The Red Sea
The Red Sea
8 day itinerary
The Red Sea : on the one hand, ancient cultures and historical sites in a stunning desert setting; on the other, crystal clear turquoise waters, teeming with a vibrant and rich biodiverse eco-system, iconic dive sites and the dream playground for watersports lovers’. All under year-round sun.
LUXURY ALL THE WAY
Arrive at your charter yacht and be welcomed on board with a refreshing glass of Karkadeh, a traditional Egyptian drink made from an infusion of hibiscus flowers. Familiarise yourselves with your yacht before enjoying a delicious lunch. Spend the afternoon exploring the yachting hub of Hurghada or venture into the old town. Take a camel safari into the surrounding desert or try some dune buggying. In the evening, stroll along the seafront before enjoying a welcome cocktail party and a sumptuous dinner on board.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Wake up in Safaga after an overnight cruise. History buffs can make an early start with a private car and guide to head through the desert to Luxor and to the Valley of the Kings. See the tombs of several Ramses kings, Tutankhamun, Seti and Septah. Divers have their own treat in store with your own personal guide to explore another wonder world – underwater. See the vibrant colours of inquisitive triggerfish, Emperor fish, wrasse, parrotfish and clownfish, with reef dives, wall dives as well as stunning coral gardens. If relaxation is more for you, head to the Kempinski hotel in Soma Bay and spend some time ironing out the kinks from your trip in the Cascades Spa. Congregate here for dinner or opt for a quiet dinner on board.
Giftun El Saghir
The yacht will cruise back up towards Hurghada as you enjoy breakfast, arriving at the uninhabited island of Giftun El Saghir in good time to explore the coral reef and gardens before lunch. Non-divers can also experience the teeming marine life snorkelling in the shallower waters. Stunning empty beaches call out to set up your beach encampment and stretch out with a good book or indulge in some beachcombing; even if you can’t keep it, finding ‘treasure’ is always fun. The crew will come ashore to your chosen spot and set up a picnic lunch, after which simply press reset and do it all again. After sundowners on board with your favourite cocktails, head back to Hurghada for dinner in town.
A short cruise brings you to the pretty town of El Gouna. El Gouna is a modern resort built across islands and lagoons, offering a myriad of beaches and both water and land sports. Learn to kitesurf or go horseriding along the beach or indulge your competitive side on the tennis or squash courts. Golfers can get their fix and take on the challenging course at the Steinberger Golf Resort or you can pamper yourself at one of the many Spas. Take a local guide and head into the desert for some hiking. Have a stroll around Abu Tig Marina and enjoy cocktails at one of the many bars before dinner: try The Smokery El Gouna Yacht Club where the resident DJ will get the party started after your meal or find some live music in the Marina.
SALUTE THE SUN
Practise some early morning yoga as the yacht cruises across to Tawila Island. Tawila has perfect conditions for kitesurfing as well as beautiful beaches to chose from. Take your cameras for a hike across this small island and spot a variety of different birds. Swim in the protected lagoon or simply doze on the beach. Your yacht crew will set up lunch for you on the beach before the divers amongst you head across to Sha’b Abu Nuhas, a short hop away, with no less than 4 wrecks to explore, including the oldest, SS Carnatic, a British steam ship which sunk in 1869. The coral reef is a kaleidoscope of colour with exotic marine creatures including rays, turtles and octopus. Enjoy cocktails and a delicious dinner prepared by your chef.
Wake up at the luxury resort island of Sindalah, part of the Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia. Spend the day enjoying the wonderful activities and facilities on offer. Visit the Spa and be pampered with luxurious Red Sea treatments. Indulge in all the watersports on offer all around the island or head straight for the sunloungers at the Beach Club for a wonderfully relaxed day, interspersed with a spot of shopping for some beautiful artisanal souvenirs at the Bazaar. You may wish to visit the Catalina site where a seaplane ran into trouble and was abandoned in 1960. The wreck still remains on the shore of the Gulf of Aqaba. Finish off the perfect day at the Michelin star restaurant at the beach on Sindalah Island.
Sharm El Sheikh
A morning cruise brings you to cosmopolitan Sharm El Sheikh, winding through many coral islands surrounding Tiran Island. Watch out for frolicking dolphins en route. Go to the vibrant Old Market and see the stunning Al Sahaba Mosque in the old town or head to Soho Square, with its dancing fountain, for some serious shopping. Visit the modern Heavenly Cathedral to witness the lavishly decorated interior depicting scenes from the bible. Keen divers should head straight over to the Ras Mohammed Natural Reserve and onwards to dive the wreck of the SS THISTLEGORM, sunk in 1941, still laden with tanks and rifles. Farewell cocktails on board sets you up for your final taste of Egypt at El Kababgy overlooking Naama Bay and the after party to follow.
Sharm El Sheikh Intl. Airport
Enjoy your final leisurely breakfast on your yacht before bidding a fond farewell to your great Captain and crew as you head out to the airport for your onward flight.