Western desert safari tour 8 days from Cairo to Luxor

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Duration 8 Days
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Itinerary
Day 1
  1. - Cairo day at leisure
Day 2
  1. - Cairo sightseeing tour
Day 3
  1. - Cairo to the Valley of the Golden Mummies
Day 4
  1. - White Desert safari tour of Bahariya Oasis
Day 5
  1. - Bahariya to Dakhla Oasis tour
Day 6
  1. - Kharga Oasis tour
Day 7
  1. - Karnak and Luxor temples tour
Day 8
  1. - Valley of the kings tour

Full Description

Egyptian Western desert safari tour for 8 days via Bahariya, Dakhla and Kharga oases to Luxor. Visit to the pyramids, Luxor temple and the Valley of the Golden Mummies.

Cairo day at leisure

Upon arrival in Cairo our representative will meet you and take to your hotel. We offer 4* hotel accommodation on BB basis, double standard rooms. Five stars hotel can be booked with extra payment upon request. Free evening at leisure.

Cairo sightseeing tour

This day you will spend discovering Cairo and its famous sights. After breakfast our English speaking guide will pick you up to go to the famous pyramids of Giza. Here you visit the best known Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and its valley temple.

Lunch in the city at a local restaurant will be offered after the Pyramids tour. Then we will get a chance to sail along the Nile on a traditional felluca boat (optional activity).

Next stop at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities where the largest collection of Pharaonic art is presented. We will spend some hours walking around the different halls of the museum, discovering treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun and other curious items of the museum.

Evening can be dedicated to a short visit to Khan El Khalili bazaar (optional activity). It is one of the largest and most famous markets in the world. This bazar, built in 1382 during the Mamluk reign, is the best place to shop for Egyptian souvenirs if you are ready to bargain.

At the end of the day you will be back to your hotel to overnight.

Cairo to the Valley of the Golden Mummies

After breakfast check out the hotel and transfer by a comfortable private air-conditioned vehicle to the Bahariya Oasis, 365 kilometers to the South West of Cairo. We will go to explore the oasis, its natural water springs and natural scenery. This day we will visit the main attraction of the oasis the Valley of the Golden Mummies - necropolis with the largest and most important tombs belonging to the Roman period. Hundreds of tombs scattered over a surface area of 36 square kilometers were discovered in 1999. After the tour we will check in a cozy hotel in the Bahariya Oasis for overnight.

White Desert safari tour of Bahariya Oasis

Today we will tour the Western Desert. We visit the Black Desert, which got its name due to the color of the rocks and mountains located there. These rocks have gained their colors from black quartz that are present inside numerous rocks. We continue our trip towards the Farafra Oasis, on our way let’s visit the crystal mountain, one of the most famous attractions of the Western desert. The final stop of the day will be the most attractive as we visit the White Desert. Covering a surface area of around three thousand kilometers it consists of bizarre chalk white rock formations that were once the surface of a shallow sea that covered this area in prehistoric times. The rocks create all sorts of shapes like mushrooms, animals, and strange looking sculptures. The area became a natural protected area now.

At the end of the day our camp will be set up in the desert, so we can enjoy a magical atmosphere of the region, watch stars, have barbecue dinner and spend the night in our comfortable camp.

Bahariya to Dakhla Oasis tour

Let’s continue our desert adventure after an early breakfast we prepare in the camp. We take some 180 km to reach the Farafra Oasis, which is located to the South of Bahariya. Here we get an amazing chance to swim in one of the natural water springs located in the city. After a short visit to a local museum which hosts the work of Badr Abdel Moghny, a self taught local artist, illustrating the art and the culture of the Farafra Oasis, we continue our tour to the Dakhla Oasis, the capital of the Egyptian oases during the Pharaonic times.

Dakhla oasis is located 170 km far from Farafra, the oasis is now famous for its many historical sites, natural scenery, and handmade products. Here we visit the old City of Dakhla, Al Qasr - an ancient Islamic village, the temple of Deir Al Hagar or the monastery of the stone.

At the end of the day, we check in our hotel in Dakhla and overnight.

Kharga Oasis tour

After an early breakfast in our friendly hotel let’s continue the tour and move on to Al Kharga Oasis. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the Kharga Oasis is the most populated area in the Western Desert. In the oasis we visit:

- the temple of Nadura, built during the Roman era, most probably for the worship of the spouse of Amun. The ruins of the temple contain marvelous preserved wall paintings

- the Kharga Museum, hosting a number of exhibits that were found in the area dating back from prehistoric times to the Coptic period

- the Temple of Hibis. This marvelous temple was dedicated to Amun Ra of Hibis and it is considered to be the largest temple in all the oases.

After the tour we will check in a local hotel for overnight.

Karnak and Luxor temples tour

After breakfast transfer to Luxor. The distance from Kharga Oasis to Luxor around 340 km, upon arrival in Luxor let’s first visit Karnak and Luxor Temples, walk along Sphinxes avenue and have lunch in a local restaurant. Check in 5* hotel on BB basis after 3 pm. Free evening at leisure.

Valley of the kings tour

In the early morning before breakfast you can do an optional activity Hot Air Balloon Luxor. The tour finishes by 9 am, so you can get breakfast in the hotel before a new Luxor day tour starts. Our final day in Egypt will be dedicated to the Valley of the Kings visit, where we can explore 3 different tombs, opened to public. On the way to the valley we will have a short stop at the Memnon Colossi for some photo shots and then proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.

After the tour we will get lunch in a local restaurant and then transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to Cairo or any other destination you go.


Includes
  • Transfer from Cairo airport to the hotel
  • 2 nights in Cairo 4* hotel on BB basis
  • 1 night in Luxor 5* hotel on BB basis
  • Double room accommodation
  • Entrance fees as per the program Cairo/Luxor/Oasis
  • Transfer from Cairo to Bahariya oasis by a car
  • 4x4 land cruiser car for the desert safari
  • 3 meals per day: lunch, dinner, breakfast during desert tours
  • Hotel/desert lodge accommodation on HB basis in oases
  • Water and soft drinks during desert tours only
  • Camping facilities and sleeping bags
  • Tents with mattresses, blankets and sleeping bags
  • White desert entry fee
  • Local English speaking guide-driver
  • Professional English speaking guide during Cairo/Luxor tours
  • Military permits
  • Transfer to the airport in Luxor
  • Egypt entry visa 25$
  • Water and beverage during meals in Cairo/Luxor
  • Entrance fee inside any of the Pyramids of Giza
  • Entrance fee inside paid tombs
  • Nile boat ride in Cairo/Luxor
  • Hot-air balloon ride in Luxor
  • Any extras not mentioned in the program

What to take with you
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimwear
  • Extra cash for tips
  • Snacks
  • Warm clothes in winter
  • Sleeping bags

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Published: 30 Nov -0001 Last update: 08 Mar 2024