06 Days 05 nights Cairo, Bahariya Oasis and White Desert Tour Itinerary

06 Days 05 nights Cairo, Bahariya Oasis and White Desert Tour Itinerary
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Sept. 12, 2010 - PRLog -- Day (1): Cairo

Breakfast will be at the hotel. The day will be a full day tour to visit Sakkara, 28 Km southern to Giza, where you will see the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the first pyramid has been built in Egypt, then to Memphis, the first capital of Egypt where you will see the huge statue of King Ramses II lying on the ground losing his arm. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Continue to Giza to visit the Great Pyramid of Cheops which was built by manual labor. It is the largest of the three main Pyramids and it is the only survivor of the Seven Great Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramid of Chephren, which is the best preserved, and the Pyramid of Mycerinus. Nearby see the Sphinx, a marvelous sight carved out of a natural rocky outcrop, the lion’s body stretching 45 m, with its paws 15 m long.  Learn how paper was made in the ancient times with a visit to the Papyrus Institute followed by a short visit to a Perfumery workshop. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

**Optional tour:   Sound & Light Show at Sphinx Plateau.

Day (2): Cairo

Breakfast will be at the hotel. The day will be a full day tour to visit the world famous Egyptian Museum with its 100000 objects covering about 4000 years of the ancient Egyptian civilization including the treasures of Tutankhamen. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. And then we will visit the Citadel including the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali. Continue to the Old Cairo area to visit the Hanging Church (Al Mouallaqua Church) which dates back to the end of 03rd century and the beginning of the 4th Century A.D, but it has been reconstructed and renovated several times since that date. Some historians believe that it was built earlier and was serving as a Roman Temple before converting to a Roman church. Proceeding to visit Ben Ezra Synagogue  passing by Amr Ibn El A as Mosque, the first mosque had been built in Egypt. Continue to Khan El Khalili Bazaars which date back to the fourteenth century A.D. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.
**Optional tour:  Gala dinner on a cruising restaurant down the Nile. The cruise sails for 02 hours including belly dancer show, folklore show, horse dancing show and based on open buffet dinner

Day (3): Cairo - Bahariya Oasis

Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive for about 04 hours to Bahariya Oasis. Bahariya Oasis is about 365  KM south west of Cairo. It is the best starting point for the Black and White Desert. Set in a depression covering over 2000 square kilometer, Bahariya Oasis is surrounded by black hills made up of ferruginous quartzite and dolerite. The oasis is provided with water by many springs. The most famous of these, a thermal spring with medicinal and restorative properties, comes out in the Bedouin village of Bawiti. Wildlife is plentiful, especially birds such as wheatears, Bahariya Oasis might also appeal rock hounds. Golden Mummies were discovered - 'Valley of the Mummies' is the biggest of its kind . Estimates are the four-mile strip of desert holds 5,000 - 10,000 mummies. The mummies are covered with a thin layer of gold and wearing gypsum masks. Sumptuous gilded death masks depict life like faces of real people, rather than stereotypical images. They were found in four tombs in the town of Bawiti in Bahariya Oasis.  When we arrive, we will have a walk around the old village of the oasis, watching the fascinating groves of palms and fruit trees. Lunch will be during the tour. Continue to visit the Black Mountain which is an ancient plastic flow .The whole area (about 200 Km) is filled with these dark basaltic flows. While trekking through the Sahara one encounters these astonishingly beautiful Sand Dunes. You never tire of looking at them. Surprisingly the sand is usually quite compacted and driving on it with an land rover is quite safe. And then we will visit the Mummies Hall which was discovered in 1996 and the English House, the highest point of whole oasis. Check in hotel. Dinner and overnight will be at the hote.

Day (4): Bahariya Oasis - White Desert

Breakfast will be at the hotel. Today we will visit Bahariya Museum and Ain El Muftella Temple. The Temple of Ain El Muftella may have once served as the city center of El Qasr which is today the modern town of Bawiti in the Bahariya Oasis. It was most likely built around the time of the 26th Dynasty, though some sections of the temple may date from earlier in the New Kingdom. The temple was probably added to by both the Greeks, and later the Romans. Continue to visit Bannantiu  Tomb . The name of Bannantiu, literally means "the soul of those who have not". In the great days when Bahariya's wine was well known throughout ancient Egypt, particularly during and around the 26th Dynasty prior to the Persian occupation, many businessmen in the Oasis gained considerable wealth. Bannantiu was probably either a trader or wealthy land owner, judging by his elaborate and large tomb. Proceed to visit Alexander the Great Temple. The temple has the distinction of being the Macedonian ruler's only known temple in Egypt. The temple was built during Alexander's lifetime and dedicated to Amun and Horus. We will have a nice chance to take a shower inWe will have a nice chance to take a shower inWe will have a nice chance to take a shower in Roman Hot Spring Water. Then we will depart by 4x4 jeep to White desert. In route we will stop at the Black and Crystal Mountains. Lunch will be at El Heiz Oasis. Dinner and overnight will be on a camp in the white desert.

Day (5): White Desert - Cairo

reakfast will be in the camp. Today we will have the chance to enjoy with the beauty of the White Mushroom Spring and the White Limestone Rocks before driving back to Cairo. Lunch will be at local restaurant. Arrive Cairo. Check in hotel. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.

The full itinerary:


Read About Sound & Light Show: http://www.etltravel.com/Sound_Light_Show.html

Ready ABout Cairo Downtown: http://www.etltravel.com/Cairo_Downtown.html

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