Introduction to Sokhna, Egypt
The resort town of Sokhna is found on the Egyptian Red Sea Coast about 35 miles south of Suez and only about half an hour from Cairo, making it the perfect base for exploration.
Its Arabic name translates into “hot springs” as it was named after its famous sulphur springs. This area of Egypt is home to some of the best resorts on the Red Sea and visitors can enjoy spectacular beaches, coral reefs, dolphins and water sports, making it one of the most popular destinations on the Gulf of Suez.
Other local sights include St. Anthony's Cave and old Christian monasteries such as St Paul’s and St Anthony’s. It also offers some fascinating bazaars to browse and a wide range of restaurants and bars.
Adding to its popularity, Sokhna is also the perfect base for a visit to the awe-inspiring Giza plateau archaeological complex: site of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of World.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT SOKHNA
• As a mark of respect to Egyptian customs and religions, shoulders and legs should be covered when visiting holy or historic sites.
• All cruise tour coaches will be escorted by members of the Egyptian tourist Police.
• Guests must carry their passport at all times. When leaving your cruise ship for tours, you will have to pass through Immigration (and on your return).
• Photography and the use of video cameras is totally prohibited in all areas.
• Toilet facilities may be limited on cruise tours, and therefore queues should be expected.
The port of Sokhna is an industrial development in a very remote part of the Red Sea coast. There is no town of any interest within 1 hours travel and guests not on tour will find nothing of interest near to the ship. Our call is predominantly to facilitate the operation of shore tours to Cairo. Sokhna is the closest sea port to Cairo and therefore the transfer times are relatively short.
The attractions and historical sites can be very busy. Tour guides do their best to keep groups of passengers together, and give a commentary that is audible to all. When possible we arrange early morning openings of the places visited, to avoid lengthy queues, however queues are inevitable, and unavoidable at every venue.
For reference, the currency is the Egyptian pound (LE). The national language in Egypt is Arabic.
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