Mons Porphyrites quarry day trip from Hurghada
Activity: Countryside Tours
Languages spoken: English
Duration: 8 hrs
- Available in 2 days
- Expedition to an ancient stone quarry
- One of the largest quarries in the Eastern Desert
- Several settlements
- Ruins of a fortress, temples and wells
- Watch the sunrise from the top of a mountain
All about the trip
Join an exciting expedition to the ancient stone quarry of Mons Porphyrites in the Eastern Desert. The elegant purple stone with white spots that had been quarried here has been used to decorate the famous Hagia Sophia Temple as well as other temples, columns and sarcophagi. Explore the ruins of a fortress, temples and wells in the settlements in this large area.
We will pick you up in your Hurghada hotel early morning and drive in a Jeep to the Eastern Desert. Please ask your hotel reception a day before to make a breakfast box you can take with you the next morning.
We will stop on our way on the top of a mountain to get a splendid view of the sun rising and then continue to the quarry. There we will discover 3 abandoned villages with temples and shrines, dry wells, broken pillars and cracked stone baths. There are ruins of a fortress and an impressive hydraulic system that was designed to supply water to the residential area.
Proofs that women and children had lived here with the quarry workers were found during 1994–1998 excavations carried out by a British team. Many objects of daily life such as a hair-pin and a comb made from an oyster shell have been found here.
What is included in the price
- Pick-up and drop-off in Hurghada hotels
- Tour guide qualified in Egyptology
- All services and taxes
- Entrance fee
- All permissions for the site
- 2 bottles of mineral water and 2 juices
What is not included in the price
- Pick-up and drop-off in hotels outside of Hurghada
Please ask your hotel reception a day before to make a breakfast box you can take with you the next morning.
This activity is organised by The Chosen Tours, Port Ghalib 110/3, Port Ghalib, 84738, Egypt, +20 102 8685 533, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do you have a question or need more information about the activity?
You can reach our European office between 9am and 5pm CET on weekdays and between 11am and 5pm on weekends and holidays.
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