Photo expedition to the White and Black Deserts
with the professional photographer

EGYPTIAN SAHARA


December 4 to 10, 2021
Tour Egypt

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Sahara – the largest hot desert on Earth, covering one third of all African continent, hides the real treasures that can amaze even experienced traveler. And guess where? - In Egypt!
Here you will find the sand dunes of Sahara, Black volcanic desert, where hundreds of mounds are strewn with basalt slivers, and a completely unearthly whitish landscape of the Sahara el Beyda with giant Martian rocky mushrooms created by sandstorms.

Setting off on a short photographic journey to the "alien planet" is priceless!

The expedition is led by a professional photographer.

Sahara – the largest hot desert on Earth, covering one third of all African continent, hides the real treasures that can amaze even experienced traveler. And guess where? - In Egypt!
Here you will find the sand dunes of Sahara, Black volcanic desert, where hundreds of mounds are strewn with basalt slivers, and a completely unearthly whitish landscape of the Sahara el Beyda with giant Martian rocky mushrooms created by sandstorms.

Setting off on a short photographic journey to the "alien planet" is priceless!
The expedition is led by a professional photographer.

SCHEDULE & COST:

Dates: December 4 to 10, 2021

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights

Number of participants: 6 – 12

Cost per person:
- EUR 990 subject to 12 participants,
- EUR 1040 subject to 10 – 11 participants,
- EUR 1090 subject to 8 – 9 participants,
- EUR 1190 subject to 6 – 7 participants.

10% early booking discount (in case you book before July 4, 2021)

Everything is included except for:
- international flight to Cairo roundtrip,
- international medical insurance,
- visa of Egypt (USD 25, to be obtained upon arrival in Cairo airport),
- lunches and dinners in Cairo.

Estimated cost of flight Moscow – Cairo – Moscow: EUR 300 – 450 (Usually bought on your own, we consult you).

Single supplement for hotels: EUR 180





TRAVEL PROGRAM: TOUR TO SAHARA


Day 0. November 2, 2020. Flight to Egypt

Departure to Cairo with the arrival on November 3.

* Recommended flight from Moscow to Cairo:
- with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul TK-416 and TK-690, departure from Moscow on November 2 at 20:45, arrival in Cairo on November 3 at 8:40 am,
- or with Egypt Air flight TK-736 from Istanbul, arrival in Cairo on November 3 at 19:25 am.
- or with Aeroflot direct flight SU-400, departure from Moscow on November 2 at 20:50, arrival in Cairo on November 3 at 0:45 am,
- or any other flight with arrival on November 3.

Meals: no
Accommodation: no



Day 1. November 3, 2020. Arrival in Cairo – Giza

Arrival in Cairo airport in the morning.
Cairo, located near the Great Nile delta, is a capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world. Its metropolitan area, with a population of over 20 million, is the largest in Africa and the 6th-largest in the world.
Cairo houses hundreds of mosques, citadel, the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, Al-Azhar University and the world's famous Egyptian museum – home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It has 136,000 items on display, with many more hundreds of thousands in its basement storerooms. Among its most famous collections on display are the finds from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Transfer to Giza to Cleopatra Pyramids View hotel. Check-in at the hotelю Сheck-in time is normally after 12 pm (noon), but we are welcome to early check in starting from 9 am.
Time to sleep after night flight and free time in Giza. Cleopatra Pyramids View hotel has the best location in Giza with the amazing view onto Great Pyramids and Sphinx. It is just 300 meters aside of Great Sphinx!

The Giza Necropolis includes the Great Pyramid of Giza (Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza. All were built during the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt (c. 2580 – c. 2560 BC). The Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of Khafre are the largestpyramids built in ancient Egypt. They were popularized in Hellenistic times, when the Great Pyramid was listed by Antipater of Sidon as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is by far the oldest of the Ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence.

You can spend time photographing views or visiting this famous historical site, or set off to explore Cairo historical city center.

Meals: no
Accommodation:
Cleopatra Pyramids View hotel (double/twin accommodation)


Day 2. November 4, 2020. Giza – Bahariya Oasis (360 km, 5 hrs driving)

Depart early in the morning for the Oasis of Bahariya that is located in Sahara desert. Have lunch in the village.

El-Bahariya is a depression and large oasis in the Western Sahara. It is here, where once mummies have been found on which genetic studies have been conducted. The people of the oasis, or the Wahati people (meaning "of the oasis" in Arabic), are the descendants of the ancient people who inhabited the oasis, Bedouin tribes from Libya and the north coast, and other people from the Nile Valley who came to settle in the oasis. The successfully grow here guavas, mangos, dates and olives.
After lunch, we continue by 4×4 to see Oasis of Bahariya. We visit the Lake, the Source, English Mountain and Pyramid Mountain for sunset.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation:
hotel in Bahariya (double/twin accommodation)


Day 3. November 5, 2020. Bahariya – Black Desert – Al Aqabat

After breakfast, we continue exploring the Western Desert of Egypt – an area of the Sahara which lies west of the river Nile, up to the Libyan border, and south from the Mediterranean sea to the border with Sudan. It is named in contrast to the Eastern Desert which extends east from the Nile to Red Sea. The Western Desert is mostly rocky desert, though an area of sandy desert, known as the Great Sand Sea, lies to the west against the Libyan border. The desert covers an area of 680 650 km2, which is two-thirds of the land area of the country.

Today we depart to for the Black Desert, an area of black volcanic hills and dolerite deposits. Volcano-shaped and widely spaced mounds, distributed along about 30 km, are capped by basalt sills, giving them the characteristic black color. The mounds of the Black Desert, up to 100 m high, vary in size, composition, height, and shape. On the outskirts of the Black Desert are volcanic hills proving the eruption of dark volcanic dolerite, dating back to the Jurassic period 180 million years ago. After discovering a large dinosaur skeleton on its borders, the Black Desert has been declared a natural reserve as of 2010.

We will also visit nomadic Bedouine village to meet these traditional camel herders. We have lunch there.
After lunch we go to Crystal Mountain, and Al Aqabat, visiting Rocky Arch.
Al Aquabat appears arguably the most impressive place of Western Desert with its amazing pillar-like rocks having smooth tops. This "pillars" are popped up here and there and it creates unearthly landscape.
In the afternoon travel to Big Valley, Small Valley, Watermelon Valley and Magic Springs.
Enjoy dinner and Bedouin music around the campfire.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation:
tents (single accommodation)


Day 4. November 6, 2020. Kraween Sand Dunes and White Desert

After breakfast, depart for the Kraween Sand Dunes situated to the east from the edge of what is called Great Sand Sea – the place where big sand dunes begin.
After that we head to Magic Springs where we have lunch. You are welcome to bath in the springs.
Proceed to White Desert by way of Ain Khadra. Travel to Old White Desert and New White Desert, arriving on time to admire the magnificent sunset.

We finally reach the main attraction – White Desert (known as Sahara el Beyda, with the word "sahara" meaning a desert). It is already closer to Farafra Oasis and comprises the White Desert National park.
Wind-carved "mushroom" rocks colored from snow-white to cream are the centerpiece of White Desert national park. It has massive chalk rock formations that are textbook examples of ventifact and which have been created as a result of occasional sandstorm in the area. It is believed that once this place was a bottom of the world ocean.

Enjoy dinner and Bedouin music around the campfire. Sleep under the starry sky.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation:
tents (single accommodation) or under the sky


Day 5. November 7, 2020. White Desert – Bahariya – Giza (520 km, 7-9 hrs driving)

We wake up early to take best pictures of White Desert at dawn. After breakfast, we continue exploring the White Desert that dates back thousands of years. We are in the most interesting part, full of unearthly views – white chalky desert covered with bizarre white rocks of all imaginable shapes.
In moderately tall, isolated rock outcrops, mushroom shaped pillars of rock may form as the outcrop is eroded by flying sand grains. This occurs because, even in strong winds, sand grains can't be continuously held in the air. Instead, the particles bounce along the ground, rarely reaching higher than a few feet above the earth. Over time, the bouncing sand grains can erode the lower portions of a ventifact, while leaving a larger less eroded cap. The resulting forms thus frequently resemble fantastical stone mushrooms.

At noon or so return to Oasis of Bahariya, and proceed driving back to Cairo in the afternoon.

Meals: breakfast, lunch
Accommodation:
Cleopatra Pyramids View hotel (double/twin accommodation)


Day 6. November 8, 2020. Cairo – Flight back home

After breakfast, transfer to the Cairo airport. Flight back home.

* Recommended flight from Cairo to Moscow:
- with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul TK-691 and TK-415, departure from Cairo at 9:35 am, arrival in Moscow on November 8 at 19:50,
- or (without overnight in Cairo) with Aeroflot direct flight SU-401, departure from Cairo on November 8 at 1:45 am, arrival in Moscow on November 8 at 7:40 am,
- or any other flight with departure on November 8.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: no


Cost includes:

• Accommodation in hotels in Cairo and Bahariya (in double/twin rooms)
• Accommodation in tents in a desert (single accommodation)
• Full board: three times a day meals throughout entire expeditional route, i.e. except for lunches and dinners in Cairo
• Breakfasts in Cairo
• Drinking water throughout the whole trip, except for Cairo
• All transfers according to the itinerary by 4WD cars in a desert and in ordinary minibus/cars until Bahariya, all with air-conditioning, driven by local experienced drivers
• Airport transfers
• Tents, mattresses and sleeping bags
• All permits for visiting protected areas, National parks
• English-speaking local Bedouine guide throughout all expedition route and Russian- and English speaking team leader throughout all itinerary.



Cost excludes (to be additionally paid) :

• International air ticket to Cairo roundtrip
• International medical insurance
• Egyptian visa
• Tips and personal expenses
• Single accommodation




To take with:

• long sleeve wear set, wear set for hot weather
• light jacket for cool nights
• comfortable trekking footwear, light footwear (sneakers or slippers)
• swimwear
• cap/hat
• buff
• head torch
• big backpack/bag for luggage
• small backpack for radial walks (20-25 l)
• sleeping bag for warm weather (up to you)
• sunblock cream
• sunglasses
• personal hygiene items (towel, wet tissues)
• personal medical kit (analgesics, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, intestinal, multivitamins, rehydrone, court plaster, your personal medications)
• photo and video camera, tripod
• spare batteries, power bank

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