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Camels in the Desert, Egypt

The Western Desert

The Western Desert is a beautiful, diverse, interesting and mesmerising area of Egypt.

Most visitors to Egypt stay in the Nile Valley, visiting the ancient sites and wonders, so a trip out into the Western Desert will not only inspire you, but you will also find that once you leave the valley, you are one of few travellers in this region.

The Western Desert is part of the Sahara and stretches as far as the border with Libya to the West and Sudan to the South. The main settlements are Bahariyyah, Farafrah, Daklah and Khargah, and they are all linked together by a 1,000km road which loops from Giza to the Nile Valley at Asyut.

Siwa Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt
Siwa Oasis, Egypt


Siwa, the most mysterious of them all lies approximately 300km from Marsa Matruh, which lies on the Mediterranean coast. Siwah often stands alone and is visited independently of the other four oases. Due to its remoteness, it maintains its own culture and language, related to the Berber languages of North Africa. The most impressive sight in the oasis is the gardens. Siwa is Egypt’s major producer of dates and over a million palms.

Chalk formation in White desert, Egypt
White Desert, Egypt


Bahariyyah is the closest to Giza, at approximately 330km away. Archaeologists have recently revealed an ancient cemetery that is thought to be the largest ever uncovered. Farafrah is the furthest from the Nile Valley and boasts approximately 100 natural springs. Out in the desert, you really feel that you are a long way from anywhere, giving a sense of disengagement with the rest of Egypt and the Arab world.

The road from Bahariyah passes what is known as, the White Desert. Here you will find strangely eroded sandstone and the most amazing colours. In Daklah you can find some wonderful mud-brick villages, whose lanes form a labyrinth. Kharga is the largest and most developed of the oases and is the administrative seat of the Nile Valley Project.


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Limestone formation rock, White Desert, Egypt

Sculptures of the White Desert

Visit the limestone sculptures carved by the millennial efforts of sand and wind in the White Desert.

Al Qasr, Dakhla Oasis, Egypt

Al Qasr

Visit the thoughtfully restored old town of Al Qasr, showcasing how the other oasis towns once looked before modern development.

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Hot Springs, Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Bir Wahed Hot Springs

Relax in one of the numerous hot springs scattered around the oases of Bir Wahed and Siwa.

Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Highlights of Egypt including a Nile Cruise

Egypt is arguably one of the most interesting countries in the world both historically and culturally, with antiquities of such scale and beauty to leave you speechless.
This holiday is the perfect introduction to Egypt and not only offers some very welcome winter sun but more than that, it is the atmosphere of Egypt that is so intoxicating.

11 days

from £6,025 pp

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Clare Higginson

It was my passion for languages that first encouraged me to leave the UK behind and grab my rucksack. Since then, it’s been a mixture of intriguing cultures, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wonder of seeing animals in their natural habitat that sees me continuously extending my travel wish list.

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