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1, Sunday, May 21:
Our Mount Sinai excursion begins with a drive (by private
air-conditioned bus) to St. Catherine's in the southern Sinai. As
the elevation rises the air cools and we will need our sweaters or light
jackets for the first time. We arrive in the early afternoon and
begin our climb up Mount Sinai by camel (or hike if you choose).
When it becomes too difficult for the camels to climb, you continue on
foot to the top. If you would like a sturdy arm, there are Bedouin guides that will help you climb
the last section to the top. You
arrive in time to watch the sunset in all its glory.
the sunset you descend a short way to where Ruth and the Bedouins have
prepared dinner and an overnight campsite for you. You will surely
need a warm sweater or jacket now. After dinner the stars provide
a show that few people ever get to witness so clearly. Billions
and billions of stars are visible in this clear, high elevation devoid
of artificial lights.
sleep in tents (or in the open, if you prefer) and let the dreams on the
Holy Mountain fill our night.
2, Monday, May 22:
The next morning you can hike again to the top to greet the dawn with
the hundreds of other pilgrims that make the trek each early morning, or
you can go to a nearby overlook (you get the same view as from the top)
and enjoy the sunrise in a quieter way with others from our group.
Or if you prefer, you can find a spot of your own for your early morning
prayers or meditation.
enjoy a wholesome breakfast back at our campsite while the masses
descend the mountain. They will all be gone by the time we make
our way back down the trail to the bottom of the mountain. Here we
visit St. Catherine's Monastery, the site of the Burning Bush.
our return drive to Cairo we stop to visit a Bedouin village.
Evening arrival in Cairo where we have dinner before packing our bags
for the flight home (we will leave most of our things here at the hotel
during our Sinai trip).
3, Tuesday, May 23:
Departure flights home.
No need to fight Cairo traffic this morning to get to the airport, as
our hotel is just 5 minutes from the departure terminals. If you are
returning to NYC, USA your flight departs Cairo at 10:00 AM.
Arrival in New York City in the afternoon (same day), 3:15 PM New York
be changes to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.
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