Non-Diving Excursions

Cairo

For most of us, talk of Egypt conjures up visions of mummies and the ancients.  What other country has its own ‘ology’ afterall?  Taba, Egypt, makes a great base for your Egypt excursions – take a day out from your Red Sea Diving to explore. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo houses an unparrelled array of artefacts, some over 5,000 years old.  Gaze up at the collosal Pharonic statues; marvel at the vast hall of tombs.  The Egyptian Museum is an experience simply not to be missed.  It’s most famous exhibit, the Tutankhamun collection, is naturally the Museum’s major draw, housing The Boy King’s 110 kilo, solid gold inner sarcophogus and breathtakingly beautiful gold mask.  The Mummy Room is, without doubt, the only place in the world where you will be granted an audience with not just one king, but a whole crowd!

Giza

Who built them and how remains a mystery, but one thing is for certain.   The Pyramids are the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World and the only surviving today and the most famous Egypt excursion and well worth taking a day out from your Red Sea Diving.  Situate on the left bank of the Nile a short ride from Cairo city centre,  the Pyramids were hailed as the tallest structure in the world for over 3,800 years.  The Great Pyramid was originally encased in a layer of polished white limestone and is the tomb of the Pharoah, Khufu.  The smaller pyramid is the tomb of Khufu’s son, Khafre, with the third built for the benevolent Pharoah, Menkaure.  The three satellite or ‘Queens Pyramids’ served as tombs for Khufu’s wives.  This remarkable vista is guarded by The Great Sphynx.  Take a carriage, horse, or camel ride back to the time of the Pharoahs to see Egypt at its truly awe-inspiring best.

Petra

The City of Petra was discovered as lately as 1812, stumbled upon by Johan Ludwig Burckhardt, a young Swiss explorer, as he traversed the resplendent Jordanian mountains.  It is just a few hours from Taba, Egypt. This caravan city lies on what was once an important crossroads between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, between the Dead and Red Seas.  The Rose Red City consists of temples, tombs, settlements and, of course the magnificent Treasury, half built, half caved out of the sandstone cliffs. Petra is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where the ancient East meet the Hellenic West, and has been the backdrop to many blockbusters, featuring in the closing scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Jerusalem

Known as the City of Gold in Hebrew, Jerusalem is steeped in history.  The Old City is a must see, with its Wailing Wall and the Church of the Sepulcher – the most holy Christian spot in the world.  Temple Mount boasts spectacular Islamic architecture and 35 acres of gardens, fountains and domes.  From the Israel Museum, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls, to the Dome of the Rock and its golden roof, Jerusalem is a spiritually uplifting adventure.   As the capital of modern day Israel, the 21st Century stands shoulder to shoulder with the 1st in this captivating city.

The Coloured Canyon

This natural phenomena stretches out for over a kilometre and is the result of ancient ocean activity across this now arid peninsula.  The Red Sea once covered this stretch of the Sinai and, as it receded, carved deep grooves in the sandstone and limestone.  Marvel at the vivid reds, golds and purples of the canyon’s steep walls, and bask in the tranquility of this natural maze.

St Catherine’s Monastery

This UNESCO World Heritage Site enjoys a truly spectacular location, sitting at the foot of Mount Sinai (or Mount Moses as it is otherwise known), a few hours from Taba, Egypt.  It is well worth a day off from you Red Sea diving for this famous Egypt excursion. St Catherine’s Monastery was constructed under the orders of Emperor Justinian between 527 and 565ad to house relics of St Catherine of Alexandria.  The monastery is the second oldest working monastery in the world and is built around the Burning Bush.  It is home to vast collection of priceless art work.  Here you will find Western oil paintings, Arab and Byzantine mosaics alongside Greek and Russian icons, not to mention the huge collection of illuminated manuscripts second only to that of the Vatican.

Please note that whilst a visa is not generally required for visitors remaining within the Sinai, for the above excursions one will be necessary. These are easily obtained at the airport upon arrival at a cost of 15 US$

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