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Cairo
Cairo - Alexandia
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Cairo & Alexandria Highlights

Start your journey with the capital of Egypt, Cairo. Face the greatness of the Ancient Egypt : the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara. Loose yourself in the Egyptian Museum where you can admire several mummies and of course the most important and beautiful treasure of the Ancient Egypt : that of king Tutankhamun.

The magnificent religious buildings will make you feel the spiritual vibes of this city : Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagog. Loose yourself in El Moez street and the medieval, but still operating, souk of Khan El Khalili. No doubt that the Islamic and Coptic Cairo will deep you straight into the Middle Ages. 

Travel to Alexandria and explore its splendid monuments : Qaitbay Citadel, the Catacombs, Saint Catherine Church, Pompey Pillar and the sphinx. As reflected in the variety of its monuments and the miscegenation of its inhabitants, Alexandria used to be for most of its history a cosmopolitan town. Have a walk on the coastline to enjoy the fresh mediterranean air and the pleasing sound of the waves.

Departure & Return Location

Cairo

Departure Time

08:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Egyptologist guide
  • Air-conditioned Private Vehicle
  • Lunch
  • Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Entrance Fees
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tipping

Complementaries

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
Itinerary

Day 1Pharaohs of Cairo

After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel.

Start your private tour by discovering the last remaining ancient wonder of the world : the Pyramids of Giza : Cheops, Mykerinus and Chephren. Learn the history of this miraculous edifices that still keep the mystery of their construction. From the Plateau, enjoy the unique view of the Pyramids emerging from the golden sand of Giza. It’s the moment to take the pictures of your life ! Before leaving the site, let’s greet Abu El Hol, the 3000 years old great Sphinx.

Reach now the second step of your journey : the Pyramid of Saqqara also know as the Pyramid of Djoser. Saqqara is the vast necropolis of the ancient Memphis. It’s on this site that King Djoser built his tomb more than 4000 years ago. It was the first time in history that the pyramidal shape was used to build the tomb of a kind.

After lunch, finish your day by visiting the Museum of Cairo which contains the most beautiful artifacts of Ancient Egypt, royal mummies and the amazing treasure of King Tutankhamun. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 2Islamic and Coptic Cairo.

Travel back to time by visiting the medieval district of Cairo. Start your day with a prodigious sample of Ottoman architecture : the Alabaster mosque. You can’t miss this building majestically standing on the summit of the hill El Mokattam so that you can admire its overlayed domes and great minarets. Constructed by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848 as a tribute to his oldest son who died in 1816, Alabaster mosque is mostly made of limestone which plausibly comes from the Pyramids of Giza. The first floor and the forecourt are tiled with the emblematic white alabaster, which gives its name to the mosque.
Once you proceed inside, you can admire the main dome, with a diameter of 52 meters it will not fail to impress you.

Visit one of the most beautiful and impressive historic construction of the Mamluk epoch : Sultan Hassan Mosque. It’s an islamic complex composed of a mosque and a madrassa where the 4 islamic schools of thought used to be taught.

Proceed to the coptic part of the city and pay attention to Ben Ezra Synagogue. Famous for its Geniza, this temple is believed to have been built where Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter when he was a baby.

Hanged above the gate of the old Babylon Fortress, the Hanging church seeks to be admired. Proceed inside this holy edifice and examine the 13 pillars the whole nave stands on. It’s believed that the pillars symbolize Jesus and his 12 apostles, and the darker one represents Juda.
Stroll along El Moez street and admire the beautiful buildings : madrassas (Koran schools), mosques and traditional houses. You might visit one of them, Bayt El Suheymi. You will probably find in your way many young Egyptians looking for the perfect selfie.
Then, make your way through the streets of Khan El Khalili. Built in the 14th century this souk is still the first choice for all locals who want to buy gold. Spices, gold, soap, handmade souvenirs… you can find almost anything here. And in the case that one merchant can’t provide you what you are looking for, he will be happy to find you a seller who can. Need to go back home with a souvenir : Khan El Khalili is the ideal place for that !

You will be escorted back to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3Travel to Alexandria.

After your breakfast, take a sit in an air-conditioned vehicle to Alexandria.

Venture into the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Mixing the best of Egyptian, Greek and Roman funerary art, this roman necropolis was one of the seven wonders of the medieval world. Nowadays, you can still admire the set of tombs, statues and archaeological items.

Nearby, you can’t miss the monumental Pompey Pillar. Contrary to what its name suggests, this pillar has nothing to do with the famous Roman general Pompey ! The pillar was actually erected in the glory of the emperor Diocletian in 291. Made of one whole piece of Aswan’s red granite, Pompey pillar reaches a height of 26.85 m. This impressive structure is located on the ruins of the temple of Serapis, the Egyptian-Greek god and protector of Alexandria. Next to the Pillar, you can admire a sphinx built in honor of Serapis.

Your journey leads you now to Saint Catherine Church. Facing the religious building, examine the details of its neo-baroque architecture. Once you get inside, you will be amazed by the way the sunlight enters the building and highlights its magnificence. According to christian tradition, Saint Catherine was a princess and a scholar who became christian at the age of 14 and converted with her hundreds of pagans. After being tortured and imprisoned, she was finally executed by emperor Maxentius and as a result became a martyr.

Visit Alexandria National Museum. Hinging on three main collections, this museum tells the history of the ancient cosmopolitan city.

Discover Qaitbay Citadel, a legacy of the Mamluk Dynasty built on the vestige of what used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world : the lighthouse of Alexandria.
Erected in 1477 by Sultan Ashram Sayf El Din Qait Bay the citadel is a perfect example of the Mamluk military architecture. It was specially constructed to protect Alexandria from the invasion of the Ottoman Empire.

End you day in the corniche, with a walk on Stanley Bridge from which you can enjoy an incomparable view on the sea. At night the bridge is beautiful enlightened, making spark the water it overhangs.

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    Any time of cancellation during the 12 days before your trip starts, 40% of your total payment will be nonrefundable.

    One week before the trip starting the amount you will pay is nonrefundable. In case you are not happy with our services and we didn’t deliver it the way it should be, fragmentary amount will be refunded.

    Best price grantee policy

    In case you will find other cheaper travel agency, please consider:

    1-     Date of arrival and departure

    2-     Same accommodation stander

    3-     Same historical sightseeing

    4-     Transportation type

    5-     Same includes and excludes 

    6-     If the other travel agency includes 24 hour tour leader service.

    If you can provide us all this evidence, we will gladly make you 50$ cheaper than what you found.

    Safety & Security

    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. In case of going to your activity please keep your valuable stuff with you not to leave them in your car, please leave them in your safe box in your hotel. Your personal belongs it’s your full responsibility. Please make sure to not listen or accept any invitation for a drink or so from a stranger in the street, it’s always end up with a problem, have fun with your travel mates and your local friends. In case you would like to buy something or make shopping please get the best advice from your group leader or tour guide to avoid any misunderstanding.

    Insurance

    Aladin tours are not responsible for your travel insurance, please make sure that you arrange your insurance before you start your travel.   

    Activities out of your program

    Please contact your local guide for more information on available tours and excursions to make sure you are in a safe hands and having always the straight word. no heading cost and no extra charge because you might meet street scammers and offer you cheaper prices, but then you will always find a tricky and aggressive way and most of the time they take from you more money, this can end up having unhappy experience in Egypt and our aim is to make our guest happy and satisfied.

    Trip walking or driving distance

    Please be aware that there are long driving hours on this tour. You can refer to the trip overview for more information on estimated travel times. Please note that any times mentioned are approximations only to give you an idea of the journey lengths and the actual time taken will depend on public transport timetables and road conditions. A mix of private and public transport is used throughout this trip, prepare your self  for some fun long rides.

    Pocket money

    We recommend you to carry on your pocket daily from 20 to 50 USD or what equals in EGP, depends on your personal needs, please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping, please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip, also many places in Egypt are not accepting credit card but only in cash.