Whether you’re already on your winter break or just looking for something fun to do on the weekend, going on a day trip to Fayoum is the ultimate solution. Not only is it a two-hour drive from Cairo, but it is packed with fun activities, beautiful scenery, and delicious food that will fill your belly with warmth.
The best thing is that a trip to Fayoum can be perfect as a family destination or even as a getaway and break from your little ones. Whatever you decide to do, you’re bound to have an awesome day packed with a whole lot of fun. Here’s an itinerary to help you make the most out of your day trip to Fayoum:
Make a move from Cairo at 8 am
Rise and shine! It’s time to hit the road and make your way to Fayoum to enjoy the sun, food, and adventures that await. The route is easy to drive and usually takes 2-hours from Cairo or one and a half hours from the 6th of October. Once you reach the gates to Fayoum, the route becomes a tad bumpy, but still easy to drive. Just be careful as the speed limit is 90 km/h.
Have a traditional Egyptian breakfast
One of the best things about Fayoum is food. You can’t be in Fayoum and not taste their heavenly feteer meshaltet as it is one of the best feteers you’ll ever come across. Whether you decide to have it with honey or molasses, enjoy it with feta cheese and tomatoes, or just cheese slices, the breakfast will definitely be one of the highlights of the day. One option that makes exceptional feteer can be found at Kom El Dikka or any of the other lodges found in Tunis village.
At Tunis village, you’ll easily be able to arrange a guided tour with a 4×4 rental that will take you around the scenic spots in Fayoum. As you enter the desert, be prepared to experience one of the most popular activities in Fayoum: dune bashing. So buckle up and get ready to scream your lungs out as you find yourself drifting on the highs and lows of the enchanted desert.
Visit the Magic Lake
The magic lake isn’t just a beautiful sight that you have to see but is also where you can enjoy other activities that make Fayoum special.
Most tour guides stop at the magic lake and allow you to sandboard in front of the magnificent scenery. Don’t be afraid to tumble over quite a few times before you get the hang of sandboarding. After all, the falls are all part of the fun!
You can either choose to go horseback riding in front of the magic lake or when you head back to Tunis village. In both cases, it will be a great experience for you and the kids.
Take a boat ride at Lake Qaroon
Along the length of Tunis village, you’ll find Lake Qaroon just a few steps away. There, you can also find several horseback riding options or choose to take a magical boat ride on the lake. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.
Fayoum is actually a well-known bird-watching destination and one where birds migrate to as a result of its tasty fruits and vegetables. During the winter season, you can keep an eye out for flamingoes, purple heron, cormorant, and many other birds.
Visit a UNESCO world heritage site at Wadi El Hitan
If you’re looking to add a bit of history to your day, then visiting a UNESCO world heritage should be at the top of your list. Your tour guide can take you to Wadi El Hitan where you’ll find whale fossils perfectly preserved.
While Tunis village is known for its accommodation and food, it is also where the artistic pottery creations of the city lie.
You can find small workshops where you can experience pottery making and have some fun while getting all muddy.
You’ll encounter a whole lot of pottery creations that you just won’t be able to resist. Whether you intend on buying them for yourself or are looking for gifts or souvenirs, you cannot leave Fayoum without adding to your pottery collection.
While the cuisine found in Fayoum is quite Egyptian, they are known for their duck. Honestly, everything you eat will feel like a home-cooked meal that your grandmother made with love, but make sure to add the duck to your list.
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