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The other Egypt

Day 1 Amsterdam – Cairo
Day 2 - Marsa Matrouh
Day 3 - Siwa
Day 4 - Oase Bahrein
Day 5 - Bahariya
Day 6 - Crystal Mountains
Day 7 - White desert
Day 8 - Western desert and Aqabat
Day 9 - Black desert – Al Haiz
Day 10 - Wadi al-Hitan
Day 11 - Wadi al-Rayan – Cairo
Day 12 - Home

Travelogue

Day 1: Amsterdam - Cairo

The plane descends and the colorful city of Cairo is in sight. The holiday has begun! Immediately upon arrival at the airport of the largest city in Africa you'll be taken to your hotel where you are staying at a bed and breakfast. Your Egypt adventure can begin.

Day 2: Marsa Matrouh

After breakfast we head to Marsa Matrouh. Marsa Matrouh, nestled in a large, circular bay, protected from the waves by a group of rocks that form a natural branding, is a fairly secluded destination on the Mediterranean coast. The long sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, such as Agiba and Gharam. These beaches are often described by many as one of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the world. A legend is that Cleopatra bathed in the calm waters of Marsa Matrouh. The scene, Cleopatra's Beach, is still accessible. But Marsa Matrouh also has dramatic coastlines. Thanks to the Mediterranean coastal climate, the summers are here less hot and less cold winters. Due to the differences of depth in the Bay of Matrouh, the colour of the water changes from blue to green. The rugged seabed is an incredible underwater world of mountains and valleys with colorful fish. Marsa Matrouh is located in the north-western tip of Egypt. Marsa Matrouh is also the birthplace of our guide and organizer of this trip, Mohamed Fathy. We have dinner in a real Bedouin Restaurant and we sleep in a hotel with views of the sea.

Day 3: Siwa

Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt's Western Oasis in the Libyan Desert and the name of the village that lies in this oasis. The inhabitants are mainly ethnic Berber and speak Tasiwit Berbers. The oasis of Siwa was famous in antiquity. Siwa has even now something magical. Until the eighties, the village was almost totally cut off from the world. Meanwhile there is a paved road to Marsa Matruh on the northern coast. The oasis has more than 300 freshwater springs. The so-called "Cleopatra's Bath" (also called "the source of the Sun") is a known source in Siwa. The legend tell that Cleopatra would have bathed here. In the middle of the Siwa Oasis is the temple of the oracle. According to a legend, Alexander the Great asked here to the god Amon confirmation that he was the son of Zeus, which was confirmed by the oracle. since then he dropped to coins depicting two trumpets (symbols of Amun). The temple was stripped in 1970 by the archaeologist Ahmed Fakhry of the houses built on it. It consists of two large rooms and a shrine dedicated to Amun. The Temple of Umm Ubayd is also dedicated to Amun, and was connected with the temple of the oracle by a processional. She was built by Pharaoh NectaneboII (30th Dynasty). By an earthquake in 1811 it is now a ruin. In the Dead Mountain (Jabal al-Mawta) are several tombs from both the ancient Egyptian and Greek-Roman period. The tomb of Niperpathot "he who belongs to the house of Thoth" is the largest of this cemetery, red-colored hieroglyphs on the walls learn that this tomb is older than the 26th dynasty and that Osiris and Hathor were honoured here. It consists of a hall with three rooms on each side. The tomb of the crocodile consists of three rooms and was discovered in 1940 and it dates from the late Ptolemaic or early Roman period. The tomb of Mesu-Isis dating from the Roman period. It contains images of cobras. The Tomb of Si-Amun ("the man of Amon") is the most beautiful of the oases of the Western Desert, discovered in 1940. It contains images of the Egyptian pantheon, including an excellent portrayal of the goddess Nut standing next to a wild fig tree.
We are looking for a place to build in the desert around Siwa the camp.

Day 4: Bahrain Oasis

After breakfast we head for Bahariya oasis via Bahrain. To achieve oasis Bahrain's first drive through a barren flat landscape. And then you suddenly see the water of the two salt lakes shine. In Roman times, this area was occupied. This oasis is also dotted with ancient tombs from the Greco-Roman period. Here we have lunch and then drive a few hours to Bawiti, where we spend the night in the sand dunes around Bawiti.

Day 5: In El Bawiti

In and around Bahariya is much to see. This morning you can explore Bahariya oasis on your own. It's fun to take a look and wander through the streets of Bawiti. This is a fun way to instantly get in touch with the village and its inhabitants. Cultural treasures can be seen In El Bawiti from the Pharaonic period, such as the remains of the Temple of Alexander the Great in 332 BC. Qasr Selim with the tombs of Bannantiu and his father Zed-Amun-ef-ankh (26th dynasty) and the Golden Mummies. In 1996, more than 100 Greek-Roman mummies unearthed near Bawiti. They were discovered when a donkey with his leg got stuck in a hole. The gilded, beautifully decorated mummies are in excellent condition. Some of these mummies have been transferred from 'the Valley of the Golden Mummies' to the small museum of Bahariya. At the end of the afternoon we go into our land cruisers to the salt lake of Bahariya and to Jebel Dist. In 2001, at Jebel Dist, also called the Pyramid Mountain, bones of the third largest dinosaur in the world, the Paralititan Stromeri, were found. These dinosaurs lived here in the Cretaceous Period (145-66 million years ago). Possibly we can visit one of the many sources and at the beginning of the evening climb the Black Mountain (Jebel el-Ingleez) to enjoy the sunset. The Black Mountain is a ruin of an English lookout, which was used in the First World War. And from the top you have a beautiful view over the oasis, the villages and the fields. In the vicinity of El Bawiti we will set up our camp again.

Day 6: Crystal Mountains

Today after breakfast we drive to the Crystal Mountains. We drive to the Crystal Mountain area Hagar Al-Makrum, an area formed by nature. You can walk among the beautiful vacant following the evolutionary process of the earth and the stalagmites and calcite crystals of selenite in many forms, and who are sensitive to it can experience its healing properties. In the midst of this magnificent landscape we set up camp again, we have dinner, sit by the campfire and sleep under the stars. You can get lost in the number of stars that you see.





Day 7: White Desert and Magic Spring

Waking up in the desert is an experience you will not soon forget.
After breakfast you have the time to walk around while the camp is broken. First we drive to the Magic Spring, Serw Ain, a hot spring in the desert. You can bathe in the healing waters, while lunch for us get prepared. The water around Bahariya is medicinal, especially for conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis and skin diseases. After lunch we drive to one of the most magical parts of our planet, the White Desert, Sahra al-Baida. The name "White Desert" is given to this area because of the eroded, by the wind, white limestone rock formations with the most special forms in which fossils, shells, marcasite, pyrite slag, shark teeth and fossilized corals. It is great for hiking and to think that millions of years ago this have been a sea. While you will discover in this wonderful area, you will merge with the White Desert, and admiring the sunset while watching the colour changes. The landscape turns into a magical world. It looks like you're on another planet. Again, dining and sleeping under the stars.

Day 8: Western Desert and Aqabat

After breakfast we get in our land cruiser and we drive to the Western Desert and still it seems like you're on another planet. The Western Desert is not just an area where you often feel like on another planet, but also to continuously changing planets. In the Western Desert you can see the energy that is felt by the present ley lines, who have come to lie freely through the evolutionary process up from the earth and shown in beautiful white, bluish and rose-red crystal plates, coming up from the earth. It is a special experience to drive over the high mountains of sand with a 4wheeldrive. We use the lunch here. We continue to Aqabat. 'Aqabat' means 'Difficult'. In this area you can very quickly losses your orientation feeling. It is a beautiful soft pink mountainous area with huge sand dunes. Twin Peaks is the most famous mountain in Aqabat. We stay here the rest of the day. Along the way we go looking for the "flowers" of the desert. Small black stones of pyrite in flower shape. You can also find petrified berries and twigs. In the evening we dine there, make campfire and sleep under the stars. The Milky Way is nowhere as great as in the desert. You can feel yourself here very small and at the same time very connected to the universe.

Day 9: Black desert

After breakfast and after we have taken some time to walk around, we drive towards the black desert (Sahara Suda), but first we have lunch in al-Haiz. Al-Haiz is an area with very small Bedouin villages. We have lunch at a Bedouin family in one of these villages. After lunch we go to the black desert. The black desert is highly ferruginous and owes its colour to it. The landscape and the mountains are dotted with pitch-black ferruginous quartz and dolorite. From the mountain al-Zuqaq you have a beautiful view over the Black Desert. At the end of the day we return to Al-Haiz and set up camp just outside. And then enjoy the silence all around, only the fire you hear crackling, where the meal is prepared. We sleep under the stars.

Day 10: Wadi al-Hitan

Early in the morning after breakfast we leave Al-Haiz. It will be a long day. Halfway to Cairo we leave the asphalt road and drive off-road to Wadi al-Hitan Wadi al-Hitan is also called the "Whale Valley" or "Wadi Zeuglodon. Wadi al-Hitan belongs since 2005 to the UNESCO World Heritage. Wadi al-Hitan is a wonderful area for walking. In this beautiful area we find the fossil remains of the Basilosaurus Isis, an extinct whale species. Millions of years ago this was the Tethys Sea. By landslides the sea was pushed back. In 1830 the first fossil was found here. "Basilosaurus' literally means' Lizard King 'because it was assumed initially that the fossils of a huge marine reptile came. In the past years, more than 250 skeletons of whales were found. Also fossilized mangrove roots can be seen and traces of other marine life like shark teeth, turtles, fossilized corals and shells can be found here. In the area of Wadi al-Hitan we set up camp and we will roll out our sleeping bags for the last time.

Day 11: Wadi al-Rayan - Cairo

Jebel al-Mudawara, a mountain where you have a beautiful view over the lake and the backside desert to Wadi al-Rayan In the area Wadi al-Rayan be found two large lakes. Between these two lakes, at the mouth of Bahr Youssef, a canal that was built by the Pharaohs of the 12th Dynasty, are the waterfalls. After lunch we drive to Cairo, to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening is free to spend more, but can be visited the oriental bazaar Khan el-Khalili for those who still like to buy some souvenirs.

Day 12: Cairo - home

Today is your last day in Cairo. In the early morning you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the Cairo airport. From there you fly back home. An adventurous journey through the land of the Pharaohs is at an end.
Today we bring you very early in the morning to the airport in Cairo. You return home with memories that you will not soon forget.