This 6-day tour starts in Cairo with day tours to Alexandria and Fayoum Oasis
The name Cairo also means "the victorious city" and is the largest city on the Africa continent. Located on both banks of the River Nile near the head of the river's delta in northern Egypt.
It became inhabited 6000 years ago and has served as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilizations.
As long as you’re not looking for solitude, Cairo—the City of the Thousand Minarets—is a splendid place to explore Egyptian history and culture. Take a tour to Alexandria with your private guide. Together you will explore this captivating city and the important sites in Cairo.
At a glance
|Day 1||Welcome to Cairo.|
|Day 2||Pyramids & Sphinx, Museum and Khan Bazaar|
|Day 3||Visit Alexandria incl. seafood lunch.|
|Day 4||Tour to the Fayoum Oasis incl. lunch|
|Day 5||Cairo: day at leisure|
|Day 6||Transfer to CAI APT. End of tour|
> Private tour to the Pyramids in Giza, a true reflection of Ancient Civilisation
> Marvel at the Roman & Greek Sites in Alexandria as well as the re-built Bibliotheca
> Escape city life and spend a day at the Fayoum Oasis, just 90 km south of Cairo
> Wander through the Egyptian Museum whilst your private guide takes you through the various Egyptian Dynasties
- Best time to travel
The best time to visit Egypt’s sites (Cairo, red Sea Resort and Nile Cities) is from February to April and again between October and November. During these months, the sky and seas are perfectly blue.
Winter time temperatures (December to February) are mild and can be overcast. Note that December is peak season and rates are calculated accordingly
- Egypt Culture and Greetings
Egypt’s Essential Views are defined as Honour, Loyalty, Education, Modesty and Pride
Greetings between men and women: A handshake may be acceptable in certain circumstances and the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should bow his head as a sign of acknowledgment.
- Drinks & Food
There is a wide variety of offerings available ranging from the cheap food carts and street food that serve Egypt’s working class to fancy restaurants that cater solely to tourists and the upper class. Tea (shai) is the national drink of Egypt. Invitations to sit and drink tea together are an important part of the culture. Egyptians generally drink tea sweetened with a large amount of sugar. Alcohol is not widely consumed because of Islamic rules. Beer is popular and readily available in the larger cities. Buy your duty-free alcohol before entering the country.
- City Travel
Government-owned Transport Authority run buses and tram services in Cairo (Very crowded). Buses and fixed taxi routes are run by private companies. The easiest way to get around Cairo is by Metro. Most used transport mode are taxi’s. Fix the rate before you start your journey. A comprehensive rail network runs through the country. Serving the Nile cities are various AC day and night trains with sleeping and restaurant cars serving Luxor and Aswan (Sleeper trains must be booked well in advance)
Also known as Backsheesh will be requested from you by “everyone”. Change your money into Egyptian Pounds for tips to porters, waiters, room staff and drivers. Official Guides are tipped in Foreign currency. Remember that the tips supplement the income of low Egyptian wages paid.
- Local interesting meals
Ful Mudamas: broad beans in sauce
Koshari: lentils, macaroni, rice and chickpeas
Mahshi: stuffed grapevine leaves
Fiteer Baladi: known as Egyptian pizza, fiteer is buttery and full of artery-clogging goodness
Falafel (Tameya): a deep-fried mixture of herbs and beans is a favorite, especially among vegetarians
Kofta: minced beef or lamb with spices, rolled onto a skewer and barbecued over coals
Alexandria is Egypt's Mediterranean port. During the Hellenistic period, it was home to a lighthouse and ranked among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Alexandria also became famous for its library. Today the library is reincarnated in the disc-shaped, ultramodern Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The city has Greco-Roman landmarks, old-world cafes, and sandy beaches.
Its 15th-century seafront Qaitbay Citadel is now a museum.
The Royal Library of Alexandria was once the largest library in the world. It is thought to have been founded at the beginning of the 3rd century BC, during the reign of Ptolemy II of Egypt, and likely created after his father had built what would become the first part of the library complex, the temple of the Muses—the Museion, Greek Μουσείον (from which the Modern English word museum is derived).
It was established that the library, or parts of the collection, were destroyed by fire on numerous occasions. Library fires were common. Replacement of handwritten manuscripts was very difficult, expensive and time-consuming. To this day the details of the destruction (or destructions) remain a lively source of controversy.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina was inaugurated in 2002, near the site of the old Library.
- Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration.
- Transfer to the hotel and check-in. (Check in at 12:00 hours or prior if rooms are available)
- The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Cairo.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
- After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Cairo visiting the Great Pyramids, Sphinx; Egyptian Museum & Bazaar.
- Overnight at your hotel in Cairo
- After breakfast depart on a full day tour to Alexandria including a visit to the Bibliotheca, Cata Comb, Roman Amphitheater, Pompey's Pillar and a seafood lunch.
- Return to Cairo for overnight at your hotel.
- Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative
- Transfer and transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
- Accommodation in selected hotels in a double/twin room sharing
- Meal plan as per itinerary
- Excursions with Local English speaking Guide
- Entrance fees
- International/Domestic flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Rate valid for travel between 01 MAY and 30 SEP 2018
- Seasonal supplements may be applicable
- Contact us for any other date of travel required