Siwah Oasis & the Great Sand Sea

With its dramatic history and fascinating environment, Siwa has been a hidden treasures in the dunes of the Great Sand Sea for centuries. Inhabited since the 10th millennium BC, the history of its some 23.000 people, mostly ethnic Berbers, extends far beyond even the Pharaonic history!

Maybe the most remarkable event in its history was the visit of Alexander the Great to the oracle temple of Amoun which Herodotus called “Fountain of the Sun”. When Alexander sought guidance from it, the oracle supposedly confirmed him as both a divine personage and the legitimate Pharaoh of Egypt!

But Egypt’s most famous oasis has far more to offer than only the remains of Amoun’s temple. Besides its spectacular landscape which is characterized by sharp contrasts between the rich green of the oasis and the harsh barren desert, Siwa invites you to the ancient fortress of Shali Gali (“remote city”), the Gebel el-Mawta (the “Mountain of the Dead”), the Roman-era necropolis with dozens of rock-cut tombs and the palm-fringed peninsula in the saltwater lake, Fatnas Island.

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
The Mediterranean coastline, el-Alamein and Marsa Matrouh

In the morning, head northwest to the Mediterranean and make your first stop in el-Alamein where you will visit the World War II Museum. Learn about the important battle of el-Alamein and why it is also significantly connected with the modern history of Siwa Oasis.

Afterwards, drive along the coastline to Marsa Matrouh for lunch and then head deep into the desert. Around sunset, arrive in Siwa, enjoy the tranquility of the scenery and relax from the drive.

Day 4
Oracle Temple of Amoun, Mountain of the Dead and a Panoramic View

After breakfast, follow Alexander the Great to the oracle temple of Amoun and hear the interesting story of his visit and how he was longing for a confirmation of his self-image as a divine person and as the legitimate successor of the Pharaohs!

Afterwards, visit the ruins of the other temple of Amoun, the temple of Umm Ubeida and let your guide revive the interesting rituals of the oracle. Later on, visit Gabal el-Mawta, the “Mountain of the Dead” with dozens of rock-cut Roman tombs. If you like, climb the mountain and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the giant oasis of Siwa (about 80km/50mi in length and 20km/12mi in wide!).

Day 5
Siwa Museum, Fortress of Shali and Fatnas Island

Start your day with a visit to the House of Siwa Museum and let your guide introduce you to the rich cultural heritage of the oasis and its people. Learn about the unparalleled Siwan crafts, the unique Siwan language, the abundant Siwan traditions and its dramatic history.

Then drive to the extraordinary Fortress of Shali, once remarkable five stories high. The building, almost entirely made from salt and mud, hosted up to 5.000 people and was inhabited until 1944 when the majority of the population moved to the modern city of Siwa.

Admire both the fragility and the strength of the unmatched architecture while you walk through the narrow alleys.

Afterwards, drive to Fatnas, a small island beautifully situated in the salty Siwan lake, theBirket Siwa – a perfect stop for laying back and enjoying a dip in the lake.

Day 6
An Expedition to the Great Sand Sea

After breakfast, take your 4×4 car and drive to Bir Wahed, a fresh water lake which was created in 1967 when a Russian oil company dug for oil in the area. But instead of the desired “liquid oil” they found water which since then gathers in the middle of the fascinating sand dunes. If you like, enjoy a dip in this semi-natural pool.

Later on, climb over the sand dunes to reach one of the manynatural jacuzzi made my sulphuric springs and enjoy the warm water while watching the sunset over the Great Sand Sea. In the meantime, your driver will set up your ITERU tents for the night and prepare dinner.

Day 7
A Free Day in Siwa

After watching the sunrise and having breakfast, drive back to Siwa and use the day for your own discoveries in the oasis.

Day 8
Back to Cairo

In the morning, drive back to Cairo with a stop at Marsa Matrouh for lunch and rest.

Day 9
Departure Day

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

Tour Details

Including

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

  • Entrance visa to Egypt (ca. 12 €).
  • Professional guiding by a qualified Egyptologist.
  • Transfers from and to the airport in Cairo.
  • 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.
  • Tents (single tents or family tents upon request).
  • ITERU sleeping bags (sleeping bags for children are available).
  • Full board during the days in Siwa.
  • Half board (breakfast + lunch) in Cairo.
  • Recommended gratuities (app. 45 €).
  • All admission fees (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: 875 €
  • Private tour, 10 to 25 people: 770 €
  • 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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