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EGYPT is one of the most fascinating countries in the World and has been welcoming tourists since at least the ancient Egyptian New Kingdom. Asiatics, Minoans, Myceneans, Helen of Troy, Herodotus, and many, many ancient Greek and Roman philosophers, as well as others from lands far, far away, came to visit this land of mystery. Greek women flocked here to regain their freedom, as Egyptian women could own property, businesses, land, and become part of the priesthood. While it is true that Egypt is best known for its pyramids and temples, there are many other fascinating things to do and see in this Land of the Nile
This land is also rich in early Christianity; Moses leading people out of Egypt, Joseph with his coat of many colors, Jesus and the Holy family's sojourn. Many early gnostic sections of Christianity have been found here; even the Gosple of Mary Magdelene, who, it seems, was actually the wife of Jesus Christ.
Islamic history is abundant; ancient mosques are in most of the large cities, and, of course, the famous Citadel that Saladin built, which is surrounded by Islamic Cairo and the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. Fifteen times the Crusades came to Egypt -- and Egypt repelled them.
But what about the "Other Egypt?" The Egypt that remains mostly unchanged, in the Great Western Desert? Here you will find culture as it has been for centuries; the lush palm groves, the traditional mud brick houses, healthy camels grazing in pastures, and a complete sense of freedom. Egypt's Western Desert contains many, many geological oddities as well as remains of dinosaurs, and ancient sea shells and coral (the ancient Tethys Sea covered this area three times in world history). Also, along ancient caravan routes, one can find the remains of temples, towns and fortresses dating as far back to the Old Kingdom. And skywatching couldn't be better in the deserts: the absence of sound, and light pollution, and the dry humidity makes star gazing a wonderous experience.
The most amazing prehistoric geology and natural monuments are prevalent in Egypt's Western Desert. Some areas have meteorite craters, prehistoric rock art, or stalactite and stalagmite caves. Alien silica glass is only found in this desert and was prized enough for Tutankhamun to place a piece in one of his famous pectorals. There is an entire mountain made from a giant geode and filled with quartz crystal. Many cliffs and natural sculptures are chalk white, with the most impressive selection in the famous White Desert, which is other-worldly – especially at sunrise or sunset. The Black Desert is filled with long dormant volcanoes; Ammonite sea shells, as old as 600 million years, abound south of the Farafra Oasis; and the White and Western deserts feature petrified conch shells and coral (approx. 40 million years old) from the ancient Tethys Sea. Dinosaur bones are prevalent. You might find prehistoric tools dating to at least as old as the Acheulean period (100,000 to 1.7 million years ago).
The Bedouin Castle and Bahariya Tours
creates classic and custom trips to all parts
of Egypt: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, the Red Sea,
Alexandria, Lake Nasser, the Western Desert, and the North Coast. Our guide selection ranges from Local, to Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degrees.
Our tours can include Nile and Lake Nasser cruises or private Dahabiyas, that last from four to thirteen days. Arrival and departure points for Nile and Lake Nasser cruises are: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel.
The Bedouin Castle can arrange private
time inside most monuments that are both open and closed to the public.
In addition, we offer customized tours, such as: belly dancing, spiritual, early explorers tours and many others, including actual ancient Egyptian ritual, professional dance instructors, and following the footsteps of the ancient great ones.
The Bedouin Castle has a unique design that combines Nubian, Egyptian, and Islamic
architecture and decor, making a charming, upscale, comfortable atmosphere. All
rooms have breath-taking views of the Oasis' palm groves, lake, and Pyramid
Mountain, where the largest dinosaur in Africa was discovered.
The Castle is a 5-story hotel, with 2 restaurants, a smaller 2-story Nubian structure,
and a huge Bedouin tent for parties and other gatherings. The Bedouin Castle has 25
guest rooms, all with private baths and balconies, phones, and air conditioning. The
Bedouin Castle is located in Qasr Bawiti, between the tomb of Sheikh Bedawi and the
ancient Egyptian temple and chapels of Ain Muftella.
"The great advantage of a hotel is that it is a refuge from home life." –– George Bernard Shaw
The Bedouin Castle is the premier hotel of the Bahariya Oasis. Overlooking the vast palm groves and surrounded by desert cliffs, the Bedouin Castle is the perfect place to stay before or after desert safaris, or simply to get out of the fast, hectic pace of all of our lives. Enjoy the multitudes of natural hot and cold springs, or try a sand bath that is wonderful for your health. Local half-day tours, as well as desert safaris, are available to help you explore Bahariya's ancient Egyptian antiquities or local sites. Our desert safaris can take you to any part of the Western and White Deserts.
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