After meeting in Egypt’s capital, we head towards Marsa Matrouh on Egypt’s Mediterranean shore. With sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters, many believe that Cleopatra herself bathed in the tranquil waters of Marsa Matrouh. We, too, are going for a bath in the Mediterranean Sea and stay for the night in a hotel.
After breakfast, we continue our journey towards Siwa Oasis. Once arrived at the oasis, we visit the Mountain of the Dead (Gebel al-Mawta), which features a large number of tombs carved into the mountain that are dating back to the the 26thDynasty (664 BC–525 BC) and the Ptolemaic era (305 BC–30 BC), Cleopatra’s Pool, a swimming pool fed by a natural hot spring, the Temple of the Oracle. The last sight of this day is Bir Wahed, a sulfurous spring outside Siwa. For the night we camp out in the desert on the shores of the Great Sand Sea.
For the third day we return back to Siwa Oasis to visit the ruins of the historic Shali fortress—a Lonely Planet Top Choice with raving reviews on TripAdvisor—and other must-sees. In the afternoon we hit the Darb Siwa, the road that stretches 420 kilometers (260 miles) to connect the oases of Siwa and Bahariya. We camp en route.
On our fourth day we continue our journey on the Darb Siwa and arrive in Bahariya in the afternoon.