Location: Cairo, Egypt
Rating: based on 4 reviews
Only 47 miles (76 kilometers) south of Africa’s most populated city of Cairo, lies the oasis town of Fayoum. The main attraction in this tranquil town are the wooden waterworks, yet another example of the ingenuity displayed by ancient Egyptian engineers.
- Private guide for a more personalized tour experience
- Led by a qualified Egyptologist
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Originally named Crocodilopolis, then Arsinoe, Medinet El-Fayoum was the main place of worship of the crocodile god, Sobek. Apparently, during ancient Medinet, crocodiles were adorned with gold and fed honey cakes and meat by the priests.
Of interest are the huge wooden waterwheels, another incredible engineering feat by the ancient Egyptians, though less known than the mighty Pyramids. The waters of the Bahr Yusef are distributed throughout the oasis from Medinet, the capital of the Fayoum. Approximately 200 of the great waterwheels are located throughout the oasis. The Seven Waterwheels, a Fayoum landmark, are surrounded by mangoes, palms and willows.
A great stone obelisk was erected in honour of Senwosret I in Abgig during the 12th Dynasty. It was discovered on the ground in two pieces during the 18th century and was recently reconstructed and erected in Medinet.
Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels
Departure Time: 8:00am (earlier or later departures are available until 8:30am if required, please advise at time of booking)
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Return Details: Returns to original departure point
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This was a very interesting tour. The ride to the oasis was entertaining as our guide told us many stories about Egyptian legends and myths. We visited a small park area where children were playing, stopped by the shore of a lake and took pictures of the ancient waterwheels. Very picturesque – On the way back to the hotel, we stopped for lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Pyramids. Our guide never stopped amazing us on his hospitality and we felt like we made a friend for a lifetime.
Reviewed by: Cynthia S, USA