Explore the Western Desert (14n/15d)

The Mushroom Desert outside Farafra

The Mushroom Desert outside Farafra

Day 1 – Cairo
Upon arrival to Cairo, you will be met by local representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.

DAY 2 – Cairo
After breakfast, your private Egyptologist tour guide and driver will pick you up and start your tour. Drive to Giza and visit the Pyramids. See the Sphinx and the Valley Temple. Continue to Memphis. Lunch en route. Continue to Sakkara. Return to Cairo and visit a Papyrus Institute on your way to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3 – Cairo-Siwa
Your escort and private driver will drive you to Siwa by air-condition car, on the way visit the WW2 cemetery at El Alamein, upon arrival installation in your hotel. Then explore Siwa by night and in a Bedouin restaurant. Overnight at hotel in Siwa

Day 4 – Siwa
Breakfast, meet our guide to make the sightseeing in Siwa by 4X4 Jeeb Safari ,  the Siwa oasis that is grasped of mountains and bathed of mineral sources.  visit the ancient tombs in the Mountain of the Dead as well as the oracle that Alexander the Great consulted, and the Temple of Amun, nearby, fetnas spring, old fortress of Shali, Dinner and overnight at hotel in Siwa

Day 5 – Siwa – Baharia
Breakfast at hotel, Desert Safari in the marvelous Yellow sand dunes of Siwa, then departure through the great Sand Sea to Baharia oasis, Lunch on route. Upon arrival installation in your hotel, enjoy the Water Source and explore Baharia by night, lunch. Dinner and overnight in your hotel.

Day 6 – The Mushroom desert
With your 4X4 car visit the crystal mountain. Continue to Aquabat the magic spring, the big Valley, el Santa and at the end of the say we’ll reach the fascinating Mashrum Desert (the new desert), night under tents in the New Desert.

Day 7 – The white desert / Farafra
Breakfast in the mushroom desert, and enjoying a walk in the old white desert, continue to Farafara, lunch and visit Farafara mud brick museum built by the local artist Badr. Continue to Dakhla for overnight.

Day 8 – Dakhla / Kharga
Tour around Dakhla, visiting the Roman temple Deir El Hagar in its serene surroundings and the Roman burial ground Mezzawaqqah, , mut and el Quasr. Travel to Kharga Oasis and overnight.

Day 9 – Kharga / Luxor
Take in the local sights at Kharga Oasis, visiting Qasr el Labeka – a Roman fortress on the old caravan route, and the oasis’ ethnic museum. Then see the Roman Temple of Hibis as well as the early Christian cemetery “El Bagawat” with its chapels painted with murals, nearby. Drive to Luxor via Ibis oasis and overnight.

Day 10 – Luxor
Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and explore the Valley of the Kings. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon; Visit the East Bank of the Nile starting with the especially graceful Temple of Luxor. Proceed to the North of Luxor to the Karnak Temple. Return to your hotel for a free afternoon and overnight.

DAY 11 – Luxor / Aswan
Drive to Aswan with visit of the great temple of Edfu dedicated to the god Horus and Kom Ombo temples dedicated to the two goddesses: Sobek and Hareoris and Sobek.Upon arrival to Aswan, you will be met by local representative hotel check in. Afternoon felucca ride around Kitcheners Island with its botanical gardens.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 12 – Aswan / Cairo
Visit the Aswan High Dam. Proceed to the Granite Quarries and the huge Unfinished Obelisk. Then take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple. Transfer to the train station to tack the first class sleeper train to Cairo. Night on board of the train.

Day 13 – Cairo
Upon arrival you’ll be met by our representative, drive to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities for a detailed, guided tour. Lunch en route. Continue to the Mohamed Ali Mosque and the streets of Khan el Khalili Bazaar.  Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 14 – Cairo
Free day in Cairo

Day 15 – Cairo / Departure
Transfer to Cairo airport for your departure flight.

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