Egypt Adventure: Pyramids, Deserts and Oases

  • destination Egypt
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 2225,- pp

From Cairo to Alexandria and from the vast desert to Luxor. This complete 15-day trip takes you through beautiful desert areas and green oases. A journey through the local life of Egypt and the vast Libyan desert.

You will start this individual trip in Cairo, the capital of the country. From here you will visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum. From the capital, you will continue to the north of Alexandria. This Mediterranean city owes its name to Alexander the Great. Alexandria has been the capital of Egypt for about a thousand years. From Alexandria, your adventure starts along the oases, through the desert while you meet local people. During this desert expedition in a 4WD, you will discover the vastness of the desert and the hinterland of Egypt.

This journey ends in Luxor, where you stay on the banks of the Nile. Luxor is also known as the world’s largest open-air museum. After your desert tour, you discover the treasures of Egyptian civilization. You will visit the Karnak Temple complex and the Valley of the Kings.

From Luxor you will travel back home. You can also extend this trip with a Nile cruise or visit Aswan and Abu Simbel.

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Itinerary

Flight to Cairo, Egypt including meet & assist and airport transfer

On the first day you travel to the captial of Egypt, Cairo. Here you will be met by a local representative from the team of ArabEscape.com. You will be guided through customs by one of our local staff members and brought to your accommodation for your first overnight in Cairo. Get ready for an early start tomorrow, there is a lot to see here!

Cairo including private driver

Get ready to explore Cairo! A chaotic but charming city. Here you can visit the Citadel of Salah el Din. From here you have a wonderful view over the skyline of Cairo. Besides this, the citadel houses the Mohammed Ali mosque with its four recognizable minarets.

Afterwards you can visit the busy Islamic quarter, this is within walking distance from the mosque. You will finish your day at the largest market in Africa, the El Kahlili Soukh, an unforgettable experience. Today you can also visit the Egyptian Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world. After your visit you will understand why.

Cairo - Giza including private driver

Today you will leave the capital behind and visit the Pyramids of Giza, just outside Cairo. The Pyramids of Giza are a UNESCO Site and house three great Pyramids, of which the Cheops Pyramid is the largest. The Cheops pyramid is the only one of the seven classical wonders of the world that can still be visited today. You will visit the Pyramids of Cheops, Kephren and Mykerinos.  The Giza Pyramids need no introduction, the largest and most famous monuments of antiquity and the sole surviving of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World.  Finally, you will visit the famous Giza Sfynx.

Alexandria - El Alamein - Siwa Oasis including private driver

Today you leave the crowded city behind and go on an expedition to the Oases hinterland of Egypt. You will enter the land of the Bedouins, who still live as nomads in the desert. From Alexandria you head towards El Alamein, El Alamein is mainly known for the battles that took place during the Second World War. Afterwards you drive inland towards the Oasis of Siwa. The Amazighs, a group of isolated people live in Siwa, they have their own language and culture. In addition, you will also find the Amun temple which is known as the temple of the Oracle. You can also find the Mountain of Death here, where many tombs from the 26th Egyptian dynasty can be found. From the top of the mountain you have a beautiful view over the oasis. The Siwis, as the population is called, live in mud-brick houses and are unlike the Amazighs no Bedouins.

Bahariya Oasis

Today you have a day free at leisure to gather all your impressions and relax in the Bahariya Oasis. You can cross through the desert with a 4WD, ride a camel or visit the local bazaar in Al Bawiti, the largest city in the area.

Bahariya Oasis - Farafra Oasis including private driver

From Al Bawiti, the largest town in the Bahariya Oasis, you travel towards the smallest of three Western desert oases: Farafra. This oasis has only 5000 inhabitants and over a hundred natural springs. Bir Satta, Bir Sab A and Ishrin are the best known natural springs. Which you will also visit during this trip. You have now arrived in the White dessert, where the nature is completely different from other areas that you have seen so far. The white desert is also known as Sahara el Beyda and is famous for it’s rock and chalk formations.

Farafra - El Qasr - Dakhla including private driver

After visiting Farafra, you head towards the last desert stop of this trip, Dakhla, Along the way you make a stop at the village of Abu Minqar. You travel through a very thinly populated area of Egypt and you will be alone in the desert for hours. On the way from Farafra to Dakhla you will see beautiful rock formations and an extended desert surface. This five-hour tour is known as one of the most empty and quiet areas in Egypt. Stop for a moment in the middle of the desert and step out of your car, all you hear is the wind.

As soon as you get closer to Dakhla, things change quickly. The city is one of the longest inhabited cities in Africa. Just before you arrive in Dakhla you arrive in El Qasr, famous for its Fort. This fort has been rebuilt by a group of Dutch archeologists. The entire fort and surrounding mud-brick village has been restored to its former state.

Dakhla - El Kharga including private driver

You are slowly returning to the more civilized world. You leave Dakhla and head to the most southern Oasis of the desert, El Kharga. On the edge of the desert you will have another overnight stay. El Kharga is a well-known stopover on the route to Luxor, it is a large city with more than 50,000 inhabitants, so you no longer express the real oasis feeling here. In El Kharga you can visit the Hibis Temple and El Bagawat, a Christian cemetery. You will come across many different sites along the way today. For example the Temple of Nadura, Qasr el Zayan and Ain Um Dabadib.

El Kharga - Luxor including private driver

The great desert adventure ends today. You leave the green oases behind you and head to the banks of the Nile. Via Qasr El Dhueita, with its ten meter high walls, you travel towards Luxor, also known as the open air museum of the world. When you arrive in Luxor, you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to relax by the pool and take in the impressions of the past few days.

Luxor - Cairo - Flight back home including airport transfer

Unfortunately your trip has come to an end. Would you like to extend your trip? We have a few suggestions: Go diving or snorkling in the Red Sea or simply enjoy the beach on the Meditteranean Sea. This trip can also be combined with another destination. One of our local representives will pick you up at your accommodation and bring you to the airport for you flight back home.

Accommodation

Hilton Alexandria

AlexandriaIdeally located in the center of Alexandria, this hotel features its own private beach and a swimming pool with sea views.

Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir Cairo

Cairo This Cairo property is just 200 meters from the Egyptian Museum and features an outdoor pool.

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa

Luxor Located on the banks of the Nile, the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa offers stunning views from the water's edge. Dive into one of the two pools or relax in a hammock by the Nile.

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Add-ons

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Details & Prices

Egypt Adventure: Pyramids, Deserts and Oases

  • destination Egypt
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 2225,- pp
Included
  • Private airport transfers
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Overnight stays in selected accommodations
  • Private city tour Cairo incl. entrance fees
  • Visit Egyptian Museum
  • Driver/guide during the desert expedition
  • Car rental (4WD) including full insurance
  • Guide in Luxor
  • Transfers as mentioned in program
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience! 
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Optional excursions
Optional
  • Extra beach days
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