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A day trip Fayoum Oasis and Wadi El Rayan water fall from Cairo is one of the best over day excursions from Cairo. Fayoum is an oasis located 95 Km from Cairo in a depression in the Egyptian Western Desert. The Oasis is known for its farmlands and beautiful sceneries. It contains as well ancient monuments of Karanis, lake Qaroun as well as the Wadi Rayan Waterfall. Fayoum day tour enables you to explore the Oasis and Wadi Rayan water falls. Additionally the trip includes sand boarding at Wadi Rayan. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
The Fayoum day tour from Cairo is the best way to enjoy the contrast in scenery. Not only this excursion offers lakes and palm groves, but also tranquility and wildlife all surrounded by spectacular sand hills. It is an easy excursion from the city and a completely different world.
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Daily 7:30 am
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Pick up from your hotel at 7:00 am meet your guide and transfer to Fayoum. Fayoum is a peaceful fertile oasis located 95 Km south west Cairo. Fayoum cannot be considered a true oasis because it depends on the Nile instead of underground springs or wells. However, it is located in a depression that has its own wells, allowing the water to reach the surface from the underground reservoir. Fayoum is renowned for its year-round warm climate and two natural lakes that explains the high fertility of the land which makes it ideal for farming and harvesting. Birdlife abounds around Lake Qaroun bringing about hunters to the area. Fayoum has been traditional hunting ground since pharaonic times when Crocodilopolis, centre of the cult of Sobek, was the capita of the region.
Key Attractions: Lake Qaroun:
Qaroun means “Lake of the Horn” it is a favorite beach resort. In winter, it is quite rough and teeming with ducks and geese, which brings the hunters to lakeside hotels. and it is possible to negotiate a price to get a row boat to the Golden Horn Island or to the north shore.
To the lake and 30 km from the city on the main road towards Cairo, Kome Aushim is site of the ancient city of Karanis. The results of excavations carried out in the 1920’s by the University of Michigan are displayed, together with exhibits from other sites around Fayoum, in a small museum. The most interesting exhibits are the carefully resorted pottery and glassware. The remains of two temples dating from 1st Century BC have also been found, apparently built on the foundations of earlier temples. Mud brick houses have also been discovered although there are little remains of these.
Many artifacts found within the Fayoum region are housed in the Karanis Museum. Displays include delicate glassware and pottery, females heads (as found in Alexandria) which are thought to have been used to model hairstyles, and a Fayoum portrait. Many of the mummies found in this area had portrait of the deceased painted on them. The museum is well laid out, and has recently been renovated.
Waterfalls at Wadi al-Rayan:
40km towards Bahariyya oasis, Wadi al Rayan is a place of outstanding natural beauty where two lakes of different attitudes meet making water falls with beautiful natural sceneries also suitable for swimming and picnics.