North and South Oases - 1

Day 1 Arrive to Cairo where you will be met by our representative who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you will be transferred to your hotel, for overnight. Day 2 Breakfast, drive North from Cairo towards the Mediterranean Sea and then West to El Alamein. Visit the British, Greek, Italian and German memorials from the Second World War. Drive to Marsa Matruh, a pretty town of the shore the Mediterranean. Overnight hotel. Day 3 Early morning drive through the desert to Siwa Oasis. Visit the spring of Sita before seeing Shalli, the remarkable old city of Siwa. Overnight camp. Day 4 Visit the Temple of Amun, built by Alexander the Great overlooking the palm tree forests. A chance to bathe in Cleopatra’s Spring before driving to visit Beir Wahad one of the hot springs in the Great Sand Sea . Overnight camp Day 5 Early morning drive to Baharia. Visit Gebel Aswid (the fabulous black mountain covered by volcanic rock). Visit the ancient Roman Springs. Overnight hotel. Day 6 On the way to Farafra we visit the ruins of oldest Christian church in the Western Oasis which dates from the 1st Century. Drive through the White Desert to the impressive limestone formations where the forces of erosion have created fantastic natural rock sculptures. Drive to Farafra. Visit the local museum with local artists` exhibits of art and craft. Overnight camp. Day 7 Drive to the Oasis of Dakhla. Visit El Qasr, a traditional Islamic style building, before seeing the room burial ground at Mezawak. Overnight hotel. Day 8 Visit the local museum at which documents the daily life in the Oasis. Drive to Baalat, the Pharaoh's tomb from the 6th Dynasty before a visit to the Pharaoh’s style village of Bashandi. Drive to Kharga. Overnight hotel. Day 9 Visit the Temple of Hibis with its remarkable wall relief. On the edge of the Oasis is one of the earliest Christen cemeteries, Bakawat. The doomed tombs and early churches still contain some of the earliest Christian frescoes intact. Visit Qasr El Ghueita and Qasr El Zayyan. Overnight camp. Day 10 Drive to the Oasis of Baris and then to the Oasis of Dush where we visit the Temple of Isis before leaving to Luxor, end of the program