This tour gives you an opportunity to visit various types of pyramids, from
the greatest to the oldest. As you travel from the bustling metropolis of Cairo
to Giza, onwards through the desert to the Oasis of El Fayoum, you will
experience the natural beauty of the egyptian countryside, wherein
lie the true wonders of the land and its people.
DAY 1: CAIRO -GIZA - EL FAYOUM OASIS
Drive by private a/c micro-bus to Giza Plateau where you will visit the
pyramid complexes of the kings of the Fourth Dynasty (2575-2465 BC)
Khufu, (Cheops), Khafre (Chepren) and Menkaure (Mycerinus).
You may enter the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only remaining wonder of
the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, or one of the smaller pyramids
(Khafre or Menkaure), whichever is open. Stop to view the Sphinx with its
features resembling Khafre and the body of a lion. Follow the Canal and
head south-west to El-Fayoum, Egypt's largest oasis. Considered as the
"garden of Egypt" because of its lush fields bringing forth an abundance
of vegetables and sugar cane, groves of citrus fruits, nuts and olives, this
area was once the vacation spot of pharaohs of the 13th dynasty.
A picnic lunch will be served en route. Before reaching El-Fayoum, stop
to visit the Graeco-Roman temples at Karanis. From here you get a
panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and the oasis beyond.
On reaching El-Fayoum, check-in at the historic AUBERGE DU LAC.
Free time to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, or take a swim
in the pool overlooking Lake Qarun. Dinner & overnight.
DAY 2 : EL FAYOUM OASIS - MEIDUM - DAHSHUR - SAQQARA
Early breakfast & check-out. Drive through Medinet El-Fayoum
to experience daily life in a small town. Head 12 kms southeast
to the Pyramid of Hawara, a good example of a mud-brick
pyramid, built by Amenemhnat III (1855-1808 BC). Drive past rich,
fertile fields of the Nile valley to the Pyramid of Meidum , standing in
all its splendour on the edge of the Western Desert. Started by
Pharaoh Huni (2599-2575), it was completed by his son Senefru who later
built the pyramids in Dahshur. Its isolation and unusual structure makes
it an impressive sight and a most interesting visit. Continue 50 kms north
to Dahshur where, on a quiet patch of desert lies Senefru's Red and Bent
Pyramids (2613-2589 BC). The Bent Pyramid started as an experiement
at the first true pyramid, but half-way up the pyramid's architects
realised they had miscalculated and therefore had to reduce the
angle, thereby giving it an ususual "bent" shape. The Red Pyramid
was Senefru's successful attempt at the world's first true pyramid.
Return to Cairo by way of Saqqara to end the day at
the world's oldest pyramid, the Step Pyramid (2800 BC) built by the