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Gilf Kebir Standard Tour

This travel package is definitely perfectly tailored for the adventurous more dynamic travelers who are fond of camping in the desert and discovering new places that only a few visitors have seen.

El Gilf El Kebir area has become more and more popular among tourists visiting Egypt during the past few years.

This area consists mainly of a huge uninhibited plateau that is around 7700 kilometers and located in the South West of Egypt on the Libyan borders to the West and the Sudanese borders to the South

The plateau has become famous worldwide for its beautiful ruined natural scenes and human ruins that are ancient dating back to prehistoric periods.

This trip is the best choice for campers as it consists mainly of spending six nights in camps in the desert to feel the magical atmosphere of living in the desert.

This is besides spending one night in the Dakhla Oasis to explore the sites located there. The other part of the trip consists of visiting the oases of the Egyptian Western Desert; Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga to explore the attractions located in these fascinating destinations

The Egyptian oases, including Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, and Siwa have their own taste and magic. The Bedouins living in these tribal communities are different from any other population in Egypt. They have their own habits, customs, and beliefs that are totally matchless and unique

Moreover, many fascinating monuments are located within the desert like the Temple of Alexander, the Temple of Hibis, the Valley of the Golden Mummies, and many historical tombs dating back to the Pharaonic era and ending with the largest Christian historical tombs in the world in the Cemetery of the Bagawat.

This trip is carefully designed to suit the needs and the requirements of any traveler who loves luxury and comfort.

All transportation will be made using comfortable private air-conditioned minivans and all the accommodations will be in perfectly prepared rooms faultlessly designed to fit the needs of any traveler.

Even the camps that the guests will spend the night in during their tour of the Western Desert will be fully equipped and comfortable.

The tour guides escorting the guests will be highly educated and experienced in satisfying all the needs and the requirements a traveler might think of.

Duration

11 nights 12 days
Cities visit in this travel package Dakhla, Cairo
Accommodation 2 nights hotel Cairo , 9 Nights desert camp
Meals 12 breakfast, 10 lunch and 10 dinner
Beverage included in the desert
Transportation Toyota 4x4 Land Cruiser
Entrance Fees included
Price on request

Day 1: Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo, the guest will meet the Galaxy Travel representative who will be your best friend for the coming five days.

After the "meet and greet", the guest will be transferred to his hotel, his home away from home, using the best comfortable air-conditioned minivans

The guest will check in the first class five stars hotel in a few minutes to enable him/her to rest and refresh for an amazing tour of Cairo in the next day.

The rooms in the hotel are designed to suit the needs of any travelers having all sorts of facilities - Overnight in the hotel

Day 2: Cairo - Bahariya Oasis - White Desert

After having the tasty breakfast in the hotel, it will be time to check out the hotel

The guest will take the comfortable private air-conditioned minivan to the Bahariya Oasis, 365 kilometers to the South West of Cairo.

We will go around the oasis to explore it and view the natural water springs and the wonderful natural scenery. - Our next visit of the day will be to the Black Desert, which was named that way because of the color of the rocks and mountains located there.

These rocks have gained their colors from black quartz that are present inside numerous rocks

We then we continue our trip to the Farafra Oasis, and on our way we visit the crystal mountain, one of the most famous attractions of the white desert.

This Egyptian Western desert wonder consists of large quartz naturally formed crystals inside many rocks and stones creating a startling magical scene

Our last stop of the day is the most interesting as we visit the internationally famous White Desert, the most important attraction in the Western Desert of Egypt.

Covering a surface area of around three thousand kilometers. It consists of bizarre chalk white rock formations that were once the surface of a shallow sea that covered this area in prehistoric times.

The rocks create all sorts of shapes like mushrooms, animals, and strange looking sculptures. All this area has become a natural protected area during the last few years.

At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing barbecue party, and spend the night in our comfortable camp

Day 3: White Desert - Dakhla

After having the breakfast we prepare in our camp, it will be the time to go on with our fabulous tour of the Western Desert

Afterwards we drive to the Dakhla Oasis, the capital of the Egyptian oases during the Pharaonic times which is now famous for its many historical sites, natural scenery, and handmade products. We visit the old City of Dakhla with all its re while listening to a wonderful illustration of the history of this popular oasis.

Our next visit will be to Al Qasr, which is an ancient Islamic village with houses and mosques all around it this village was inhabited more than 500 years ago.

Our next visit will be to the Mozzwaqa necropolis, discovered in 1908 and hosting many rock cut tombs with the interesting tombs dating back to the 1st and 2nd century AD which are colorfully decorated and perfectly preserved

Our next stop of the day will be to the visit the temple of Deir Al Hagar or the monastery of the stone in the Arabic language.

This temple which was constructed during the Roman period and in particular during the reign of Nero (54- 68 AD) is dedicated to the Theban triad; Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and it is considered one of the finest examples of the architecture of the period. At the end of the day, we check in our hotel in Dakhla and overnight in the hotel

Day 4: Sugar Loaf – Mud Lions

After having the breakfast we prepare in the camp, it's time to go on with our trip exploring The Gilf Kebir

We take our military escort officer on our way to the Gilf Kebir area and we start our adventure

Our first stop of the day will be at the Sugar Loaf area, where the impact of time passing by the continual blowing of wind caused these sand dunes to form bizarre and awkward shapes all facing the same direction more or less

Our next stop of the day will be at the Mud lions area, which was a large lake in ancient times that was dried up with time passing by. While having some imagination, the guest can see how the wind and the hot and dry weather created these wonderful figures from different types of rocks. It is well known scientifically that mud lions can take years and years to be formed.

At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing dinner, and spend the night in our comfortable camp. Dinner and overnight in the camp.

Day 5: Central Gilf Kebir

After we have the tasty breakfast in the camp, we take off with our 4X4 jeep to continue with our adventure

We continue our journey passing by the fascinating sand dunes at Wadi Mashi, this uninhibited valley that offers amazing natural scenes.
We go on until we reach Central Gilf Kebir area where the plateau is divided into two parts with fabulous scenery of sand dunes and rock formations filling the sight in front of us.

We continue with our ride till we reach Wadi Assib

At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing dinner, and spend the night in our comfortable camp.

Dinner and overnight in the camp

Day 6: Aqaba pass – Wadi Sura

We continue with our ride till we go to the Aqaba pass to view the western cliffs of the Gilf Kebir Plateau

Our first visit of the day will be at the swimmers Cave, that was discovered in 1933 and it consists of a large cave that hosts more than 1000 rock drawings dating to different periods of time. Some travellers consider this cave to be the "Sistine Chapel" like the one in Vatican. This site is truly different than anything else you will ever view in Egypt.

Our next stop will be at the Mestekawi Cave which was discovered in 2002 by an Egyptian-Italian tourist group which was headed by Massimo Foggini (an Italian tourist) and Ahmed Mistikaoui (An Egyptian Tourist).

This cave is spectacular hosting a large number of ancient rock drawings that are perfectly well preserved. At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert in Wadi Sura to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing dinner, and spend the night in our comfortable camp.

Dinner and overnight in the camp

Day 7: Wadi Abd Al Malik

After we have the tasty breakfast in the camp, we take off with our 4X4 jeep going towards Wadi Abdel El Malik, a large carter that Al Masy, the discoverer of the swimmers cave, saw from the airplane and thought it was probably associated with the three lost valley oases of Egypt at Zerzura.

The area is famous for the many acacia trees

At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert in Wadi Abd Al Malik to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing dinner, and spend the night in our comfortable camp. - Dinner and overnight in the camp

Day 8: Silica Glass Area

After having the breakfast we prepare in our camp, it will be the time to go on with our fabulous tour of the Gilf El Kebir

Our first stop of the day will be at the Silica Glass Area, formed more than 28 million years ago.

It consists of a huge area hosting large pieces of magnificently clear yellow and green Silica Glass scattered all over the area forming a magical scene that is unbelievable

We choose a nice spot to set up our camp to enjoy the rest of the day exploring this amazing area

At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert in Silica Glass area to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing dinner, and spend the night in our comfortable camp. - Dinner and overnight in the camp

Day 9: Great Sand Sea

After having the breakfast we prepare in our camp, it will be the time to go on with our fabulous tour of the Gilf El Kebir
We continue our ride heading north and search for some Fulgurites; which looks like glass tubes

We arrive at Ain Dalla, which is a nice natural water spring surrounded with palm trees and greenery.

We set up our camp again to spend the night in the desert relaxing and enjoying the moment

Dinner and overnight in the camp

Day 10: Ain Dalla - White Desert

After the energizer breakfast, it's time to farewell the Gilf Kebir

We will take our Jeep and head towards the White desert

At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing barbeque party, and spend the night in our comfortable camp

Day 11: White Desert - Cairo

We take our cars back from the White Desert to Cairo ,We check in the hotel in Cairo and have a free evening with all sorts of optional tours possible

Overnight in the hotel in Cairo

Day 12: Departure from Cairo

After having the delicious breakfast, the guest will be transferred to the Cairo international airport for his final departure after a startling trip Egypt

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