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A fascinating 9-day tour exploring the oases of the Western Desert. This is an intrepid journey far from the well-known sites of the Nile. From the remote oasis of Siwa, surrounded by the Great Sand Sea, you will travel deep into the Sahara towards Bahariya, where time is set aside to discover the surreal landscapes of the Black and White Deserts. The tour also includes the lively port city of Alexandria and the Second World War battlefields of El Alamein, a poignant reminder of this region’s place in history.
The Egyptian civilisation has left behind some of the world’s best-known ancient sites and iconic monuments such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Temple of Karnak which need no introduction. They never fail to impress the visitor with their sheer scale, antiquity and incredible detail which reveals much about the lives of both the pharaohs and the ordinary people of Egypt. The Valley of the Kings contains the tombs of many of Egypt’s ancient rulers, and was the final resting place of the boy-king Tutankhamun, whose incredible treasures are now displayed in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum.
Egypt is synonymous with the Nile, which winds its way north through the heart of the country to the Mediterranean Sea and forms a vital lifeline in an otherwise inhospitable desert environment. Many of the ancient monuments lie along its banks, and more recently it has provided inspiration for Agatha Christie, who penned her famous novel “Death on the Nile” whilst staying at Aswan’s Old Cataract Hotel. Aswan houses a wealth of historical treasures, and is the starting point for journeys southwards to the magnificent temple facade of Abu Simbel, relocated during the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
It’s not just the antiquities which attract visitors to this incredible country. Cairo is a lively modern metropolis whose place as one of Islam’s great cities is revealed in the impressive citadel and in the bustling Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Much of the country is covered with the sands of the Sahara, and perhaps its most interesting places are the little-known oases of the Western Desert, such as Bahariya, Farafra and El Kharga. Siwa, in the far west, was an important trading post and was visited centuries ago by Alexander the Great and Cleopatra
Time Zone – GMT + 2
Best Times to Visit – May to October
Visas – UK passport holders, visa stamp on arrival
Currency – Egyptian Pounds (EGP) obtainable before travel