Spend a full day and experience the luxury and history at Castle Zaman only 10 km away from Sonesta Beach Resort Taba.
Castle Zaman is the first and only castle in the South Sinai to fuse elements of comfort and elegance for outside guests. The warmth and cozy nature of its interior is balanced harmoniously with the strong, mountain-like exterior. Here, one can experience a blend of luxury and history in a way that pays tribute to the natural beauty of the region. You must watch the magical view of the red mountains at sun set.
Swim in the natural-pool and experience the fresh juice (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) cocktails at the Castle Bar. Castle Zaman features the only "Slow Food" method in the area, and the Castle platters are fit for a Pharaoh. Using ancient Egyptian recipes meat, fish and seafood are roasted to perfection accompanied by an assortment of fresh vegetables, spices, dates and figs.
The Castle makes an ecologic statement, as most of its furniture and materials are from the surrounding nature. Palm fronds cover the roofs, while lighting units are made from clay pots, ensuring the traditional appearance
St. Catherine around 135 km from Sonesta Taba has one of the most renowned monasteries in the world, a Greek Orthodox holy place connected with the Prophet Moses and the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. The existing basilica dates from the reign of Justin in the 6th century AD. The monastery is noted for its huge library of ancient theological manuscripts and collection of icons, which are accessible only to scholars. (This trip is not organized by our hotel, it is handled by your travel agent).
Ras Mohamed's around 225 km from Sonesta Taba, and its a designated area of parks and nature reserves under the protection of strict conservation laws. Located in the southern part of Sinai, Ras Mohamed is 40 miles from the town of Eltor and is known for its crystal clear waters, exquisite coral reefs, and wealth of marine life, including sharks and schools of tuna and dolphins. (This trip is not organized by our hotel, it is handled by your travel agent).
EXCURSIONS TO CAIRO
The Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
The Pyramids of Cheops, Chephran and Mycerinus were thought by the Greeks to be one of the seven wonders of the world. A single pyramid is comprised of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of 2.5 tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open to the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates back to the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural limestone and standing 65 feet high and 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a pharaoh with a lion's body.
Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids
Guests enjoy a fabulous 45-minute show at the foot of the pyramids of Giza, held every evening. English language shows are held Monday-Saturday; French shows are featured Sunday-Wednesday and on Friday; German shows are on Sunday; and Arabic shows are on Thursday.
The Citadel and Khan El Khalili
Situated on a spur of the Muqattam Hills, the Citadel dominates Cairo's skyline and was the heart of the city and Egypt for almost 700 years. Its construction was initiated in 1176 by Saladin and completed by Muhammed Ali. Mameluke sultans and Turkish governors later made it their residence, building palaces and mosques within the Citadel walls. Facing the citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363, and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt. The tour also includes a visit to Khan El Khalili, a famous Cairo bazaar dating back to the late 14th century.
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's kings and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.