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Taking place during the Northern Hemisphere winter, this is ideal to escape the winter blues! Swimming over the striking reefs of the Egyptian Red Sea, no other tour offers such striking underwater vistas.
Chosen to offer the swimmer an idyllic location in the Northern Hemisphere winter, the coral coast line of the Red Sea in the Sinai region stretches for more than 800km with a backdrop of harsh red mountains to the North and the distant shorelines of Saudi Arabia in the South. Our central location in the laid back coastal town of Dahab enables us to explore a vast array of reefs, dive sights and secluded coast lines.
With few signs of mass tourism, stunning shoreline reefs and year round sunshine and warm water, this is an ideal location for open water swimming.
Fully guided tour with full safety escort for the number of days specified in the tour summary, swim guiding, technique analysis, accommodation, camel ride, breakfast and one lunch.
What's not included?
The prices do not include:
Remember you can always miss out some of the coastal swims and walk along with the group or jump in the jeep or boat, if you want to take a rest anytime - NB. The itinerary may vary depending on weather
These temperatures are indicative only and can change on a daily/weekly basis
There is not a great amount of walking due to the heat and isolation.
The swim at Ras Abu Galum is inaccessible by road, but we can get there by camel! No experience of riding camels is required and if you don’t fancy it, you always have the option of walking instead. It’s a great way to see a remote yet idyllic swimming spot.
Equipment to bring along with you
In addition to “normal” daily clothes, you will need to bring the following:
*It is advisable to have a pair of tinted goggles to cater for the sun’s glare off the sea during swims.
Snorkelling equipment is available to hire for 20 Egyptian Pounds (EGP) per day (not offered from SwimTrek).
Swim Hats, Flippers, Rashvests and Wetsuits
Please note that SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rashvests and wetsuits available on the trip, but we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rashvest and wetsuit we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip.
This part of the trip has a maximum group size of 15. The trip will be split into a maximum of 3 groups based on speed, each of which is accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort.
The nearest international airport to Dahab is Sharm el-Sheikh. A large number of international airlines service this airport, but you also have the option of flying into Cairo or Hurghada.
Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport
For convenience Sharm el-Sheikh (www.sharm-el-sheikh.airport-authority.com) is the closest airport to Dahab (just one hour away by road).
Flights to Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport (sample only)
We recommend using www.skyscanner.net to look at flight options from Europe.
Transportation can be arranged through Egypt Overland (firstname.lastname@example.org). When travelling from Sharm el-sheikh Airport to Dahab the cost ranges from 100 EGP to 300 EGP per person depending on how many people share.
Cairo International Airport
From Cairo Airport (www.cairo-airport.com) it is possible to fly to Sharm el-Sheikh International Airport with Egypt Air (www.egyptair.com) with regular flights daily. The flight time takes approximately 1 hour. Alternatively, a bus can be taken from Cairo to Dahab, which takes approximately 8 hours (contact email@example.com for up to date bus details).
In order to maximise the enjoyment of the tour, our accommodation is of a high standard, based on twin-share and en-suite facilities. Single supplement availability is limited.
All breakfasts and lunch on Day 4 are included. Dinners and other lunches are not included, but this gives you the ability to choose where, when and with who you would like to dine with. In the early evening of Day 5 an optional traditional Bedouin dinner is offered to the group in a remote canyon outside of Dahab. The average price of a 2 course dinner plus drinks in Dahab is approximately 100 EGP.
You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as entertainment, lunch, dinner, souvenirs, etc. There are plenty of ATM machines in Dahab and you will use cash in most places. Please inform your bank that you are travelling to Egypt before you arrive in Dahab. Local Currency is Egyptian Pound (EGP)
The ATM machines can be very unreliable so ensure you have spare £ or $ to exchange if needed.
If you require additional nights’ accommodation before or after the tour, this can be arranged by booking directly through Egypt Overland firstname.lastname@example.org
Passports and Visas
You require a full passport, that must be valid for 6 months beyond the expected length of stay. You should check if you require a visa, with your embassy. UK and EU nationals travelling to Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab, Nuweiba and Taba resorts ONLY, for a maximum of 14 DAYS, do not require a visa prior to travelling as a free entry permission stamp will be granted upon arrival. If you intend to travel outside of the above mentioned areas you MUST obtain a visa (SwimTrek do not travel outside this area).
You can obtain the visa at a clearly signed kiosk when you arrive at the airport in Egypt and will cost US$15. They do not accept coins and you must have the exact money in either US ($) or Euro’s (€). Visa regulations do change. Please check!
No vaccinations are officially required for travelling to Egypt. Helpful information www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Mercure Dahab Bay View stretches over 18.000 m2 private beach with the colorful Sinai & Red Sea mountains as backdrop. The resort captivates the senses with its unsurpassed facilities & relaxing atmosphere.