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Egypt Traces Of Lost Civilizations

Egypt, Africa, Middle East

from $5,590* per person 9 Days March, April, October
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Abercrombie & Kent 12 people max
  • Cairo international airport, egypt
  • Active & Adventure trips
National Geographic Traveler's Tours of a Lifetime 2010
We have travelled for days over the desert in 4X4 vehicles to arrive here. We've brought everything with us: water, food, fuel, supplies, GPS locator and our indispensable guide. We seek out primitive paintings in caves and on rock, as well as the tools, axes, beads and bones of a people who inhabited this area 18,000 years ago. The occasional piece of WWII military debris, untouched in this harsh but stunning desert environment, makes our quest all the more intriguing.

People once thrived here when a branch of the Nile supplied life-sustaining water, and each stop brings new hope of uncovering a pottery shard or some other clue to a culture long departed. This region once pulsed with life; a lake, now vanished, once reflected the crisp blue desert sky. Now it's an uninhabitable expanse of pure white sand punctuated with mushroom-shaped chalk formations and rife with archaeological mysteries. Uninhabitable, but not inaccessible, not to us.

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Egypt, Africa, Middle East

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Days 1-2

    Arrive Cairo/El-Baharia Oasis

    Arrive in Cairo and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. The next morning, depart in 4x4 vehicles for the el-Baharia Oasis, site of a massive Greco-Roman burial ground and rich in antiquities. After lunch at a local café, set off in 4x4 vehicles for the drive to your camp in Abou Mouhkarik, where the dunes reach heights of more than 200 feet.
    Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence / Mobile Camp [ B L D ]
Day 3

    El-Baharia Oasis/Wadi Bateekh

    Make an early start today, driving to the Djarra Cave, discovered by pure chance in 1872 by geographer Gerhard Rohlfs. So remote is this location that the cave was not visited again for more than a century. Explore the cave, noting its large stalagmites and stalactites, some of which are so large they actually touch. Continue to your next campsite, taking a 37-mile drive through the Water Malon Stone Valley (Wadi Bateekh), a flat landscape dotted with naturally smoothed black stones.
    Mobile Camp [ B L D ]
Days 4-5

    Wadi Bateekh/White Desert

    Your journey continues toward the White Desert to observe its Dali-esque white chalk formations that rise out of the desert sand like huge mushrooms. These chalk formations are the remnants of an ancient seabed formed sixty-five mission years ago from the calcium carbonate of bones and shells. The next morning, head toward the Aqabat area with its larger chalk formations. Stop at Ain el Serw where there is a natural spring that has been in constant use since the time of Roman rule in the region. Mobile Camping
    Mobile Camp [ B L D ]
Days 6-7

    White Desert

    Today is spent driving the Qaraween dunes, some of the most magnificent in the area. The next morning, travel to Farafra Oasis, where you can bath in the hot natural springs. Later in the day, enjoy a camel ride before you retire for the evening in your camp.
    Mobile Camp [ B L D ]
Days 8-9

    White Desert/Depart Cairo

    Drive to the el-Baharia Oasis to visit the Hall of the Mummies, a site containing more then 1,000 mummies that was discovered by pure chance in 1997. In the afternoon, continue toward Cairo for a farewell dinner. The next morning, your expedition concludes as you board your homebound flight.

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