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Valley of Whales and Oasis

A way to escape discover the Bedouin life and see the great landscapes. Enjoy the lake Qaroun which used to be the ancient vacation post for the Pharaos.
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Valley of Whales and Western Desert Oasis

A way to escape discover the Bedouin life and see the great landscapes. Enjoy the lake Qaroun which used to be the ancient vacation post for the Pharaos of Egypt. See the remains of the Whales located on the desert of  Valley of Whales, as well as the stunning views of the White desert. A mixture between oasis experience and camping under the sky dotted with bright starts.  
Day Program Meals Staying in
1 Cairo - Fayoum - Valley of  Whales Half Board Tent
2 Valley of Whales - Bahariya Oasis Full Board Hotel 3*
3 Bahariya Oasis - White Desert Full Board Tent
4 White Desert - Farafra Oasis - Dakhla Oasis Full Board  Hotel 3*
5 Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis  Full Board  Hotel 4*
6 Kharga Oasis - Luxor / Cairo    

Day 1: Cairo - Fayoum - Valley of Whales 

  • Pick up from your address in Cairo.
  • We drive around 100 km south of Cairo to reach the Semi Oasis of Fayoum, about 70km wide and 60km long, it depends on the Nile River water distributed around the depression by a system of canals going back to ancient times. This green spot south of Cairo has around 03 million inhabitants.  
  • Arrival and start our tour: visit the landmark of the city of Fayoum The Four large wooden Waterwheels, created by Ptolemaic engineers on the 03rd century BC to work as pump of water to the people then.
  • We proceed on the city more to see Lake Qaroun that covers 214 square Km at 45 m below sea level. The lake is a destination of birdlife: around 88 species including flamingos have a colony on the horn island at the end of the lake. We take a boat tour through the lake to enjoy the fascinating landscapes of the water and green scene dominant over the banks of the lake.
  • We go later 15 km out of Fayoum to The Wadi Rayyan Protected Area : a result of project of Egyptian Government to create 03 lakes on the Wadi. Wadi Rayyan is particularly conducive to large colonies of birds. We will enjoy the Waterfalls where one lake drains into the other. It  is wide life heaven and beauty spot.
  • We take picnic lunch in Wadi el Rayaan.
  • Some 55km further south into the desert is Wadi al-Hittan (Valley of the Whales), where the skeletons of primitive whales have been lying for about 40 million years.  The fossils consist of amphibious mammals deposited by the swirling waters and Marine life stranded when the sea receded. We will see the Basilosaurs (King of Lizards) and the Zegluodon which was the end of evolution system of whales.  Also we will see some fossilized Mangrove roots fromancient times.
  • Dinner and overnight camping under the stars.Day 2: Valley of Whales  – Bahariya Oasis (200Km)

Day 2 : Valley of Whales - Bahariya Oasis 

  • Pick up from you location in Cairo (airport/ station / hotel).
  • Drive to Bahariya Oasis 350 kilometers (219 miles) ahead. Midway in the journey at 155 kilometers (97 miles) is a rest stop with a gas station and a cafeteria Twenty-two kilometers (14 miles) from the beginning of the road, the railway from Helwan joins the road and follows it all the way to reach Managim.(First Village of Bahariya oasis).Beyond Managim, the main road continues to Bawiti. At 316 kilometers (197 miles) the terrain changes once again as small conical hills begin to emerge.
  • Arrival in Bawiti, we check in hotel and relax. Then we start tour of main attractions of the Oasis.
  • First we go the see Museum of the Golden mummies where 10 of roman golden mummies in view selected from 10.000 intact roman burial chambers discovered in the 1990s.
  • Not far from the Museum, we head to slightly south of the spring of the same name are four 26th-dynasty chapels that together form the Temple of Ain al-Muftella.
  • Climb down to see the colored Tomb of Noble Bannitu with its fascinating decoration of Universal Day.
  • Then we visit small, two-chamber temple is the only place in Egypt where Alexander the Great's effigy and cartouche have been found.
  • We take the spring of cold water is used by both tourists and locals as a swimming hole. It is cool and refreshing on hot desert days.
  • Climbing the Black Mountain known as English Mountain. As on summit are the ruins of a World War I lookout post, which was manned by Captain Williams, after whom the mountain is sometimes called.
  • Visit Gebel el Dist Locals call it Magic Mountain because of the way the light plays on the texture and material of the mountain during the different hours of the day.
  • Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Bahariya Oasis – Black Desert- Crystal Mountain- White Desert (140 Km with stops)

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • We leave Bahariya behind in our way to a different world of Black and White. We approach Sahara Suda, the Black Desert, a favorite safari destination. The ground to the right and left of the road is covered with black stones. We climb a 15 meter Sand Dune by 4WD and stop to take pictures of these mixtures of colors. Then we see Al Marsous volcanic Hill.
  • 37 km we reach Al Hyaz small village that during the Roman era this area was very prosperous. Many of the current families were originally from Libya. We take our picnic lunch in a shaded place; also we will have the chance to get refreshment by swimming in one of the cold springs nearby.
  • We drive to the most famous of the formations is the Crystal Mountain, actually a large rock made entirely of quartz. It sits right beside the main road.
  • Bit by bit the yellow desert sands east of the road start to become pierced by chalky rock formations. s you get further into the 300-sq-km White Desert Protectorate, you’ll notice that the surreal shapes start to take on familiar forms: chickens, ostriches, camels, hawks and other uncanny shapes abound. Two flat-topped mountains known as the Twin Peaks, a key navigation point for travelers. A favorite destination: the view from the top of the surrounding symmetrical hills, all shaped like giant anthills, is spectacular. Kids will delight in coming up with shape associations, and photographers will fill up their memory cards trying to capture the brilliant hues of the setting sun reflecting off the inselbergs’ shiny surfaces. Waking up amongst them is one of the highlights of any camping trip into the desert
  • BBQ Dinner. Overnight in tent.

Day 4: White Desert- Farafra Oasis (40 km)– Dakhla Oasis

  • Breakfast in Camp.
  • Drive to Farafra the smallest, yet one of the most prepossessing, of the main Western Desert oases. We stop to see the Museum of local painter Badr Abdel Moghny.
  • Proceed to Dakhla oasis which was an important town in the Pharaonic and up through the Roman and Islamic periods, and each successive era has left it monuments.
  • Check in hotel .And Lunch in Local Restaurant.
  • Start tour of: Deir el Hagar sandstone temple to the Egyptian gods Amun, Mut, Khonsu, and Seth was actually built by the Roman Emperor Nero.
  • Then we visit medieval ottoman town of Al Qasr with its chambers, dwelling rooms. The tomb of Sheikh Nasr el Din, the Ayyubid mosque, the restored house of Abu Nafir, or the ancient olive press.
  • Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 5: Dakhla Oasis- Kharga Oasis

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • Today we drive to the largest town in the Western Desert. Formerly used as a place of exile and banishment for at least 2,000 years by the Romans.
  • Check in hotel .And Lunch in Local Restaurant.
  • We visit Al Bagawat cemetery Built during the exile of Nestorius to the oasis, considered one of the best-preserved Christian cemeteries from its era in the world. There are more than 260 domed mausoleums still standing, and several still have intact wall paintings.
  • Designed to resemble the architecture of nearby Bagawat, this two-storey Museum is housed in a cavernous, well-lit building made from local bricks. Inside is a small but interesting selection of archaeological finds from around Al-Kharga and Dakhla Oases.
  • Then we visit remains of Hibis and Nadura Temples from outside.
  • Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Kharga Oasis – Luxor

  • Breakfast in hotel.
  • We reach the end of our adventure on the Western Desert Oasis, Today we drive to Luxor
  • Transfer to your hotel/boat in Luxor. End of services. 
NO Guests Periods Notes
Summer Winter Peak
  From: 01/06 From: 01/10 XMAS, New Year, Easter  
To: 30/09 To: 30/05
2 580 USD $ 620 USD $ 670 USD $  
3 450 USD $ 495 USD $ 535 USD $  
4 390 USD $ 415 USD $ 465 USD $  
5 350 USD $ 385 USD $ 430 USD $  

 

Price includes:

  • 01 night camping on the Valley of Whales on full board basis.
  • 01 night in hotel in Bahariya oasis on Half board basis.
  • 01 night camping in the White desert on Full board basis.
  • 01 night in hotel in Dakhla oasis on Half board basis.
  • 01 night in hotel in Kharga oasis on Half board basis.
  • Lunch during excursions in local restaurants.
  • English Speaking Tour Guide.
  • All above mentioned tours.
  • All admission fees of visited places.
  • All Safari materials necessary to the camping experience.
  • Water and Soft Drinks only on the White desert.
  • All necessary clearances.
  • All taxes.
  • No hidden costs.

Price excludes:

  • ·Tips. 

Enjoy a unique expereince under the crystal clear sky of the Valley of Whales. You will have a pleasant doomed private tent equipped with mattress, sleeping bag, pillow and sheet. 

Your tent will be between the ridges of the rocks  that seem to have a frost on them. Then you’ll see a snowdrift, and pretty soon you’re in a winter wonderland. In fact, what you’re seeing is a combination of chalk and limestone. 

 

 

 

Sand Rose Hotel
 
The Sandrose Hotel has been built with German participation and wasestablished in spring of 2011. The hotel has been furnished with a modern touch and all rooms are of course equipped with air conditioning systems, colour television sets and own bathrooms. As well we offer WiFi internet connections to our guests.
 
Because of the exceptional and higher location at the edge of Bahariya Oasis our guests cannot just enjoy the view of the town of Bawiti and the surrounding mountains, but the silence and peace around the hotel as well.
 
 

Camping on the White Deser

Enjoy a unique expereince under the crystal clear sky of the White Desert. You will have a pleasant doomed private tent equipped with mattress, sleeping bag, pillow and sheet. 

Your tent will be between the ridges of the rocks  that seem to have a frost on them. Then you’ll see a snowdrift, and pretty soon you’re in a winter wonderland. In fact, what you’re seeing is a combination of chalk and limestone. 

 
 
 
 
Badawiya Dakhla Lodge
 
The Badawiya Dakhla Hotel has 50 rooms which all have a comfortable living / sleeping area, private bathroom, satellite TV, telephone line and individually-controlled air conditioning. For families or groups of friends, some rooms with connecting doors are available.
 
The hotel was designed for all rooms to have the best possible view. The reception area of the Badawiya Dakhla Hotel offers comfortable seating and beautiful light fixtures. There is an additional sitting room off the reception area. 
 
 
 
 Solymar Pioneer Resort
 
Sol Y Mar Pioneers is a deluxe desert hotel situated in Al Kharga Oasis at the new valley in the western desert. It is just ten minutes away from Al Kharga Airport, three hours from Luxor and seven hours from Cairo.
 
Sol Y Mar Pioneers is a true adventure base and jumping off point to all the wonders of the western desert such as the Temple of Hibis, which lies just outside the centre of Al Kharga. T
 
 

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