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