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Red Sea coastline in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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3 Days in Sheikh for First Timers

Curated by Theodora Sutcliffea freelance writer and recovering nomad.

HWith three days in Sharm El Sheikh, you can discover the joys of the desert and Bedouin culture, experience the Red Sea and its pristine coral, and explore some of the region’s rich history—even if Sharm El Sheikh is your only stop in Egypt. Here’s how to make the most of three days in sunny Sinai.

Day 1

The Red Sea’s clear waters and vibrant marine life make it a mecca for scuba divers and snorkelers alike. Discover why on a snorkeling cruise to Ras Mohammed National Park or a safari to the notorious Blue Hole. Alternatively, drop below the surface of the waters in a full-fledged submarine or learn how to breathe beneath the ocean on an introduction to scuba diving. A seafood lunch is a must, whether on your boat, on the sands, or overlooking the tranquil ocean. For dinner, discover Egyptian food, then kick back with cocktails and perhaps a shisha pipe at one of Sharm El Sheikh’s vibrant bars.

Day 2

Your second day in Sharm El Sheikh gives you the chance to experience the Sinai Desert and discover the traditional Bedouin lifestyle. Roar across the sands in your very own ATV on a guided ATV safari, or travel atop a camel as the Bedouin have for centuries, stopping at a desert camp for Bedouin bread and herbal tea. After a stunning sunset, savor the hospitality of these desert dwellers as you feast on a Bedouin barbecue, complete with entertainment from belly dancers, spinning tanoura dancers, and traditional music. Take time to enjoy the brilliance of the night sky, whether that’s watching the moon rise over the dunes or gazing at the stars through a telescope.

Day 3

A third day in Sharm El Sheikh means you can travel farther afield, if you would like. A dawn climb of Mt. Sinai, where some believe Moses received the Ten Commandments, is a classic Sharm El Sheikh adventure. Couple it with a trip to ancient St. Catherine’s Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, if you only have a short time in the region, take a day trip to discover more of the area’s ancient culture. Head into Jordan to see the spectacular pink city of Petra; fly to Cairo to bag the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx; or visit Luxor and follow in Tutankhamun’s footsteps amid the Valley of the Kings.

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