Red Sea

There couldn’t be a bigger misnomer than the ‘Red Sea’, for it is in this Middle Eastern region that a stark desert landscape melds with sapphire waters. more...

Ports of Call

Aqaba

Aqaba Jordan’s only coastal city and is situated at the north-eastern tip of the Red Sea. It is also the largest city in the Gulf of Aqaba and is famous for its warm water and rich marine life.
It is best known today as a seaside and diving resort. Naturally, the city is known for its beach resorts and luxury hotels, which service those who come for diving, fun in the sand as well as water sports like windsurfing and scuba diving. It also offers activities which take advantage of its desert location. Another popular venue is the Turkish Bath (Hamam) built in 306 AD, in which locals and visitors alike come to relax after a hot day.

Excursions

  • Optional excursion to Wadi Rum or Eilat
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Petra

Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was a strategic crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
The Petra is half-built, half-carved into rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.

Excursions

  • Optional all-day excursion to the Petra
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Taba

A small Egyptian town, Taba's exceptional geographical location between Africa and Asia at the tip of the Gulf of Aqaba facing Saudi Arabia made it a stopover on the caravan route from the 14th century.
Today, Taba is a flourishing tourist destination for guests from around the world in search for pristine beaches and exceptional coral reefs to explore. This is no surprise, with its warm winter sun. But there's more to Taba than a sea and sun resort or diving destination. The nearby Sinai landmarks are must-sees, and they're all only a couple of hours away. The impressive coloured canyon, inspiring St Catherine's Monastery and massive Saladin Fortress are all worth visiting.

Highlights

  • Visit St Catherine's Monastery
  • Snorkelling and swimming
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Island of the Pharaoh

This is a small granite atoll surrounded by coral reefs and dominated by the magnificent Saladin Fortress. The fortress was built by Crusaders in the 12th century and recently restored by the Council of Egyptian Antiquities.
A truly strategic spot and you will be stunned by the fortress’s panoramic view, a landscape merging between the coasts of Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

Highlights

  • Visit to Saladin Fortress
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Sharm El Sheikh

With sunshine and warm waters all year round, Sharm El Sheikh is the closest seaside resort destination to Europe. Here, you can soak up sun, dive amid amazing corals reefs and enjoy the sea any time you need a break from your routine.
The climate is lovely and dry all year long, with temperatures at 20-25° C in winter but going up to 30-35° C in summer. Sharm El Sheikh boasts a wide array of fun, exciting and even crazy water and extreme sports: besides diving, snorkelling, sailing, wind- and kite-surfing, you can even try sky diving or parachuting from a helicopter.

Excursions

  • Optional excursion to St Catherine’s Monastery or Ras Muhammad for snorkelling or diving
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Hurghada

Spanning 40 km of pristine coastline, Hurghada city has year-round sunshine, incredibly beautiful coral reefs and dozens of exciting attractions in a laidback, relaxed atmosphere. No surprises it's known as one of the top three diving destination on the planet.


Gubal Island

The Big Gubal Island dive sites are usually visited by live-aboards departing from Hurghada.
The main attraction of this site is the amazing wreck of the Ulysses, a British cargo ship that sank in the Red Sea back in 1887. The freighter was transporting cables and the remnants of its shipment can still be seen on deck.

Highlights

  • Swimming and snorkelling
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Ras Muhammad

Ras Muhammad is a famous national park in Egypt and one of the most famous diving sites in the world.
Located between the rich coral reefs of the Red Sea and inland desert of the Sinai, it covers the coral headland at the southern-most tip of Sinai.

Highlights

  • An amazing diving and snorkelling site
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Luxor

Luxor, once an ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world's ‘greatest open-air museum’.
From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor, this city is the perfect choice for history buffs and just about everyone else!

Excursions

  • Transfers to Luxor and overnight at a deluxe hotel
  • Optional excursion to the West Bank of Luxor, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon
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