Tailor Made Journeys

From finding an experienced guide to the full package, we love to arrange tailor made trips to
the deserts and monasteries of South Sinai and the Egyptian mainland, as we did for writer William Atkins, above, with our guide Moussa.

Will travelled to five continents over three years, spanning Arabia’s Empty Quarter, Australia’s nuclear-test grounds, the dry Aral Sea of Kazakhstan, the Burning Man festival in Nevada and the ancient monasteries of Egypt’s Eastern Desert. The result was his book The Immeasurable World, Journeys in Desert Places.

Our Wind Sand & Stars Leader Josh attended Will’s recent talk at the Royal Geographical Society:

“It was in turns harrowing, amusing, and certainly thought-provoking and I marvelled at those who had journeyed many years before Will; without guides, without modern equipment and still surviving their ordeals.

With repeated reference to St Anthony and St Paul, Will drew a wonderful portrait of the life of a desert hermit and what we can take from their lives less ordinary.

Both the harshness of the desert environments and the cruelty of man gave me a moment of reflection; that we who have the privilege to travel to and through these incredible landscapes ought to remember the lessons they teach us – humility, courage, and respect for our planet, for she can be both terrible and incredible, with a fine line dividing the two.”


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A unique experience and a privilege to share the Bedouin’s way of life, for a short time.

Guest, Sinai Summits, April 2019

It was the most wonderful trip, so glad I took up this opportunity. All beautifully organised – well done.

Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

Enthralling and beyond my hopes, it was a deeply spiritual experience at many levels. I am still raving about it all to anyone who crosses my path!

Icons of St Catherine’s Guest November 2022

“The whole trip was AMAZING – thank you so much.”

Francis Burkitt, St Catherine tailor made, August 2017

We got more out of our adventure than we had ever hoped for, thanks to a country of huge diversity and historical interest and to a very special guide.

Cunningham family, Jordan, April 2017

So many thoughts about our wonderful trip to St Catherine’s; the fantastic warmth of welcome from the Egyptians, Fathers Justin and Nilus, and the unique history which we felt privileged to be given access to. In my book, how could one not enjoy and be inspired!

Julia Palmer, St Catherine’s Retreat, February 2017

“Huge thanks to all at Wind, Sand & Stars for an amazing trip. John’s passion for Ethiopia fires his erudition and he gave us more insights into the country, past and present, than we could ever have gained from local guides.”

Christine Dunmow, Exploring Ethiopia’s Orthodox History with John Binns 2016

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