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The Great Sand Sea Holiday

The Great Sand Sea Holiday


Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo – Al Alamein - Siwa Oasis

We will pick you up early in the morning from your hotel in Cairo with private modern van and personal tour guide then drive about 3 hours to Alamein. Arrive there to explore the location of the WW II great battle took place in 1942, wander the WW II Museum & Cemetery. Proceed to the pretty bay of Marsa Matrouh on the coast of Mediterranean Sea then head to Siwa, about 6 hours driving then dinner and Overnight in Siwa.

Day 2: Siwa Oasis and Villages

Pick up shortly after the breakfast Siwa hotel to explore Shali or Siwan Old City, wander the tombs lying inside Gabal El Maouta or " the Mountain of the Dead" like SI Amon, MSW Isis and the Crocodile Tomb. Transfer to enjoy the Bedouin style life and enjoy the Roman Spring eye in Abu Sherouf village. Experience the charming Sunset at Al Awsat lake then transfer back to your hotel. Dinner & overnight in Siwa.

Day 3: Abu Ali Village - Shiata Lake

Uncover Siwa desert after breakfast in hotel, start at the village of Abu Ali then cross to the Great Siwa Mountain to check first human footprint over the mountain is dating back to the to prehistoric era. Continue to the fossils area to explore the rocky coral reef dates back to the Cambrian era then drive to the spring eyes of Shiata Lake. Enjoy the sand surfing in the desert before swimming in the cold spring relaxing atmosphere. Transfer to the hot spring for chill and tranquilize your Muscles and end the day admiring the Sunset with Bedouin Tea & overnight camping in Bir Wahid.

Day 4: Al Arag - Bahrian

After breakfast, transfer to visit Al-Arag Valley where you will see Caves or tombs at Al Arag with natural landscapes. Then transfer to Bahrian and overnight camping.

Day 5: Sand Sea - Ain Dalla

After breakfast, you will continue through the dunes of the Great Sand Sea. Then visit Dalla Spring. Overnight camping in the desert.

Day 6: Travel to Bahariya Oasis

Breakfast and continue crossing the Western Desert, Lunch break and arrive to the  White Desert.  Dinner and camping overnight.

Day 7: White & Black Deserts

Enjoy walking around the old village of Bahariya oasis to wander palms & fruit trees. Then move to the Black Mountains, explore the sand dunes and the salt lake then Continue to visit the Temple of Ain El Muftella and watch the the ruins ‘the English House’.  Visit the Black Desert, Crystal Mountain, El Haize & Agabat Vallies Dinner with Bedouin entertainment & overnight.

Day 8: Back to Cairo

Breakfast and transfer to back to Cairo for departure

What to Bring

  • Sun glasses, Hats, sun cream
  • Valid passport for 6 Months 
  • Comfortable clothes & shoes
  • Scarf, photo and Video Camera

Western Desert Distances

  • Cairo to Bahariya 370KM
  • Cairo to Siwa 750 KM
  • Siwa to Bahariya 490 KM
  • Bahariya to White Desert 160 KM
  • Farafra to Dakhla 280 KM
  • Dakhla to Kharga 190 KM
  • Kharga to Luxor 390 KM

Trip Includes

  • Pick up services from hotel in Cairo & return
  • 2 nights in Siwa at Ghaliet Ecolodge & Spa
  • 1 night at Qasr El Bawity Hotel
  • 4 nights at Camping in the Desert
  • All tours mentioned in itinerary
  • All transfers from / to Cairo and desert
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to the mentioned sites
  • Meals as per above itinerary
  • Camping equipment (sleeping bags / camel blanket / tents)
  • Bottled Water & Soft drinks in the desert
  • All taxes & service charge

Itinerary Highlights

  • Al Alamein City

    Approximately 130 Km west of Alexandria on the main coast road to Mersa Matruh. El Alamein has a hot desert climate , in common with most of the Middle East & North Africa. Al Alemein War Museum is one of the best museums in Egypt.

  • White Desert Egypt

    A white cream color and massive chalk rock formations that been created as result of occasional sandstorm in the area, intensified by the clear light of noon, shimmering gold at sunset or blackened and shrunken in a cloud filled sky.

  • Siwa Oasis

    An oasis of surprises in a stunning desert landscape. Siwa, once the most mysterious of all Egypt's oases lying some 60 feet below sea level between the Qattara Depression and the Egyptian Sand Sea with 23,000 people who speak a distinct language of the Berber family.

  • Kharga Oasis

    Most of the desert tours visiting Egypt's Western Desert include a stop at Kharga. It is the capital of the governorate of the new valley, or Al Wadi Al Gadeed. It connected Egypt to Southern Africa through the forty days road.

  • Farafra Oasis

    Egypt Western Desert is 262, 000 square miles of dunes, canyons, oases, mountainous plateaus, and valleys that span most of land west of the Nile Valley. The small oasis of Al Farafra is the second biggest depression by size in Egypt West Desert and the smallest by population.

  • Bahariya Oasis

    The most accessible of the Western Desert Oases, Bahariya offers many interesting attractions and a foretaste of how life goes in an oasis. Bahariya Oasis has a particular historical significance as it was a transit point for the Caravan tracks and Nile Valley.

  • Djara cave

    About 30m wide and 8m high, and contains animal engravings dating back from the Neolithic Period. Djara cave is located at the middle of Egypt Western Desert on a limestone plateau next to an old camel track connecting Farafra and Assiut.

  • Black Desert Egypt

    Most people are not aware of the beauty of specific parts of Egypt desert. The section that attracts tourists the most in Sahara Western Desert is that particular area located between Bahariya Oasis in the South and Farafra Oasis in the North.

FAQs

Is Egypt safe to travel?

Egypt is safe country to visit with notable low crime rate, tourist attractions are well secured and there is no common negative attitude towards foreigners, with some sensible precautions and preparations you will feel at home and as safe as you'll ever be.

What to wear when visiting Egypt?

There is no special dress code when visiting Egypt tourist sites, modest dress is recommended in less tourist sites and there is no special concern for women traveling alone.

How to get visa to Egypt
Visitors to Egypt must obtain a visa from one of the Egyptian diplomatic missions or apply and pay online for one month visa to Egypt through Egypt E-Visa Portal. Valid Passport with 6 months validity beyond your travel schedule is a must, visitors from Australia, Canada, Croatia, European Union, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Macedonia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States can purchase a one month visa upon arrival.
What language is spoken in Egypt?

Egyptian Arabic is the most commonly spoken language in Egypt, it is also the national language in the country but Egyptians speak and understand English as they study it in school. Fewer Egyptians can speak other languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Egyptians working in tourism sector are accustomed to speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.

What airlines fly to Egypt?

Egypt is very connected to the world, it has many direct flights with Africa, Asia, European Union and United States. Visit Cairo Airport website for a full list of Airlines that fly to Egypt.

What is the duty free allowance for Egypt?

Duty free allowances on arrival to Egypt are 1L alcohol, 1L perfume, and either 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200g tobacco. Duty free shops are available in Egypt airports and major tourist cities (Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh).

What time does the Pyramid open?

Giza Pyramids and most monuments and Museums in Egypt open between 8 Am to 5 Pm. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.

What are the opening hours for shops in Egypt?

Shops and stores in Egypt are usually opened from 10 Am to 10 Pm however in major cities it opens much later and some are open 24 hours.

Can non Muslim go inside mosque in Egypt?

Visitors are welcome in most mosques throughout the year. Modest dress is recommended, women should cover their hair, arms and legs. Both Women and men will remove their shoes before entering.

Can you take pictures in Egypt?

Taking pictures for people and streets is fine after people permission While Taking pictures for official type or army structures is not permitted. In most historical sites and museums in Egypt it is allowed to use camera,  some of them may charge you for camera but at the Egyptian Museum and some similar historical sites it is prohibited and you will be asked to leave camera at reception before entering.

What type of hotels are there in Egypt? check-in time?

Egypt enjoys big hotel variety from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations; Check in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM.

Do you need any vaccinations to go to Egypt?

There in no health concerns or vaccinations required to visit Egypt but we recommend to check with your own doctor, he knows you and your medical history best.

What currency is used in Egypt?

The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE), it is about ,06 to USD. Money exchange is widely available, Credit cards are largely used in Egypt major cities and tourist spots.

How to get around in Egypt?

We do not recommend the public buses in big cities. Taxi and limousine service are fine every where but price is negotiable. Trains go to all big cities in Egypt except Sinai and the Red Sea. Flights from / to tourist cities are always available.

How much to tip in Egypt?

Tipping in Egypt is an appreciated habitual attitude but is Not obligatory. Generally 5 to 10 EGP for small favors is fine for carrying luggage, parking a car or to guys who clean bathrooms. 10 % is fine in restaurant and spa. Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver should be considered if you're provided with good to great service, feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.

Booking Terms

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    • Children under 2 years old are free of charge in similar tour packages.
    • Children between 5 and 5.99 years would pay 25 % of adult package price.
    • Children between 6 and 11.99 years would pay 50 % of adult package price.
    • Children will be charged in case your tour package includes any airfare.
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