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From Cairo: 4x4 Desert Safari, Sandsurf, and Camel Ride

1. From Cairo: 4x4 Desert Safari, Sandsurf, and Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel or another selected location in Cairo or Giza between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM. Board a comfortable air-conditioned car and enjoy a comfortable 100-minute ride to the Wadi El Rayan Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy fantastic views of the Wadi El Rayan waterfalls in the heart of the desert. Admire the powerful cascades of water which provide a stark contrast to the surrounding arid landscape. If you are lucky, catch glimpses of desert wildlife in the area such as the slender-horned gazelle. Next, make a stop for photos of the beautiful Mudawara Mountains. Then, get ready to enjoy the desert adventure. Board the 4X4 car for some dune bashing and experience the excitement as the car glides through yellow, soft sand. After riding over the dunes, stop to enjoy some sandboarding. Strap yourself to the sandboard and glide down the sparkling, yellow sand at a fast pace. Next, mount a camel and feel like a Bedouin explorer as you ride through the beautiful desert terrain. After the camel ride, stop at a Bedouin desert camp and enjoy an elaborate and delicious BBQ lunch. Once you are done with your lunch, you will be dropped back to your hotel or selected location in Cairo or Giza.

Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour

2. Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour

Meet your tour-guide in your hotel lobby and depart in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Giza Plateau. The tour begins by exploring the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will visit the Pyramid of Cheops (The Great Pyramid of Giza), the largest pyramid in the world. Continue your tour with visits to the Pyramids of Chephren and Mykerinos. Learn the architectural significance and fascinating history of these magnificent structures. While on the Giza Plateau, you will see The Great Sphinx of Giza and learn about the mystery of one of the oldest and largest sculptures in the world.

Cairo: Pyramids Quad Bike Adventure & Optional Camel Ride

3. Cairo: Pyramids Quad Bike Adventure & Optional Camel Ride

Explore Egypt's ancient pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the world-famous Great Sphinx of Giza on this tour with a professional guide. Glide along the desert atop your quad and later enjoy an optional camel ride. After pickup from your accommodations in Cairo or Giza, enjoy an air-conditioned ride to the Pyramid area. On arrival, hop on a quad and set off to explore the great Pyramids up close. Ride your quad around the pyramids and admire the grandeur of the Pyramids of Cheops, Mykerinus, and Chephren from outside the Pyramid Area. Then head to Sahara City, a place tourists seldom go. When you get there, enjoy a refreshing welcome with traditional tea. You'll also get a bottle of mineral water or a soft drink while you take a short rest at the top of the desert. Then, after returning your quad, get ready to enjoy your optional camel ride. Explore the area in the more ancient and traditional way on the back of a camel. You will roam around the area at a much slower pace for a completely different experience. Admire the endurance of the ancient edifices that have stood for thousands of years and see the iconic Great Sphinx of Giza. At the end of your combo tour, enjoy a comfortable ride back to your accommodations in Cairo or Giza.

Cairo: Half Day Pyramids Tour by Camel or Horse Carriage

4. Cairo: Half Day Pyramids Tour by Camel or Horse Carriage

After pickup from your accommodation in Cairo or Giza, head straight to the Giza Plateau in an air-conditioned vehicle to explore the wonders of ancient Egypt. Choose either a camel or horse carriage ride, and set off with your expert guide to gaze at the splendor of the world’s largest pyramids. Marvel at the 4,500-year-old structures, learning about the rich history and contemporary cultural significance of some of Egypt’s foremost national treasures. Continue your exploration of the area, moving past the Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as the stately Pyramid of Mykerinos and Chephren. With options to select entrance to the Great Pyramid and a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, cater the experience to your schedule and budget. After a day of exploring the iconic structures, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having experienced a snapshot of ancient history.

Pyramids of Giza: 1-Hour Quad Bike Desert Safari

5. Pyramids of Giza: 1-Hour Quad Bike Desert Safari

After a pick-up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza, you will be transferred to the Giza Pyramids. This is the starting point for your easy quad bike ride. The tour is simply the most exciting way to discover all the ancient wonders of Egypt. The custom-made buggies are capable of whisking over the dunes at speeds over 50 mph taking you to places where most tourists never get to see. Riding through the desert is a thrilling experience and will make your holiday in Egypt unforgettable. Take amazing pictures and see the Great Pyramids - Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos. After this, visit the Valley Temple and have a close-up look at the Sphinx. At the end of your tour you will be taken back to your hotel. 

Cairo: Giza Pyramids Tour with Quad Bike Safari & Camel Ride

6. Cairo: Giza Pyramids Tour with Quad Bike Safari & Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel in Cairo and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Pyramids of Giza. Discover the pyramid complex with a guided tour and learn about the ancient structures. See the famous Sphinx, and the various burial chambers located on the grounds.  After the tour ends, make your way to the quad bike station where you start the 1-hour quad biking adventure across the vast desert. Following this, take a leisurely camel ride across the desert and enjoy beautiful views of the Pyramids, which allows for spectacular photos. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Cairo.

Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Lunch

7. Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cairo at 6:00 AM and heads out of the city across the surrounding desert landscapes. The first stop of the day is the stunning Bahariya Oasis, which was once the agricultural center during Pharaonic times. It is now famous for its abundance of dates and olives. Explore the oasis with your guide and admire the sprawling landscape of shady palms and natural springs. After lunch visit the Black Desert, a fascinating landscape with rugged mountain-like domes that contrast against the sandy surroundings. Next, visit the nearby Agabat, a beautiful valley with imposing white cliff faces and yellow limestone rocks. Follow on to the Crystal Mountain, an incredibly unique formation made entirely of calcite crystal that sparkles and shimmers under the Egyptian sun. Head over to the White Desert next, named for its sprawling white sandy landscape that stretches across the horizon. Climb a number of sand dunes and marvel at the jaw-dropping views that seem to go on forever. Finally, relax on the journey back to Cairo and arrive at your hotel at approximately 11 PM.

From Cairo: Fayoum Oasis and Wadi Al Rayan Guided Tour

8. From Cairo: Fayoum Oasis and Wadi Al Rayan Guided Tour

Begin your adventure with a morning pick-up at your Cairo hotel. Travel to the Fayoum Oasis in a comfortable, air-conditioned van with your personal guide. Explore the desert lakes of Fayoum Oasis and gaze at ruined, ancient temples. Marvel at the waterfalls of Wadi Al Rayan. Board a private van at your hotel in Cairo. Go on a relaxing drive to Fayoum, 105km southwest of Cairo. Arrive at Fayoum Oasis in the desert and admire the birds at Quaroun lake. Delve into the ancient city of Karanis and see the collection of statues and Roman portraits at Fayoum Museum. Stop for lunch during your tour. Travel to Wadi Al Rayan nature reserve, known for its lakes, springs, and wildlife. Snap some photos of the largest waterfall in Egypt. Ride on a traditional wooden sailboat, known as a felucca. Finish your tour as your driver takes you back to your hotel in Cairo.

From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

9. From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

Day 1: Start the tour at 8:30 AM when you will be picked up from your hotel or any point in Eilat. Set off for the Arava Border and pass over to the Jordan side. Meet your representative there and continue the drive to the Petra site. The drive takes about 2 hours in total.  When you arrive, enjoy a tour of this iconic archaeological site with your guide. Visit the famous Treasury, the Amphitheater, and much more. After this, have lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Israel and set off on an overnight 10-hour drive to Cairo making a short procedural stop at the Egyptian border. Day 2: When you arrive in Cairo, visit the pyramids, the sphinx, the market, and the museum. Then, eat lunch and go to your 4-star hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Saqqara and Memphis area, about 27 km south-west of Cairo. Learn about how Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt and Saqqara was its necropolis. Hear stories about how the deceased pharaohs and sacred animals were ceremoniously transported from Memphis to be permanently enshrined in one of the many temples on the site. Then, stop for lunch before continuing the tour to Old Cairo. See the Church of St-Sergius, a 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. Admire the spectacular Citadel of Saladin, built-in 1183 in the medieval stronghold tradition. Also, marvel at the Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster mosque. Finally, transfer to the Taba Border, where your tour concludes.

From Cairo: Siwa Oasis Private Tour with Desert Camping

10. From Cairo: Siwa Oasis Private Tour with Desert Camping

See the wonders of Ancient Egypt on a 3-day tour from Cairo with an overnight stay at the Oasis Lodge and Bedouin camp. Visit the El Alamein World War II Military Museum, take a dip in the Siwa Oasis, explore the tombs of Si-Amun, and venture through Shali city. Day 1: El Alamein World War II Military Museum and Siwa Oasis Begin with a pickup from your hotel in Cairo/ Giza and a 13-hour drive to the famous Siwa oasis, during which we have the chance to stopover at El Alamein World War II Military Museum. See cannons, armored vehicles, soldiers’ Holy Book, and more. Continue the trip to Siwa Oasis. Swim and float while admiring the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings. Experience a beautiful sunset and take pictures of Siwa at Fatnas Island while sipping on the famous Siwa Tea. Later, check-in for an overnight stay at the Oasis Lodge. Day 2: Mountain of the Dead, Cleopatra’s Spring, and Siwa Desert Starting with an amazing ride with your guide, visit the Mountain of the Dead where you'll have the opportunity to explore the tombs of Si-Amun. Witness the tombs in the Oasis of the Western desert before proceeding to the Temple of the Oracle, famous for its grand vestibule and forecourt. Get a chance to experience a dune ride through the desert in a 4x4 vehicle, and proceed to the Siwa salt lakes for a memorable swim admiring the scenic beauty. Go for a swim in Cleopatra's Spring, a natural spring water stone pool in the heart of the palm Oasis with an excellent view. Take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy natural fresh fruit juice while admiring the Oasis landscape. After a mixed grill lunch at an Abdo restaurant, drive through the Siwa desert to the Hot springs and Cold lakes for a dip. Later, take a dune drive across the Siwa Great Sand Sea, where you'll be able to see the incredible Siwa sunset. Have the option of climbing the highest dune to experience the thrill of sandboarding before savoring Siwan tea and nuts. Arriving at the Oasis Bedouin camp for an overnight stay in the desert, be welcomed with a fantastic BBQ dinner before relaxing in the tents late at night. Day 3: Shali City and Siwa Old Souq After a refreshing Siwa breakfast the next day, head to Shali city, built with karshef, a typical Siwan construction material consisting of salt and clay. Before ending the tour, visit the Siwa Old Souq, where you will have free time to stroll around the city and shop. Conclude the trip with a return transfer to your hotel in Cairo/ Giza.

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6 stars! Our college age impossible to impress kids said it was the most fun they could remember having!! Fares (pronounced Ferris) was the best guide I have ever had!! Personable, friendly, funny, caring, knowledgeable, great photographer and totally dedicated to making sure everyone had a BLAST!!! Worth every penny! Van picks you up promptly at hotel (water provided). Drive out through Fayoum where you switch to 4 x 4 with Bedouin driver! Cue awesome Bedouin music! Then you go to the National park where the waterfall and lake are. Camel ride is a must at the waterfall. Camels are all dressed up and well cared for. (You could also go on a boat or ride a horse instead - include) Fares is always snapping photos of the group! We stopped for local fafalel (best!) and at a local tea place. Then off roading in desert and it’s wild! Crazy fun! Climbed beautiful buttes. Swam in “magic lake”. Sand boarding + bbq lunch at cool Bedouin camp—delish! BOOK THIS! Great break from tombs + crowds!

Communication was great with the tour company the day before and our driver Fares the morning of our excursion. He was early and was a great help explaining the city of Cairo/ Giza as we drove to the 4 wheeling spot . It was really nice being my ourselves and actually getting to ride the quads instead of slowly following one person behind another that a lot of tours are like. The camel ride was nice and long and everyone was great! Would highly recommend Fares as a tour guide and this tour company for your 4 wheeling and camel ride experience in Cairo!

We cannot put into words how much we enjoyed the day today. We have not worked through all the points in the description, but have seen and experienced other things that we think are great. Our highlight was the Bedouin-style tea on the dune above the magic lake. In our opinion, the Felounkenfahrt is worth every penny, it's magical. The food was also very authentic and delicious!

Everything was great in the trip. The tour guide "Ramy" was supper, very professional and friendly. Highly recommended!

Very knowledgeable guide. Took the family many places and provided historical information.