Siwa Oasis has drawn adventurous travellers from around the world for many years, yet it still manages to retain its unique atmosphere and culture. Our Alexandria and Siwa is ideal for those who love the desert, or are considering a second visit to Egypt - this tour combines time in Siwa with sightseeing tours in Cairo and Alexandria and an overnight safari in the White Desert between the Bahariya and Farafra Oases.
The tour begins with one night in Cairo, but we can easily add more time here if you’d like to visit the pyramids, sphinx and museum during your trip. After driving north towards the Mediterranean, your first stop will be at Alexandria. Named after Alexander the Great, you will visit the Roman ruins, Catacombs, the modern Library and the Qaitbay Citadel which is perched on the site of the ancient Pharos Lighthouse.
Leaving Alexandria behind our journey takes along the coast via El Alamein and Marsa Matrouh and into the desert to the Siwa Oasis itself. Siwa remains one of Egypt’s more remote and least accessible Oasis towns and it wasn’t even governed by Egypt until the middle of the 20th century. The people of Siwa still speak their own language Siwi and their unique culture continues to flourish, despite the influx of tourists passing through. The town has a rich history which includes a visit from Alexander the Great who came to the oasis in 331 to consult with the Oracle of Amun. This visit has led many archaeologists to believe that Siwa may be the final resting place of Alexander the Great, though there is no solid proof to support this theory.
Whilst in Siwa you will explore the ancient and mysterious centre – Shali, visit the Hill of the Dead and enjoy an exciting jeep safari out into the Great Sand Sea.
After plenty of time to explore Siwa we head out into the desert and drive on decent tracks and roads to the Bahariya Oasis. Bahariya is famous today for its wine, dates and hot springs. The oasis also acts as an excellent gateway to the truly unique White and Black deserts. We take a 4x4 jeep out towards these, and spend a night camping beneath the stars and the unusual rock formations.
Your journey ends with a drive back to Cairo where you will spend your final evening. Extensions can be added to this tour to explore more of the Egyptian deserts, the Red Sea or to tour the iconic Pharaonic sites along the Nile Valley.
Interesting overview of this distinctive Egyptian Mediterranean port city.
Cairo's bustling capital city and home to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum.
Guide to this famous desert oasis made famous by Alexander the Great, and site of the ancient Oracle.
What to expect when you take your family and children on a holiday to the Egypt and Jordan.
Every year, some of our tours will take place during Ramadan, when adherents of the Muslim faith fast during daylight hours. This short guide explains what to expect during Ramadan.
For every Egypt tour we sell we make a donation to the Dar al Rahman orphange in Cairo, Egypt.
"Overall it was a fantastic holiday for us. The children (girls of 11, 13, 15) enjoyed it very much. Some real highlights and memories."
The Wheeler Family (Grand Egyptian Adventure)
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