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Magic oasis of the Western Desert

Day 1 Amsterdam – Cairo
Day 2 - Cairo – Piramides and Sfinx - Fayoum Oasis
Day 3 - Wadi al-Hitan - Bahariya Oasis
Day 4 - Bahariya Oasis – Crystal Mountains
Day 5 - Magic spring
Day 6 - White Desert
Day 7 - Western Desert
Day 8 - Farafra Oasis - Bir Qarawein - off the road to Dakhla Oasis resort
Day 9 - Dakhla Oasis - el-Qasr – Magic spring
Day 10 - Towards Kharga Oasis
Day 11 - From Oasis of Kharga to Luxor
Day 12 - Luxor
Day 13 - 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 start.

Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx

prog_3_01We visit the Pyramids of Giza, including the Great Pyramid, the second or third pyramid and Sphinx. The three pyramids were built during the 4th dynasty. When you see the pyramids of the pharaohs Kufru (Cheops), Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaure (Mycerinus) and the Sphinx up close, you really understand why that they are one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
After lunch we drive to Fayoum. You are a special night to meet this and subsequent nights sleep in the desert. There are mattresses and blankets to keep the sand mattress as night slowly cools you warm. You spread your bed in the open and you will experience an unforgettable night. A tasty meal prepared for you around the campfire. While the fire crackles and the night falls, connect Egypt safari off under the stars.

Day 3: Wadi al-Hitan - Bahariya Oasis

In the morning, after breakfast we drive to Wadi al-Hitan. In this beautiful area we find the fossil remains of the Basilosaurus Isis. Millions of years ago were the site of the Tethys Sea. By landslides were pushed back the sea. In 1830 the first fossil found here. It was thought that the remains were of a prehistoric reptile and called it Basilosaurus. "Basilosaurus' literally means' Lizard King '. It turns a Zeuglodon (connected teeth) to be an extinct whale. The Basilosaurus had small hind legs showing that they have ever lived on land. The current whales have vestigial bones that recall the former presence of legs. In the past years, more than 250 skeletons of whales 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. After lunch we drive to Bawiti and build the camp near Bawiti.

Day 4: Bahariya Oasis - Crystal Mountain

prog_3_02In 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.

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. In the course of the afternoon 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 5: Magic Spring Ain Serw

prog_3_03Waking 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 find in this area a place to store up camp..


Day 6: White Desert

prog_3_04After breakfast 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 color changes. The landscape turns into a magical world. It looks like you're on another planet. Again, dining and sleeping under the stars.

Day 7: Western Desert and Aqabat

After breakfast we get in our landcruiser 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 8: Farafra Oasis - Bir Qarawein - off the road to Dakhla Oasis resort

The morning sun stinging will awaken you. You can gently wake up to breakfast. When the camp is tidied, we continue the journey south to the languid oasis of Farafra. Late last century the valley was on the edge of the white desert, hardly accessible, and were camels the only ones who prog_3_05slippers through the warm sand to bring people. Now you can easily drive over a paved road, but this does not detract in the friendly atmosphere of this place. You can take a bath in a therapeutic hot spring, while our team prepares lunch there. After lunch we drive along the ancient caravan route off-road to Dakhla. And this is a spectacular journey. Through Bir Qarawein, the Small Sand Sea, the Black Valley and Marble Labyrinth we pass vast sands and crescent dunes, plains which are dotted with black pyrite stones. We need to pass a plain with razor-sharp stones before we reach the ridge of Dakhla. The sand dunes are among a tongue of five to thirty kilometers wide. This starts near Bahariya and runs east of Dakhla oasis on until Baris. The typical aerodynamic forms of sickle dunes occur when the wind blows mainly from one direction. Sickle Dunes are the only dunes hiking. Small crescent dunes can move more than twenty meters per year. In Dakhla we stay at the El Dahous Village, a modern Bedouin camp. Once you are free, you can laze on the terrace with its magical views, or stroll through Dahous Village. During the evening hours you can enjoy the musicians of Dakhla, perhaps they will show their interpretation of the Bedouin Dance.

Day 9: Dakhla Oasis

The Dakhla Oasis has ten large villages, where about 40,000 people live. At the time of the Romans was a thriving agricultural oasis where such grapes grew. Pink red rocks at Dakhla ensure special staining of light. After a relaxed breakfast we go to a nice place where we can enjoy taking prog_3_06a bath in a spring of healing water. A source of air bubbles coming up, a natural jacuzzi. At this place we have. Lunch Then we visit Al-Qasr '(= fortress), one of the few remaining Islamic fortified towns of the Middle Ages, this is the oldest inhabited castle and best restored of its type. You then wander through the narrow streets of the medieval town of al-Qasr. Stroll down old houses with ornate engraved texts and figures on doors and beams, along tombs and ancient mosques. Al-Qasr was once the centre of the Dakhla oasis and as Islamic settlement sprung from Roman roots. We spend the evening and the night again in El Dahous Village resort.

Day 10: Towards Kharga Oasis

On the way from Dakhla to Kharga you pass some special villages, where it is worth to stop and look around. The first village on the route Balat, with typical Islamic architecture, a beautiful little oasis village remained authentic. The little streets with mud houses are very picturesque. And we can visit Mastaba of Khentika from the 6th dynasty. Khentika was a governor during the reign of Pepi II (2292 - 2203 BC). We also visit the village Bashendi. We can possibly visit the Tomb of Kitnes. As you come closer Kharga, making the last bits of green space for flat rocks and gritty sand dunes. You left the vast desert slowly but surely behind you and you end up in a more civilized world. Khargatown itself is lively and a taste of modern Egypt, but in the oasis you can find plenty of historical attractions that reflect the ancient Egyptian civilization. In Kharga, we visit the tombs Bagawat. Bagawat is one of the oldest and best-preserved Coptic cemeteries in the world, from the 4th t / m the 6th century. It has 263 tombs, including 6 with a domed clay stone roof. In the middle of the graves are the remains of a church. Some graves contain Coptic wall and ceiling paintings; scenes from the Old Testament. In the Chapel of Exodus paintings show how Moses leads the exodus from Egypt. The Chapel of Peace shows Abraham sacrificing his son Isaac and Noah's ark. Even before the Christian era el-Bagawat was used as a cemetery. In the desert of Kharga our team will rebuild our camp and we can eat in the desert, gathering around the campfire and sleep under the stars, which is intersected by the Milky Way for the last time.

Day 11: From Oasis of Kharga to Luxor

Today after breakfast towards Luxor, about a 4-hour drive. Along the way we have lunch and arrive in the early afternoon at our hotel in Luxor. The rest of the day you are free to do what you want. It's fun about stabbing the Nile and to stroll along the shops on the other side of the Nile. Here is also the Luxor temple.

Day 12: Luxor

Today we visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, the famous female pharaoh. Hatshepsut ruled ancient Egypt as a real pharaoh king because the official was too young to rule. During her reign she took the role and the title itself that was actually reserved only for male rulers. Hatshepsut was the sister and wife of Pharaoh Thutmose II. After his early death, she took the Government honors until her son Thutmose III would be old enough however to the throne. Hatshepsut surprised friend and foe when she officially declared herself Pharaoh in this period. She was not going to make place for her child. She wanted to lead the country. What is very unusual for a woman in conservative ancient Egypt. She is often presented in men's clothing with a false beard. The only reference to her femininity is the name for prog_3_07her portrait. Sometimes she is clearly as a woman clothed but with the male royal attributes. A well-known series of reliefs on the temple at Deir el-Bahari in the Valley of the Kings portrays Hatshepsut divine birth and coronation off. So you see how Hatshepsut is conceived by the god Amon. This divine intervention is the legitimacy about her right to the throne. Hatshepsut ruled eventually 22 years, until her death in middle age.
The temple is a huge complex, made up of three terraces. Rectangular pillars and galleries adorn each. In the centre a wide staircase leads to the first and second terrace. The terraces are built against a mountain. The temple that bears her name is one of the architectural masterpieces of the period. For the temple is a vast plain. Once this was sweltering plain rock was a beautifully landscaped garden. There are even found traces of ponds in the square. When Hatshepsut died and Thutmose III finally ascended the throne, he removed over time all inscriptions that recalled his mother. Left of the Hatshepsut Temple is the Hathor Temple, still intact to visit the Hathors of Venus! In most temples are the faces very damaged. In the temples of Hathor (there are several), medicine was practiced. The priestesses of Hathor dominated dance, singing and music, and the name applied later for "wise women" and the prophetesses who were connected with the temple. For example consulted pharaoh Cheops Hathore as a personal prophetess.

After lunch we go to the tomb of King Ay. The tomb of King Ay, the successor of Tutankhamun, is found in the Western Valley, which branches to the main entrance of the Valley of the Kings. Belzoni discovered Ay cemetery in 1816. At that time proved to be maimed and looted in antiquity the tomb. The mummy of King Ay was never found. Two staircases going down, leading to a roomprog_3_08 that can be as burial chamber access the tomb. Originally intended this is the only room decorated in a style very similar to that of Tutankhamen tomb. On the south wall (to the left of the entrance) we see a bar with the insignia of Horus and the goddess Nephthys. On the eastern wall is a scene that is common in private tombs, but unique in a royal burial chamber of the New Kingdom. The pharaoh is seen with his queen, a hippo and the hunting of birds in the marshes in a canoe here. Unfortunately, the image of the king and queen lost, but the marshes and the birds are still clearly visible. The north wall shows with passages from the Amduat are similar to those in the tomb of Tutankhamen. On the west wall, above the entrance to an outbuilding, the four sons of Horus depicted around an offering table. Two wearing the red crown of Lower Egypt and two wearing the white crown of Upper Egypt. The Royal red granite sarcophagus can be seen in the burial chamber, which is now heavily restored. The shape and decoration resemble those of Tutankhamen with the gods on the corners of the entrance.
We sleep and eat at the hotel again.

Day 13: Departure from Luxor Egypt.

In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to the airport of Luxor. From there you fly via Cairo back home. An adventurous journey through the land of the Pharaohs is at an end