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Wadi Feiran Oasis (Pearl of the Sinai) - Sinai Desert

Wadi Feiran Oasis (Pearl of the Sinai) -  Sinai Desert Mixing history and nature, Wadi Feiran, is not only one of the longest in Sinai as it covers quite a distance from the Gulf of Suez all the way to the Saint Catherine Monastery, is one of the most historically renowned Wadis, as it’s full of Biblical monuments and sites. Starting off wide and with a relatively smooth terrain, it evolves into a...

Colored Canyon - Sinai Desert

Colored Canyon -  Sinai Desert If you decide to go to the Colored Canyon, you’re in for quite a trip! The Canyon acquired its name due to its amazingly colored sandstone walls that flaunt unimaginable degrees of warm colors, like yellows, reds, whites and all the shades in-between. To get there you’ll head out from Nuweiba/font> towards the Ahmed Hamdy tunnel, through Nakhl...

Village of Saint Catherine – Galt El-Azraq

Village of Saint Catherine – Galt El-Azraq If you’re going to the village of Saint Catherine, you’ll definitely go there through Wadi Abu Gifa. Following an uphill trail zigzagging through the properties of the local Bedouins, you’ll reach the Pass of Abu Gifa. On your left you will see Deir El-Ribwa, a secluded monastery in the mountains, a little unconventional as it’s much more modern...

Wadi Connection – Rest Valley Mountain

Wadi Connection – Rest Valley Mountain Rest Valley Mountain is a few kilometers away from Dahab, and is the beginning of a couple of good hikes, or camel rides within the surrounding mountains. If you get off the Sharm-Nuweiba road at about 3 km after taking the Dahab exit, you’ll find yourself on a quite smooth trail, one that eventually leads you to a number of forks. Each branch...

The Blue Desert, Sinai

The Blue Desert, Sinai Thanks to Belgian artist Jean Verame, this spot has acquired the name of Blue Desert after he painted rocks and boulders of the area in bright turquoise blue, part of an art project celebrating Peace between Egypt and Israel. With the permission of late Egyptian President Anwar el Saddat, Verame worked on this unique project from 1980 to 1981,...

Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert

Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert Mount Sinai also called Jebel Moussa, a mountain in Egypt's Sinai desert. Hike from the monastery built around the Burning Bush, where God told Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, up to the summit of Mount Sinai, where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God. Through the centuries, his Bedouin tribe has intermarried with the original...

Day Trips from Aswan

Day Trips from Aswan Kom Ombo and Edfu are both easily accessible from Aswan, by day cruise, felucca, bus or taxi. Arriving by boat at the Temple of Haroeris and Sobek, near Kom Ombo, is recommended: the magnificent Ptolemaic temple is in a dramatic setting on high ground beside the Nile, surrounded by sugarcane fields. Dedicated jointly to Haroeris, The Good Doctor,...

Philae Temple (the Pearl of Egypt) on Philae Island, Aswan

Philae Temple (the Pearl of Egypt) on Philae Island, Aswan The temple of Philae and a granite quarry is south of the city of Aswan where the stone for many of the ancient monuments were chiseled. On the right side of the temple precincts stands the Trajan’s kiosk. This astonishing temple of Philae, the sacred complex of monuments constructed for the cult of Isis and Osiris. It was built under the...

Tombs of The Noble, Aswan

Tombs of The Noble, Aswan Aswan has the loveliest setting on the Nile. On one side sits the city, its shops, businesses, and the old Cataract Hotel, disguising the network of streets and alleyways which make up the souk, the second best next to Cairo's. There are major archeological sites along both banks of the upper Nile, necropoli such as the Tombs of the Nobles at...

Nubia, Aswan

Nubia, Aswan Nubian heritage is a vital element of Egyptian society. Nubia refers to the area in the south of Egypt along the Nile and in northern Sudan, 899 km south of Cairo. When the Aswan Dam was constructed in the 1960s, over 100,000 Nubians became displaced. Some moved north into Egypt, and others south into Sudan. Nubian sounds are kept alive today by...

Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank of Nile at Aswan

Coptic Monastery of St. Simeon near the Aga Khan tomb on the west bank of Nile This abandoned monastery near the Aga Khan Mausoleum on the west bank at Aswan is considered to be notably typical of early Christian Monasteries, and was one of the largest Coptic Monasteries in Egypt, with perhaps thousands of residents. It was begun in the 6th century, but it is believed that most building took place in the 7th century. It was...

Kitcheners Island and Botanical Garden/Lord Kitchener's Garden in Aswan

Kitcheners Island and Botanical Garden/Lord Kitchener's Garden in Aswan Historic sites in southern Egypt's Aswan are everywhere, though many, like the Mausoleum of the Aga Khan, are closed to the public. The botanical gardens on what used to be Kitchener's Island are still accessible, as are the ruins on the West Bank. This botanical garden provides local youth, girls in slacks and bright headscarves, young men in...

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan

Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel, Aswan The open-air Museum of Nubia and Aswan brings together cultural properties closely associated with the unfolding of a long sequence of Egyptian Pharaonic history. In addition to the complexes of Abu Simbel and Philae the site includes the temples of Amada, of Derr, those of Ouadi Es Sebouah, Dakka and Maharraqah, the temple of Talmis, and the...

The Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan

The Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Obelisks were signs of victory, and the inscriptions carved on them record the titles and achievements of the Pharaohs. The tip of an obelisk, called the capstone or pyramidion, was cased with gold, its brilliant shine connecting it with the sun-god Re. Egypt's obelisks were chosen by the Discovery Channel as one of the top 10 archaeological "...

The Aga Khan Mausoleum, Aswan

The Aga Khan Mausoleum, Aswan Aswan lies on the east bank of the Nile. A leisurely ride on a felucca, a traditional sailboat, on the river is an exciting experience. The one-hour ride takes the visitor to places of interest such as the mausoleum of the Aga Khan, tombs of the Nobles cut into the high cliffs, Kitchener’s island, with its exotic botanical gardens and the rocky...