- 15 Days/14 Nights
- 3 Nights Cairo
- 1 Night Alexandria
- 1 Night Marsa Matrouh
- 2 Nights Siwa Oases
- 1 Night Bahariya Oases
- 1 Night White Desert
- 1 Night Dakhla Oases
- 1 Night Kharga Oases
- 1 Night Sleeper Train
- 2 Nighs Luxor
Desert Mirage - Day 1
Arrive Cairo International airport, meet and assist by our representatives. Transfer to hotel for overnight.Overnight in Cairo.
Desert Mirage - Day 2
Breakfast. Start your full day visiting the Egyptian museum of antiquities. On display is a rare collection of 5000 years of art the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to the Tut- Ankh -Amon collection of treasures, gold, and jewelry, as it was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. Visit the great pyramids - Cheops, Chephren & Mykerions. Cheops is the most colossal ever built. Next is a close-up look at Sphinx - a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren. Then visit Khan El Khalili Bazaars. Shops in this district are legendary for fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques and more. At the end of the day we will transfer you back to your hotel. (Optional) Dinner Cruise including transportation, dinner, Belly Dancer, Tanura Show. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Desert Mirage - Day 3
Breakfast. Depart by private car for Wadi El-Natroon where you will visit St Bishoi & Siryan Monasteries, two of the medieval monasteries built by the hermits of the 9th Century. Continue to Alexandria along the Desert Road. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre which was unearthed by accident in the middle of the 20th century and the Greco-Roman Museum with its collection of statues, coins and sarcophagie. Overnight in Alexandria.
Desert Mirage - Day 4
Breakfast. Today you will tour the Catacombs of Kom-el-Shokafa which depict an amalgame of ancient Egyptian and Greco-Roman deities. Visit Pompey's Pillar and have lunch before departing for Marsa-Matrouh, a pretty town on the coast of the Mediterranean. Stop in Alamein to see the cemeteries, the small museum and the battle site. Overnight in Marsa-Matrouh.
Desert Mirage - Day 5 & 6
Breakfast. Depart for Siwa Oasis considered being the last frontier of Egypt. One of the most interesting places in all of Egypt, Siwa is renowned for its beautiful scenery with thick groves of date palms and olive trees, and sulphuric water springs. Siwa's inhabitants are ethnically distinct from the rest of Egypt. They are a nomadic, typical Bedouin people. The town's center is dominated by the remains of the 13th century fortress of Shali. Visit the rock tombs of Gebel al-Mawta (Mountain of the Dead). The most interesting is Si-Amun's with its beautiful paintings. A short drive from the town is the citadel of Aghurmi where you will see the remains of the 26th dynastic temple of the Oracle; a site loved by Alexander the Great. Overnight at the Hotel.
Desert Mirage - Day 7
Breakfast. Depart through sand dunes to Bahariya Oasis. This is a long drive (approximately 6 hours) and you should arrive in time for lunch at Ahmed's Safari Camp, a simple hotel above the water springs of the oasis. In the afternoon visit the newly-opened exhibit of mummies discovered in 1999 by the famous Archaeologist Zahi Hawass. His find astonished the world because of the number of mummies found buried in one huge labyrinth of tombs. Return to the Camp for your overnight.
Desert Mirage - Day 8
Head over mountainous roads to Farafra Oasis. Pass through the extraordinary White Desert, whose chalky sand resembles snow and is often wind-blown into gigantic mushroom-shaped formations.
Overnight in camp in the White desert.
Desert Mirage - Day 9
Breakfast. Early departure for the 190 mile trip to Dakhla Oasis (approximately four hours). Check-in to the Mabarez Hotel and have lunch. Step back centuries as you visit the spellbinding medieval village of Al-Qasr. Walk the narrow alleys threading among the mud-brick structures. Be sure to take note of the four/five-story Ottoman houses with their wooden-grill windows and lintels carved with verses from the Koran. Visit the 12th century mosque. Two miles beyond Al-Qasr is the El-Muzawwaka burial site, with its 1st and 2nd century tombs. Time permitting, visit Balat Village with its Pharaonic mastabas dating to the 6th Dynasty.
Desert Mirage - Day 10
Prehistoric paintings of giraffes and antelopes decorate the sides of strangely-shaped rock formations along the 125 mile road between Dakhla and Kharga oases. Have lunch before touring the area. Visit the museum which houses an excellent collection of regional artifacts from various eras. A mile out of town is the temple of Hibis, built by the Persian emperor Darius in the 6th century BC and dedicated to God Amun. A mile farther is the fascinating necropolis of Bagawat, a Coptic Christian burial ground dating to the 4th century. Its mud-brick mausoleums cover many hills and some of the domes are decorated with frescoes of biblical scenes. Tour the Temple of Ghuwaytah built during the Ptolemeic era for the Triad of Amun, Mut & Khonsu. Overnight Camping.
Desert Mirage - Day 11
Head to Luxor (approximately four hours), stopping at one of the Roman sites: either Qasr Al-Zayyan or the Roman fortress of Al-Deir along the way. Overnight in Luxor.
Desert Mirage - Day 12
Breakfast on board. Visit the West Bank to see Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Excursion to the Valley of Kings; visit the tombs of various Dynasties, The Temple of Deir El Bahari. On the return journey stop at the Colossi of Memnon which are two gigantic sitting statues representing Amenopis III facing the Nile. And visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
Lunch on board. Visit Karnak & Luxor temples. Excursion to the Luxor Temple to see its courtyard and the granite statues of Ramses the Great Proceed by carriage or bus to Karnak, which is a serious of temples, built in different reigns. Starting by the Avenue of Sphinxes visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsut and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake. Afternoon tea. Dinner on board & Belly Dance.
(Optional) Hot Balloon: Should you want to make your stay in Luxor an unforgettable. Drifting peacefully over the Valley of King, Valley of the Queens and the Mountain on the Nobles.
Overnight in Luxor.
Desert Mirage - Day 13
Breakfast .Depart overland for Abydos, a huge necropolis dating back to 3100 BC. The most important temples were built by Seti I and his son Ramses II and the site remained prominent well into Roman times. The most complete and beautiful structure is the Temple of Seti I dedicated to several gods including Osiris, Isis, Horus and Amun. Abydos remained an important site for so long because it was a place of pilgrimage for the cult of Osiris, god of the dead. Continue to Dendara where you will visit the Temple of Hathor (woman with the head of a cow), the goddess of pleasure and love, and the mate of the god Horus. Hathor's temple with its stone roof, underground passages and columns inscribed with hieroglyphics is nearly intact. On the walls of the temple's Outer Hypostyle Hall are scenes that depict the Roman emperors Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius and Nero as pharaohs. Transfer to the train station to take the train on your way to Cairo. Dinner on the train
Overnight in The train
Desert Mirage - Day 14
Arrive Cairo, transfer to your hotel, overnight in hotel
(Optional) Departure from hotel to start your full day tour visiting Sakkara, cemetery for Memphis, Sakkara is 27-Km Southwest of Cairo. Including a visit to the Step Pyramids of Sakkara (The first proper Pyramids built for the king Zoser, it is considered evolution of the Pyramid from the simple Mastaba to the Pyramid in its known form) Followed by a visit to The Pyramids of Unas & Oser-Kaf the Mastaba. Tomb of Mereruka, Ti & Pta-Hotep (carved and painted tombs), Then Memphis the ancient capital of Egypt where Colossal Statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx.
Overnight in Cairo
Desert Mirage - Day 15
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in Cairo on bed breakfast basis;
- 6 nights desert safari on full board basis.
- 2 nights hotel accommodation in Luxor on half board basis.
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Alexandria on bed and breakfast basis.
- 1 night hotel accommodation in Marsa Matrouh on bed and breakfast basis.
- 1 night sleeper train with HB.
- All transfers.
- Multilingual expert Egyptologist guide.
- All your tours and excursions are with A/C bus.
- The service of meet and assist at all your destinations.
- All your visits include entrance fees.
- Our prices include all taxes and services.
- 1 full day in Cairo including Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Pyramids & Sphinx.
- 1 full day Cairo, Sakkara, Memphis & Citadel.
- 2 full days in Luxor visit the Valley of Kings and Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon & Luxor and Karnak Temples.
- Visa Entry for Egypt.
- Personal items.
- Any other items not mentioned
- Domestic air tickets Luxor/Cairo
Tented camp will include
- Spacious, well ventilated dome tents including Mattresses, blankets, sleeping bags and bed sheets
- All necessary cooking gear, kitchen utensils, mugs and glassware
- Binoculars, reference books on Egypt
- Cool boxes
- Trash bags
- Ice boxes
- Fire grill and cooking stoves
Camping or hotel used is clean (with hot water bathrooms, the best in the oases.)
Food and Beverage
- Breakfast (juice, tea, coffee, jam, cheese, beans, eggs and bread)
- Picnic lunch (Fresh vegetables, white cheese, tuna, sardines, chips& fruits)
- Dinner (Rice or pasta, cooked vegetables, soup and chicken or beef) tea & coffee with all meals .1 mineral water.