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clock-o8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 4 more


Get beyond the Cairo sights on a full-day, private tour to Al-Fayoum that explores nature, history and wildlife in an ancient oasis. Visit the salty, scenic Lake Qarun, then explore the collection of Roman-era mummy portraits and statues in the Fayoum museum. Discover a series of waterfalls in the heart of the desert at Wadi El-Rayan, set sail on a traditional Egyptian felucca, and dine at a local restaurant before returning to the city.
  • 8-hour, private Al-Fayoum tour from Cairo
  • Visit Egypt's third-largest lake
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • See native wildlife in a natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Meet your guide at your Cairo hotel, and watch the city give way to orchards and green fields on the 65-mile (105-km) trip to Lake Qarun in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Spot some of the stunning birds that thrive at the edge of this salty lake, from black-necked grebes to ibis and flamingos.

Continue to the local museum to see stunning examples of Fayoum’s mummy portraits, cloth panel paintings with distinctive Greco-Roman influence. Learn about local history and culture while exploring the museum with your guide, and don’t miss the remarkable collection of statues from regional archeological sites.

Cool off in the waterfalls of Wadi El-Rayan, where reed lined channels link a pair of brackish lakes, then take a scenic trip on a felucca, a wooden sailing boat with an elegant, gaff-rigged sail. Take a walk along the shoreline and visit a local restaurant for an Egyptian-style lunch, then finish the day with return transfer to your hotel.


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, Feb 2018

Did not go to primary site on tour, possibly due to security problems. Tour guide kept trying to convince us to recommend him directly instead of through Viator

, Feb 2018

Henry was our excellent guide on our trip to the Fayoum area which is about 80 km south west of Cairo. Away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo we could appreciate the comparative peace and quiet of the area as well as the many impressive attempts to conserve the flora and fauna of the region. We visited the lakes of Wadi el-Rayan and its impressive waterfalls before enjoying a short boat trip with a local fisherman enabling us to observe at close quarters several of its many species of bird life. But we also learnt a lot about the history of the region by visiting the ancient site of Karanis and the impressive museum at Kom Aushim. It was here that we fully appreciated the significance of crocodiles in the region with its temples dedicated to the crocodile gods. Following a tasty lunch overlooking Lake Qarun we headed back to Cairo and a hands-on demonstration of papyrus making near the pyramids at Giza. Overall a great day out from Cairo and good to get well off the usual tourist trail for a change.

, Aug 2017

What an amazing experience!!! Highly recommended! Something different from the common tourists destinations. You can see how water meets desert and it's really magical! Great local food! Thanks!

, Apr 2017

Galal and his driver were absolutely great on this day tour. The weather was not exactly cooperating, so due to high winds we were not able to enjoy the boat ride of the lake, but nonetheless the tour through the Faiyum Oasis and waterfalls of Wadi El-Rayan were an adventure worth seeing. Galal ensured a more relaxing, laid-back atmosphere for the entire tour, which was a nice change from the busy rush of tours in Cairo.

, Jan 2017

This was the best tour. I am a water person and when i saw the waterfall i just wanted to just sit and enjoy that. Henry supprised us with a boat ride. It was the funnest part of our tour. We ended with a very nice lunch and met a pretty cat who shared our lunch . It was a nice visit where we saw how people lived .

, Jun 2016

Our tour guide, Galal, was extremely knowledgable and taught us a lot about Egyptian history and archaeology. The waterfall and lake activity was relaxing and pleasant and it was a nice chance to meet some locals.

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