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Already in Egypt and you like to see something of Cairo or the Western Desert, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Besides organised tours, Adventuresafari also offers trips of one or more days from Bahariya and/or Cairo. There are many possibilities; or compose your own tour.

 

Cairo - Pyramids of Giza

Highlights Cairo - 2 days (starting-point: Cairo)

In the morning we'll visit the Pyramids of Giza, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World which has survived to this day. South of Cairo, on a limestone plateau rises the great pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaure (Mycerinus) and the Great Sphinx. Then we go to Islamic Cairo. Here we visit the citadel, built by Salah ad-Din, a royal residence and military barrack. And we go to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun. It is the oldest mosque in the city, built in 876 by Ahmad ibn Tulun and famous by his unusual minaret (Samarran style).

On day 2 we visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum with its famous Golden Mask of Tutankhamun in the morning. It hosts the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world. It displays more than 120,000 items. In the afternoon we explore the old Coptic area including the Hanging Church, Babylon Fortress, the Greek Church of St. George and other Coptic churches. And we'll visit Khan al-Khalili, once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, where you can score some souvenirs.

Cave Djara - Bahariya Oasis

Wadi al-Hitan and Cave Djara - 5 days / 4 nights (starting-point: Cairo)

In the morning we drive to Fayoum oasis; via Qasr al-Sagh (a small Middle Kingdom temple), the ruins of the Ptolemaic town Dimeh and along the shore of Birket Qarun. The second day we'll visit the waterfalls of Wadi al-Rayan and Mudawara hill. Then we go to Wadi al-Hitan, also known as the valley of the Whales. Here they have found fossils and skeletons of the Basilosaurus isis, a whale that existed here over 40 million years ago.

Day 3 and 5: we drive through fabulous areas with pyramids mountains and along the seif sand dunes of Ghard Abu Muharrik, 'dune with an Engine', to Cave Djara. Gerhard Rohlfs (1831 - 1896) discovered it when he traveled the Darb Asyut on his way to Farafra in 1873. The cave begins as a fissure in the ground. It has wonderful white stalactites. You can find also rock carvings of ostriches, antelopes and other animals, dating from between 8000 and 5000 BC. Via Batieg (watermelon valley), Wadi Sant (Acacia valley) we drive to Aqabat or Magic Spring. Before we drive back to Cairo, we'll drive through the White Desert, a landscape with white chalk rock sculptures eroded through the wind. Late in the afternoon you'll be back in Cairo.

White Desert - Bahariya Oasis

White Desert and Farafra Oasis - 2 days / 1 night (starting-point: Bahariya)

2-days tour per 4WD to the Black Desert, al-Hayz, Crystal Mountains, Aqabat, White Desert, Farafra Oasis and the Western Desert.

In the morning we'll pick you up from your hotel and drive towards the Black Desert. The landscape of Bahariya is dominated by dozens and dozens of small black-topped mountains. The ground is overlaid by colorful limestone and basalt from the Eocene period. From a mountain at al-Zuqaq you have a great view over the Black Desert. Via Crystal Mountains we drive to Aqabat, a landscape with rock formations surrounded by soft sand and powdered chalk. From here we drive to the breathtaking landscape of the White Desert with its through the wind eroded chalk monoliths into surreal forms resembling skulls, hawks, mushrooms. Here in this spectacular area we'll camp. And for sure you will not easily forget the sunset in the White Desert. The second day we drive towards Farafra Oasis (the smallest oasis of the Western Desert). Here we visit Badr's museum. Through the Western Desert, a breathtaking mountain landscape and maybe the nicest part of the entire Western Desert, we'll drive back to Bahariya Oasis.

Dakhla Oasis

Off the road to Dakhla - 4 days / 3 nights (starting-point: Bahariya)

Day 1: we drive via the Black Desert, al-Hayz, Crystal Mountains towards Aqabat, a landscape with rock formations surrounded by soft sand and powdered chalk. From here we drive to the breathtaking landscape of the White Desert to Bir Dikker. The second day we travel off-road to Dakhla. It is an exciting, spectacular journey into dune lanes, black valleys before we see the great wall of rose-hued rock across the northern part of Dakhla. Outside Dakhla we spend a night camping.

At Dakhla we'll visit Deir al-Hagar, 'Stone Monastery'. Deir al-Hagar is actually a Roman temple dedicated to the Theban Triad (Amun-Re, Mut and Khonsu) and the god of the oasis, Seth. This sandstone temple is erected during the reign of the Emperor Nero (54-67 AD) and has beautiful inscriptions and decorations. Also we'll visit Al Qasr, an amazing Islamic settlement built upon Roman foundations, it was Dakhla's medieval capital. After lunch, in the afternoon we'll visit Balat, a picturesque mud-brick village. In the surrounding of Balat we visit the mastabas of governor Khentika. This tomb is from the reign of Pepi II (2292 - 2203 BC) and has nice decorations. On the 4th day we drive via Abu Minqar and Farafra back to Bahariya.

Memphis (Mit al-Rahina): de liggende Kolos van Ramesses II in Memphis

Memphis, Dashur and Saqqara - 1 day (starting-point: Cairo)

In the morning we drive to the village Mit-Rahina, where we can see the remains of the ancient capital Memphis and worship of Ptah. Here we can see the laying kolos of Ramses II (18 meters long), the Alabaster Sphinx (New Kingdom) and the Temple for embalming the Sacred Apis Bull. Dahshur contains 3 pyramids from the Middle Kingdom (12th Dynasty) built by Amenemhat II, Sesostris III and Amenemhat III. Nevertheless, the truly interesting aspect of the site is the two pyramids built by Sneferu, the founder of the 4th Dynasty, the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid, which may be considered the first true pyramid built in Egypt. In the afternoon we visit the necropolis Saqqara. The first pyramid in Saqqara was built during the 3rd Dynasty, under the reign of Djoser and thereafter the largest and most beautiful Old Kingdom private tombs in all Egypt were built here. Beside the pyramids of Userkaf, Teti Saqqara has also several large mastabas (5th and 6th Dynasty). Those of Mereruka, Kagemni, Ti and Ptahotep have beautiful carvings in reliefs.

Duamutef - Qasr Selim Bahariya Oasis

Sightseeing Bahariya Oasis - 1 day (starting-point: Bahariya)

Explore the fascinating oasis of Bahariya and its surroundings. In the morning we visit the ruins of the temple of Alexander the Great (332 BC), Ain el-Muftilla (26st dynasty), the tombs of Qasr Selim and the Golden Mummies. After lunch we continue our sightseeing through the old village and the groves of palms and fruit trees. Also by our land cruiser we go to Jebel Dist, the salt lake, hot spring and visit the ruin on the top of Jebel el-Ingleez (Black Mountain) at sunset and enjoy the panoramic view. During WO I the ruin was an English lookout post to observe troop movements by the Sanusi.

Shali - Siwa Oasis

Alexandria and Siwa - 5 days / 4 nights (starting-point: Cairo)

In the morning we drive to the centre of Alexandria. Everyone can explore this beautiful city by themselves. Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and its largest seaport. The city is named after its founder, Alexander the Great around 334 BC. Highlights are: Fort Qaitbay, Pompey Pillar, the catacombs of Kom el-Shuqafa, the Roman amphitheatre called Kom el-Dikka, the Greco-Roman Museum and the new Bibliotheca Alexandria. The next day we'll drive via al-Alamein to Siwa oasis.

Day 3: in the morning we'll make a sightseeing and visit the ruins of Shali, the temple of the Oracle (26th dynasty), the temple of Amun (30th dynasty), the Mountain of Death - Jebel al-Mawta (26th dynasty) and the turquoise spring of Cleopatra. The rest of the day you have the possibility to explore this fascinating oasis by yourself. You can walk around Siwa, to visit the local market and to see the old village.

Early in the morning we'll take the ancient caravan route from Siwa to Bahariya. This is an exciting route and very photogenic. Be surprised by the variety of the landscapes. Before we'll arrive at Bahariya Oasis we have to pass 4 uninhabited oases, al-Areg, Bahrein, Nuwamisa and Sitra. We'll visit the Oasis al-Areg, it has a formidable escarpment which must be descended to reach the soft depression floor. From the white chalk cliffs of the escarpment you have a wonderful view. Inside the oasis there is a lake and some tombs. The next day, before we drive back towards Cairo we'll visit the ruins of the temple of Alexander the Great (332 BC), Ain el-Muftilla (26th dynasty), the tombs of Qasr Selim (26th dynasty) and the famous Golden Mummies and the Black Desert.

Cave Djara - Aref Ahmed Abd el Ghany

Cave Djara - 3 days / 2 nights (starting-point: Bahariya)

This trip shows you fabulous areas and deserts as the sand dunes of Ghard Abu Muharrik, (dune with an Engine), Batieg (water mellon valley), Wadi Sant (Acacia valley), Aqabat, the breathtaking White Desert with its white chalk sculptures, Crystal Mountain and the Black Desert. Cave Djara, also known as Gara Cave. Gerhard Rohlfs (1831-1896) discovered it when he traveled the Darb Asyut on his way to Farafra in 1873. The cave begins as a fissure in the ground. It has wonderful white stalactites. You can find here also rock carvings of ostriches, antelopes and other animals, dating from between 8,000 and 5,000 BC.

Shakshuk - Fayoum Oasis

Fayoum and Bahariya - 4 days / 3 nights (starting-point: Cairo)

In the morning we drive to Fayoum oasis; via Qasr al-Sagh (a small Middle Kingdom temple), the ruins of the Ptolemaic town Dimeh and along the shore of Birket Qarun. The second day we'll visit the waterfalls of Wadi al-Rayan and Mudawara hill. Then we go to Wadi al-Hitan, also known as the valley of the Whales. Here they have found fossils and skeletons of the Basilosaurus isis, a whale that existed here over 40 million years ago. Overnights at Bawiti in a hotel.

Today we'll explore the fascinating oasis of Bahariya and its surroundings. In the morning we visit the ruins of the temple of Alexander the Great (332 BC), Ain el-Muftilla (26st dynasty), the tombs of Qasr Selim and the Golden Mummies. After lunch we continue our sightseeing in the surrounding to Jebel Ingleez, Jebel Dist and lake el-Marun. Day 4: before we'll drive towards Cairo we drive through the Black Desert.

Tomb of Bannentiu - Qasr Selim Bahariya Oasis

Temples and Tombs at Bawiti - day (starting-point: Bahariya)

Explore the wonderful antiquities in Bahariya oasis.We visit the ruins of the temples of Alexander the Great (332 BC) and Ain el-Muftella (26st dynasty), the beautiful tombs of Bannentiu and his father Zed-Amun-ef-Ankh at Qasr Selim and the Golden Mummies of the Greco-Roman period at the Antiquities office.

Siwa Oasis

Siwa - 3 days / 2 nights (starting-point: Bahariya)

Day 1: we take the ancient caravan route from Bahariya to Siwa. This is an exciting route and very photogenic. Be surprised by the variety of the landscapes. Before we'll arrive at Siwa we have to pass 4 uninhabited oases, Sitra, Nuwamisa, Bahrein and al-Areg. We'll visit the Bahrein, Oasis of the Two Lakes, it was inhabited in Roman times. Via a sloping terrain you come into this depression. The western lake, shimmering blue in the sun, is a dangerous trap because of the mushy sand. The eastern lake gleams white and is almost dry. There are tombs at Bahrein. They are visible on the small escarpment between the two lakes. We sleep at a hotel in Siwa. The next morning we'll make a sightseeing and visit the ruins of Shali, the temple of the Oracle (26th dynasty), the temple of Amun (30th dynasty), the Mountain of Death - Jebel al-Mawta (26th dynasty) and the turquoise spring of Cleopatra. In the afternoon we go through the sand dunes of the Great Sand see to Bir Wahed. On the third day when we leave Siwa, the route leads via birket Zaytun over dune fields into al-Areg. Beautiful as Nuwamisa and Bahrein are, al-Areg is by far the most spectacular oasis in this area. Al-Areg, the Cripple, has a formidable escarpment which must be descended to reach the soft depression floor. From the white chalk cliffs of the escarpment you have a wonderful view. Inside the oasis there is a lake and some tombs. Via Nuwamisa, the Oasis of the Mosquitoes, we drive towards Sitra Oasis and then back to Bahariya.

White Desert - Farafra Oasis

Day Tour White Desert - 1 day (starting-point: Bahariya)

Day-trip by 4WD to the Black Desert, Crystal Mountains, Aqabat and White Desert.

The landscape of Bahariya is dominated by dozens and dozens of small black-topped mountains. The ground is overlaid by colorful limestone and basalt from the Eocene period. From a mountain at al-Zuqaq you have a great view over the Black Desert. Via Crystal Mountains we drive to Aqabat, a landscape with rock formations surrounded by soft sand and powdered chalk. From here we drive to the breathtaking landscape of the White Desert with its through the wind eroded chalk monoliths into surreal forms resembling skulls, hawks, mushrooms. The ground and the chalk monoliths are littered with shells, crystals and iron pyrites shaped like sea urchins, twigs or turds. Late in the afternoon we'll be back at Bahariya.

Camel - Adventuresafari

CamelTrek Jebel Dist - 1 day (starting-point: Bahariya)

By landcruiser we pick you up from your hotel and go to the Camel herders. Until the camels are saddled we drink tea. Then you are riding for some hours in the surroundings of Jebel Dist and the salt lake of Bahariya Oasis, called lake el-Marun, in the Northeastern part of Bawiti.

 

 

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