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Unspoiled refuge from the modern world, pockets of civilization in the dramatic setting of the desert, magic surrounds of sand and sky, defying rock and dune formations, a sense of "timelessness" rare in the 21st century, Egypt's oases are just that. It is the place where you can enjoy the tranquility of Bedouin lifestyle, date groves and pigeon towers. For adventure and excitement, you can explore the majestic desert by camel or jeep safari. You may as well spend a night under the stars. Eventually, you can take a morning dip in the hot sulfur springs which have numerous curative properties.

Egypt's oases are the most varied in the world, each with a distinguished character of its own. Yet, all of them can be described as the place where you can forget your every day's worries and renew yourself besides resting and relaxation.

Baharia Oasis
Located 365 km south west of Giza and 200 km from Farafra Oasis, the region is rich in wildlife of migrant birds and deer. Famous mineral and sulfur springs, palm trees, olives, apricots, rice, corn, and intertwined trees, they all provide attractive scenery with contrast to massive sand dunes. Bawiti, capital of Baharia oases, occupies a hillside. The most famous are Bir Hakima, Bir Haifa, Bir Al Matar, Bir EI Ghaba, Ein EI Bishmo springs, in addition to AI Qasaa wells.

Major archaeological sites in Baharia oases include Alexander's great temple, El Bawiti houses, the largest Ptolemaic necropolis dedicated to Ibis bird, historic tombs, ancient churches, palaces and Roman tombs, Binantiew tomb with its unique pharaonic paintings, and recently discovered "Valley of The Golden Mummies". Visitors can arrange safari trips to the oases while enjoying Bedouin folklore in the evenings. Baharia oases are connected with Siwa and Farafra oases through a motorway.

The New Valley Oases
Lying in Egypt's west desert 625 from Cairo, the New Valley includes three main Oases: AL-Kharga (the Capital), AL-Dakhla and AL-Farafra. Its history goes back to 5000 B.C. Its climate is noted for its dryness that makes it a reputable healthy winter resort. Combining desert, lush vegetation, wells and therapy springs (cold and hot up to 49"C), there is room for Safari, adventure as well as sightseeing options.

AL Kharga
Located 600 km from Cairo, 200km West of AL-Dakhla , AL Kharga is the biggest New Valley oasis. Outside the main centre, the Temple of Hibis, one of the few Persian monuments in Egypt, is well-preserved with painted vultures and huge reliefs. Ten kilometers away, the Necropolis of AL-Bagawat houses 263 mud-brick tombs with Coptic murals. Pharaonic monuments include AL- Ghuwayta Temple dating from 522

B.C, Nadoura Citadel, Qasr El Zayyan that dates back to the Ptolemaic era, and the Museum of Antiquities. Reputed for its thermal springs, suitable for the treatment of rheumatism and allergies, it offers available camping facilities. Further south is Paris Oasis, the second largest settlement in AL Kharga where you can find a Roman Temple dedicated to Isis and Serapis.

AL Dakhla
Located 200 km west of Al Kharga, this oasis is dominated by a wall of rose-colored rock in the north, and fertile cultivated areas between sand dunes along the roads from Farafra and Kharga. An area of outstanding natural beauty where you can visit the Museum of Heritage in the capital, Mut dating back to Pharaonic period, ruins of an Ayubid mosque in Islamic Village of AL-Qasr, about 35km from Mut, the Pharaonic Balat tombs dating from the 6th dynasty, and Qalamon village dating back to the Turkish era. In Bir AL Gabal, you can camp and picnic in a palm-fringed salt lake. Other day-trips from Mut could include the 1st century Al-Mozawaka tombs and Deir Al-Hagar, a temple which was originally dedicated to the Theban Triad. After exploring the temple, bathe in the hot sulfur spring nearby. Visit Bashendi to see Roman tombs and a factory where carpets are still woven with scenes of AL Dakhla life. Nearby lays the Islamic Balaat village, a trading post with ancient Nubia. The oasis, where you can stay in equipped chalets, abounds in springs and wells. Their temperature reaches 43C. Ain AL- Qasr springs are located about 12 km in the mountain where you can camp or enjoy a one- day trip and Safari.

Al Farafra
Located between Baharia and Dakhla Oases, 32 km north-west of Dakhla, the oldest part of this isolated village lies on a hillside, next to peaceful palm groves, hot sulfur springs at Bir Setta, and EL-Mufid Lake where you can swim. The oasis houses Qasr AL-Farafra and Qasr Abu Minqar which are ruins of Roman buildings. You can visit as well a museum and studio exhibiting paintings and ceramics of a local artists situated in a garden full of sculptures and local products. Day-trips by jeep and camel treks from here to the White Desert, Bahariya, Dakhla and Siwa can be arranged.

The White Desert
"A trip to the White Desert is something that no visitor to the New Valley should miss. Travelers coming From Bahariya will cross through the Black Desert, passing the tiny oasis of El Heez on the way. Nearby, there are some Roman ruins, including a church with Coptic graffiti. Bahariya and Farafra are separated by huge golden sand dunes which make a stunning photograph during the journey. Once you enter the White Desert through Al-Sillim passage, you meet a unique landscape of surreal wind-eroded rock formations which is particularly fascinating at sunrise or sunset. Camel and jeep trips, including a hot meal and fresh bread, made in the sand Bedouin style, can be arranged from Farafra".

"Set among thick palm groves, walled gardens and olive orchards, with numerous fresh- water springs and salt lakes", Siwa is one of the most fascinating oases on the edge of the Great Sand Sea. Its rich history includes Alexander the Great's visit to Amun Temple in 331 BC.

There, you can visit the ruins of the temple of Amun and the famous Cleopatra Bath, a deep pool of bubbling water where you can bathe. You can climb through the ruins of the old city for magnificent views of the whole oasis, walk, rent a bicycle or ride in a caretta (donkey cart) to outlying sights and places where you can relax. Siwans have their own culture and customs and they speak a Berber language, Siwi, rather than Arabic. Many women still wear traditional costumes. Siwa is one of the best places to buy jewelry, rugs, baskets, traditional robes and head-dresses, decorated with antique coins.

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