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Day 1: Cairo (Arrival)
Our representative will meet and greet you at Cairo International Airport and handle your procedures through passport control, luggage area, and customs formalities. Then you will be transferred to your hotel (Fairmont Nile City) on a private air-conditioned vehicle. Overnight in Cairo.
After breakfast at your hotel, step back in time to the days of ancient Egypt on a fantastic tour of the three pyramids of Giza plateau (Cheops, Chephren, Mycerinus), the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing! Then proceed to visit the Sphinx and the Granite Temple, which belongs to the king Chephren. Here you can also visit to the Solar Boat Museum and/or enter the chambers of the pyramids (optional, for an additional cost). Thereafter, you will drive to Sakkara and Memphis, one of the most exciting historical and archaeological areas in Egypt. Once in Sakkara, you will visit the Step Pyramid, which is the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser. Thereafter, you will proceed to visit the Necropolis of Sakkara, the Mastabas of Ti and Prince Ptahotep. Your final stop will be Memphis, founded by King Menes, which was the first capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Lower and Upper Egypt. There you will see the Alabaster Sphinx and the remaining of two colossal statutes of Ramses II. You will also have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made. Overnight in Cairo.
Optional activity: Sound and Light Show of the Pyramids in Giza ($40.00 US Dollars per person)
Day 3: Cairo (Egyptian museum, Old Cairo & Khan el Khalili Bazaar)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit Cairo's famous Egyptian Museum which houses over 250,000 Egyptian artifacts, including the treasures of King Tutankhamen. His five-gilded coffins dominate the main hall, while his magnificent death mask is the star attraction! Here you can also visit the “Royal Mummies Room” (for an additional cost). You will continue to the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians where you will learn about Christian life in Egypt. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sought refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. You will then visit the Citadel of Salah el Din where Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque stays. You will then continue to Khan el Khalili Bazaar. Enjoy free time to stroll through the maze of streets and try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir of your trip to Egypt. Overnight in Cairo
Optional activity: Egyptian Cultural Dinner Nile cruise and Show (5-star Nile Dinner Cruise = $65.00 US Dollars per person OR 4-star Nile Dinner Cruise = $45.00 US Dollars per person).
Day 4: Coptic and Islamic Cairo
After breakfast at your hotel, discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians with “Your Egypt Tours” on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sought refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. Learn about Christian life in Egypt, a country where Christianity is a minority. You will first visit the Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church also known as the Hanging Church (El Muallaqa) which is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the 3rd century AD. The Hanging (The Suspended) Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo); its nave is suspended over a passage. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is one of Cairo's most beautiful churches. Continue to the Monastery and Church of Saint George. It is one of the few remaining circular churches in the Middle East. Your next stop is the Abu Serga, one of the places where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. At the turn of the century this little church, which dates from the 10th-century, was the most important pilgrimage spot in Old Cairo for visiting Christian tourists. There are 24 marble columns lining the central court, and a series of 12th-century icons depicting the 12 apostles. You will then visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of 4th-century Christian church. The synagogue has been almost completely renovated. Thereafter, discover the ancient winding city streets of Cairo, Egypt, the cradle of civilization. Take a tour of Islamic Cairo and visit historic Fatimid era which is the gateway to the old city. On this tour, you will visit mosques, houses and palaces while passing through local markets. You will tour Cairo's three enduring ramparts: Bab Al-Nasr (Gate of Victory), Bab Al-Futuh (Gate of Conquests) and Bab Al-Zuwayla, as well as the street of the Tentmakers, which is Cairo’s only remaining medieval covered market. See the Al-Azhar Mosque, the Mosque of Al Hakim, Beit as-Suhaymi (traditional family mansion) and the remains of Beshtak Palace on a fascinating walking tour through Islamic Cairo. Your tour ends at the Northern Gates to Islamic Cairo. You will then be driven back to your hotel.
Day 5: (Alexandria)
Tour to Alexandria, you will visit the Qaitbay Citadel, built in the 15th century by Sultan Qaitbay on the spot of Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse. Walk around the grand Montazah Palace, which combines Turkish and Florentine architectural styles, then visit the new and much acclaimed Alexandria Library. Return and overnight in Cairo.
Day 6: (Departure)
After breakfast at your hotel, you will check out and then transfer to Cairo International Airport for your final departure.
- Meet-and-assist services upon arrival and departure
- All transfers on private air-conditioned vehicles
- Accommodations for 5 nights at 5-star hotel (Fairmont Nile City Hotel), with breakfast included
- All sightseeing tours in Cairo (private tours), including English-speaking Egyptologist guide, entrance fees, and transfers
- 2 Lunch meals at local restaurants in Cairo
- Bottled water during the tours
- Shopping tours in Cairo
- Portage when needed
- All service charge and taxes
Tour does not include:
- International Airfare
- Gratuities/tipping (recommended). In Egypt, tipping is not an obligation but a sign of appreciation for good service. That being said, tips are expected from people that serve you—e.g., driver, waiter, train conductor, bellman, cruise ship staff, etc. The average tip is $10-$20 US dollars per day—this amount should cover everyone. So we recommend you carry change. If you don’t want to deal with the tipping, you can give your guide a total sum in advance of all tipping requirements for your trip that the guide will dispense.
- International airfare
- Solar Boat Museum in Giza (EGP 50)
- Chambers of the pyramids (The Great Pyramid = EGP100; Third Pyramid = EGP 30)
- Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum (EGP 100)
- Entry visa to Egypt
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities