Egypt - Red Sea

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Postby Jered23 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:13 am

My wife & I just returned in late October from the Gate 1 , 15 day tour of Egypt. This included a 7 day Nile "cruise" on a river boat , and a brief stay at Hurghada on the Red Sea (a much needed relaxation at the end).
Our conclusion was that the tour was SPECTACULAR. While we have usually traveled with the details under our own control , we would have lost a great deal without the excellent guidance of our tour manager/guide Ihab Kamel. Ihab has a masters degree in Archaeology and he could add to the significance of the many sites with his own knowledge.
We added to the basic tour with the optional Abu Simbel , and the visit to the Bedouin village at the end - both well worth the time and cost.
We have traveled with Gate 1 in the past and have never been disappointed.
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Postby rasika159 » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:16 pm

That exquisite corridor of tinted mountains and radiant water... here and nowhere else, is the vestibule between the Levant and the Tropics. -E.M. Forster describing the Gulf of Suez, 1923.

Egypt's Red Sea coast runs from the Gulf of Suez to the Sudanese border. Its mineral-rich red mountain ranges inspired the mariners of antiquity to name the sea Mare Rostrum, or the Red Sea.

Hermits seeking seclusion founded early Christian monasteries here, sharing the wilderness with camel-trading Bedouin tribes. Today, the crags and limestone wadis of the Eastern Desert remain relatively unexplored, home to ibex and gazelle. But the Red Sea itself, dotted with coral reefs, fringed by ancient ports, teeming with underwater life, has a rich maritime history which stretches back to Pharaonic times.

The thermal winds that once sped clippers to the East still bring thousands of migrating birds to the shores of the Red Sea, making it a paradise for bird-watchers. Today, the ancient ports are better known as some of the best diving and fishing resorts in the world. Here, you will find over 800 fish species, including the deadly stone-fish, the equally dangerous butterfly-fish, as well as surgeon fish, jellyfish such as the cassiopei, crabs that sometimes overrun the shore in the evening and some species of shark. Sunbathers relax on white sand beaches, or find shade in the mangrove lagoons that line the coast, while snorkellers explore the reefs. And the underwater wonder of the Red Sea remains a living tapestry of vibrant corals and exotic fish, waiting for you to discover its secrets.

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