EGYPT & THE RED SEA

Ancient Treasures & Marine Marvels

19 MAY – 04 JUN 2019  ●  17 DAYS  ●  16 GUESTS

Journey back in time to unlock the mysteries of the Nile, from one of the few remaining 7 wonders of the world, to colorful and vivid Temples over 3000 years old.  Experience authentic Egyptian life and traditions, in a country home to one of the oldest civilizations in the world, the longest river and the bio-rich Red Sea.

Start in the bustling city of Cairo, where you’ll stand before the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and experience the bustling Khan El Khali, the largest Souk (Bazaar) in Africa and explore the vast Egyptian Museum with all its ancient treasures. Head to Aswan and set sail along the Nile on our private Dahabeya. Stand in the shadows of the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temples in Lake Nasser with the towering statues of Ramesses II looking across the water. Walk through mud brick villages on the banks of the Nile and watch people work the land with their oxen and their donkeys. Visit the beautiful temples of Philae, Kom Ombo and Edfu. Discover Luxor, the ancient capital of Egypt and home to one third of the world’s antiquities, a virtual living museum. Take a hot air balloon as the sun rises over the Nile and see how the tapestry of colors unfold below you as you look down on the sugar cane fields, villages, temples, desert and Nile.

Embark on an adventure on the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. Discover flourishing coral gardens teeming with fish, wrecks and steep drop offs with Turtles, Rays, and Mantas passing by. Be amongst the schooling Hammerheads of Daedalus as well as Grey Reefs, Threshers, Oceanic White tips, white-tip Reef Sharks and keep an eye out for a passing Dugong. Around 20% of the fish species found in the Red Sea are not found anywhere else in the world making this diverse eco-system a unique and incredible place for any marine lover.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sail on a private Dahabeya along the river Nile from Aswan to Luxor.

  • Visit colorful markets and traditional villages and see authentic Egyptian life.

  • See the pyramids, sphinx and largest Bazaar of Africa.

  • Take a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Nile, sugar cane fields, villages, temples and tombs of Luxor.

  • Spend a week on our private yacht exploring one of the most biologically rich marine areas in the world.

  • See schooling Hammerheads, Oceanics, Grey Reef, and White Tip Reef sharks.

  • Explore the ancient temples and religious sites of Luxor.

  • Witness deserts, mountains and the Red sea in the Sinai.


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Pre Extension - Sinai - Desert, Mountains & The Red Sea

14 – 20 MAY 2019  •  7 DAYS  •  16 GUESTS

The Sinai mountains and desert with the incredible backdrop of the azure waters of the Red Sea make our Pre-extension the perfect way to start your Egyptian adventure.  Explore the Sinai from the Bohemian village of Dahab. Visit one of the oldest Christian monasteries in existence and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, St Catherine’s Monastery and see the swirling colors and natural spectacle of the Colored Canyon. Snorkel or Dive the tropical waters of the national parks of Ras Mohamed and the Straits of Tiran with the colorful corals and abundance of marine life.


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Post Extension - Luxor - Temples, Tombs & River Life

03 – 06 JUN 2019  •  4 DAYS  •  16 GUESTS

Finish your Egyptian adventure in the Ancient capital Thebes, known now as Luxor. On our Post-extension stay in the iconic Old Winter Palace built in 1886, a piece of history in itself and the perfect place to explore the splendors of Pharaonic times. From the largest ancient religious site in the world, the Karnak Temple, to the Royal tombs of the pharaohs set against the Theban Mountains on the west bank of Luxor, this is the perfect finale to your Egyptian adventure.



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ITINERARY OVERVIEW

PRE EXTENSION – SINAI - DESERT, MOUNTAINS & THE RED SEA

Day 01 | May 14 Arrive Cairo

Day 02 | May 15 Fly to Sharm El Sheikh / Dahab

Day 03 | May 16 St Catherines Monastery / Castle Zaman

Day 04 | May 17 Coloured Canyon / Hyatt Sharm

Day 05-06 | May 18-19 Ras Mohamed and Straits of Tiran

Day 07 | May 20 Sharm El Sheikh / Flight to Cairo

 

EGYPT & THE RED SEA - ANCIENT TREASURES & MARINE MARVELS 

Day 01 | May 19 Depart Home / En-Route to Cairo, Egypt

Day 02 | May 20 Arrive in Cairo / Welcome dinner

Day 03 | May 21 Cairo / Pyramids and Egyptian Museum

Day 04 | May 22 Khan El Khali Bazaar / Fly to Aswan

Day 05 | May 23 Aswan / Botanical Gardens, Market and City tour

Day 06 | May 24 Fly to Abu Simbel Temples / Embark Dahabeya / Philae Island

Day 07-08 | May 25- 26 Sailing the Nile / Kom Ombo, Edfu Temple and Esna Lock

Day 09 | May 27 Hot Air Balloon over Luxor / Embark on Blue Horizon

Day 10-15 | May 28 –Jun 02 Snorkel and dive the Red Sea Hot Spots                      

Day 16 | Jun 03 Disembark Blue Horizon / Fly home / OR Post-Extension to Luxor

Day 17 | Jun 04 Arrive home

 

POST EXTENSION – LUXOR – TEMPLES, TOMBS & RIVER LIFE

Day 01 | June 03 Luxor / Old Winter Palace

Day 02 | June 04 Valley of the Kings, Queens / Hatchepsui / Memnon

Day 03 | June 05 Karnak / Luxor Temple / Sunset village walk

Day 04 | June 06 Depart Luxor Airport / Travel home via Cairo

Day 05 | June 07 Arrive home


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BROCHURE

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MERIT DAHABEYA

Take a step back in time as you sail on what was hailed in Ancient times as the ‘Lifeblood of Egypt’ and the longest river in the world enchanting Nile. Still the centre of life in modern Egypt, experience the sights, sounds, and serenity as the river life and history unfolds around you.

Dimensions: 50M (length) x 7.5M width x 0.8M (draft). Two mast sailboat. Fully furnished Ten Deluxe cabins. Dining facilities, bar and reading lounge. Open-air Jacuzzi, Doctor on call 24hrs. Laundry services. Sprinkler system, anti-fire treatment and full fire safety measures. First aid kit and medical attention available upon request. Emergency handling and fire trained staff. Marine Satellite. Nile SAT Channels. Free Wi-Fi.


M/Y BLUE HORIZON

Built in 2006, award­ winning M/Y Blue Horizon is the flagship fleet vessel and the benchmark for all other blue o two vessels to follow her. With a contemporary and stylish feel, M/Y Blue Horizon takes liveaboard luxury to a whole new level and is truly deserving of the title 'Liveaboard of the Year' awarded by DIVE and DIVE R magazine in their recent industry awards. With a large dining area, totally separate sky lounge with state of the art entertainment system, shaded deck area and sun deck, there is always space to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Red Sea. King suite upgrades are available and all cabins benefit from air conditioning, ensuite facilities, mini refrigerators and personal entertainment systems. M/Y Blue Horizon is equipped with a Nitrox membrane, booster pump, technical blending panel and is rebreather friendly making it the perfect platform for technical divers. 


COST & INFO

EGYPT & THE RED SEA - ANCIENT TREASURES & MARINE MARVELS

Double Occupancy: USD $12,580.00 per person

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $4,850.00 per person

 

PRE EXTENSION – SINAI - DESERT, MOUNTAINS & THE RED SEA

Double Occupancy: USD $3,770.00 per person

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $980.00 per person

 

POST EXTENSION –  LUXOR - TEMPLES, TOMBS & RIVER LIFE

Double Occupancy: USD $1,990.00 per person

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $590.00 per person

 

INCLUDED

All accommodations in twin/double share rooms as outlined in the itinerary; Exclusive boat charters Merit Dahabeya and M/Y Blue Horizon**; All group meals; Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions; Soft drinks, drinking water, tea and regular filter coffee during lunch and dinner at all hotels and onboard the Merit Dahabeya and M/Y Blue Horizon; Drinking water in rooms/cabins and while on tours; All group transfers and baggage handling; All tours, excursions, diving and snorkeling as outlined in the itinerary; Exclusive services of English speaking professional guides and naturalists; Services of 2 Wild Earth Expedition Leaders (including Expedition Leader/Dive Guide and Marine Biologist/Snorkel Guide); All gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, dive crew, ship-, resort- and wait staff; Government- Service- and Room taxes; All permits, Harbor fees, Entrance and Marine park fees; Complimentary slideshow and photos; Recaps and Lectures by marine biologist; Dive tanks/weights for Scuba divers. Donation to reef conservation project.

 

NOT INCLUDED

All international and domestic airfares (please note Domestic flights must be purchased through Wild Earth Expeditions). Pre-extension: Cairo-Sharm-Cairo currently priced at $270/ Main expedition: Cairo-Aswan/Aswan-Abu Simbel-Aswan $280); Any airport arrival and departure taxes; Passport and visa fees; Immunization costs; Meals outside the group travel itinerary; Mandatory Travel insurance (including medical, medical evacuation and accident); Excess baggage charges; Personal items, such as laundry, any alcoholic beverages or bar charges (unless specified above), WiFi, telephone, fax calls; Tips for your 2 Wild Earth Leaders and any non-group services; Nitrox air fills and dive gear rental.

Any sudden increase in price, due to currency fluctuations, a steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control, will be adjusted with the final invoice due 4 months prior to the expedition.

 

**PLEASE NOTE

A minimum of 12 guests is required for our group to get exclusive private boat charters throughout the expedition (onboard the Merit Dahabeya & M/Y Blue Horizon), and also for the Hot Air Balloon flight. If the guest number drops below 12 we will have to share the vessels and Hot Air Balloon with other guests.

 

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

We only have limited single spaces available on this expedition and single occupancy rates apply. If you are wanting to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you and double occupancy rates apply. If we cannot pair you with a roommate, the single supplement surcharge applies.


WILD EARTH LEADERS

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Lisa Sibley

Customer Care Manager, Trip Designer & Expedition Leader

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Robin Aiello

Marine Biologist & Snorkel Guide

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SPECIAL GUEST

 

Thomas Baechtold

CEO / Founder, Expedition Leader & Dive Instructor

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