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Full-Day Fayoum Oasis and Waterfalls of Wadi El-Rayan Tour from Cairo

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Full-Day Fayoum Oasis and Waterfalls of Wadi El-Rayan Tour from Cairo

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 5 more
Good for avoiding crowds


Get beyond the Cairo sights on a full-day, private tour to Al-Fayoum that explores nature, history, and wildlife in an ancient oasis. Visit the salty, scenic Lake Qarun, then explore the collection of Roman-era mummy portraits and statues in the Fayoum museum. Discover a series of waterfalls in the heart of the desert at Wadi El-Rayan, set sail on a traditional Egyptian felucca, and dine at a local restaurant before returning to the city.
  • Private Al-Fayoum tour from Cairo
  • Visit Egypt's third-largest lake
  • Learn about Egypt's history and culture
  • All entrance fees and lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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National Park fees
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transport by private vehicle

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Meet your guide at your Cairo hotel, and watch the city give way to orchards and green fields on the trip to Lake Qarun in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Spot some of the stunning birds that thrive at the edge of this salty lake, from black-necked grebes to ibis and flamingos.

Continue to the local museum to see stunning examples of Fayoum’s mummy portraits, cloth panel paintings with distinctive Greco-Roman influence. Learn about local history and culture while exploring the museum with your guide, and don’t miss the remarkable collection of statues from regional archeological sites.

Visit a local restaurant for an Egyptian-style lunch before heading to Wadi El-Rayan, to see the manmade waterfalls in the middle of the desert.

Then take a scenic trip on a felucca, a wooden sailing boat with an elegant, gaff-rigged sail.

Finish the day with return transfer to your hotel.
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Al-Fayoum Oasis tours
After hotel pickup in Cairo or Giza by private air-conditioned vehicle, your day trip starts with the drive to Al-Fayoum Oasis, situated 65 miles (105 km) southwest of Cairo. Visit the third-largest lake in Egypt, Birket Qarun, about 49 miles (80 km) southwest of Cairo, and keep a lookout for the many different species of birds who inhabit this saltwater lake. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.
Stop At:  
Wadi El-Rayan
Then visit Wadi El Rayan which are man-made waterfalls created by agricultural excess waters in the middle of the desert. (in Case Wadi Rayan waterfalls are closed due to any circumstances a visit to Fayoum water wheels will be done instead). Take a ride on a traditional wooden sailing boat known as a felucca, and go for a walk to snap photos.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • In case of the closure of Waterfalls of Wadi El Rayan due to any circumstances an alternative visit to Fayoum Waterwheels or Ain El Selein will be offered
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Deluxe Travel

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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Fayoum Oasis and Waterfalls of Wadi El-Rayan Tour from Cairo?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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We enjoyed the day.
, Apr 2020
Good guide, interesting fort, and fun boat ride (he let us play with the boat). Our lunch was enjoyable.
Great way to spend the day
, Mar 2020
My guide Ehad G. really kew his stuff and I got a good understanding of the dynastic line of the pharaohs in short order. It was an exciting start to my trip to Egypt to see the ruins at Fayoum. I just wish I could have sent a bit more time there. The waterfalls is not a natural formation but rather part of the local irrigation system so in that respect a bit underwhelming as was the boat ride on the lake. But it's a local attraction and great for seeing how average Egyptians enjoy themselves. Lunch was pleasant with a good view from a terrace. You have absolute security the whole time as you are accompanied by a security team provided by the government. My driver, Mahmoud was competent and safe. I thought it was a great way to see a part of Egypt that's a bit off the beaten path.
Wow great day out
, Feb 2020
Outstanding guide Galal made the day interesting with his great knowledge and ability to make history easily understandable. Fab lunch and wonderful scenery.
Very Informative
, Aug 2019
Our guide Galal from Deluxe travel was very Informative , respectful and helpful it's a big shame the protected environment doesnt extend to the rubbish in the area We had a Fantastic lunch
Very nice tour
, Sep 2018
Mr Osama was so friendly and sweet and so well informed about the history of Egypt. He brought us breakfast and took us out for a great lunch. We thank him for a very nice day.
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Did not go to primary site on tour...
Allen P
, Feb 2018
Did not go to primary site on tour, possibly due to security problems. Tour guide kept trying to convince us to recommend him directly instead of through Viator
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Henry was our excellent guide on our...
, Feb 2018
Henry was our excellent guide on our trip to the Fayoum area which is about 80 km south west of Cairo. Away from the hustle and bustle of Cairo we could appreciate the comparative peace and quiet of the area as well as the many impressive attempts to conserve the flora and fauna of the region. We visited the lakes of Wadi el-Rayan and its impressive waterfalls before enjoying a short boat trip with a local fisherman enabling us to observe at close quarters several of its many species of bird life. But we also learnt a lot about the history of the region by visiting the ancient site of Karanis and the impressive museum at Kom Aushim. It was here that we fully appreciated the significance of crocodiles in the region with its temples dedicated to the crocodile gods. Following a tasty lunch overlooking Lake Qarun we headed back to Cairo and a hands-on demonstration of papyrus making near the pyramids at Giza. Overall a great day out from Cairo and good to get well off the usual tourist trail for a change.
What an amazing experience!!! Highly...
, Aug 2017
What an amazing experience!!! Highly recommended! Something different from the common tourists destinations. You can see how water meets desert and it's really magical! Great local food! Thanks!
Galal and his driver were absolutely...
Eric-Missy H
, Apr 2017
Galal and his driver were absolutely great on this day tour. The weather was not exactly cooperating, so due to high winds we were not able to enjoy the boat ride of the lake, but nonetheless the tour through the Faiyum Oasis and waterfalls of Wadi El-Rayan were an adventure worth seeing. Galal ensured a more relaxing, laid-back atmosphere for the entire tour, which was a nice change from the busy rush of tours in Cairo.
This was the best tour. I am a water...
Nishan B
, Jan 2017
This was the best tour. I am a water person and when i saw the waterfall i just wanted to just sit and enjoy that. Henry supprised us with a boat ride. It was the funnest part of our tour. We ended with a very nice lunch and met a pretty cat who shared our lunch . It was a nice visit where we saw how people lived .

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