Al-Fayoum Oasis is a depression or basin in the desert immediately to the west of the Nile south of Cairo.The extent of the basin area is estimated at between 1,270 km² (490 mi²) and 1700 km² (656 mi²). The basin floor comprises fields watered by a channel of the Nile, the Bahr Yussef.Al Fayoum has a very rich history especially during the Roman period as in the first three centuries AD, the people of Al Fayoum and elsewhere in Roman Egypt not only embalmed their dead but also placed a portrait of the deceased over the face of the mummy wrappings, shroud or case. The Egyptians continued their practice of burying their dead, despite the Roman preference for cremation. Preserved by the dry desert environment, these Fayoum portraits make up the richest body of portraiture to have survived from antiquity.They provide us with a window into a remarkable society of peoples of mixed origins such as Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Syrians, Libyans and others — that flourished 2,000 years ago in Al Fayoum.The Fayoum portraits were painted on wood in a pigmented wax technique called encaustic.The day tour to Al Fayoum will provide you with relaxation and beautiful landscape.
After meeting your guide at the hotel,you will drive for 75 minutes to get there.You will visit the museum of Karanis and the ruins of the Roman temples on the road.Drive through the fertile fields and the farmlands as you get closer to Al Fayoum villages.Enjoy the fresh air in Qarun Lake which was one of the biggest natural lakes in the world,but now it covers an area of 200 square kilometers of saltwater.Enjoy the beautiful landscape around the lake. Then, drive to Wadi Al Rayan National Park.It is a natural depression located in the western desert.Although, it is only few meters high but it is the only waterfalls in Egypt.Photography is also an important part in this tour.At the end you will drive back to Cairo.