Mt. Sinai & St Catherine, Sunrise Trek (Day 9) – (US $55 per person to be paid locally - min. of 4 passengers required)
Midnight heralds the start of what will be the most unforgettable part of your trip. Trekking up Mt. Sinai in the moonlight to experience the sunrise from the top of this Sinai peak is every Egyptian travellers ultimate highlight. The religious significance of this journey only magnifies the experience. You will be driven to the base camp from where you will begin your 2 hour trek. Accompanied by 2 Guides – one who will lead the group, and one who will stay at the rear - you will climb up to 2285m. Known locally as 'Gebel Musa' as well as Moses' mountain due to the belief that God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses at its summit, you will witness the sunrise across the serene Sinai's high mountain region. After a 2 hour descent, a breakfast box will be available for you so you can re-fuel. Your Guide will then provide you with commentary regarding the St Katherine's monastery and give you the opportunity to enter the site.
Abu Simbel (Return coach excursion from Aswan (Day 4) - Pre-book as Add-on
Abu Simbel is located 280km south of Aswan on the banks of Lake Nasser. This breathtaking monument comprises two temples cut in the rock that were built by Ramses II to honour himself and his beloved wife Nefetari. The temple was rescued from oblivion through massive international efforts during the building of the High Dam of Aswan. Bookings for the Abu Simbel coach excursion can be made directly through Busabout at the time of booking and is the best value way to see one of Egypt's greatest monuments.
Cruise Upgrade (Days 3- 5) – Pre-book as Add-on
3 nights of luxury onboard a 5 star Nile Cruise with onboard bar, pool sundeck and air-conditioned cabins. For those wanting a few more creature comforts than the Felucca and a break from life on the road then this is the perfect antidote. Private twin and single cabins are available and it's still possible to combine with Abu Simbel (as the cruise leaves Aswan a day earlier than the Felucca) as you will be picked up and dropped off to the cruise. (Inc. all meals and accommodation on board).
Sleeper Train Upgrade – Pre-book as Add-on
For those wanting a bit more comfort on the night train from Cairo to Aswan then this is a great option. Private twins and singles available. Standard accommodation will be first class reclining seats but this offers a bit more privacy and a fully horizontal bed.