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Cairo, Fayoum, Valley of the Whales, Western Deserts

Alongside its monuments and temples, Egypt also boasts some stunning desert scenery and we visit several different regions on this tour. We get away from the tourist trail and see fossilised whale skeletons resting on the desert sands, the wildlife surrounding a freshwater desert lake, and the weird rock formations in the White Desert. Two separate desert camps are included making for a truly memorable experience. Read more


  • Day 1:
  • Arrive in Cairo

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to settle into the hotel and relax after your journey.

  • Day 2:
  • Cairo to Wadi Hitan

Our desert adventure starts today, and we drive out of Cairo to the Fayoum region, once the bread basket of the whole Middle East. We visit the Meidum Pyramid en-route and tour some sites in Fayoum before driving into the beautiful desert scenery of Wadi Hitan where camp under some cliffs with beautiful views over the rock formations and sands below us.

  • Day 3:
  • Valley of the Whales - Desert drive to Bahariya Oasis

We rise this morning, and explore the World Heritage Site of the 'Valley of the Whales' just below us. This is acknowledged as the most important site worldwide for learning about the history of whale skeletal development, and hundreds of fossilised whale skeletons as well as mangrove roots and crab tunnels have been found in the sand. Many of these are now displayed on the sand surface and we take a walk of a few kilometres through the desert to view these. We then stop at the freshwater desert lake of Wadi Rayan, and the nearby Springs Oasis before driving through barren and rocky desert to the large depression, salt lake and villages of the Bahariya Oasis. 

  • Day 4:
  • Bahariya Oasis tour - White desert safari.

Our day starts with a tour of some interesting sites around the Bahariya Oasis, before boarding our jeeps and heading out for our desert safari. We drive over some huge sand dunes, and see the 'Crystal Mountain' and some spectacular cliff and sand scenery before arriving in the White Desert itself. Here there are strange rock formations formed by wind and sand erosion and we make a basic camp for the night under one of these and sleep under the stars (bedding and blankets are available, but you'll need a sleeping bag in the winter months).

  • Day 5:
  • Farafra and Bahariya Oases

We finish our jeep safari this morning by driving to the small Farafra Oasis. Here we look around the old town with traditional mud houses, some with inscriptions from the Koran still written on the walls. We then drive back to the Bahariya Oasis where we have time to explore the centre, and bathe in one of the hot sprints nearby. 

  • Day 6:
  • Drive to Cairo

Tour tour leaves Bahariya this morning and we drive back to Cairo, arriving around lunchtime. the afternoon is free for you to do some final shopping or sightseeing in Cairo, perhaps enjoying the spectacular Sound and Light show at the Pyramids in the evening, or taking a dinner cruise on the Nile. 

  • Day 7:
  • Cairo - Tour ends.

The tour ends today and your time is free until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.


• All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
• All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles & 4x4 jeep
• 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
• Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
• Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all sightseeing tours
• Bedouin guide and camp crew for desert safari
• Camping equipment
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Not included

• International flights (available on request)
• Visa fees (available on arrival for most nationalities)
• Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
• Meals not indicated in the itinerary
• Entrance fees
• Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
• Drinks, snacks, guide tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
• Hotel gala dinners (see below)
• Any other items not mentioned above

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Tour facts

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3 - 18 people; minimum age is 12yrs
Meidum Pyramid; Wadi Rayan Protected Area (freshwater desert lake); Wadi Hitan (Valley of the Whales); Western Desert Oases, White Desert rock formations; Jeep safari and overnight desert camp.
Air-conditioned bus/minibus/car, 4x4 jeep
Group departures:
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Meals: (What's this?)
Breakfast: 6 | Lunch: 4 | Dinner: 4


We use a range of carefully selected hotels on our group departures. If you have specific requests for hotels, please ask for a private or tailor-made tour.


Customer feedback

"The tour was great value for money, I would definitely use you again and would have no hesitation in recommending your Company to others."

Ms. J. Casey (Cairo City Break)

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