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Into the Western Desert

Introduction

In the far western reaches of Egypt’s Sahara Desert lies the Siwa Oasis. The oasis has a fascinating history stretching as far back as the Mesolithic period of the 10th millennium BC. It was active during the Pharaonic period of ancient Egypt and takes its name from the ancient Egyptian words for palm and land – indicating that it was known for its lush growth and fresh water even then. Later, it was home to the oracle temple of Amun.

Itinerary Details 

Day 01: Cairo – White Desert
In the morning we will travel from Cairo to Bahariya (370 KM) to visit the black mountains, then we will cross the desert to the north till El Serw spring in the desert. In the afternoon, we continue to the south towards the white desert, an area of limestone formation where the erosion has created fantastic natural rocks sculptures, some of which are shaped like mushrooms & animals. Then we will camp overnight in the white desert.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Day 02: White desert – Farafra – Baharyia
In the morning we will drive to Farafra oasis to visit the gardens, the old village, and the museum where a local artist exhibits different crafts, paintings and sculptures. Then to a warm spring for a swim. In the afternoon, we will visit the Crystal Mountain. Then to Baharia Oasis to visit the museum with its golden Roman mummies, the Pharonic temple, Alexander temple, the old village, and a beautiful garden. In the night, we will stay at the hotel Bahariya.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 03: Baharyia – Siwa
In the morning we will Drive to Siwa from Baharyia. We will be on the road in the afternoon, and staying in a hotel over night.

Day 04: Siwa
In the morning, we will visit Siwa and Shali, the old city of Siwa. Then on to Death Mountain, Fatnas Island, the Oracle of Amun (Alexander the great), Cleopatra’s bath, and the gardens. The night will be spent in a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Siwa – Alamein – Alexandria
In the morning, we will drive to Alamein (318 KM). There we will visit the WWII Museum and the war memorial. Then we will drive to Alexandria from Alamein (94 KM).

Meals: Breakfast

Package Includes:

  • 1 night camping in the White Desert; full-board.
  • 1 Night in Bahariya Oasis at 3* Hotel; full-board.
  • 2 Nights in Siwa Oasis at 3* Hotel; full-board.
  • Private A/C car and a 4×4 Jeep during Cairo – Bahariya – White desert – Farfras
  • All safari equipment, including American tents, sleeping bags, mattress, blankets, and Food.
  • All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the Itinerary
  • An English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned Bus & 4×4 Jeep while travelling in the Oasis.
  • All taxes

Package Excludes:

  • Entry Visa into Egypt
  • International flight tickets
  • Any Extra meals and beverages
  • All personal expenses, including laundry, etc.
  • Any optional tours
  • Tips