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May242012

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: St Catherine's Monastery and Moses' Mountain at Sunrise

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Viator was more expensive than booking at the hotel, but it's worth it! Our Bedouin guide for the climb, Ahmed, and the tour guide for the trip, Mohsin, were noticably more professional, friendly, and honest than all the others we observed during the tour.

Make no mistake, this is a physically demanding climb, but it is doable for reasonably active people. If you are quite sedentary, or overweight, hire a camel. However, keep in mind that the camel will only take you to the steps at the top of the mountain. These you will have to climb, and they are rustic and challenging, meaning they are not so much "steps" as strategically placed rocks.

The sunrise at the top was beautiful and well worth the journey. The view was inspiring. I could have done without the "pilgrims" who kept walking around to different spots on the summit, singing (badly) hymns at the top of their lungs. But, there isn't much to be done about that.

All in all, the tour was wonderful, Viator provided a fantastic service, and I'm glad to have done it... But, it's one of those tours I will only do once!

May232012

Tour/Activity

Private Tour: Egyptian Stars and Bedouin Dinner

Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

My Rating
3 star rating: Worth doing

My Review

First off, Viator and the tour company they hired provided a great service on this tour. However, there were a few things I did not like:

We paid a much higher rate through viator for a private tour. While we did have our own tour guide, Mohsin, who was fantastic, our "private" tent was really a shared tent separated from the other groups by cushions. To make it more private, our guide kept us at the tents while the other groups used the telescopes. However, doing this meant we missed most of the explanation of the constellations provided by the astrologist.

I still very much enjoyed the tour, but I think I would prefer a less expensive group tour, to the not-so-private tour we received.

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