Crossing the Red Land


  • The Wadi Gamal
  • Pre-dynastic rock engravings near Wadi Maya
  • Roman fort ruins and the quarries at Umm Balad
  • Traditional falucca journey along the Nile
  • Completely supported by local Bedu and their camels
  • Bedouin hospitality
  • Star gazing


16 - 25 November 2018

8 - 17 February 2019


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An expedition back in time, meander across the vast plains of the Eastern Desert, from the Red Sea to the lush and fertile banks of the Nile. Embark on a voyage of exploration and discovery in the land of the Pharaohs. Take time to marvel at the works of art carved in stone millennia ago, and read with your own eyes pharaonic inscriptions in situ where they were meant to be seen and read. Step out of your normal routine and gently succumb to the rhythm of Bedouin life, following the example of our hosts as they and their camels accompany us along the same footsteps as their ancestors. Sleep under the protection of a blanket of stars, under the shadow of ancient roman ruins, situated so remotely as to defy reason. Emerge from the desert like the weary traveller and mount aboard an egyptian felucca, broad and shallow to navigate the twists and turns of the Nile. Drift along the banks of the world’s longest river and feast your eyes upon the ancient marvels of Luxor.




 Feluccas, the traditional wooden sailing boats used here in the Nile and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.

Feluccas, the traditional wooden sailing boats used here in the Nile and throughout the Eastern Mediterranean.

Day 1.   Depart UK, arrive in Hurghada and overnight hotel.

Day 2.   Transfer first night camp, South West of Marsa Alam.

Days 3 - 6.   Trek through the desert accompanied by camels and Bedu guides. Discover prehistoric rock art and ancient petroglyphs.

Day 7. Arrive at Edfu on the Nile and transfer to a traditional Egyptian sailing vessel or 'felucca' to begin the Nile phase! Sail north up the Nile to Luxor.

Day 8. Camp on the banks of the Nile and watch the sunset over some of the oldest landscapes in human history. 

Day 9. Arrive at Luxor and transfer to luxury hotel.

Day 10. Depart for airport and home.


  • Accommodation in Hurghada
  • All in-country transfers
  • All food while on expedition
  • McX guides
  • Bedouin guides and drivers
  • Permits

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Soft drinks
  • Tips


Q: Do I need a visa?

A: No. Most EU citizens receive a stamped visa on arrival at Hurghada International Airport. 

Q: What vaccinations do I need?

A: A full list of required vaccinations can be found here. Use our discount code to get 15% off all vaccinations.

Q: Where do I fly to and who with?

A: The nearest airport is Hurghada International Airport, with direct flights from London available with a number of affordable operators. We recommend teams coordinate to travel together for safety and convenience.

Q: Where do I go from the airport?

A: An McX leader will meet you and the team at the airport and transfer with you to our first night's camp.

QWhat's the security situation like in the Eastern Desert? Is it safe?

A: We operate in the Eastern Desert region of Egypt which is extremely remote and there is a low risk of outside interference. Nevertheless full precautions must be taken to avoid any conflict with local wildlife. We take your safety very seriously and a full detailed risk assessment will be sent out to team members well in advance. For up to date foreign travel advice on Egypt click here.

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: Desert attire should be light, loose-fitting and where possible made from natural fibres. Good desert walking boots are a must. A full detailed kit list is available to team members upon request.

Q: How fit do I have to be?

A: We recommend team members are able to walk up to 15km per day and carrying a pack of 10 kilos for ten or 20 days.

Q: What will the food be like?

A: In base camp and while trekking we eat a variety of dehydrated army rations to meet the daily calorie intake. On travel days we enjoy delicious traditional Egyptian food cooked by the Bedouin.

Q: I have special dietary requirements. Are you able to cater for me?

A: There are a wide range of rations available including vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. We try to cater for everyone's needs so please do advise us with as much notice as possible if you have any special dietary requirements.

Q: Can I extend my trip?

A: Of course! Any modifications to the itinerary should be discussed with us beforehand and we can recommend you to our in-country tourist providers.

Q: Are there any medical conditions that would prevent me from coming?

A: We have a strong policy of inclusion and try to accommodate everyone as best we can. We therefore insist on complete transparency regarding any past and present medical conditions. Any concerns you have please contact us directly and we will be happy to speak to you in private.


Begin your adventure.