Bedouin Encounters A Family Holiday in Egypt Eight days

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Bedouin Encounters A Family Holiday in Egypt Eight days

The Red Sea & Mount Sinai
The start of the holiday includes a snorkeling trip in the warm waters of the Red Sea which offer a dazzling display of sea life and coral. We then visit the isolated St Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Desert, founded on the site of the burning bush and one of the first monasteries in history. Departing from St Catherine's village in the shadow of Mount Sinai (2285m), we walk up the mountain reaching the summit where Moses is said to have received the 10 commandments. This allows us truly breathtaking views over the barren peaks of the whole region before returning to our hotel.

Into the Sinai Desert
From our base on the coast at Dahab, we drive into the mountainous heart of the Sinai and begin our walk at Wadi Haggag. Here we meet our Bedouin cameleers and camp crew, no doubt with a welcoming glass of 'shay'. We then strike out on foot into the desert towards our camp via rock inscriptions from 200BC and the Tombs of Nawamis, dating back to the bronze age. The camp site is at the bottom of Mt Matamir with an optional climb to view the sunset with spectacular panoramic views from the summit (960metres). In the evening we sit around the campfire under the night sky full of stars, absorbing the special quality of tranquility in the desert.

Live like a true Bedouin
After the evening meal while in the desert we enjoy local Bedouin music using the “tubla” drum as well as learning how to set up a Bedouin camp site. Furthermore, we are taught how to track animals, identify desert plants and their uses in daily life and make bread as part of the evening meal. The following day gives the opportunity to meet some Bedouin children and share experiences of how to live in the desert before returning to the hotel in Dahab where there will be plenty of opportunity to have a well earned rest with time to swim, snorkel and relax on the beach.

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