Day 1: Luxor to Kharga – Kharga tours
06:00 am.Egypt Cheap Holiday expert tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Luxor. Drive for about 04-5 hours to El Kharga Oasis. At the entrance of Kharga you will stop for a coffee or coffee, and then start to visit the temple of Hibis, the largest and most well preserved temple in the Kharga Oasis. It is dedicated to the ban triad of Amun-Re, Mut and Khons. Its construction began during the 25th dynasty (500B.C).
Proceed to visit the Necropolis of Al-Bagawat, which is one of the earliest surviving and best-preserved Christian cemeteries in the world. Bagawat Necropolis, consisting of 263 mud-brick chapels, date from the 4th to the 6th centuries AD. At Bagawat you will visit the Chapel of Peace, which has figures of the Apostles on the squinches of the domes, just visible through Greek graffiti. And the Chapel of the Exodus, one of the oldest tombs, has the best-preserved paintings, including the Old Testament story of Moses leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. On the other tombs there are drawings and colorful writing narrates the stories of Christian history in Egypt.
Continue for a photo stop at the ruined Temple of Al Nadura, which has strategic views of the area and once doubled as a fortified lookout. It was built during the reign of Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161) to protect the oasis.
Finally, you will enjoy a Hot Water Spring surrounded by A Small Oasis and some sand dunes, the place was magnificent. The hot water jet was incredible and very relaxing like a giant Jacuzzi turbine. Also it is totally covered by shading trees and palms, which give it a mysterious but familiar appearance, enjoy the beautiful sunset & overnight camping in Kharga Oasis.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Kharga tours – Transfer to Luxor
After breakfast, enjoy your trip to Qasr el-Ghueita. Its ten-meter-high walls enclose a sandstone temple dedicated to the The ban Triad, built by Darius I on the site of an older shrine. The Hypostyle Hall contains scenes of Hapy the Nile-god holding symbols of the nomes of Upper and Lower Egypt. Inscriptions attest to the quality of the grapes grown hereabouts; wine from Kharga was prized during the New Kingdom, if not earlier.
Proceed to Qasr ez-Zayyan, a Roman temple that lends its name to a still-thriving village built over the ancient town of Tkhonemyris. This proximity to daily life helps you imagine it as a bustling settlement in antiquity. This place is the lowest in the Kharga Oasis, 18 meters below sea level.
Continue to the Roman Temple of Dush, built by Emperor Domitian and enlarged by Hadrian and Trajan. The gold decorations that once covered parts of the temple and earned it renown have long gone. But there is still some decoration on the inner stone walls. Enjoy your lunch at Kharga Oasis before driving back to Luxor. (almost 5 hours drive).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Languages Available for Tour Guides (Live):
English-speaking tour guides are provided by default but Spanish, German, French, Italian and Arabic – speaking tour guides can be arranged. Please advice at the time of requesting the tour.
A favorite excursion is a hot water bath. A hot spring has the size of a large Jacuzzi, where sulphurous water bubbles in a pool and runs off to irrigate a garden. Cooling down in the lake, and watching the sun setting over the dunes while soaking in a hot spring, is a surreal experience. it’s far from town, women can wear bathing suits here without offending locals.
N.B: This program may be changed in sequence but not in visits. Egypt Cheap Holiday is not liable for these changes.