4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

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  • Location: Cairo, Egypt
  • Duration:  8 - 9 hours
Only 47 miles (76 kilometers) south of Africa's most populated city of Cairo, lies the oasis town of Fayoum. The main attraction in this tranquil town are the wooden waterworks, yet another example of the ingenuity displayed by ancient Egyptian engineers.

Highlights

  • Private day tour from Cairo to Fayoum
  • See Fayoum's famous attractions – the ancient wooden waterwheels
  • See the stone obelisk erected in honor of Senwosret I in Abgig
  • Lunch, a qualified Egyptologist guide, hotel pickup and drop-off, and transportation in an air-conditioned minivan are included

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Fayoum Day Trip from Cairo

Fayoum, Egypt

Originally named Crocodilopolis, then Arsinoe, Medinet El-Fayoum was the main place of worship of the crocodile god, Sobek. Apparently, during ancient Medinet, crocodiles were adorned with gold and fed honey cakes and meat by the priests.

Of interest are the huge wooden waterwheels, another incredible engineering feat by the ancient Egyptians, though less known than the mighty Pyramids. The waters of the Bahr Yusef are distributed throughout the oasis from Medinet, 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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2011

This was an awesome visit. The visit to the small farm actually helped bring a true appreciation for life.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2008

This was a very interesting tour. The ride to the oasis was entertaining as our guide told us many stories about Egyptian legends and myths. We visited a small park area where children were playing, stopped by the shore of a lake and took pictures of the ancient waterwheels. Very picturesque. On the way back to the hotel, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Pyramids. Our guide never stopped amazing us on his hospitality and we felt like we made a friend for a lifetime.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2012

This was a terrific trip. Stopped at the May Dom pyramid and were able to climb into the burial chamber. I think not many people visit this pyramid. Fayoum still is using the waterwheels although not as many as they used to have. They are beginning to use motors to pump water for irrigation.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2008

History of Oasis is interesting although little remains of the the historic structures. Lunch on the lake was very scenic and relaxing.

3 star rating: Worth doing October 2012

Our first stop was Beyt Sobek and the ruins of the ancient town that was along the road between Cairo and Fayum. Not much to see here as we wandered amongst the rocks. Then we went to see the waterwheels, which disappointingly were two wheels behind a wrought iron fence (not like the pictures we'd seen). We went to lunch at a restaurant on the lake and then on to Meidum (best part of the trip). We would have liked to have spent more time on seeing some better examples of the nearly 200 wheels and understanding their function. Meidum, the first attempt at the step pyramid, was very interesting...especially since the next day we were going on to Daschur.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2010

Wasn't really what I was expecting, but it was still OK.
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