Allover Egypt Oasis (13 Days – 12 Nights)

Cairo, Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhlah, kharga, Aswan, Luxor

Egypt is perhaps best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and – visible above all – its pyramids. Less well-known is Egypt's medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam – ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape. Egypt stimulates the imagination of western tourists like few other countries and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations world-wide.

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Tour Facts:

Tour Departs: Daily.
Arrival/Departure: Airport transfers included.
Transport: Air-conditioned minivan, 4X4 jeep& first class Seating Train.
Accommodation: 8 Nights hotel,1 Night desert camp, 1 Night Train& 2 Nights felucca.
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 5 lunch and 3 dinners.
Guides: Egyptologist guide in Cairo and local guide in the desert.
Tours: Cairo Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara and museum. White desert, Black Mountain, and swiss tomb. Bahariya city tour. Farafra Badr Museum. Dakhlah Al Qasr, Abandoned City. Kharga Temple of Hibis, Bagawat, Luxor East, west Banks. Aswan High Dam and Temple of Philae.

Day 01: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt and the start of your Egyptian adventure! Arrive Cairo, included airport transfer to hotel and overnight. Overnight – Cairo Overnight – Cairo

Day 02: Pyramids & Saqqara

Today, we visit Giza Plateau, where we explore the pyramids and Sphinx. It is estimated Cheops (the largest of the pyramids) was constructed from no less than 2.5million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. Later we explore Saqqara – an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. Overnight – Cairo

Day 03: Bahariyya Oasis

Cairo – Bahariyya Oasis. This morning we drive to Bahariyya. Upon arrival there is time to explore before watching a beautiful sunset over the rugged desertscape. Overnight – Bahariyya Oasis

Day 04: Crystal Mountain

Bahariyya Oasis – White Desert. We check out Bahariyya – an ancient oasis. Continuing by 4×4, we visit the Tombs of the Nobles and the Black Desert, as we push towards the White Desert, the striking White Desert is full of unusual wind-eroded limestone formations and our remote overnight base. Overnight – free camping White Desert

Day 05: Al Qasr, Abandoned City

White Desert – Dakhla Oasis. Driving to Farafra oasis, we visit a local artist and sculptor Mr Badr Aly at the Badr Museum. Much of his work made from natural materials and coloured sands found within the oasis offers an insight into local life, customs and traditions. Before arriving to Dakhla, we explore the fascinating, only recently abandoned medieval city of Al Qasr. Wander the eerie high walled city, mosque, school, olive press and court. Many of the houses here have acacia wood lintels above the doorways whose kufic (Islamic script inscriptions name the builder or occupants of the dwelling. Additionally, the inscriptions trace the family heritage, the oldest dating back to 1518. We continue on to Deir al-Haggar – the Roman Temple dedicated to the Theban Triad and take a dip in the local, mineral rich hot springs. Overnight – Dakhla Oasis

Day 06: Kharga Oasis

Dakhla Oasis – Kharga Oasis – Luxor. Journeying onward to Kharga we visit the Temple of Hibis (exterior only) and the rambling 4th century necropolis of al-Bagawat. After lunch we drive east to Luxor. Overnight – Luxor

Day 07: Aswan

Luxor – Aswan. Today we travel south to Aswan. After hotel check-in we visit the High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free. Overnight – Aswan

Day 08: Felucca Boat

Aswan – Nile felucca boat. Optional early morning air excursion to the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2-night voyage on the River Nile downstream. Overnight onboard the felucca. Overnight – onboard Felucca

Day 09: Felucca Boat

This morning we will enjoy the selling and the view of the Nile. Overnight onboard the Felucca.

Day 10: Kom Ombo & Edfu Temple

Kom Ombo – Edfu – Luxor. Disembarking, we enjoy a visit to Kom Ombo Temple and the Temple of Horus at Edfu – a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC! We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak. Enjoy some rest and relaxation, your evening at leisure. Overnight – Luxor

Day 11: Valley of the Kings

Luxor – Cairo. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce heat as we venture to the striking Valley of the Kings. Highlights of our visit include the Colossi of Memnon – a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a backdrop of history, the legendary Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs, awaiting their passage into the after-life. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax, we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular temple on a gigantic scale dedicated to the Theban gods. Karnak is ancient Egypt at it’s very best. Tonight, we return to Cairo by seating train. It is possible to upgrade to the sleeper cabin. Overnight – Train

Day 12: Egyptian Museum

Arrive and hotel check in. Later we enjoy a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. See the famous Tutankhamen solid gold death mask or opt to see the Royal Mummy Room, if you dare. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Cairo your way. Overnight – Cairo

Day 13: Departure Day

Our tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport.

Tour Costs:

Prices vary from season to season. Please email us to enable too provide an accurate quotation.

Additional information

Destination

Egypt

Duration

13 Day / 12 Night

Included

• 01 Night Camping in white desert, • 01 Night Hotel in Aswan with breakfast, • 01 Night Hotel in Bahariyya oasis on H/B Basis, • 01 Night Hotel in Dakhlah oasis with breakfast, • 01 Night seating train Luxor/ Cairo, • 02 Night Hotel in Luxor with breakfast, • 02 Nights felucca boat on Full board basis, • 03 Nights Hotel in Cairo with breakfast, • A/C Modern Bus Cairo/Dabab- Cairo, • All transfers in A/C Modern privet van, • Egyptologist tour guide, • Meals as mentioned., • Meet and assist at the airport

Not Included

• Entry visa to Egypt. • Entry fees for sightseeing. • Meals not mentioned. • Drinks. • Camera fees. • Tipping.

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