SEKEM Essential

Visit SEKEM Sustainable Development Project in Egypt & experience the energy.

The SEKEM project first started in 1977 & has since become a role model for sustainable development in Egypt, the Middle East & North Africa region, as well as worldwide.

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SEKEM Essential

Visit SEKEM Sustainable Development Project in Egypt & experience the energy.

SEKEM first started in 1977, and since then has become a role model for sustainable development in Egypt, the Middle East & North Africa region, as well as worldwide.

See firsthand this unique initiative in Egypt, whilst soaking up the surroundings of this unique location. In doing so, you would be supporting a worthwhile cause, and giving back to the local community. This is what we call 'ethical tourism', travelling responsibly, with a more positive contribution to the destination's nature and culture.

SEKEM Essential Daily Itinerary

DAY 1 – Sunday: Flight to Cairo. Transfer from airport to SEKEM. Welcome and move in to your room. Meal according to your arrival time.

DAY 2 – Monday: Getting accustomed to the outstretched farm by a guided tour. Relax amidst this man-made paradise, kept alive and thriving by the traditional art of irrigating desert land. Enjoy walking in the shade of more than 1,000 date palms, Australian Pine trees (casuarina equisetifolia) neem- and orange-trees, caressed by the breeze. Dinner at your lodge.

DAY 3 – Tuesday: Excursion to the famous and oldest of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World, the Giza Pyramids. If time permits, refreshing with a snack at the well beloved Hotel Mena House (formerly Oberoi) - food and beverages at your own cost. Visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Continuing to the Step Pyramid of Sakkara and visit Mastabas with very well preserved wall paintings. Lunch in a shady restaurant (food and beverages at your own cost). Back to SEKEM for a relaxing evening dinner.

DAY 4 – Wednesday: A relaxed Cairo sight seeing day. Guided tour through the world-famous Egyptian Museum, which is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities and some of the world's most unique treasures, such as the golden masks of Tutankhamun, Grave Mask of king Amenemope, Mummy mask of Psusennes I, and Figurine of Khufu, mummies, hieroglyphics, among other.

Lunch at a nice restaurant (food and beverages at your own cost). After lunch you will have the opportunity to stroll along Cairo’s most famous Basar Khan-el-Khalili, with all the diverse and colourful offers. Accompanied by your guide to be sure the exhibition is not done alone, but the bargaining we leave to you! Dinner awaits for you back at the SEKEM farm.

Interesting to note: eating and drinking in Egypt is more than likely much cheaper than in your home country. Cost for food/drinks would likely be around 50 euro / 40 GBP / 65 USD for an entire week.

DAY 5 – Thursday: Comprehensive guided tour through some production lines of the SEKEM Farm, e.g. the workshops of Naturetex, where hundreds of people are sewing. You will participate at the weekly assembly of the school, where children of many classes show each other and the many ever present visitors what they’re actually learning. Enjoy a nice lunch. At about 4 p.m. you are invited to share in the weekend circle, together with about 800 SEKEM locals/employees, saying farewell to the Abouleish Family.

DAY 6 – Friday: Excursion to the Oasis Faiyum, the great garden of Egypt. Lake Karun has been fed by a canal from the Nile for about 3,000 years! You will have lunch at the lakeside residence of Egypt’s last king Faruk (food and beverages at your own cost). Due to frequent refurbishing, the Residence lunch might be in some other nice place in the vicinity. There are many date palm trees and widespread vegetable farms in the valley of Faiyum. You will have a cup of tea in the house of a local farmer cooperating with SEKEM. For dinner you’ll be back at SEKEM. Simple ball pens and/or bonbons are little gifts much welcomed. Dinner at the Farm.

DAY 7 – Saturday: After a relaxed breakfast you will drive downtown to visit the Coptic church St. Sergius, where the Holy Family is said to have been resting after their journey from Palestine. Lunch (food and beverages at your own cost). You’ll then visit the most famous of Cairo’s mosques, the Mohammad Ali or Alabaster Mosque. It is an impressive building with wonderful carpets under a huge dome, as well as great panning views of the megalopolis/mega-city that is Cairo. Hereafter, a short visit to Cairo’s oldest mosque Ibn Tulun from 9th Century. Dinner back at the SEKEM farm.

DAY 8 – Sunday: Depending on your flight’s departure time, you will have some relaxed last moments on the farm. About three hours before departure you’ll be transferred to Cairo International Airport.

Note: the course of the programme may change due to local necessities

SEKEM Essential Tour Map

Overview of your journey with the SEKEM Essential tour

Tour available every Sunday throughout the year

Duration: 8 days / 7 Nights - Min number: 2 participants

Prices: 1,390 euro pp in DBL-Room – SGL-Room 1,480 euro pp

Booking Aspects

What's Included: Flight with renowned airline from international EU-airports to Cairo, connecting flights upon request. Transfer CAI Intl. Airport to SEKEM. Complete care by SEKEM staff, fluent English speaking guides in SEKEM and Cairo. Transfers and all entrance fees to the sights, as mentioned in the itinerary; bio-dynamic Full Board menus at SEKEM (tea, coffee and non-alcoholic juices included), if not stated otherwise in the itinerary. Transfer to CAI Intl. Airport, fly home.

What's not Included: Flights from other than the above mentioned Airports. SEKEM Reisen can help book flights from/to any other Intl. Airport you wish to depart/return to. We will book the flights with renowned airlines, in close coordination with you, preferring direct flights at decent times or flights with the least stops possible. The service charge for booking connecting flights will be 5%.

Accommodation Options
SEKEM offers accommodation for visitors in fully equipped rooms. The 33 rooms on the farm are all double, two of them with adjoining doors, ideal for families or assistants. All rooms have a bathroom with shower and WC as well as mosquito nets. The rooms are either on the ground floor or on the first floor, facing the lawns and gardens in front and behind the building.

Travel Tips

Before traveling to any country its also always a good idea to do a little research and learn more about the destination; its climate, culture, and general environment. We've prepared an introduction to general practical information about travelling to Egypt

Travel insurance is always advisable. Either you can arrange speak to SEKEM Reisen for more information, or book itself yourself directly using the below link.

Booking Info

Tour prices 1,390 Euro pp in DBL-Room – SGL-Room 1,480 Euro p.p.

Prices during peak season (PS) 23rd DEC 2016 until 8th JAN 2017 and 8th APR until 23rd APR 2017 1,460 euro pp in DBL-Room – SGL-Room 1,555 euro 

All tour prices valid/guaranteed until 31st AUG 2017

Further support eco-friendly initiatives in Egypt. Learn more about offsetting carbon emissions generated from your travels and offering support to eco- and local causes, click here.

This option can also be ticked on the SEKEM Essential tour booking form.

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