Grand Desert Tour

As odd as it might sound but the history of Egyptian oases extends at least 5.000 thousand years beyond the history of Ancient Egypt. Join us on a spectacular journey back in time and to a fascinating landscape of rough contrasts between the fertility of the oases and the barrenness of the desert.

Discover outstanding manifestations of millennia of cultural history such like the Golden Mummy Valley and the Alexander Temple in Bahriyah, the Chapel of Exodus in Kharijah or the Madrassa and Mosque of Al Qasr in Dakhilah.

Furthermore, travel trough breathtaking landscapes including several oases from Bahriyah to Kharijah and expect unique encounters with the Black & White Desert as well as the edge of the Great Sand Sea.

Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Egypt

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport our representative will meet and assist you with passport control, customs formalities and handling your luggage. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2
Great Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum

After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Solar Boat Museum and the Valley Temple with the giant Sphinx. Furthermore, get an excellent panoramic photo opportunity from a close-by outlook.

After lunch, visit the Egyptian Museum with its rich Pharaonic treasures from all epochs of the Pharaonic Era including those of Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy Room.

Day 3
Bahriyah Oasis

In the morning, head southwest to the oasis of Bahriyah and around noon, arrive in Bawati, a quiet oasis town within the Bahriyah Oasis. Check in at your hotel and take some time to relax and refresh.

After lunch, start your tour of the oasis and learn about its different ways of cultivation and sophisticated water system.

Also, pay a visit to the oasis’ museum and the Valley of the Golden Mummies with its recently discovered tombs from the Greco-Roman Era as well as to the ruin of a temple to Alexander the Great.

Afterwards, drive into the close-by mountains and enjoy the sun set.

Day 4
An expedition to the White and Black Desert

In the morning, take a fully equipped modern 4×4 car and enjoy an impressive off-road expedition through the Black & White Desertwith its magnificent and very colorful formations and scenic panoramas.

Let the warm golden sand run through your fingers, discover the magnificent crystals at Crystal Mountain, pass by small oaseslining your way, admire the so-called “Mushrooms”, bizarre chalk rock formations created by the desert’s occasional sandstorms and much more.

In the evening, while you’ll enjoy your time and watch the sunset painting the sky in a million colors, your driver and guide will set up tents for the night and prepare dinner. Later in the evening you are welcome to enjoy typical folkloric music and share your experience with other travelers.

Day 5
Farafirah Oasis

After breakfast, continue your tour through the fascinating landscape of the white desert and eventually reach the smallest oasis in the western desert of Egypt: Farafirah Oasis.

With only 5.000 inhabitants, most of them local bedouins, Farafirah managed to keep its authentic nature. Walk by the wonderfully decorated mud brick houses and visit the famous gallery and museum of the local artist Badr.

Afterwards, drive to the lush Dakhilah Oasis.

Day 6
Dakhilah Oasis

In the morning, drive to Al-Qasr, a village which was originally a Roman settlement and later became the medieval capital of Dakhilah.

Visit the old town, a labyrinth of narrow, mud-walled alleys separating the nice houses with their elaborately carved wooden lintels from each other. Also pay a short visit to the Ayyubid mosque of the city and climb to the rooftop of the 10th century madrassa (school) for wonderful views of the surrounding area.

In the afternoon, get to Bir Al-Gabel, a palm-fringed salt lake where you may camp, picnic and relax.

Day 7
Dakhilah Oasis

Enjoy a trip around Dakhilah Oasis, the last place in Egypt where bufallo-driven water wheels are constructed.

Visit the 1st century roman tombs (Al-Muzawaka) and Deir Al-Hagar, a temple originally dedicated to the Theban Triad and later rebuilt by the Romans.

After exploring the temple, get a chance to bath in the hot sulphur spring nearby before traveling to Kharijah Oasis by road.

Day 8
Kharijah Oasis

Visit the Temple of Hibis, built on the site of an 18th dynasty settlement of Saites, Persians and Ptolemy. One of the few Persian monuments in Egypt, this 6th century BC temple has huge reliefs of Darius greeting Egyptian gods on its outer walls.

After hearing the interesting story about the temple, visit the Necropolis of Al-Bagawat and its numerous ancient Coptic chapels, including the chapel of the Exodus with frescoes depicting Pharaonic troops pursuing the Israelites led by Moses out of Egypt.

In the afternoon, travel to Luxor by road.

Day 9
Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Temples of Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut

In the morning, start with a photo stop at the impressive Colossi of Memnon. Then proceed to the very rich site of the Valley of the Kings  with its numerous Pharaonic tombs and the giant funeral Temple of Queen Hatshepsut , once known as the “Splendor of Splendors”.

In the afternoon, visit the Karnak temple complex. Study such outstanding monuments like the Corridor of Sphinxes, the monumental pylons, the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive columns or the Obelisks of Thutmoses III. and Hatshepsut.

Afterwards continue your tour with a walk through the great Luxor Temple

Day 10
Have a safe trip home!

After breakfast, be transferred to Luxor International Airport for final departure.

Tour Details

Including

All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.

  • Entrance visa to Egypt.
  • Professional guiding by a qualified Egyptologist.
  • Transportation in a private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicle.
  • Offroad driving in good 4×4 cars with experienced driver.
  • Accommodation in good hotels or  camping in the desert.
  • ITERU tents (single tents or family tents upon request).
  • ITERU sleeping bags (sleeping bags for children are available).
  • Full board during the days in the oases/deserts.
  • Half board (breakfast + lunch) in Cairo and Luxor.
  • Recommended gratuities (app. 50 €).
  • All government permissions.
  • For the time of your tour: Free Egyptian mobile phone, including 100 Egyptian Pounds worth of calling (one per group).

Not included: Intl. flights, personal expenses, everything not mentioned above.

Prices

All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.

  • Private tour, 1 to 2 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
  • Private tour, 3 to 9 people: 1150 €
  • Private tour, 10 to 15 people: 1045 €
  • Private tour, 16 to 25 people: 970 €
  • Private tour, 26 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.

Customize Your Tour

Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour exactly as you want it to be!

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