Wadi Al Rian el fayom
-Fayoum waterwheelsfayoum_rayan04flamingo_fayoum_egypt-32TitleMummy with an inserted panel portrait of a youth
PeriodRoman Period
DateA.D. 80–100
GeographyEgypt, Fayum, Hawara (Hawwara, Hawwaret el-Maqta; Adlan), Petrie
MediumEncaustic on limewood, linen, human remains
Dimensionsmummy: l. 169 cm (66 9/16 in); w. 45 cm (17 11/16 in) panel as exposed: l. 38.1 cm (15 in); w. 18 cm (7 1/16 in)
Credit LineRogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number11.139
This mummy retains the panel inserted over the face.
The portrait depicts a youth with large deep-set eyes
and a down-turned mouth. His downy moustache
indicates that he is no older than his early twenties.
A number of mummy portraits represent youths with
their first facial hair, a feature that had particular
connotations in the Greek-educated society of Roman
Egypt. The incipient moustache was both an indicator
of the young man's entrance into important social
groups and a signal that he was at the prime of sexual
attractiveness and vigor.

In this era mummies might be kept above ground for
periods of some months up to several years before
final burial. Most probably they were deposited
in chapels in cemeteries, where they were visited by
relatives for ritual meals.Fayoum mummy portraits

Al Fayoum oasis &Wadi Al Rayan day tour from Cairo

Get rid of the noisy life and atmosphere of Cairo and spend a day tour in Al Fayoum which is one of the famous oases in Egypt.The day tour to Al Fayoum will provide you with relaxation and beautiful landscape including ,lakes,waterfalls, birds,fertile farmlands and beautiful weather


Product Description

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.

Additional Information

Schedule details:

Departs: Daily

Departure Time: 8:00 AM (earlier or later departures are available until 10:00 AM if required, please advise us at time of booking)

Departure Point: Tour departs from centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels

Duration: 8 – 9 hours (approx.)

Return details: Tour returns to original point of departure
Hotel Pick-up: Tour departs from centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels.

Please include the details of your hotel at the time of booking so we arrange

pick-up and drop-off services.



  • English-speaking Egyptologist guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transport on air conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch



  • Tipping or gratituities(recommended)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Personal expenses.

Payment Policy

Deposit: No deposit required.

Payment: You pay the full amount to your tour guide on the day of your tour. You can pay in cash (US dollars, Euros, or Egyptian Pounds) or by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Please note that there will be a 3% charge for using a credit card.

Pricing Information:

  • Prices are listed as a guide only. For an exact price quote contact us
  • Child prices are not applicable, adult prices apply to all travelers.
  • Infants aged 2 years and under are free of charge, provided they do not
  • occupy a seat
  • Prices are per person.
  • Our pricing is updated constantly to ensure you always receive the lowest price possible.
  • This tour must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date
    Confirmation of this tour will be received at time of booking



Per Person Price
 1 Person $199.00
2-4 Persons $149.00
5-8 Persons $99.00
9-16 Persons $79.00