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Fayoum Oasis tour from Cairo

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Duration

Full Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people

Languages

English

Overview

From Cairo on our Fayoum Oasis tour

Fayoum Oasis, discover together with Sempre Travel Egypt during your Cairo Holidays something incredible, a waterfall in the desert! Enjoy with us a Cairo day tour to one of the most beautiful spectacles of nature in the middle of an Oasis, the unique waterfall of the Fayoum Oasis.
Famous for its fertile land, beautiful nature and archaeological sites, 
Faiyum has two well known protected areas, Qarun Lake and Wadi El Rayan National Park. 

Price per Person

1 Person: 275.00€
from 2 People: 176.00€
from 3 People: 143.00€
from 4 People: 123.75€
from 5 People: 112.75€
from 6 People: 107.25€
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fayoum Oasis
  • Karanis Egypt
  • Fayoum Waterwheels
  • Qarun Lake
  • Qasr Qarun
  • Wadi El Rayan

Itinerary

Tour Program

Our Cairo day tour to Fayoum Oasis is one of our special excursions from Cairo that you really shouldn’t miss during your Cairo Holidays. After breakfast, we pick you up from your accommodation in Cairo and take you on a ride to one of the most impressive ecological areas in Egypt, the

Fayoum Oasis


The Fayoum Oasis is not considered to be a real Oasis. Instead of underground springs and wells, it's fed by the water of the Nile River. Fayoum Oasis gained fame for its rich natural resources and three protected areas, including the Valley of the Whales, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The desert region of Fayoum Oasis is a unique mixture of climate and geology that created a fascinating landscape. Enjoy the wonderful green surroundings as you approach

Karanis Egypt – Fayoum Waterwheels


Our Cairo day tour to Fayoum Oasis leads us first to Karanis, a city founded by Greek mercenaries in the northeast area of the Oasis in the 3rd century. Here an important cultural part of our day tour awaits you. Among many temple ruins, we come across the Fayoum Waterwheels that played an important role in the economy of the Fayoum Oasis in the 3rd century. The most impressive Waterwheels are in Fayoum City, here we can find 4 Waterwheels and further in the north of the Oasis is a place with 7 Waterwheels right next to each other.

From the Fayoum Waterwheels, we continue our trip to the significant

Qarun Lake


with is location 45 meters above sea level. Qarun Lake is considered to be the largest lake in the country and the oldest natural lake in the world. Although the Qarun Lake continues to shrink every year, it has been considered Egypt's largest salt lake for thousands of years. At the moment, the lake is still around 215 square kilometers.

Qarun Lake used to be a freshwater lake, but since the runoff water from the canals of Fayoum City started flowing, it has become more and more a salt lake. Nowadays, the lake is considered an excellent place for all kinds of water sports such as windsurfing and rowing, as well as a place for fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers for bird watching of the swans and rare falcons that live here, among other things.

For lunch, we take a break in a local restaurant before we drive to our next destination, around 55 kilometers northwest of Fayoum City.

Qasr Qarun


Here in Qasr Qarun, translated “Palace of Qarun” and actually the wrong description for a temple, we visit the well-preserved Qasr Qarun Temple with its labyrinth of chambers, cellars, tunnels and passages inside – the perfect place for exploration. The otherwise plain temple is decorated with two figures on the upper floor that show the reliefs of the crocodile god Sobek and a king.

You can reach the roof via the spiral staircase, from where you can enjoy a unique view over the desert landscape in the south and west, as well as the fertile farmland in the east and north. The Qasr Qarun Temple is surrounded by the ruins of the city Dionysus from the Greco-Roma era. Some of the ruins can only be recognized by outlines in the ground. On a few of the faded walls, you can still see fresco decorations. In 1948 baths were discovered in the eastern part, but their frescoes have been destroyed by erosion.

A special date for a visit is winter solstice around December 21st when rays of sunlight penetrate the otherwise dark temple interior and illuminate the statues of the crocodile god Sobek in the sanctuary of the Qasr Qarun Temple. Our Cairo day tour continues to

Wadi El Rayan


Since 1989 Wadi El Rayan is called a beautiful nature reserve and is home to around 170 different bird species among many rare wild animals. In Wadi El Rayan, there are ancient Roman and Pharaonic ruins, but the valley got its fame through the discovery of whale bones, which gave it the surreal name Valley of the Whales.

Two rather large lakes connected by a small river and Egypt’s only waterfalls are one of the beautiful places in Wadi El Rayan that we visit on our excursion to one of the most impressive nature reserves. Here our Fayoum Oasis – Cairo day tour ends with the transfer back to your accommodation in Cairo.

Everything about the excursion

TOUR TYPE: Culture  

TOUR LENGTH: Full Day 

VISIT: according to the itinerary 

PICK-UP POINT: Your accommodation in Cairo 

PICK-UP TIME: around 02:00 a.m.    

RETURN: Your accommodation in Cairo  

General information:      


Travel Guide:

All our guides are experienced Egyptologists with at least 5 years of experience.    

Vehicles:  

All our vehicles are have modern equipment and air-condition.       

Payment:   


To secure the booking, a 25 % deposit of the travel price is due, this can be done online by credit card, Visa and Master or bank transfer.      

The remaining amount of 75 % must be paid before the start of the excursion on the day of travel and can be paid with credit card or cash.      

The booking of your trip is considered complete and confirmed by your tour operator, as soon as we have received the 25 % deposit.      

Children's prices:   


Children from 0 - 2 years free of charge (except for flight excursions)      

Children from 3 to 11 years of age receive a 50 % discount      

Children from 12 years old are considered an adult   

Included/Excluded

  • Transfer from and to your accommodation
  • All transfers with modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for visits according to the itinerary
  • Professional Egyptologist during the privately guided tour
  • Lunch in a local restaurant
  • Assistance from travel agents with pick-up and return
  • Personal Expenses during the tour

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FAQs

What do I have to bring with me?
Sun and wind protection
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Comfortable Shoes
Jacket in the wintertime
Light cotton clothing in the summertime
Passport valid for 6 months
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