Cross Egypt Challenge is a series of endurance
cross-country motorcycles and scooter rallies conducted
through the toughest tracks and roads of Egypt. The series
is aiming to promote Egyptian tourism and is running under
the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and the
Egyptian Tourism Authority.
The series started in 2011 and the first challenge was a
9 days ride from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in the
North of Egypt to the temple of Abu Simbel, on the southern
borders of Egypt with a total distance of over 1700 km.
The 2012 season witnessed a 2400 km route starting from
Egypt’s famous capital and passing through the most exotic
oases of the Egyptian western desert before ending the
season in the world’s largest open air museum, the city of
The 2013 season of Cross Egypt Challenge included a more
challenging route totaling also 2,400 km and included a
great mix of roads and stops ranging from modern cities to
deserts to coastal resorts.
The 2014 season of Cross Egypt Challenge was the longest
and toughest season for the past few years with a route that
totaled 3,000 km that started from Alexandria, and gone
south by the Red sea shore, before crossing the Egyptian
Eastern desert then going back to Cairo through the Nile
The 2015 season marked the fifth anniversary of Cross
Egypt Challenge and included a special route that started
from Alexandria and end of Cairo after going through the Red
Sea Riviera to Luxor and Marsa Alam and back. It also
included two days rest in Luxor in celebration of the fifth
anniversary season of the challenge.
The 2016 season's route was the longest in the
history of the challenge and was even longer than the route of
the 2014 season with a 3,080 km route that
started from the Mediterranean seaport city Alexandria, then
went south through the Nile valley and by the edge of the Great Sand Sea to Cairo, Minya, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel before crossing the Egyptian eastern desert, to Marsa Alam before going back North again through the Red Sea
Riviera to end the season under
the great pyramids of Egypt.
The 2017 season included an
8-stages route that totals 2,490 km. The route
started from Alexandria, went east
to a newer destination: Port Said, one of Egypt's most busiest ports and the gate to Africa, before
it headed south along the Red Sea
Riviera to make
stops at Ain Sokhna, Hurghada and Marsa Alam. The challenge
then headed west and crossed the Egyptian eastern desert to
Aswan, then north to Luxor and Minya before the final leg of the season takes place between Minya and Cairo to end the season under the great
Pyramids of Giza.
The number of participants in the famous rally has
increased over the year from 14 brave participants back in
2011 to a record breaking 75 participants from 14 different
countries in 2015.
Each season, a carefully planned route is created to
offer the perfect adventure experience for global riders.
Each route includes a mix of Egypt's finest spots including
modern cities, coastal resorts, historical sites, Egyptian
Eastern and Western deserts and Egypt's Nile Valley.