There’s something so incredibly captivating about Egypt. Undoubtedly some of the reasons are its colossal pyramids, ancient tales of Pharaohs and their kohl-eye lined Queens. But what really leaves us in awe are its stunning deserts that stretch for eternity, only to be dotted with greens oases where you’ll meet pharaonic ancestors. So don your linens and put on your shades; this is Egypt as the explorers found it.
Start your Egyptian adventure in the hustle and bustle of Cairo where you’ll be staying in the luxurious Le Riad Hotel. From modern architecture to crumbling pyramids, Cairo’s eclectic mix of ancient and modern couldn’t be more contrasting. With your own private guide, an experienced Egyptologist no less, travel through history starting in around 2650BC Saqqara where Egypt’s oldest pyramid still stands today. Indulge yourself with lunch at the Mena House Hotel, the old royal stomping ground where the King’s guests would kick back after a day’s visit to Giza – exactly where you’ll be heading next to see the incredible mysteries of the Giza pyramids and Sphinx unfold.
an oasis mirage (or should that be blur?)
Next, fly to Dakhla, the inner oasis of Egypt, where your home for the next few nights will be the incredible Al Tarfa Eco-Lodge & Spa. Here, spend your days living the luxurious oasis life. Think outdoor massages on sand-platforms, lazy laps in the pool and candle light dinners under the stars. If you’re looking for adventure, say no more. Hop on a 4×4 for a visit to nearby Al Qasr – a labyrinth of mud brick houses; dig deep into the buried Roman city of Manheida, or wander into Dakhla village and explore the antiquities of Balat and her impressive fortress. And what better way to end your stay than on a camel ride watching the sun dip below the magnificent sand dunes of Dakhla. Bliss.
into the white desert
From the confines of the oasis to the vast landscapes of the desert, travel across sandstone plains to the breathtaking White Desert located in the western province. Explore the supernatural white chalk landscape by 4×4 before setting up camp beneath the brightest stars and tucking into an Egyptian campfire feast. From white to black, in the morning continue your desert safari through to the Black Desert before reaching the BahariYa Oasis where 10,000 Golden Mummies await to greet you.
Returning to Cairo, take a final dip into history and marvel at Tutankhamen’s treasures at the world renowned Egyptian museum. Next, wind your way through the alleys of Cairo’s infamous souqs where you can find everything from trinkets to spices, taking refuge in a qahwa, a traditional coffee shop where sweetened tea and flavoured tobacco are a favourite amongst the locals. But if you’d prefer some observational opulence, then head stright to Le Riad’s rooftop terrace to watch the character-filled chaos unravel beneath you with a cold drink in hand.
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