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Valley of the Whales (Wadi Al-Hitan)

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Address: Western Desert, Egypt

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A very interesting museum to visit. It provides with new exciting information about this area. The indoor museum is very simple and quick. You can also walk around the 7km open... read more

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very interesting museum to visit. It provides with new exciting information about this area. The indoor museum is very simple and quick. You can also walk around the 7km open air museum to see the fossils on site

Thank NohaSIsmail
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a prehistoric valley that have fossils dated to 55 millions years including animals, whales , crabs and trees. The valley it self is a magnificent limestone shaped cliffs and Rocks with superb scenery and in the entrance of the valley there is a very. Nice environmental museum built with natural materials and operated with solar power that tells... More 

Thank Ibrahim E
Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Wadi Al-Hitan, Whale Valley, in the Western Desert of Egypt, contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. These fossils represent one of the major stories of evolution: the emergence of the whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-based animal. This is the most important site in the world... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Whale skeletons in the Sahara desert? Yes. Fascinating story. This is a well-curated open air museum. With any luck, you can walk farther than the incredibly noisy Egyptian tourists and experience utter silence. The juxtaposition of huge marine fossils and the endless desert is affecting. This place seems to be a quick stop for package tours from Cairo. Wait them... More 

Thank pat z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a UNESCO world heritage site due to the thousands of whale fossils from the period where they were evolving from land based to sea based mammals. There is a museum that showcases selected fossils and provides an explanation. The night sky is amazing, and if you go at the right time (crescent moon, correct season) you can see... More 

Thank Youssef E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

Super day trip with desert safari Left Cairo in the morning and were back for diner. Visited lake Baron The water falls Wadi Al Hitan with the whale fossils And ended with dune surfing. We traveled with Pan Arabic Tours and everything worked fine. We were happy that we went in December. I am afraid it will be burning hot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

We added a visit to El Fayoum as a day trip for our last day in Egypt. The whole area is amazing, but Wadi al-Hitan was the highlight. The rock formations are amazing, the views are epic, and the new visitor's center is exceptional - tons of information in a well-designed space. If you can make the time, it's worth... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Wadi al-Hitan is in Fayoum. The drive there itself is not that bad. But when you actually get there, you are blown away by the ruins and how well they are preserved and exhibited at the same time.

Thank Aanchal K
New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

When you travel 35 million years back in time it's ancient, even in Egypt! Wadi al Hitan or Valley of Whales is 40km away from the highway, 4x4 track into the desert. You feel like Lawrence of Arabia with the wind swirling into your face till you stop next to these hills with strange erosion markings, almost calligraphic in appearance.... More 

Thank sanjay b
United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Visited on a day-trip in July 2016. Situated in the Western Desert about 2 hours drive from Cairo, this is an immensely beautiful place. It offers amazing landscapes, great scenery, desert solitude and almost unbelievable fossil treasures. A UNESCO World Heritage Site - Highly recommended and NOT to be missed.

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