional) along the way into place called Closed Canyon. Overnight at oasis in palm-thatched hut.
Day seven – Trek from Ain Khudra past Maktoub, an Inscription Rock (Nabataean, Greek, Arabic inscriptions), to area in open desert called Burgaa. Overnight in open desert.
Day eight – Trek from Burgaa to area near Bir Safra (“yellow well”). Overnight in open desert.
Day nine – Trek from Bir Safra to area called Wadi Nawamis, home to 4,500-year old, stone tombs. After lunch, short ride to meet vehicle, then transfer to town of St. Catherine, near Mt. Sinai. Overnight in Monastery Guest House.
Day ten – Early morning hike (optional) up Mt. Sinai, returning by 9 for breakfast, then tour Christian monastery of St. Catherine (1,600 years old). Afternoon transfer back to Cairo. Return to our Cairo host’s home.
Day eleven – Cairo sightseeing – Citadel (seat of Egyptian government for over 600 years), Gayer-Anderson Museum (two 16th/17th century homes, joined by a British officer, serving in Cairo in the 1930’s), Ibn Tulun mosque (one of the largest and oldest in Egypt; unique for its minaret, patterned after one in Samarra, Iraq) and Khan el Khalili market (medieval bazaar, portions of which date to 1382). Dinner and overnight in our Egyptian host’s home.
Day twelve – Cairo sightseeing – morning at Egyptian Museum. Afternoon open for free time. Dinner and overnight in our Egyptian host’s home.
Day thirteen – US departures or stay on for extensions.
*All transfers, accommodations, tips, and most meals included. Roundtrip airfare to and from Egypt and Egyptian/Jordanian entry visas not included.