Western Desert
15 days / 14nights
Cairo / Wadi El Rayan / Bahariya / Alamien / Marsa Matrouh / Siwa / El Gara / Farafra / White Desert / Dakhla / Kharga / Bolaq / Baris / Dush / Assuit / Cairo

 

Day 1 Cairo to Wadi El Rayan and Monastery Samuel
Pick up from hotel. Early start from Cairo then drive via Oasis Fayoum into the desert, cross waterfalls, drive on the shore of the lake in Wadi El Rayan. Visit isolated Monastery Samuel. Lunch en route. Sunset in Wadi El Rayan. Camp and dine and sleep under the desert sky in Wadi El Rayan.

Day 2 Wadi El Rayan to Bahariya Oasis
Desert breakfast. Continue through different desert terrains to Bahariya. Arrive to Bahariya, check in the campsite. Local City Tour including Gebel El Englees, Muftella Spring and Bahariya Local Museum. Lunch in a Local Restaurant. Drive to hot spring, Bir El Ghaba. Dine and camp around the spring.

Day 3 Oasis Bahariya
Breakfast in the camp. Start the Tour to Bahariya springs of Ain el Bishmu and wander around the palm gardens and villages below. Lunch with a local family. Free evening in Bahariya market. Camp and dine at the campsite.

Day 4 Bahariya to Spring Al Maghara
Early Breakfast. Continue exciting desert route going north towards the Qattara Depression. Light desert lunch. Photographic stops for desert scenes. BBQ dinner and overnight at spring Al Maghara.

Day 5 Maghara via Al Alamein to Marsa Matrouh
Special Oriental breakfast. Going north to Al Alamein, visit World War II Memorials and Alamein Museum. Continue to Marsa Matrouh. City tour including lunch. Dinner and overnight at Hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 6 Marsa Matrouh to Siwa Oasis
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue to Siwa Oasis. Check in hotel. Lunch in a local restaurant. Visit Cleopatra Spring. Have your sunset tea at Fantasy Island (Fetnas Island) [you have the choice to go to the Island by car, bicycle or Karouza]. Free evening to stroll around the streets and the market place. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7 Siwa to Oasis Gara
Breakfast at the Echo lodge (Gaafar Village). Journey to the unknown Oasis of El Gara. Oasis tour and lunch hosted by the Gara inhabitants headed by sheikh Hassan , chief of El Gara tribe (your lunch will be served in El Gara rest house). Meet the Gara natives and exchange their goods of palm tree handcrafts. Back to Siwa. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Siwa.

Day 8 Oasis Siwa
Siwan breakfast. Visit the old town of Shali, then Gebal El Mawta and its tombs. A special Siwan lunch accompanied with folkloric entertainment in a palm garden. Sightseeing in Aghurmi to see the Temple of the Oracle and Temple of Amun. Shopping tour guided by a local Siwan lady for Siwan handcrafts (Baskets, traditional clothes and jewelry). Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Siwa.

Day 9 Oasis Siwa direction Farafra
Early breakfast at the hotel. Leave Siwa and view the uninhabited Oasis on the way between Siwa and Farafra. Camp and dine in Farafra.

Day 10 Farafra and White Desert
Breakfast in Farafra. Bathe in hot water springs and visit the local museum of Badr then Continue to the White Desert (view the different rocky formations during the photographic stops to). Light lunch. Experience building a desert campsite and prepare yourself for a magnificent sunset. Bedouin dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 11 White Desert to Oasis Dakhla
Sunrise breakfast. Head to Dakhla Oasis, exciting photographic scenes of a vast landscapes. Light lunch en route. Free evening in Dakhla. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dakhla Oasis.

Day 12 Dakhla Oasis
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit two unspoiled medieval mud-brick towns with friendly people, El Qalamun and El Qasr. Lunch in a local restaurant. Late afternoon on to Mozawaka, a site of Roman tombs with well preserved wall paintings. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Dakhla.

Day 13 Dakhla to Kharga
Breakfast at the hotel and early start to Kharga. On your way stop at the villages of Balat and Bashandi to visit the famous Hibis temple and Christian necropolis of Al Baqawat. Lunch in the center of town. Free evening in Kharga. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Kharga.

Day 14 Kharga, Bulaq, Baris, Dush and Assuit
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue drive through the modern Kharga on Darb el Arabayeen, hilltop temples of Qasr El Ghuweida and Zayyan. Swim stop and lunch in Bulaq. Quick view of Baris.

Continue on to Dush, visit the worthwhile Temple of Isis. Through the desert we reach Assuit. Dinner

and overnight at the hotel in Assuit.

            Day 15 Assuit to Cairo
Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Cairo via the Nile valley through villages and towns with a unique contrast of desert and greenery. Lunch en route. Arrive to Cairo in evening.