Fayoum Oasis Day Trip from Cairo
Today we will take you only 47 miles (76 kilometers) south of Africa’s most populated city of Cairo where the oasis town of El Fayoum is located. The main attractions in this tranquil town are the wooden waterworks, yet another example of the ingenuity displayed by ancient Egyptian engineers. Originally named Crocodilopolis, then Arsinoe, and lastly Medinet El-Fayoum, it was the main place of worship of the crocodile god, Sobek. It is said that during ancient times, crocodiles were adorned with gold and fed honey cakes and meat by the priests. Of interest are the huge wooden waterwheels, another incredible engineering achievement by the ancient Egyptians, though less known than the mighty Pyramids. The waters of the Bahr Yusef are distributed throughout the oasis from Medinet El-Fayoum, the capital of the Fayoum. Approximately 200 of the great waterwheels are located throughout the oasis. The Seven Waterwheels, a Fayoum landmark, are surrounded by mangoes, palms and willows. A great stone obelisk was erected in honor of Senwosret I in Abgig during the 12th Dynasty. It was discovered on the ground in two pieces during the 18th century and was recently reconstructed and erected in Medinet El-Fayoum.
Departure Time: 8:00 AM (earlier or later departures are available until 10:00 AM if required, please advise us at time of booking)
Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels
Duration: 8 – 9 hours (approx.)
Return details: Tour returns to original point of departure
Hotel Pick-up: Tour departs from centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels.
Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking so we arrange pick-up and drop-off services.
* Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not occupy a seat
* Prices are per person.
* Our pricing is updated constantly to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.
English-speaking Egyptologist guide
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Transport on air conditioned vehicle
Gratuities/tipping (recommended). Please note that in Egypt tipping is not an obligation but a sign of appreciation for good service. That being said, tips are expected from people that serve you (e.g., driver, guide, etc.). The average tip is about $10-$20 US dollars per day. We tell our clients this so they are aware of our cultural customs.
Food and drinks, unless specified