Description of the Valley of the Whales Tour
Our 4-day Valley of the Whales tour starts in Cairo and ends in Bahariya Oasis (a pick up/drop off service from/to anywhere in Egypt will be arranged if you wish).
With this tour you will discover a yet more impressive meaning of ancient Egypt. This tour’s highlights are the sights of Faiyum Oasis—the Lake Qarun Protected Area, the Wadi al-Rayan Protected Area, and the Wadi al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) UNESCO World Heritage Site—, the famous hot and cold springs of Bahariya Oasis, the beautiful Agabat Valley, and the spectacular White Desert National Park.
Highlights of the Valley of the Whales Tour
Itinerary of the Valley of the Whales Tour
After meeting in Cairo, we will be leaving Egypt’s capital heading south towards Faiyum Oasis. We first visit the Lake Qarun Protected Area and the waterfalls of Wadi al-Rayan Protected Area. In the evening we head out to the dunes where we spend the night under the stars.
On our second day, we visit the Wadi al-Hitan (Valley of the Whales) UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 for its hundreds of fossils of the earliest—and now extinct—suborder of whales, the archaeoceti. No other place in the world yields the number, concentration, and quality of such fossils.
In the late afternoon we drive to Bahariya Oasis.
The highlights of the third day are the famous hot and cold springs of Bahariya Oasis, the Black Desert, and the sparkling Crystal Mountain. In the evening, we head to the beautiful Agabat Valley where we camp for the night (you might want to check out the raving reviews on TripAdvisor).
After a night under the open sky, breakfast will be ready at about 8:00 am and the early birds will enjoy the sunrise in this spectacular place. We leave the Agabat Valley and head to the even more spectacular White Desert National Park. Not without good reason the White Desert National Park is honored as a “Lonely Planet Top Choice” with raving reviews on TripAdvisor: This spectacular place with its blindingly white sculptures nature has been shaping for hundreds and thousands of years looks like it is on another planet. Later that day, we pass great sand dunes where you might want to try sandboarding before returning to Bahariya Oasis. We arrive in Bahariya Oasis at around 1:00 pm just in time for our last lunch à l’égyptienne before you take your drop-off taxi or the public bus to get to Cairo where you are going to arrive at about 6:00 pm.
Further Information about the Valley of the Whales Tour
The itinerary outlined above is just a suggestion and can be altered based on your personal interests.