12 Glory days in Egypt’s western desert
Cairo | Alamein | Mersa Matrouh | Siwa | Bahariya | Farafra | Dakhla | Kharga | Luxor
11 Nights / 12 Days
Summer May-Sept: $
Winter Oct-April: $
Day 1: Arrive in Cairo
Day 2: Giza, Egyptian Museum, Islamic & Coptic Cairo
After breakfast wou will enjoy a trip out to the Giza Pyramids of Cheops, Chephen and Mykerinus, as well as paying a visit to the Great Sphinx and the Valley Temple.Continue to the Egyptian Museum to experience the remnants of 5000 years of amazing history. Next you will be driven to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. A visit to Khan El Khalili Bazaar rounds out the day, followed by a trip to your hotel to spend the night.
Day 3: Siwa Oasis
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo, then drive to Alamein. At El Alamein, you will enjoy the site where the great battle took place during World War II, and visit the World War II Museum and the Cemetery. Then drive on to the beautiful bay of Marsa Matrouh on the Mediterranean Coast then continue to the Siwa Oasis. It is about a 6 hours drive from Alamein to Siwa. Dinner and overnight in Siwa.
Day 4: Siwa Oasis
After beakfast at the hotel you will visit to the Old City of Siwa (Shali). Continue to visit the tombs inside the Mountain of the Dead discovering several interesting tombs; SI Amon, MSW Isis, and the Crocodile Tomb. Then transfer to Abu Sherouf, one of the Siwan villages to experience bedouin way of life and enjoy the Roman Spring. Then transfer to visit Cleopatra's bath and the Alexander Temple, at Aghurmi village which is dedicated to the God Amon. Dinner and overnight in Siwa.
Day 5: Bahariya Oasis
After breakfast you will experience different sites in the Bahariya Oasis. Enjoy a tour around the old village and see the groves of palms and fruit trees.Then onto the "Golden Mummies Museum" from the Graeco-Roman period. Next you will visit the Tombs of the Nobles. After lunch in Bahariya you will head to the White Desert, passing through the Black Desert and the Valley of El Haize with its famous spring. Stop off to see the quartz crystal at Crystal Mountain and the petrified wood and volcanic rocks in the Valley of Agabat. Bedouin dinner and entertainment. Overnight camping in White Desert.
Day 6: Farafra and Dakhla Oases
In the morning, you will drive to Farafra Oasis, where palm groves thrive and a hot spring awaits. You’ll also visit the unique mud brick museum of Badr.You will enjoy a trip to the Roman temple Deir El Hagar, surrounded by pristine nature, as well as the Roman burial grounds at Mezzawaqqah if it is opened. Then pay a visit to Islamic Village of Al Qasr, about 35km from Mut. Al Qasr houses ruins of an Ayubid mosque. The next stop is Dakhla Oasis, which is surrounded by rose-colored cliffs. You will stay the night in Dakhla.
Day 7 & 8: Kharga Oasis
After breakfast you will visit Kharga Oasis, where you will visit Qasr el Labeka, an ancient Roman fortress guarding a caravan route. An ethnic museum is available in the oasis, as well. Next, you will visit the Roman Temple of Hibis from the outside and an early Christian cemetery featuring painted chapels and murals in nearby Bagawat. You will round out the day with a trip to Nadora Temple, the Temple of Dush and the Baris Oasis. You will camp overnight at the Kharga Oasis.
Day 9: Luxor
After enjoying breakfast, you will take a 6-hour trip to Luxor, where you will spend the night.
Day 10: Luxor Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will cross the Nile River to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. You’ll also visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon here. You will enjoy lunch at a true local restaurant, followed by a trip down the East Bank to the famed Karnak Temples and the Luxor Temple. Finally, you will board a sleeper train bound for Cairo.
Day 11: Free Day in Cairo/Saqqara & Memphis (optional)
You will be met at the Giza train station in Cairo by our representative, who will assist you back to your hotel. You can enjoy a free day in Cairo or an optional tour to the Saqqara Necropolis and Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Spend the night in your hotel in Cairo.
Day 12: Final Departure
You will enjoy breakfast in your hotel, followed by a transfer to the Cairo International Airport for your departure flight.