||Day 1: Depart from Hotel / Cruise after
Breakfast - Arrive in Tabuna Camp
The drive from Luxor to the camp site in the oasis of Kharga will take 4 hours
and will take you straight through the vast desert expanding beyond the river
banks of the Nile.
Once we reach the camp, you will have time to check-in, refresh yourself and
enjoy the lunch served at the camp.
Lunch in Camp
Have your first lunch in our camp.
to the Site of Kysis
- As the camp is located close to the site of Kysis you will be transported to
the sites by camel, introducing you to the way ancient Egyptians used to
- Kysis was built in the 1st century CE, and dedicated to the gods Isis
and Serapis. It has since 1967 been beautifully restored, and it also has a
great location. It overlooks all of the eastern valley below former Kysis.
There are two hypostyle halls, both with entrances in near perfect condition.
Most columns have been knocked down, but large pieces lie around. Note that the
eastern side seems to have been without a wall, as allowing the fertile lands
below to have been visible during ceremonies.
Dinner in Camp
You will be brought back to the camp and have dinner.
After dinner, you can enjoy the relaxing and peaceful atmosphere of the Tabuna
Camp. Enjoy a typical cup of tea, smoke a water pipe, marvel at the beauty of
the stars and the quiteness of the desert.
Day 2: Breakfast in Camp
Before heading out into exploring the deserts life enjoy a fresh and delicious
breakfast in the restaurant or in your tents.
Temple of Hibis, Bagawat, Qasr el Zayan & El Ghweita
- Qasr el Zayan the temple was built dedicated to the god Amenebis, the
local town god. It was built during the Ptolemaic period and restored under the
Roman emperor Antoniunus. The local town here was known as Tchnonemyris which
flourished for several centuries.
- El Ghweita was built between 250 and 80 BCE. It was dedicated to the
Theban triad Amon, Mut and Khonsu.
Temple named after the town that once existed here. It is by far the
largest and finest of the temples of Egypt's 200 years under Persian rulers. It
was King Darius (6th century BCE) who ordered to build it, and dedicated it to
Amon. The temple was adorned by rulers over the following centuries, but the
original style was always respected. Today it is not available for closer
inspection, as the main structure is swathed in scaffolding.
Bagawat is a reminder of one of the most central battles of early
Christianity; the dispute over the nature of Jesus. In the 5th century, bishop
Nestorius was exiled to Bagawat for having claimed that only one of Jesus'
natures had suffered on the cross; the earthly nature, not the divine. The
large extent of the Necropolis of Bagawat is the result of this and his
supporters' exile. The tombs here are believed to indicate that worship of the
dead was continued in a Christian style. There are 263 mud-brick chapels
climbing up a ridge, the oldest dating back two centuries before Nestorius, the
last dating back to the 7th century.
Lunch at Bagawat
You will be served a delicious lunch surrounded by history. Lunch will be
followed by a visit to Qasr El-Labeka
Qasr El -
Labeka was built by the Romans, yet largely implementing traditional
building techniques. It was on the old caravan routes, and in its heyday the
surrounding area was green and with water. Water was carried by an aqueduct
that still stands, but which is silted up. It lies along a seasonal river
(wadi) on an escarpment. The outer walls are 12 meters high and quite imposing.
The location for this is both part of the attraction and the reason why so few
venture out here.
Dinner in Camp
After a long day you will be brought back to the camp and have dinner.
There will be some activities for you to participate in.
Day 3: Breakfast in Camp
Relax and be served your last breakfast in our camp either in your tent or
restaurant. Check out from the hotel and get ready to visit Kharga City.
Kharga City (Museum, Pottery)
- The museum of Kharga has many artifacts that have been found in the
surrounding desert of Kharga.
- After the Museum you will have the opportunity to watch and buy some of the
traditional hand made pottery of Kharga.
Lunch in Kharga
Enjoy your lunch in Kharga before returning to Luxor.