GREAT SAND SEA TOUR

Overview

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Mody Egypt Tours is an independent Travel Agency, inspired to offer unique and enriching tours to explore Egypt. With the Great Sand Sea Tour, we will take you on a trip through the Western Desert to visit the White Desert, Siwa Mountain and Crystal Mountain. You will enjoy the Bedouin Life in the fast desert and spend your nights underneath the desert sky.  
 

  • 8 Days
  • Cairo - Whie desert - Black dessert
  • Schedule:Daily
  • Tour Type:private
  • Included:
      • Pick up services from and to Cairo accommodation 
      • Accommodation 2 nights in Siwa 
      • Accommodation 1 night in Bahariya 
      • Accommodation 4 nights in Desert Campings
      • All sightseeing tours mentioned in the itinerary 
      • Transfer Cairo - Siwa and Bahariya - Cairo by an A/C vehicle 
      • All transfers inside Siwa and White Desert by 4x4 car 
      • English Egyptologist guide during your trip 
      • Entrance fees to the mentioned sites 
      • Camping equipment like sleeping bags, camel blanket & tents. 
      • Mealplan as mention in the above itinerary. 
      • Bottled Water & Soft drinks during camping in the desert 
      • Portage when needed 
      • All taxes and service charge
  • Excluded:
      • Any optional tours 
      • Personal spending 
      • Tipping and gratuities 
      • Extras at hotels e.g. beverages

Itinerary

Your Great Sand Sea Tour is about to start. You will be picked up by your professional guide and Egyptologist in an air-conditioned transportation. During a drive from Cairo to Alamein, you will enjoy the first traces of desert landscape. Your first stop is at the Al Alamein Military Museum; build in commemoration and documentation of the October 1942 battle of Al Alamein. The museum exhibits weapons, tanks, armors and models. You will then visit the WWII Cemeteries. After a serious start, you continue with an approx. 6 hour drive over Marsa Matrough Bay at the Mediterranean Coast where you bend down south, into the desert to the Siwa Oasis. Overnight in Siwa – lunch and dinner included.

After breakfast you will start a beautiful day, exploring the Oasis of Amun Ra. You will visit the ancient city Shali, dominated by the remains of the 13th century mud brick fortress to continue to Aghurmi, the home to the Alexander Temple, dedicated to the God Amon and to Um Ubeyda, where the Oracle of the Temple of Amun Ra declared Alexander the Great divine. To cool off, your next stop is at Ein Guba and a visit to the Cleopatra Spring after which the Siwa House Museum will give you an idea of the traditions in this ancient oasis. Almost at the end of the day, you will visit the Mountain of the Dead with its numerous, colorful tombs. A romantic end of the day will be the magical sunset at Fatnas Island. Overnight in Siwa – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After breakfast and check out, you will enjoy a day of sand and water on a journey through the desert with final destination: the Hot Spring of Bir Wahid, only 12km southwest of Siwa. However, your journey starts with a visit to Maraky Village and the Great Siwa Mountain with its archaeological significant first human footprint on top of the mountain. Your next stop in the Sand Sea Safari is the amazing dune landscape where ancient marine life existed and left traces in the form of petrified forests, meteorites, fossilized sea-shells, corals and whale spines. The Shiata Lake, surrounded by palm groves, gives you a chance to take a cool swim or spot flamingos in the relaxing atmosphere. After another adventurous drive through the sand dunes, you reach Bir Wahid where you can enjoy the healing powers of the hot spring and spend the evening star gazing. Overnight at Bir Wahid camping – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After a magical night and a hearty breakfast, you leave Bir Wahid into the sandy desert with Limestone Mountains to visit the Al-Arag Oasis where you will see the caves and tombs from Greco-Roman times to the Christian era. You will continue the Western Desert Safari to Bahrian camping for another night in natural surroundings. Overnight – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After breakfast and packing our gear, you will continue through the sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea to Ain Dalla (Spring of Shades). This sweet water source at the outskirts of the Great Sand Sea was and is of vital importance to armies, smugglers, trade-routes and it still houses an army control post. Overnight at a desert camping – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After breakfast and breaking up camp, you will continue the safari towards Sahara El Beyda or the White Desert. This protected, National Park is a natural phenomenon of large white chalk rock formaations, created by erosion, sand and wind. Its dunes and cliffs will be a mesmerizing part of your vacation. Overnight at a desert camping – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Breaking up after the last night under the starry desert sky, you will drive towards the Crystal Mountain, a ridge in the middle of the desert, made entirely out of calcite crystal. The crystals are made of white quartz and startling to see. A beautiful photo-opportunity is a pose underneath the crystal arch. The next stop is the Valley of Agabat to enjoy the natural beauty of limestone and chalk formations. You will then enter the Black Desert and the Valley of El Haize with its hot spring to be transferred to Bahariya Oasis for a visit to the Museum of the Golden Mummies, the Tombs of Nobles and the Temple of Ain El Muftella which used to be the city center of El Qasr, the old capital of the oasis. Overnight in Bahariya – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

After breakfast and check out, you will be brought back to Cairo in an approximately 4 hour drive.

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