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Trip Profile : Style : Lifestyle and Culture tourism, Wildlife tourism
Tour Grade : Easy
Duration : 4days /3 night ( the duration of the trip can be changed to suit client needs )
Rate per person in Dbl 465 Euro
“Above rate is for Egyptians & foreigner “
*Min. 02 pax *
*Program starts on Sunday*
1. 03 nights at Shanda lodge dakhla on H.B basis
2. Minibus Or private limousine for the tour
3. All sightseeing in the program ( tickets inclouding )
4. Flight ticket Cairo / Kharga /Cairo.
Day 1 : Khargha / Dakhla
• Flight to Kharga at 08 :00
• Arrival Khargha
(Oasis of temples and castles)
General Information: Kharga is the most modernized of Egypt's western oases. The main town is a highly functional town with all modern facilities, There are extensive thorn palm, acacia, buffalo thorn and jujube forests in the oasis surrounding the modern town of Kharga. Many remnant wildlife species inhabit this region. Although it offers a variety of sites of interest to the visitor, including ancient fortresses and villages, in Kharga it is the landscape that most overwhelms the traveler, for it is in Kharga that we encounter the desert as we had always imagined it to be.
• Then visit El-Kharga Museum.
*Visit Bagawat Coptic Site.
(Bagawat Necropolis )
about three KM north El kharga, and behind HEBIS TEMPLE The Necropolis of Bagawat is a reminder of one of the most central battles of early Christianity; the dispute over the nature of Jesus. The 5th-century bishop
Nestorius was exiled to Bagawat (as the village was called) for having claimed that only one of Jesus' natures had suffered on the cross; the earthly nature, not the divine. The tombs here are believed to indicate that worship of the dead was continued in a Christian style. There are 263 mud-brick chapels climbing up a ridge, the oldest dating back two centuries before Nestorius, the last back to the 7th century The tombs were originally plastered, but this has since long disappeared.
Some of the tombs have courtyards, possibly used for ceremonies.
The Chapel of Peace, with defaced images of Adam and Eve, the Ark, Abraham, and Isaac.
(Temple of Hibis)
This temple, named after the town that once existed here, is unique for Egypt in one respect. It is by far the largest and finest of temples from Egypt's 200 years under Persian rulers. It was King Darius 1 of the 6th century BCE who ordered it built and dedicated to Amon. The temple was adorned by rulers over the following centuries, but the original style was always respected.
(Qasr el-Ghweita )
Qasr el-Ghweita has one of the nicest locations around Kharga Oasis, on top of a circular mountain. Walking up to the temple, it looks impressive and massive. Which probably was the intent back in the days of villains and competing tribes. About 20 km south of Kharga is the temple Qasr al-Ghweita built between 250 and 80 BCE. It was dedicated to the Theban triad Amon, Mut, and Khonsu.
Sunset over the desert near Qasr el-Ghweita.
• Lunch at Kharga oasis then Departure to Dakhla Oasis. Arrival in Dakhla –Check-in Shanda lodge – dinner and overnight.
Shanda Lodge – Dakhla Oasis
Dakhla sits in a depression surrounded by pink cliffs. There are about 30,000 acres of cultivated land. Most of its 70,000 or so residents are farmers who constantly fight the battle of the dunes that threaten their fields and orchards. The fields and gardens are filled mostly with mulberry trees, date palms, figs, and other citrus fruits. Dakhla’s prehistoric cemeteries, old Kingdom villages, and Islamic fortress towns come as a welcome change
Day 2 Dakhla oasis
• 07.00 Breakfast Then, Visit El-Qasr village and the ethnographic museum.
(Street scenes of old Al-Qasr)
Al-Qasr is the most memorable part. With an old town with many streets in excellent condition, it offers the best illustration of the oasis' past. at the foot of the limestone cliffs and on the edge of the lush oasis, is little changed from medieval times. With a population of around 700, the town was built from it's Roman ruins and has narrow covered streets. There are 54 lintels, some dating from the Ottoman and Mamluk era which adorn the old houses, one of which dates to about 924 AD.
(The Friday Mosque of Al-Qasr )
The mosque dates back to the Ayyubid period. It has a three-story mud-brick minaret, 21 meters high, and wooden lintels decorated with inscriptions from the Koran at the entrances. Other local sites of interest include a pottery factory and an old corn mill. Mud bricks are still made in an ancient manner and there is a foundry where men still work mettle using bellows flamed fires.
(The madrasa of Al-Qasr )
The madrasa dates back to the 10th century and predates the mosques of Al-Qasr. The main congregation hall, which served as both lecture room and prayer hall is really nice, with painted liwans which were used as libraries
• Back to hotel For lunch at hotel
Day 3 Dakhla oasis
• 07.00 Breakfast Then, Visit Al-Mouzawaka,
a site with almost 300 Roman tombs adorned with vividly colored mud-brick walls. Then, move to Deir Al-Hagar, a sandstone temple built by the Roman Emperor Nero in the 1st century AD and also decorated by Emperor Vespasian, Titus and Domitian dedicated to the Theban Triad ( Amun, Mut, and Khonsu ) and Seth, “ Lord of the Oasis “
(Muzawaka Tombs )
The table-top mountain an effective connection to the afterlife. Tombs are dug out all the way around it, The Tomb of Sadosiris has colorful wall-paintings.
A family grave was the solution for the "higher middle class" of ancient times. The grave is small and not decorated, but the corpses have been embalmed
The Muzawaka Tombs refer mainly to the nicely decorated tombs of Petosiris and Sadosiris, which were discovered by Fakhry in 1972. They date back to Roman times, as do many of the other tombs around this tabletop mountain.
• Move to Deir Al-Hagar, a sandstone
(Deir el-Hagar) the temple built by the Roman Emperor Nero in the 1st century AD and also decorated by the Emperors Vespasian Titus and Domitian dedicated to the Theban Triad (Amun, Mut and Khonsu ) and Set, “ Lord of the Oasis “.
18.00 Back to the hotel- Dinner– Overnight
Day 4: Dakhla Oasis – Kharga airport
06.00 Breakfast and departure to Balat, a village located 25 km from Mut.
Balat has its moments. Many of its quarters appear just as they must have done centuries ago. Walls and street are well-kept, colours often bright, doors worn down yet more beautiful than any new door can be. Many walls are illustrated, telling passers-by about the owner's trip to Mecca for the pilgrimage.
Balat has unlike several other villages of Dakhla a living old town, and what is even better, is that the mosque has not yet been replaced with a Cairo-designed pre-fab mosque. Look inside, and you will see delightfully thick columns (as they are made from clay and brick they have not the same carrying capacity as stone or cement), and only smooth curves; never a straight line.
• Visit the Roman and Coptic site of Cement.
• Visit Bashandi village
departure to Bashandi village.
• (Bashendi village)
Description: A village of Pharaonic design located about 40 km. east of Mut, Bashendi Village hosts an Islamic cemetery as well as Roman tombs, the most significant being the Tomb of Kitnes.
In Bashendi village you will find one of the most colorful and well-kept old towns in Dakhla; there are mud-brick houses in many different colors and narrow lanes set in a luscious oasis. But Bashendi is more, it has a selection of interesting and old sights. The most important is a sanctuary of the holy Muslim man called Pasha Hindi, who as his name indicates may have been of Indian origin. It is after him that the village has been named.
Bashabdi village is a Roman and Islamic village located 2.5km from the main road.
Bashendi also makes a claim to fame by its production of carpets, embroideries, baskets and dresses, all according to old patterns. You won't have to search for this, vendors will spot you as you arrive along the only road into the village. If you have time you can accept the invitation to enter the schools and production facilities.
Here, some interesting handicrafts can be purchased at Bashendi. Then, move to Tineida, where visitors can investigate prehistoric rock inscriptions and draw of human figures and animals.
• and departure to the rock of inscriptions – on the way we will visit Ain Berbiya, a sandstone temple built in the Ptolemaic period for the veneration of the otherwise unknown deity Amun-Nakhat, Then,move to tineida, where visitors can investigate prehistoric rock inscriptions and drawing of human figures and animals.
14:00 Arrival to Kharga lunch
Flight from Khargha Departure to Cairo .
Arrival in Cairo
Departure Point :Unnamed Road, Al Wahat Al Dakhla Desert, New Valley Governorate, Egypt
Departure Time :12:00 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Not recommended for pregnant travelers
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
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- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.