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How to Spend 3 Days in Dahab

How to Spend 3 Days in Dahab

Three days in Dahab mean you can sample the Red Sea’s wonders, feast on seafood, and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine’s Monastery. But you can also enjoy an authentically close encounter with the desert on an overnight safari—or head farther afield, to Petra, Israel, or Cairo and/or Luxor. Here’s how.

Day 1: In the Footsteps of Moses

Start your Dahab adventure with a visit to the UNESCO-listed St. Catherine’s Monastery. This fortresslike structure stands proud against the stark landscapes of Mt. Sinai, where many believe Moses received the Ten Commandments. Return to Dahab in time for an afternoon exploring the Red Sea. Crystal waters coupled with bright corals and aquarium fish make this perfect snorkeling territory, while Dahab is a mecca for scuba divers and free divers alike. Blue Hole, Canyon, and Three Pools are popular snorkeling spots, a couple of which can be reached on camelback. Wrap up your day with a seafood feast lounging on low cushions at a waterside restaurant.

Day 2: Desert Adventures

Besides the Red Sea, Dahab’s other star attraction is the Sinai Desert, and three days gives you long enough to discover it on an overnight adventure. There are few things as magical as sitting around a campfire in the desert as the moon rises, illuminating dunes and rocky outcrops, as you savor a Bedouin feast. Whether you’re traveling by camel, 4WD, or the ever-popular Toyota Hilux, you’ll not regret spending two whole days exploring wadi (slot canyons), hunting for fossils, and racing down dunes. One popular safari destination is Serabit el-Khadim, the Sinai’s only significant ancient Egyptian site; other tours take in the dazzling Colored Canyon. Alternatively, if you only have limited time in the region, consider Israel, under two hours’ drive from Dahab: Some tours pack the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Galilee into just two days. 

Day 3: Farther Afield

If you opted for an overnight desert safari adventure, sip your morning coffee amid the silence of the desert, ride a camel across the dunes, or try your hand at delights from ATV riding to sand boarding. If your last day in Dahab is also your final day in Egypt, consider checking off some of the most important ancient Egyptian ruins. Choose between Cairo, home of the Giza pyramids, the Sphinx, and Egypt’s most important museums, and Luxor, with the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, and a wealth of temples. Alternatively, check off one more UNESCO World Heritage Site with a trip across the Red Sea to Jordan and Petra, the rose-red city that looks as though it was built by giants. Spend your final night in a rooftop bar, looking out over the sparkling lights and perhaps indulging in the local favorite, shisha.

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Two Days Camel Safari from Dahab

Two Days Camel Safari from Dahab

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Explore the ferocious beauty of Sinai nature on a 2-day Camel Safari from Dahab. We'll ride the camel to the White Canyon. Walk through the canyon to Ain Khudra Oasis and spend the night under the stars. Visit the Inscription Rock, the Closed Canyon, El Hemedat and more.
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  • 2 days
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$130.00
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$130.00
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Petra 1-Day Tour from Dahab

Petra 1-Day Tour from Dahab

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Even if you have only a limited amount of time in the area, you can still visit the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, on this full-day tour from Dahab, Egypt. With all transfers, including hotel pickup/drop-off and sailing from Taba to Aqaba, you can skip the hassle of travel planning and simply enjoy the experience.
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  • 18 hours
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$290.00
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$290.00
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The Coloured Canyon / White Canyon From Dahab

The Coloured Canyon / White Canyon From Dahab

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Dahab is known for its water activities, but there are more fascinating landscapes nearby. This full-day Jeep safari takes you off the beaten track and into the Sinai desert. Explore Salama Canyon, White Canyon, Mushroom Rock, and Ein Khudra Oasis, and visit a traditional Bedouin village.
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  • 7 hours
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Quad Biking in Dahab

Quad Biking in Dahab

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Feel the adrenaline pump as you embark on a classic Dahab adventure, roaring through the Sinai desert on an ATV. With at least two guides and a sturdy helmet to ensure safety, embark on your choice of three routes. For pure desert, race through Wadi Connection and Wadi Towaylat; alternatively, explore the Wadi Qunai valley and Blue Lagoon beach; or ride to the notorious Blue Hole for a snorkeling adventure.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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$35.00
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$35.00

Blue Hole and 3 Pools Snorkel with Lunch from Dahab

Blue Hole and 3 Pools Snorkel with Lunch from Dahab

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Dahab is one of Egypt’s top snorkeling destinations. Discover two signature sites without haggling with drivers or rental guys on this convenient door-to-door trip. Spend the morning at the Blue Hole, the 328-foot (100-meter) sink hole that’s known for its sheer coral walls. Then transfer to Three Pools, a shallow site with coral towers that tropical fish just love. Enjoy lunch and another snorkeling session here before you return.
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  • 7 hours
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$41.14
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$41.14
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Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab

Ras Mohammed by Car One Day Tour from Dahab

Spend a day discovering the Ras Mohammed National Park without worrying about transportation on this full-day tour from Dahab. Travel to the marine reserve, and tour its mangroves to spot wildlife with a guide to provide pointers and background. Then, enjoy the afternoon to swim and snorkel: exploring the reefs filled with fish and other marine life. Return hotel transfers, lunch, and snorkel gear are provided for a complete experience.
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  • 8 hours
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$100.00
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2-Days 1-Night to Serabit El Khadem from Dahab

2-Days 1-Night to Serabit El Khadem from Dahab

Staying overnight in a Bedouin camp is a cultural experience not to be missed while traveling in Egypt. Departing from hotels in Dahab, you’re whisked away to Serabit el-Khadem, a remote region of the Sinai desert. Learn about traditional Bedouin life, then visit Hathor Temple and Wadi Mukattab the next day. With a guide to translate and make all of the arrangements, you can relax while soaking up the sunset.
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  • 2 days
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$282.78
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$282.78
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Overnight Trip to Cairo and Luxor by Flight from Dahab

Overnight Trip to Cairo and Luxor by Flight from Dahab

Staying in Dahab needn’t mean missing out on the wonders of ancient Egypt. Cover ground you couldn’t hope to cover independently as you check off the signature sights of Cairo and Luxor in just two days on this action-packed private tour. In Cairo, see the Giza Pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and more; in Luxor, tour the Valley of the Kings and the temples of Hatshepsut and Karnak.
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  • 2 days
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$706.95
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$706.95

Jeep and Camel Safari 2 Days and 1 Night from dahab

Jeep and Camel Safari 2 Days and 1 Night from dahab

Experience the ferocious natural beauty of Sinai on a 2-day Jeep and Camel Safari from Dahab. First drive to the one of the most beautiful sights of Sinai: the White Canyon. After walking and lunch you will visit the Mushroom Rock and Salama Canyon. On Day 2 you will see the Inscription Rock and Nawamis.
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  • 2 days
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$167.10
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$167.10
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