Oasis Caravan

Oasis Caravan

35 Days

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Tour Information

The Oasis Caravan, one of our two Middle East overland tours, allows you enough time to see the ancient civilizations and immerse yourself in the culture of the region. Travel to Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Jordan where you'll experience pyramids and temples, the amazing lost city of Petra, the eerie beauty of Cappadocia, the ruins of Ephesus and the WW1 battle fields of Gallipoli among many other highlights.

Our trips are led by two experienced crew who will share with you their knowledge and enthusiasm for travel to Egypt and the Middle East. Come and join us for an unforgettable trip in this fantastic part of the world! Our Middle East overland tours from Istanbul to Cairo or vice versa can be joined in either city. For those joining in Cairo the daily itinerary below can be followed in reverse.

Day 1 - 5 (or day 31 - 35)
Our Middle east overland tour from Istanbul to Cairo begins as we embark on a half day drive through olive groves and rural settlements to Gallipoli and the Straits of the Dardanelles. In World War I, on this blustery and exposed peninsula, ANZAC and British Forces struggled unsuccessfully for nine horrendous months to dislodge Turkish troops from the hills above the beaches. It is a moving experience to visit the war graves and battlegrounds where so much suffering and unnecessary loss of life took place. Australians and New Zealanders make a pilgrimage each year on ANZAC Day to pay their respects to their fellow countrymen who died here. We attend the dawn service on ANZAC Day. From here we cross the Straits, leave Europe and enter the continent of Asia. We visit Troy on our way to Ephesus and spend the next 2 nights camping on the coast.

Built by the Greeks a thousand years before Christ and then rebuilt by the Romans, this immense ancient city boasts an amphitheater that can seat 24000 and a harbour with no water - still in good condition after all these years. We then travel via either Pamukkale where you can swim in warm, mineral-rich water, or take the more visually scenic route towards Marmaris and camp in the mountains before arriving in either Olu Deniz or Olympus further down the Mediterranean coast Our accommodation is tree houses and campsites and we spend the next couple of days relaxing on the beach. You can also take boat trips or hire small motor bikes.

Day 6 - 10 (26 - 30)
From here we travel inland and upwards for a day to the visually powerful, windswept landforms of Cappadocia via Saklikent Gorge where there is the opportunity to go river tubing. In Cappadocia over the centuries houses, churches, fortresses and even underground cities have been carved into this eerily eroded volcanic rock. The Goreme Valley provides us with an astonishing setting in which to spend a few days investigating the region. We will take you to one of the underground cities where you can explore alone or with a guide this ancient and mysterious area!

Day 11 - 16 (20 - 25)
Driving through stunning mountain scenery in the crisp clear days of summer, and ice and snow in winter, we wend our way to Syria. Syrians are among the most hospitable people you will ever meet. The country has a rich and varied history with the Egyptian, Roman, Babylonian and Persian Empires having all passed through here along with Jesus and his disciples! Our first stop in this fascinating country is the market town of Aleppo. Nearby we visit Crac de Chevaliers - an 800-year-old Crusader Castle - perched on top of a mountain. Trekking out to the oasis town of Palmyra we really get into the desert proper. Sleeping out in this vast wilderness, untainted by artificial light is an experience not to be missed. The night sky dazzles with stars, satellites and shooting stars. On the road to Damascus, we head to one of the friendliest and safest of capital cities. We spend three nights in this, the oldest inhabited city in the world. From here there is the option of taking a one day guided tour into Lebanon and Beirut.

DAY 17 - 23 (13 - 19)
A one-day drive takes us into Jordan and the Dead Sea. Here, therapeutic mud baths and not so therapeutic mud fights are followed by an unusual swimming experience in this highly buoyant salt sea! Petra is nearby. One of the main attractions in the Middle East, this stone-carved city was only uncovered about 60 years ago after being forgotten for over 1000 years. Walking through an incredibly narrow, rocky defile brings you out to Petra's most famous site -The Treasury - The Nabataeans who carved this vast red city in 3 BC controlled the spice and slave caravans on their way to Arabia.

On our way to Aqaba we desert camp over night at Wadi Rum - the desert headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia. This remote area is best viewed from the back of a camel! From Aqaba, we take the ferry across the Red Sea to the Sinai Desert and continue with our travel to Egypt.

DAY 24 - 27 (9 - 12)
Dahab is our base for the next few days. Here, you can snorkel or scuba dive to some of the best coral in the world or enjoy the Bedouin hospitality and just relax on the beach. For the energetic you can take a bone or two day camel safari. Trekking off road down the desert coastline with experienced Bedouin guides and camels you will reach areas few tourists ever see. Mount Sinai and St. Catherine's Monastery are nearby deep in the desert. It was here, that Moses received the Ten Commandments. It is a great place, if a little cold, to camp the night and watch the sunrise. Crossing the Suez Canal we may well see the amazing spectacle of huge ships seemingly passing through the desert sands.

Day 28 30 (5 - 8)
A day’s drive southward lies Aswan, arguably the most attractive city on the Nile and a highlight of our Middle East overland tours. Here you can walk along the Corniche with its riverside restaurants, some of them floating, and enjoy tremendous views of the Nile cataracts. We spend two days here, which gives you enough time to take a trip out to the stone monuments of Abu Simbel built by the greatest of all Pharaohs, Ramses II. On the third day, you have the opportunity to enjoy the Nile River from a traditional felucca sail boat for a two day trip to Edfu. Just lie back and watch Egypt glide by.

Day 31 35 (1 - 4)
We rejoin our truck for the short drive to Luxor, where, based at one of the best campsites on the trip, we have two full days to explore. Both Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple are within easy walking distance. On our second day in Luxor we organise a trip to Valley of the Queens and Valley of the Kings. Here, the remarkably well-preserved tombs of Ramses II and Tutankhamun have coloured paintings and hieroglyphics that still seem fresh after 3000 years. From Luxor we travel to Cairo by overnight train. With almost 20 million people this is a hectic, chaotic city. The finale of our trip is a guided tour of the Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza including a camel ride, followed by our last night party.

Booking Information What's Included?
  • Camel Ride at Pyramids
  • Pyramids and Sphinx Tour and Guide
  • Felucca Sailing on the Nile (2-3 days)
  • Gallipoli Tour
  • Palmyra
  • Cappadocia
  • Dead Sea
  • Mt. Nebo
  • Wadi Rum
  • Mt. Sinai
  • Overnight Train, Boat & Ferry transport
  • Arrival transfer from Cairo airport
  • Transport on Oasis Truck
  • All Camping/Hotel accommodation
  • Camping and Cooking gear
  • 2 Meals per day (3 on Felucca)
  • Service of Oasis Crew
What's Not Included?
  • Flights
  • Airport Taxes and Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas 45 (depending on nationality)
  • Meals taken while in hotels/hostels
  • Drinks
  • Tips and Optional excursions as listed in dossiers.