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Siwa Oasis and its surroundings represent one of the most interesting and distinct regions of Egypt. Siwa possesses a unique, natural environment with exceptional geological features, a diversity of flora and fauna and some 230 natural freshwater springs fed by the Nubian aquifer.
One of the world's last remaining pristine oases, Siwa is home to ancient historical ruins and unique cultural traditions that have been maintained for thousands of years, due to the relative isolation of the oasis and its community.
Famed as the location of the Oracle of Amon, whom Alexander the Great consulted before continuing his Persian conquest, Siwa exists today much as it always has, boasting majestic rock formations, lush groves and brilliant salt lakes throughout the oasis.
The Siwans are warm and welcoming to all visitors, taking you on a journey into the past where you can experience an indigenous cultural heritage in a spectacular natural environment.
Best time to be there
Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.
Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)
4 hours 50 minutes direct
GMT +2 hours
Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival
No mandatory vaccinations
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
Nights: 9 | from £5,215pp
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Holiday type: Group departure
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