Red Sea Triangle
Israel, Jordan, Egypt
Red Sea Triangle Custom Packages – Choose just 1, 2 or all 3 countries!
Friendship Building Bridges
Years of personal friendship between the neighboring people of Egypt, Israel and Jordan has procured the foundation for a unique tourism concept, offering incredible nature, history and culture tours to these 3 fascinating countries. By setting political boundaries aside and building mutually beneficial relationships, combined with their passion for this amazingly ancient area, new possibilities have been created by their team of professionals. We are therefore honored to be able to provide customers with the opportunity to visit all three countries, Jordan, Israel, and Egypt, during the same tour. In addition, for those who do not wish to visit all three countries, they offer and operate combined tours to one or two of them. Furthermore, visitors can now enjoy smooth and easy passage between countries, unlimited adventures, hospitable people and a diversity of cultures, tastes and colors.
Nature – Above and Below the Surface
Aqaba, Eilat and Sinai are all located on the shores of the Red Sea, the northernmost tropical sea in the world, renowned for its rich and diverse ecosystem teaming with marine life. Colorful tropical fish, amazing corals, clear water with fantastic underwater visibility and a coral reef that reaches the water’s surface, is what turns the Red Sea into a magical wonderland for snorkelers and scuba divers alike. In addition, the relatively calm water and consistent water temperature provide ideal conditions for diving courses during any season.
In stark contrast to the deep blue Red Sea, the stunning Sinai desert in Egypt, the remarkable Negev desert in Israel, and the breathtaking Jordanian Wadi Rum, offer visitors some of the most spectacular barren land tours in the region, accompanied by the local Bedouins, hot tasty tea and endless starry skies.
History and Culture
The birth of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the empires that conquered and ruled throughout the different eras in history, the ancient trade routes, the monuments and the myriad of holy and sacred places, are what make this region one of the most historically and culturally diverse, and important, parts of the world today. Explore the numerous museums and colorful markets, walk through the pages of history and connect to countless cultures when you include locations such as the ancient Egyptian Pyramids and temples, Mount Moses in Sinai, Jerusalem, Nazareth and Petra in your visit.
Start and End Points of Your Tour Including Duration
With a team of professionals in Egypt, Jordan and Israel, Red Sea Triangle is able to offer you the choice of beginning and ending your tour from any international airport in these three countries. In other words, you can start your trip in one country and depart from another. Their service also includes pick-up and drop-off from any location in these countries, so you have the freedom to plan your itinerary as you see fit. We will build you a customized itinerary with proposals and recommendations to suit your every need.
Packages can be tailored to suit with your choice of just one country or your preferred combination of two or all three. Itineraries can be fully escorted and can rage from just a few days to a month or more. Contact our dive and adventure specialists to create your perfect vacation.
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With the Mediterranean Sea on the west coast, Jordan to the east, and the Red Sea and Egypt to the south, Israel is not only the heart of the Red Sea Triangle, but is in itself a fantastic tourist location. Although it only takes a day to travel from one end of this small country to the other, visitors can find whatever their hearts desire, be it ecotourism, nature reserves and trails, camping sites, sports, luxurious hotels, spas, high-end shopping malls, markets, stunning beaches, art, museums, historical, archaeological and religious sites, a diversity of cultures and cuisine, or a sensational night life, Israel has it all!
Due to the wonderful weather and the calm waters of the Red Sea, Eilat is a paradise for all type of water sports, including water skiing, parasailing, wind surfing, sailing and swimming. Daily cruises on yachts and glass bottom boats depart from the local marina and most include water sports, lunch and great atmosphere.
Just a short walk from the comfort of your hotel an aquatic wonderland awaits just below the surface of the crystal blue sea. So, don your mask, snorkel and fins, step into the water, and after just a few kicks you will discover the breathtaking beauty of an underwater world teeming with fish, corals and indigenous marine life – the very reason why Eilat is a renowned snorkeling location.
Please note that most of Eilat’s beaches are nature reserves and the city council has strictly forbidden the use of plastic near the sea.
Eilat Learn to Dive
For those of you who are over the age of 12 and wish to venture further into the magnificent realm of this aquatic fantasia, the “Learn to Dive” course is highly recommended. Earn your international diving certificate in only a few days from one of Eilat’s professional diving schools, most of which are located on the beach, only a couple of meters away from the underwater classroom. So, what are you waiting for? The “Learn to Dive” course is suitable for individuals, groups of friends or as a perfect family activity.
Eilat Scuba Diving
For the certified divers, Eilat is an underwater paradise with dive sites galore easily accessible from the shore or a diver’s boat. Our dive center offers daily guided dives to some of the best diving sites in the area including the nature reserve and the Satil Wreck, a navy missile vessel especially sunken for scuba divers. The guided dives are suitable for divers at all levels, and a full range of top class diving equipment is available at the diving center.
Land Based Activities
Tel Aviv – Jaffa
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, Tel Aviv is Israel’s largest city as well as its cultural and financial hub. Affectionately known as the ‘city that never sleeps’, Tel Aviv offers a vibrant nightlife scene, fantastic accommodation options, an abundance of shops, and amazing restaurants and food markets. The oldest part of Tel Aviv is Jaffa, an ancient port city where people of all ages, cultures and religions live side by side. Renowned for its artists, craftsmen and vendors, visitors are warmly invited to enjoy Jaffa’s colorful, unique atmosphere. We highly recommend a visit to Tel Aviv and Jaffa as part of your trip to Israel.
Situated in the Judaean Mountains between the Mediterranean and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world, and is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The combination of ancient and modern times that can be observed throughout Jerusalem, together with the historical and biblical stories that enshroud it, contribute to the special ambiance of this unique city. Popular attractions and religious sites, such as the Old City, Dome of the Rock, Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, attract approximately 3.5 million tourists annually, making it the most-visited city in Israel… so remember, if you haven’t been to Jerusalem, you haven’t been to the Land of Milk and Honey.
Haifa and Acre
Located on the shores of the Mediterranean, 90 km north of Tel Aviv, and built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, Haifa is not only the third largest city in Israel, a major seaport, and the north’s regional center, it also boasts a history spanning more than 3000 years, and is considered a haven where Jews and Arabs coexist harmoniously. Furthermore, Haifa offers its guests an array of attractions, accommodation and cuisine, and is only a short drive away from many interesting areas such as the Sea of Galilei, Acre and the Golan Heights. It is also home to the Baháʼí World Center of the Baháʼí Faith, which comprises the Shrine of Baháʼu’lláh near Acre, the Shrine of the Báb and its breathtaking gardens on Mount Carmel, an experience that should not be missed.
Acre, also known as Akko, is among the oldest, continuously-inhabited settlements on Earth, and its Old City was designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Due to its location on a natural harbor at the furthest point of Haifa Bay, its importance as a coastal trading station and waypoint enroute to the Jezreel Valley, Acre has endured conquest and destruction numerous times, surviving as little more than a large village for centuries at a time. Acre’s history can be traced back to the Early Bronze Age, starting at about 3000 BC, and continuing through every known era since then, including the Iron Age, Persian, Byzantine, Crusader, Malmuk and Ottoman periods. Needless to say, Acre is considered a highlight for history and archeology enthusiasts, offering many places of interest such as the City Walls, Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre Citadel, Hamam al-Basha, Hospitller Refectory and other medieval sites.
Nazareth and Sea of Galilee
Located in the Lower Galilee region, with a predominantly Arab population comprising of both Muslims and Christians, Nazareth is considered the “Arab capital of Israel”. According to the New Testament, it is believed to be the place where Jesus spent his childhood and is therefore a center of Christian pilgrimage. Its fascinating culture, gorgeous location, traditional Arab market, and of course numerous religious sites are what make Nazareth such an attractive tourist location. Among the many churches and shrines relating to the various religious streams are venues such as the Church of the Annunciation, the Nazareth Nuns’ Convent, the Church of Saint Joseph, the Synagogue Church and the White Mosque. For those seeking a more authentic, adventurous and educational experience, the Jesus Trail is an absolute must! A 65km hiking trail following in Jesus’ footsteps and connecting important religious sites from his life. The trail begins in Nazareth, passes through the stunning, yet rugged, Galilee landscapes, and ends in Capernaum on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias and Kinneret, is the lowest fresh water lake in the world. In addition to being fed by underground springs, its main source of water comes from the Jordan and Yarmouk rivers to its north. The Sea of Galilee plays and important role in the New Testament as the place where Jesus recruited four of his apostles and performed many of his miracles. During the rainy season the lake’s water flows into the continuation of the Jordan River on its south, where, every year, thousands of pilgrims from around the world come to be baptized. The Sea of Galilee is surrounded by agricultural settlements and archeological ruins, with Tiberias, a large city and holy Jewish center, situated on its western shore. Visitors to this area can enjoy an array of accommodation, cuisine, markets and attractions including ancient pools filled with water from natural hot springs, massage and mud treatments and watersports.
Dead Sea and Masada
Lying in the Jordan Rift Valley, between Jordan and Israel, with shores at 430 meters below sea level, and a depth of 304 meters, the Dead sea is not only Earth’s lowest place on land, but is also the deepest and saltiest lake in the world – 10 times saltier than sea water. The name “Dead Sea” derives from the scarcity of flora and fauna, which cannot survive in this harsh, arid environment caused by high levels of salinity, low rainfall, and extreme climate. Despite these severe, yet breathtaking surroundings, or perhaps due to them, people have been attracted to the Dead Sea for centuries. Renowned for its natural resources and healing properties, the Dead Sea was one of the world’s first health resorts and is still famous today, attracting visitors from all corners of the earth who flock there annually to float on its waters, pamper themselves and treat a number of ailments with its mineral rich black mud. Herod the Great was also aware of the value and strategic importance of this unique area, and built his palaces and fortress on top of a mountain on the shores of the Dead Sea, known as Masada
Masada- A Herodian fortress built in the first century B.C. which, following the destruction of the second temple and the Roman conquest of Jerusalem, became a stronghold for Jewish rebels and their families who fled from Jerusalem between 70-73 A.D. Masada is a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO and one of the most visited historical and archaeological sites in Israel. Visitors are welcome to use the cable-car or hike up the snake trail to the mountain top, where ancient stories of martyrdom, courage and heroism come to life against the breathtaking background of the Dead Sea and Jordanian mountains. A half day tour of this magnificent place is hight recommended, especially for those traveling from Jerusalem to Eilat, Aqaba and the Red Sea.
With unearthed remains of over 20 successive settlements, dating back to the end of the last glacial period, approximately 10,000 B.C, Jericho is considered one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, holding immense historical and religious significance for both tourists and locals. Located in the fertile Jordan Valley, near the Jordan River, Jericho, also known as the “city of palm trees”, offers its guests a calm, inviting atmosphere, fantastic Middle Eastern food, spectacular views of the desert, and, of course some iconic sites, including the Mount of Temptation, where it is believed Jesus Christ spent 40 days praying and fasting before entering Jerusalem.
The archeological site of Qumran is about half an hour drive from Jerusalem. This ancient settlement, believed to be the home of the Essenian sect, has received much recognition and attention since the discovery of the famous Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947.
A natural oasis just north of Masada, Ein Gedi is considered one of the most beautiful venues in Israel. Boasting a number of hiking trails, stunning landscapes and spectacular botanical gardens, Ein Gedi Nature Reserve invites its guests to revel in nature at its best. One of the most popular hiking trails is the lower part of Wadi David that leads to David’s Waterfall and fresh water pools, offering a break from the desert heat and perhaps a glimpse of the animals that flourish in the area.
Negev Desert tours
Sprawling between the ancient city of Beersheba and the southernmost city of Eilat, the Negev desert spreads over half of Israel, quietly revealing its magical beauty to all. The unique Ramon Crater, hospitable local Bedouins, desert farms producing wonderful wines from locally grown grapes, and delectable homemade goat cheeses, not to mention the stark desert landscape and intoxicating sunsets, are just a sample of what awaits those who decide to discover the enchanting Negev desert. Highly recommended to whoever travels by land from Tel Aviv to Eilat.
King Solomon built this city, the only one on the shores of the Red Sea. Today Timna Park, the world’s oldest copper mines, offers its visitors a glimpse into the past. Mentioned in the Bible as Ezion Geber Eiloth, and rebuilt by King Solomon to serve as a trading post with the ancient African and Arabic kingdoms, Eilat is still Israel’s southernmost city situated between stark desert mountains and the sublime blue waters of the Red Sea. Sharing borders with both Jordan and Egypt, Eilat is the perfect gateway to all three countries, making it the ideal location for the Red Sea Triangle Operation Center’s home base. In addition, Eilat is the ultimate tourist location catering to every type of traveler. Choose from unlimited types of accommodation be it camping or 5 star hotels; dine at restaurants offering everything from local cuisine to delicacies imported from around the globe; find what you’re looking for in the numerous street stalls, shopping malls and exclusive stores; enjoy the buzzing night life or stroll along the seaside promenade; walk through history at Timna Park, the world’s oldest copper mines; discover nature at its best through delightful desert tours, snorkeling and scuba diving; get your adrenaline rush while participating in the many water sports available; pamper yourself in one of the numerous beauty and massage parlors; or simply soak up the sun on one of the beautiful beaches while listening to the gentle lapping of the water as it strokes the shore – Whatever your choice, Eilat is for you.
Points of interests while in Eilat:
Underwater Observatory and Sharks Pool
Located on Eilat’s south beach, the Underwater Observatory is home to over 800 species of marine life. Visit the turtle and stingray pool, walk around the 360-degree aquarium, learn about the oceans’ wonders in the rare fish exhibit, stroll through a glass tunnel as sharks gracefully glide above you, descend underwater to peak out the windows at the busy marine life in its natural environment, sail on the glass-bottom boat along Eilat’s stunning reefs, and then stop for a drink and some delicious food at the park’s restaurants. The Underwater Observatory is a fabulous way to spend at least two and a half hours and is suitable for all ages.
One of Eilat’s major tourist attractions, the Dolphin Reef provides its guests the opportunity to see, learn about and interact with bottlenose dolphins that are free to do as they please. Observe these majestic marine mamals from beautifully designed rafts and bridges, or meet them face to face while snorkeling or diving with a specially trained team member. You are also invited to relax on Dolphin Reef’s sandy beach, swim in the specifically allocated area, and enjoy delicious meals from one of the two restuarants.
Timna Valley and Eilat Mountains 4×4 tours
Sharply rising up to over 800 meters above sea level, the Eilat mountains, a declared nature reserve, offers its visitors an unforgettable desert experience. Join one of our 4×4 trips departing daily from Eilat and drive up the rugged rocky terrain that leads us to observation points from where, on a clear day, Israel, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia can be seen. The Arava Valley sprawls out from the foot of the Eilat Mountains, a magical desert brimming with mystery, flora and fauna, as well as natural and historical sites, the most acclaimed of which is Timna Park, an ancient copper mine and place of worship, encompassed by an abundance of recreational activities, hiking trails and wondrous rock and sandstone formations including the famous Solomon’s Pillars, Mushroom and the Arches.
Whether on a budget or ready to splurge, you will find something suitable from Eilat’s extensive range of accommodation options. All you have to do is choose between staying in the buzzing city center, on the north beach promenade, or the quiet south beach which is less crowded and closer to the diving facilities.
Jordan is a land of culture and adventure with its rich history, modern cities, vast desert landscapes, ancient castles and sparkling blue sea. So, if you are planning a trip to Jordan, but are not sure what to do or where to go, we will be delighted to offer you a choice of classic sightseeing tours, themed trips, diving, snorkeling, hiking, trekking, horse and camel rides, 4×4 tours or a combination of everything, including the wonderful warm-hearted hospitality of the Jordanian people.
All marine life enthusiasts will admit that the Red Sea is a world known location for snorkeling and Scuba Diving. Its deep, clear blue waters offer great visibility, revealing an underwater paradise of colorful corals teeming with fish, some of which are endemic to this region. Due to the fact that most of the coral reefs brush the water’s surface, there is no easier way to enjoy nature’s treasure than simply floating on the water, while observing the intricate eco-system that unfolds before your eyes. To enhance this fantastic experience, and make it worthwhile, we urge you to use one of our local guides and a fish identification chart. Please remember that all snorkeling sites are part of the nature reserve so it is forbidden to catch, touch or feed the fish.
Aqaba Scuba Diving
Tremendous effort has been made by the Aqaba authorities to preserve the delicate flora and fauna of the coral reefs. Some of their projects included building fantastic artificial reefs which alleviate the effects that divers have on the natural reefs. As a result, Aqaba now offers both recreational divers and underwater photographers a diverse haven of interesting sites: Ship wrecks, two sunken airplanes and the underwater museum of war apparatus, which opened at the beginning of 2020, and includes tanks, cannons, helicopters and trucks – thereby creatively re-assigning war machinery to serve nature instead.
Our Sea Star dive center in Aqaba, run by Mr. William, is very comfortable and well-equipped with a professional, caring team of dive guides. We offer daily guided dives to all the best sites, some of which are accessible from shore, while others are reached by boat.
Aqaba Learn to Dive
Aqaba is a perfect location to learn how to dive. Not only are diving courses an extremely enjoyable activity, it is also a great way to utilize your time and earn your internationally recognized diving certificate. We offer a wide range of courses from a one-hour introductory dive with a private instructor, to a four-day Open Water SCUBA certification. The course runs daily from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a one-hour recess to relax and eat lunch in our dive center’s cafeteria. Our ‘Learn to Dive’ program is suitable for the entire family from the age of 10.
Sea Star operates daily cruises on our house boat, that include a spacious deck for leisure and sunbathing, a scrumptious lunch, and of course ample time to swim, snorkel and scuba dive at some of Aqaba’s prime locations. The cruise leaves Aqaba’s yacht club in the morning and returns in the afternoon, offering you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and relaxation suitable for everyone.
Land Based Activities
Amman is not only the capital and largest city in Jordan, it is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. During the 7th Century BC is was named Ammon by the Ammonites who lived there and since then it has been inhabited by the Assyrians, Persians, Greek, Nabateans, Romans, Circassians and Ottomans. It finally became known as Amman during the Islamic period and was designated as the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1921.
When touring Amman be sure to visit The Citadel and the Roman Temple of Hercules, then sit on one of the 6000 seats in the magnificent Roman Theatre, which was built into the mountainside. The Roman Theatre has once again become a place of entertainment where, in the summer, you can enjoy performances, traditional music, folk dancing, plays and modern pop concerts under the stars. Learn about Amman’s rich history when strolling through its numerous museums, boasting centuries of traditional costumes, antique jewelry and crafts. Take the time to visit the teaming market for handmade gold and silver jewelry, local handicrafts, and a taste of the wonderful fresh fruit and vegetables. After dark, this intriguing city shows off its young culture and vibrant nightlife with a multitude of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, some of which have live entertainment featuring old and new Arabic music and dance. So, if you’re a night owl, we recommend you go to Rainbow Street for the best entertainment scene Amman has to offer. In addition, Amman is a great base for day trips to locations such as Jerash, Desert Castles, the Dead Sea and Madaba.
Overshadowed by Petra, its popular southern neighbor, Jerash is a site usually overlooked by many visitors, however an excursion to this ancient city is highly recommended and very rewarding.
The city of Jerash lies in an extremely fertile area and has had an unbroken chain of human occupancy for over 6,500 years, reaching its prime during Roman rule. Large parts of this incredible city were unfortunately destroyed during earthquakes, leaving it buried in sand and hidden for centuries until 1925, when it began being excavated and restored. Jerash is now acknowledged as one of the best-preserved examples of a Roman city.
Enter the Jerash’s ancient walls and walk along its paved and colonnaded streets, discover the beauty of the city’s hilltop temples, and revel in centuries of culture and architecture when visiting the theatres, hippodrome, public squares, grand plazas, bath houses and fountains. During springtime, visitors enjoy the bonus of seeing nature at her best when the stunning wildflowers blossom in abundance all over this fertile land. Every July, the Jerash Festival offers an exciting celebration of local and international cultures, as well as performances in the south amphitheatre that include world class ballet, Italian opera, Shakespeare, local folk dancers, and modern music and dance artists.
Madaba and Mount Nobo
Known as the ‘City of Mosaics’ Madaba is famous for its 6th century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land, a 25 x 5 meter masterpiece containing over 2 million tesserae. Located on the floor of the modern St George Greek Orthodox Church, which is built on the site of an older 6th century church, the map depicts holy sites, hills, valleys, towns and cities spreading as far as the Nile Delta!
Close by is Mount Nebo, which is believed to be Moses’ burial site. Early Christians made pilgrimage to this place, and the first church in the area was built there in the 4th century. Visitors are invited to stand at the top of the mountain, as Moses did when he first saw the Promised Land, and gaze upon the breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Jericho.
Visitors from all over the world come to the Dead Sea to relax and rejuvenate. The area is renowned for its weaker ultraviolet radiation, sunny skies, oxygen enriched dry air, higher atmospheric pressure, thermal springs and mineral rich sea salt and mud, all of which contribute to the Dead Sea’s therapeutic and medicinal qualities. The salt, for example, offers a natural remedy for many skin ailments, and the dry climate helps relieve conditions such as asthma. The healing properties of the Dead Sea have been well known for thousands of years, it is believed that King Herod and Cleopatra used to visit the region regularly.
Today, there are several 5 star luxury resorts that line the coast, all with private beaches and spas which offer a wide range of treatments using products made from the Dead Sea’s water, salt and mud. So, after exploring Jordan’s countryside and perhaps going on a few adventures, it is a wonderful idea to treat yourself to some real rest, relaxation and recuperation.
“Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.” (Dr. Muhammad Ali Alkhuli)
One of the new 7 Wonders of the World, the Nabatean city of Petra is not only Jordan’s most valuable treasure, but its greatest tourist attraction as well. The city of Petra was carved into the pink and red sandstone of the mountainside and was an important trading center connecting trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Enter Petra through a narrow, 1 km long canyon known as the Siq, whose walls are an attraction in themselves with their amazing colouration and rock formation. As you reach the end of the Siq, you will catch your first glimpse of the impressive Al Khazneh –
Beyond the Treasury an entire city perforated with intricately carved tombs beckons you to explore its obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars, Nabatean built Roman style amphitheatre and colonnaded streets. Then, climb over 800 rock-cut steps that lead you to the incredible Al-Deir monument, also known as the Monastery.
Although you can manage to see Petra’s main highlights, such as the Treasury, the Amphitheatre, the central temple – Street of Façade and Royal Tombs, in a single day tour, at least a couple of days are required, and recommended, to fully explore this breathtaking ancient wonder.
“Vast, echoing and God like…” T.E Lawrence, The 7 Pillars of Wisdom
If you’re looking for fun and adventure, Wadi Rum, also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, is the place for you! The 1,750 m mountains create a natural challenge for serious mountaineers, while hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless, empty spaces and explore the many canyons and water holes in the area. Travel by horse, camel or 4×4 vehicles as you follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, or choose to experience Wadi Rum from a different perspective as you soar over the mountains in a hot air balloon. To end an abundant day, nothing beats savoring the stunning sunset over the red mountains, while you relax and revel in the renowned Bedouin hospitality in one of the many camps on the reserve. Enjoy a delicious traditional meal of Zarb – meat and vegetables cooked under the sand, then fall into a deep slumber under the star spangled desert sky.
Please note that the RSCN (Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature) are constantly working to protect the flora and fauna in this area. Some of their most successful projects are the Oryx and Ibex release programs (in conjunction with the Shawarmi Reserve breeding centre), the implementation of a management plan that constantly encourages visitors to follow the rules and regulations of the reserve in order to minimize the impact of tourism on the site, and enlisting the local Bedouins’ help by creating incomes from the benefits of sustainable tourism. We profoundly support sustainable tourism and all of our tours in the area are run with the help of the local Bedouins.
Surrounded by mountains to the East and the Red Sea to the South, Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city. Its unique micro climate, together with its abundance of activities and attractions, make Aqaba the perfect holiday destination all year round for every type of traveler. With water temperatures ranging from 26ºC in the summer to 18ºC in the winter, it’s never too cold to get wet! So bring your swimming gear and take your pick of the numerous water sports Aqaba has to offer, including para-sailing, jet skis, banana boats, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling and of course the most popular of all… scuba diving! We offer guided dives, diving courses and introductory dives, giving visitors a chance to experience the breathtaking beauty of the coral reefs at Aqaba Marine Park. For those of you who don’t wish to get wet, we implore you to delight in the equisite coral reefs from one of the many glass bottom boats, or breathe in the refreshing sea air, relax and enjoy a meal on board a cruise.
Aqaba is also rich in history, explore intriguing sites such as the world’s oldest church that dates back to the 3rd century AD, the ruins of the ancient city of Ayla, a Mamluk fort and an archaeological museum. Stroll through the local markets offering souvenirs, clothes and perfumes. Arouse your senses with the fresh fruits, vegetables and spices in the food market, and dine on a variety of local cuisine and international dishes, including some of the tastiest fresh fish and seafood, in Aqaba’s many restaurants. After dinner we suggest that you soak up the ambiance in one of the wonderful street cafes with a scrumptiously sweet desert and a superb cup of cooked coffee or a pot of freshly brewed tea. Aqaba is a great, convenient base for day tours to Wadi Rum, Petra and the Dead Sea.
Located at the north east tip of Africa, with the Mediterranean Sea to its north and the Red Sea to its east, the Arab Republic of Egypt is one of the most fascinating countries in the world for a visit. The country’s heritage and history are a wonder that never cease to amaze. Along the Nile River, its ancient source of life, are some of the most iconic monuments. Abu Simbel at the south, through Aswan and Luxor temples, the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. A visit to the Cairo Egyptian museum is a must along with its colorful streets and markets. Egypt is an amazing location for fun and leisure as well. Some beautiful resorts lie along the Sinai and Red Sea coasts. Snorkeling, Scuba Diving and liveaboard cruises take place on daily or weekly basis to some of the world’s most amazing Red Sea underwater wonders of nature.
Sharm El Sheikh Snorkeling
Easy access from shore, the nearby, endless reefs that reach the sea’s surface, and the wonderfully clear, cool water allow snorkelers to take their time as they pleasurably gaze at the glorious wonderland of marine nature that never ceases to amaze. So, just choose from one of the many snorkeling spots and dive sites, which are also suitable for snorkelers, grab your mask, fins and snorkel, and jump right in to the magnificent blue waters of the Red Sea.
Sharm El Sheikh Scuba Diving
The crystal-clear blue waters of the Red Sea, abundant with exhilarating marine life, is what makes Sharm el Sheikh a scuba diver’s paradise and one of the world’s best diving destinations. Discover some of the area’s most dazzling dive sites such as the Ras Muhammed reservation, the WWII wreck of the S.S. Thistlegorm, as well as Jackson and Thomas reefs, while enjoying the comforts and diving from highly recommended liveaboard diving cruises, or daily boat cruises.
Easy access from shore, with nearby, endless reefs that reach the sea’s surface, and the wonderfully clear, cool water allow snorkelers to take their time as they pleasurably gaze at the glorious wonderland of marine nature that never ceases to amaze. So, just choose from one of Dahab’s many snorkeling spots and dive sites, which are also suitable for snorkelers, grab your mask, fins and snorkel, and jump right in to the magnificent blue waters of the Red Sea.
Dahab Scuba Diving
Extreme walls falling vertically down to hundreds of meters below the sea’s surface, caves and overhangs covered in corals and overflowing with marine life are just some of the reasons that make Dahab famous for its amazing dive sites. A typical dive begins at the deepest point and slowly ascends towards the surface where shallow coral gardens reveal their treasures of colorful schools of fish, eels, sea slugs, crabs, starfish and other wonderfully exotic sea creatures.
Land Based Activities
Built on the banks of the Nile River, near the Nile Delta, Cairo, also known as “the city of a thousand minarets”, is the largest city in the Arab world and Egypt’s capital. It is also an important political, cultural and historical center where the fascinating contrast between antediluvian and modern landmarks, monuments and architecture can be seen throughout the city. The magnificent ancient city of Memphis and the renowned Giza pyramid complex, including the great Sphinx of Giza, are located in Cairo’s geographical area, associating Cairo with ancient Egypt.
Buzzing with life, culture and middle eastern cuisine and hospitality, visitors can choose from a vast variety of activities and attractions. Among the many recommendations is the Egyptian Museum which boasts over 100,000 antiquities as well as a unique presentation of the entire history of the Egyptian civilization. Don’t miss out on the El Khalili Bazaar, a major tourist attraction where local merchants and craftsmen sell their ware. Take a break from shopping and haggling and enjoy some famous Arabic coffee, delicious food and delectable sweet delights from one of the many coffee houses, restaurants and street food vendors. Then, escape the hustle and bustle of this intense city and relax on board a traditional felucca, an Egyptian wooden boat with a canvas sail, as you cruise down the River Nile, enjoying the gentle breeze and taking in the unforgettable beauty of Cairo’s skyline.
The modern city of Luxor, on the east bank of the Nile River, extends to and incorporates the ancient city of Thebes, also known as Waset. Famous for its numerous monuments, tombs and temple ruins, which lie on the east and west banks, this fascinating city has earned the description of the “world’s greatest open-air museum” making it a haven for history lovers. The Luxor and Karnak Temple Complexes, on the east bank, were a place of worship and commemoration for the pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Karnak, the most visited Egyptian historical site after the Giza Pyramids, comprises four main parts, only one of which is open to the general public and includes many ruins such as those of temples, chapels and pylons. Across the Nile, on the west bank, is the Theban Necropolis. Used mainly for ritual burials during most of the Pharaonic period, with the Valley of the Kings at its heart, the Necropolis includes many memorial temples as well as the Valley of the Queens.
Situated on the east bank of the Nile River, in the south of Egypt, just north of the Aswan Dam, the beautiful city of Aswan is a popular tourist destination with its serene atmosphere, authentic market, many monuments and attractions, and stunning landscape. The Nile in this area is renowned for its exceptional beauty as it flows through granite rocks and around islands bejeweled with tropical vegetation and palm trees. It is therefore not surprising that visitors choose to indulge in delicious cuisine, tour amazing historical monuments, relax and observe the spectacular scenery as they cruise down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor.
Abu Simbel Temples
After being entirely relocated in 1968 to prevent them from being submerged due to the creation of Lake Nasser, the two colossal Abu Simbel temples are now situated on an artificial hill on the western bank of Lake Nasser. These iconic twin rock temples, originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of King Ramesses II, are now part of the “Nubian Monuments”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and serve as eternal monuments to Ramesses II and his queen Nefertari.
Sailing along the Nile River, Egypt’s economic, financial and recreative lifeline, is one of the best attractions Egypt has to offer. Cruise between Luxor and Aswan on board luxurious vessels, some of which are so large they resemble a floating hotel, hop on and off to visit historical sites where the voices of ancient Egypt tell their tales, and revel in the beauty of the stark contrasts of Egypt’s scenery. In order to ensure an unforgettable experience, it is highly recommended to go on a Nile cruise after October and before the summer months, when the river locks are open and the weather pleasant.
Sharm El Sheikh
Located at the south of the Sinai Peninsula, on the shores of the Red Sea, the city of Sharm El Sheikh has been a prominent diving hub for more than 40 years, and is our main diving base on the Red Sea. The warm desert climate, modern city and crystal-clear blue waters, abundant with colorful coral reefs teeming with exotic marine flora and fauna, make Sharm El Sheik the perfect destination for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts as well as leasure lovers.
Our stunning Shark’s Bay seaside resort, built from local stone, offers comfortable rooms, all with amazing views of the Tiran Island. The fully equiped dive center and wonderful restaurant are situated a few meters from the sea shore, providing our guests with fantastic service, welcoming middle eastern hospitality and all the comforts required for a perfect vacation. Every morning our boat departs to the most breathtakingly beautiful reefs in the Straits of Tiran and Ras Muhammed, where our guests are invited to join our local team of professional snorkeling and SCUBA diving instructors, who will reveal the enchanting wonders of the underwater world that awaits just below with surface of the astounding Red Sea.
Its idyllic location, the Sinai desert flowing into the sapphire blue of the Red Sea, not to mention some of the most stunning dive and snorkeling sites in the region, are what make the small town of Dahab one of the most desired vacation destinations on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula. Our tourist center in Dahab is located on the main promenade, flanking the exquisite beach, and offers a variety of services including SCUBA diving, snorkeling, desert tours and packages comprising liveaboard cruises or daily dives with accommodation at a local dive resort.
Situated only 15 minutes from the Israeli-Egyptian border, on a beautifully natural beach with bronze flushed mountians in the background, the Taba Heights resort comprises a picturesque complex of charming hotels that cater to your every desire, and offer suitable accommodation and activites for families, groups, couples and individuals. Sailing, diving, snorkeling and watersports are available from the Marine Center, only a short distance from the hotels, and accessible by a reliable shuttle service that runs every hour. Daily cruises to Coral Island, guided snorkeling tours along the reputable reefs and windsurfing in the blue lagoon of Ras Abu Galum are just some of the wonderful water attractions offered. Guests who wish to complement their vacation with land based trips, are welcome to partake in our day tours to Mount Sinai and St. Catherine’s Monastery, delight in the secluded desert oasis of Ein Khudra, trek through the Coloured Canyon, tour Wadi Malcha on camel back, and stroll around the laid-back, friendly town of Dahab.
Mount Moses and St. Catherine’s Monastery
One of the most famous and inspiring places in the Sinai desert is Mount Moses or Mt. Sinai, where, it is believed, Moses received the Ten Commandments. The mountain is part of the Sinai High Range reaching a height of 2600 meters above sea level, with dramatic scenery, cool weather, and fresh running water.
At the foot of Mount Sinai, at the site of the Burning Bush, is Saint Catherine’s Monastery. Dating back to the 6th century, and named in honor of Catherine of Alexandria, a Christian martyr, in the 11th century, this is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition to several monuments, the monastery contains the world’s oldest continually operating library, and is home to a priceless collection of many unique books. The Monastery can be visited during visiting hours, and is usually combined with a climb to the top of the mountain for an unforgettable, breathtaking view of the area washed in the golden-red colours of sunrise or sunset.