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    Western Desert of Egypt

    4 Nights - 5 days

    Cairo, Bahariya, White Desert, El Dakhla, El Kharga, Luxor

    Day 01

    Drive from Cairo to Bahariya (almost 5 hours).
    Lunch at Sands Hotel.
    Bahareya Museum: The local museum in Bawiti, located in the main town of Bahariya, boasts a collection of finds from surrounding ruins including golden and painted treasures from the Valley of the Golden Mummies and some of the actual mummies that have been uncovered.

    Tomb of Banantio: Visit the beautifully painted tomb of Banantio, an ancient Egyptian dignitary from the 26th Dynasty. The tomb was used more than once – by Banantio himself, and later the Romans rediscovered the tomb and used it to bury their own people.
    Tour in the oasis visiting the Temple of Alexander the Great, a lake and followed by watching the sunset on the British Mountain, where you will see the oasis from a higher point.
    Dinner and overnight at the Sands Hotel.

    Day 02
    Breakfast at the Sands Hotel.
    Drive to the White Desert passing by the Black Desert and Crystal Mountain.
    Black Desert: An uninhabited region of volcano-shaped mountains, orange-brown sand covered with varying sizes of black stones and rocks, which give it its dark appearance. For those feeling more adventurous, climb one of the many soft peaks and enjoy some spectacular views.
    Crystal Mountain: Despite its name this site is less of a mountain and more of a ridge or hill of crystal limestone scattered on the formations themselves and across the ground. A naturally formed arch illustrates the force at which wind can carve through some of nature's strongest structures.
    Aqabat: Known as the "Rose Desert" or "Wonders" is a cluster of colossal sized wind carved chalk mountains broken away from the surrounding cliffs and is a highlight of the White Desert.
    Ain El Serw: The so-called "magic spring", is a natural spring said to have been in constant use since the time of the Romans.
    Ain Khadra: Twelve to 13 meters deep, this mini oasis is situated in the midst of all the sand.

    White Chalk Formations: A fantastic illustration of the force of wind, these chalk formations have stood the test of the elements. Hundreds of these eroded white chalk structures are scattered within walking distance. Shaped like animals, these structures are a captivating site to behold.
    Al Ghelid: Covering a space of about one-tenth the size of a football field, the ground and white rock that have been windswept here form the appearance of lapping waves.
    Lunch at White Desert Mobile Camp.
    Dinner and overnight at the White Desert Mobile Camp.

    Day 03

    Breakfast at the White Desert mobile camp.
    Drive to El Dakhla Osasis passing by Farafra Oasis.
    Short stop at well no. 6 known as “Farfra”.
    Lunch at desert lodge “El Dakhla Oasis”.
    The Old Islamic City "El Qasr ": Built over the foundation of a Roman city, Qasr is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited areas of the oasis and possibly the longest continuously inhabited site in Dakhla with its narrow, covered streets built during Mameluke and Turkish times.
    Deir Al Hagar: This sandstone temple dedicated to the Egyptian gods Amun, Mut, Khonsu and Seth was actually built by the Roman Emperor Nero (54-67 A.D.) and finished a few decades later by Domitian (81-96 A.D.). It is covered with graffiti from the early desert explorers such as Sir Archibald Edmondstone, the first European to get to Dakhla in 1819, Bernadino Drovetti (the French diplomat who accompanied Mohamed Ali's army to Siwa) and Gerhard Rolfs, who was the first European to cross North Africa. The temple itself is small but elegant.

    Dinner and overnight at Al Tarfa Desert Sanctuary.

    Day 04
    Breakfast at Desert Lodge.
    Drive to El Kharga Oasis.

    Cemeteries of Bagawat: Just outside of El Kharga Oasis stands perhaps the oldest major Christian cemetery in the world. Dating to the 4th Century when Christians began to bury their dead, this was erected over an earlier ancient Egyptian cemetery. The site has more than 200 mud brick “tomb-chapels,” each with a room built over a deep pit beneath the floor, which had shelves for coffins. The inside of the tombs are bare but some have walls painted with biblical scenes. The tomb-chapels are built along a series of connecting alleys making this one of the earliest “cities of the dead”.

    Kharga Museum: The Kharga Museum not only has displays from the Pharaonic, Ptolemaic, Roman and Christian eras but holds considerable information on prehistory including artifacts. Most of the museum collection was found in the El Kharga and Dakhla oases.

    Ruins of Gabal Gheweta Temple: Built between 250 B.C. and 80 B.C., Qasr El-Ghawita lies about 17km south of the city of El Kharga. The ancient name of the site is Per-Wsekh, which was a settlement famous for its wine. The temple dedicated to the Theban Triad (Amun, Mut, and Khonsu), dates back to the late Pharaonic period but was rebuilt during the Ptolemaic period.
    The fortress that encloses the temple, the remains of houses as well as the buildings of an old village all date back to the Roman period. Though some of the temple's parts are severely damaged its 10 meter high walls are nearly intact. The temple's plan consists of a sandstone gate, a courtyard, a hypostyle hall, an offering chamber with a staircase to the roof and three sanctuaries. As for its depictions, scenes showing traditional offerings presented to the gods were found.

    Qasr Zayan Temple: Dedicated to the worship of god Amun, the Temple of Qasr El-Zayyan lies south of El Ghawita Temple, about 30km to the south of the city of El Kharga. Here is one of the most important ancient settlements in the Western Desert known as Takhoneourit in the Pharaonic period and Tchonemyris (the "Great Well") in Greek times. At the site, there are ancient cemeteries, ruins of the settlement, the enclosure of a Roman fortress and a temple dedicated to the god Amun. In the enclosure a collection of objects like pottery, coins and glassware were found.
    First constructed in the Ptolemaic era, the temple was built of sandstone rocks. Then, in the Roman period it was renewed and enlarged. Within its limits the temple comprises a court, an antechamber with a staircase leading to the roof and a sanctuary. With its walls standing high, the temple is in a good state and its center is almost intact. The scenes and transcriptions depict the traditional offerings presented to the god Amun of Hibis.

    Lunch at Solymar Pioneers Hotel.
    Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

    Day 05

    Breakfast at Solymar Pioneer Hotel.
    Drive to Luxor.