2 days 1 night
Book this Amazing Overnight Tour from Cairo to Fayoum Oasis.. Visit Wadi el Rayan & Spend the night camping in the Valley of the Whales, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with the remains of prehistoric sea creatures, on this off-the-beaten-path private excursion departing directly from your hotel.
Aside from the whales, your guide will take you to the Qarun salt lake, an ancient temple, Karanis, a ruined Greco-Roman city, and the stunning falls at Wadi El-Rayan. Food, lodging, and admission costs are all included.
Day 01: Fayoum Oasis & Wadi el-Rayan
Our tour guide will get you from your Cairo hotel in the early morning and drive you “approximately 95km” to the oasis of Fayoum, a major worship site for the ancient Egyptian cult of the Crocodile God Sobek.
The oasis is home to almost 200 of these massive water wheels. The Great Seven Waterwheels, instantly recognizable as symbols of the Fayoum oasis, will greet you as you arrive.
Then you will travel to Qarun’s Lake, the oldest natural lake in the world and the largest saltwater lake in Egypt. You’ll then have a beautiful view of the lake and its surrounding vegetation as birds that spend the winter there arrive and depart.
After a long day of sightseeing, this is the perfect spot to cool off. After visiting “Wadi el-Rayan,” designated a Protected Area in 1989, you will stop for a picnic lunch. The lake is great for swimming and cliff jumping, and the surrounding landscape is stunning.
Afterward, you’ll keep going until you reach the Wadi al Hitan region, where you’ll set up a tent, have a barbeque, and gaze up at the starry night sky. Then, you’ll spend the night there.
Day 02: Wadi al Hitan , Mudawara Mountain & Karanis City
The Valley of Whales, also known as Wadi al Hitan, is on the itinerary for the day after breakfast. In July 2005, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list because it contained hundreds of fossils of early whale species. Visit sites where you can see fossils dating back as far as 200 million years to when the desert was under water.
Skeletons and bones of whales and sea cows stand out among other fossils. Several whale fossils are displayed in the public park area, ranging from individual bones to complete skeletons.
Just a few hundred meters south of Wadi El Rayyan Road is Mudawara Mountain, the destination of this fantastic excursion. The configuration of rocks makes it seem less like a mountain and more like a rock outcropping. It’s stunning to look at because of its many layers and the symmetry of its most striking features. After that, you will be taken to Karanis, a Ptolemaic-era city now reduced to ruins.
Many ancient Roman, Coptic, and early Islamic structures survive in that city. One temple is located to the north, and the other is located south.
Finally, our Representative will take you back to your hotel in Cairo.