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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.

Cairo: 2-Day Bahariya Oasis Camp and Desert Tour

2. Cairo: 2-Day Bahariya Oasis Camp and Desert Tour

Day 1: Cairo to Bahariya Oasis, White Desert Tour Your exhilarating trip to the White Desert and Bahariya Oasis will commence with a prompt pickup from your hotel or selected location in Cairo or Giza. Your guide will then take you to the Bahariya Oasis, which is 4 hours away from Cairo. Upon reaching the destination, you will be served with lunch at a local restaurant. You will then be taken to the Black Desert, which is noted for its black volcanic hills and dolerite rocks. You will then drive towards the Crystal Mountain in the Valley of Agabat, to behold the quartz crystal deposits. Head to the White Desert National Park, where you can witness the elegant wind-carved rock formations. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the campsite at Al Haiz, where you will be served with a delicious dinner. Day 2: Bahariya Oasis Tour, Drive back to Cairo You will kick start your day with breakfast at the campsite. Afterwards, set off to the Bahariya Oasis to visit the Valley of the Golden Mummies, a large burial site in the Western Desert of Egypt and the Tomb of Bannantiu. Later you can visit the English House, the sand dunes, and the Salt Lake at Bawiti. You can also enjoy your lunch at the Bahariya Oasis, before making your way back to Cairo or Giza.

Sharm El-Sheikh: Full-Day Tour of Cairo and Pyramids by Bus

3. Sharm El-Sheikh: Full-Day Tour of Cairo and Pyramids by Bus

Experience the treasures of the ancient world on this guided tour of Cairo. Immerse yourself in ancient Egypt with visits to the national museum and the magnificent Pyramids of Giza. First stop: Tahrir Square. Step into the Egyptian Museum and witness one of the most comprehensive collections of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world. Then, admire panoramic views of the Salah el-din Citadel while you enjoy lunch at an authentic Egyptian restaurant. Next stop: the Papyrus Museum. Here, learn how the Ancient Egyptians used papyrus paper to record their civilization. Continue to Giza and marvel at the Great Pyramid, built more than 4.500 years ago for the pharaohs Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. Then, walk to the spectacular Sphinx and see first-hand the famous Pharaoh with the body of a lion.

From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

4. From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Cairo and relax as you drive towards Moun Sinai. Upon arrival, climb 750 steps and reach 2,285-meters to see where the prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. The walk up can take approximately 2-3 hours depending on the participant. Arrive at the summit and marvel at the stunning views as the sun's light scatters across the mountains. After spending time at the summit, prepare for your approximately 2-hour descent down the mountain.   Take a break from hiking and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine’s Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and see icons excavated from the Vatican. Learn about the monastery's extensive history reaching back to the 6th-century and its relationship to the burning tree from Moses's story. See the tree itself in the Church of the Transfiguration.  After touring the grounds of the monastery, stop for lunch before heading back to Cairo.

Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Meals

5. Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Meals

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.

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.

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

7. 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.

Desert Safari by Quad Bike Around Pyramids

8. Desert Safari by Quad Bike Around Pyramids

Your tour guide will be waiting at your hotel for you. They will be holding a sign of your name. From the moment your tour starts, your guide will give you their full attention. Once in the car, your guide will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. Enjoy the only place in Egypt where you can experience the wonders of the ancient world through the quad bike tour Desert Safari by Quad Bike Around Pyramids experience with a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. What is unique about this tour is getting there is half the fun, Be near the great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx enjoying the adventure of quad bikes. Afterwards travel in comfort back to your hotel.

Cairo: 2-Days Trip to Hurghada by Airplane

9. Cairo: 2-Days Trip to Hurghada by Airplane

Get picked up from your accommodation on the first day and head to Cairo airport. Embark a plane that will bring you to Hurghada on a 1-hour flight. Upon arrival, a driver waits outside the lobby airport with the company's sign and will take you to your hotel in Hurghada. After lunch, a representative will arrive at 1:15 PM to take you to the safari trip to the quad runner station for a test drive. Drive 25 km by motorbike to a Bedouin village to visit a Bedouin tribe to learn about their life and traditions.  Try a Bedouin tea and smoke water-pipe before driving back to the motorbike station. Arrive back at your hotel after a 2-hour drive. Upon arrival, you can enjoy a hotel show, have dinner and unwind.  On your second day enjoy breakfast in the morning and check out from your hotel. Take your bags to the reception and leave them until the end of the trip.  Head at about 7:30 AM to Giftun for a fantastic snorkeling trip. Relax on the desert island on the beautiful Red Sea, where you will snorkel in different spots. Admire the corals and magnificent colorful fish, enjoy water sport activities, and if you are lucky you might have the chance to swim with dolphins.  Savor an open buffet lunch aboard the cruise before returning back to Hurghada.  After coming back from the trip around 4 PM, you will take your bags from the hotel and then head towards Hurghada airport to take your plane to go to Cairo.  A car will be waiting for you at Cairo airport. Meet your driver and get assistance with your luggage before driving back to your hotel in Cairo.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 139 reviews

We had a wonderful night in the white desert! It was the most beautiful desert we have seen (so far :) ). Islam and his assistant made sure our travels and stay were excellent. Not only did he provide interesting information about the places we visited (black desert, crystal mountain, water source, white desert, oasis and I might have forgotten something), he was an excellent driver and a fantastic cook. We were lucky enough to have a sky full of stars and a moonrise which made the whole evening that more impressive. The accommodation in the desert was also decent camping material.

So yes 6 hours by bus is a lot but at night it passes quickly, but once in front of the pyramids or on the Nile for that matter I recommend the ride you forget all fatigue. Thanks to our guide in the museum thanks also to Mustapha all were helpful. Maybe plan a small snack before leaving to go home because after lunch we were hungry. Top excursion

Trip was exellent. Everything was fluent. Pick up in time (in the evening we made a call for more details by given number), bus with air conditioning. A lot of time near pyramids and sphinx. Lunch also great (eat whatever you want). The last stop in parfume and cosmetic shop - not necessary in our view but we all know that this is a business :)

Definitely worth to spend a few hours filled with culture exploration and adrenaline fun on a quad. Hats off to Emo Tours and specifically Ahmad Naga, who was super friendly and quite knowledgeable on all historical sites. The journey was enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

Amazing experience! Islam was really good and helpful in making the trip a really fun one! The camp was really good!! Everything went well and I highly recommend doing this offbeat adventure at the Sahara.