Luxor to Western Desert Circuit
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 27, 2013 12:29 AM Last Post By: thecandytrail
May 19, 2013 4:54 AM
Luxor to Western Desert CircuitHi
Have looked at previous posts on getting around in Egypt and note comments about Lonely Planet Guide book being rather cautious about travel options. However just wondered if someone can give me some practical info.
In November I am planning on spending 3 nights in Luxor then want to do the Western Desert Circuit, taking about a week for this, using public transport to get from place to place, ending in Cairo. I want to cover Dakhla/Farafra/Bahariya. Originally I was planning on starting at Al-Kharga but, according to Lonely Planet, it looks either impossible to do it by public transport or very expensive by taxi. So I thought it might be easiest to get a train (possibly taxi having looked at earlier posts) to Asyut, spending a night in Asyut before travelling on via the Western Desert route using buses.
I am a woman (mid 50s) and will be travelling on my own. I have seen the comments about travelling alone as a woman so obviously don't want to put myself in awkward situations but, from earlier posts, see that Egyptians are very friendly so hope that I will mostly experience that side rather than the hassle side!
Any info on the practicalities of this, places to stay etc etc would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance
May 22, 2013 7:17 AM
1There was a poster on this forum JonMW that did this route solo. He posted a link to his trip report on here on 28 th April which might be useful for you. Sorry, but I don't know how to post a link to it for you (I'm new to the forums and not very computer literate, lol) but if you scroll back through the forum to that date you should be able to find it.
May 22, 2013 8:09 AM
yes you can do western desert by public transport, you have to rough it a bit, but this isnot somethic extreme.
The easy way to go from Luxor is to go first at Assiout (by train is best) and there at Assiout take the bus.
But have a look at the map 9on your lonely planet is ok!)
The route GOES FIRST AT KHARGA! There is no way to go any other place to western desert without stop at Kharga.And I had never been in Kharga.
Then you go to the desert oasis of Dakhla, this is nice , I think the most interesting of the new valley oases. You should spend a couple of days there.
The next oasis is Farafra, the smaller one, accomodation is good but the oasis itself offers very little sights.
Then you go to the last one that is Bahariya. Bahariya is interesting enough with hotsprings and archeological remnants, accomodation is cheap and rather plentiful.
Going there you should consider a two days desert camel trek or jeep safari. In bahariya plenty of guides will ask for that, but you can also do the same from Farafra. You go from any place you find a reasonable price and this will be if you will be offered a place with a group.
So you could have an interesting week around the western desert.
November is a nice month in egypt,
May 23, 2013 9:10 AM
May 23, 2013 4:25 PM
I am also a woman in my 50s planning on traveling alone to Egypt in July. Are you there now? What is the political climate? Is there any concern? I am a teacher from Chicago. Where are you from? I would love to hear about your adventures!
I am thinking of going to Cairo and Luxor, then taking the train from Cairo to Giza, staying there a couple of days, then hopping back on the train to Aswan.
People are telling me a single American woman needs to travel at all times with a man. Are you finding the necessity to do this?
May 27, 2013 12:26 AM
5Greetings from Aswan.
The route is easy and do-able. I have just completed a couple of weeks in the area.
Yes, Luxor to Al Kharga - too expensive by taxi.
Get micro bus from Asyut. Public buses + micros around all oases.
This is maybe the best part of Egypt - have just spent 9 weeks here - for relaxed, no-hassle travels (compared to Aswan - souq, Luxor, etc). And very few / no other tourists outside of Bawiti (just those zipping down from Cairo on white desert trips). You can check-out my website on link below for a few tips and photo inspiration. Al Qasr is definitely a highlight.
Political issues - none, the odd demonstartion in Cairo; nothing to effect tourists.
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