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Experience Tradition and History at Siwa Oasis Egypt

Siwa Oasis, Egypt, isn't just a destination—it's a journey through time where history and tradition seamlessly blend with the desert landscape. Located in Egypt's Western Desert, this unique oasis gives visitors a deep look into ancient civilizations and enduring cultural practices.

Nestled between the Qattara Depression and the Great Sand Sea, Siwa Oasis Egypt  has a rich history dating back to the 10th millennium BC. It rose to prominence during the 26th Dynasty around 525 BC as a crucial hub for trade caravans moving through the desert from the Nile Valley to the Mediterranean ports in Libya.

The Oracle of Amun stands as the centerpiece of Siwa's historical allure. Notably visited by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, the oracle declared him the son of Zeus-Amun, securing his divine status in the ancient world. This event marked Siwa Oasis Egypt as a significant spiritual site, drawing pilgrims and historical figures over the centuries.

Today, Siwa Oasis Egypt thrives as a living community. The Siwi people, of Berber origin, maintain their resilience and independence. Their culture deeply intertwines with the oasis, with date palm and olive farming crucial for their sustenance and the local economy. The traditional Siwi house, constructed from kershef—a mix of salt and mud—demonstrates their adaptation to the harsh desert environment.

Visitors to Siwa can explore ancient ruins, including the remnants of the Temple of the Oracle and the Aghurmi, which testify to its storied past. Cleopatra's Bath, a natural spring allegedly used by Queen Cleopatra, provides a refreshing pause in the arid climate.

Siwa Oasis also offers a chance to witness and participate in ongoing traditions. The annual Siyaha Festival, where Siwi men gather in the desert to reaffirm their community solidarity, is a cultural spectacle not to be missed. Visitors can join in local customs and sample traditional dishes passed down through generations.

Recent initiatives to improve connectivity and infrastructure have made Siwa more accessible while preserving its enchanting isolation. Sustainability efforts in tourism ensure that visitors can enjoy Siwa's beauty without compromising its integrity.

For those eager to immerse themselves in a place where history echoes through the streets and traditions are a way of life, Siwa Oasis provides a captivating experience. It's a place to step away from modern life's hustle and into a world where the past is always present.

Siwa Oasis awaits those ready to explore its wonders. Whether marveling at ancient artifacts, enjoying the serene oasis landscape, or interacting with the welcoming Siwi community, Siwa promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Egypt's desert heritage.

Day 1: Cairo - Siwa

Depart from Cairo at 7:30 AM, making a stop at a rest station before arriving in Siwa around 4:30 PM. Check into your hotel (Shali Lodge or similar) and take the opportunity to explore the oasis with a walk. Spend the night at Hotel Albanshal Lodge or a similar accommodation. (B)

Day 2: Siwa - Mountain of the Dead - Oracle of Amun

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel, then start today's tour at 9:00 AM with a visit to the Mountain of the Dead - Gabal al-Mowta. This mountain hosts numerous graves on its terraces and around the conical part, dating back to the 26th Dynasty. Afterwards, explore the Temple of the Oracle of Amun, which is located 4 km east of Siwa’s current city.

This temple once housed the famous Greek Oracle of Jupiter Amun, visited by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. For the adventurous, take a swim in the salt lakes, known for their healing properties for skin, eye, and nasal ailments, or simply dip your feet into the salt pools.

Continue to the Cleopatra Pool in the Hierapolis-Pamukkale complex, a gift from Marcus Antonius to Cleopatra, featuring warm, natural spring water year-round. Relax with a coffee and soak in the serene environment. End the day by watching the sunset from the old Shali fortress, capturing photos of the stunning views. Spend another night at Hotel Albanshal Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 3: Siwa - Bir Wahed - Siwa

Today's highlight is a trip to Bir Wahed, which is located 15 km away on the edge of the Great Sand Sea. Climb a dune to discover a hot spring, bubbling like a whirlpool, that irrigates a nearby garden. This area is perfect for dune tours and is offering a thrilling ride through the sand dunes. After the excursion, return to the oasis for a leisurely walk and perhaps some shopping. Overnight again at Hotel Albanshal Lodge or similar. (B)

Day 4: Siwa - Cairo

After breakfast, drive back to Cairo. We will drop you off at your hotel or assist with any extensions you have reserved with us. (B)

Booking Conditions:

  • Booking and Confirmation: Booking for the Siwa Oasis tour is subject to availability and must be made in advance. Confirmation of booking follows upon receipt of payment.
  • Payment: Payment for the tour must be made in advance according to the specified payment terms. A deposit may be required to secure the booking.
  • Number of Participants: The tour will take place once a minimum number of participants is reached. Please refer to the tour description for details on the minimum number of participants.
  • Changes and Adjustments: We reserve the right to make changes to the itinerary if necessary for organizational or safety reasons. All changes will be communicated to you in a timely manner.
  • Disclaimer: We accept no liability for personal injury, loss, or damage to property during the tour. Participation is at your own risk.

Cancellation Policy:

  1. Cancellations must be made in writing and become effective upon receipt.
  2. Cancellation Fees:
    • Cancellation up to 30 days before departure: 25% of the total price is retained.
    • Cancellation between 29 and 15 days before departure: 50% of the total price is retained.
    • Cancellation within 14 days before departure or no-show: No refund will be granted.

Extension Options:

  1. Desert Expedition.
  2. Cultural Tours.
  3. Wellness and Relaxation.
  4. Adventure Sports.
  5. Culinary Experiences.

Feel free to contact us for further information and to discuss your travel plans.

  • Private tour.
  • 3 hotel nights (B).
  • All transportation with a private car as per program.
  • Tour organization and leadership.
  • Driver/guide.
  • 4x4 excursion into the Great Sand Sea.
  • Special permit fees for the above excursion.
  • All visits mentioned in the program.
  • Beverages at restaurants and hotels.
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Tips for the guide and staff.
  • Travel insurance or any type of insurance.
  • Entrance fees for all attractions mentioned in the program.
  • Anything not mentioned in the program.
  • Optional programs.
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The Siwa Oasis is accessible from Cairo by private car. The drive takes about seven hours with a stop at a rest station. Optionally, by plane for an additional charge.

The tour includes overnight stays at Albanshal Lodge or a similar accommodation in Siwa.

Breakfast is included in the accommodations (B), but lunch and dinner are not included.

• The tour includes visits to attractions such as the Mountain of the Dead, the Temple of the Oracle of Amun, the salt lakes of Siwa, Cleopatra's Pool, and the old Shali fortress.

Additional charges may apply for optional programs, drinks, tips, and entrance fees for certain attractions. Please read the tour details carefully

The tour spans four days, starting in Cairo and ending back in Cairo. The tour can also be extended by a few days as desired