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Cairo-Alexandria-El Alalmeen-Siwa Oasis Wonders

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Cairo
Cairo-Alexandria-El Alamein-Siwa
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Explore the treasures of the Lower Egypt during this 8 days tour.

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 Tutankhamen.

The magnificent religious buildings will make you feel the spiritual vibes of this city : Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagog. Explore the Citadel 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 : Library of Alexandria, Qaitbay Citadel, the Catacombs, Alexandria National Museum, Saint Catherine Church and Pompey Pillar. 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. 

Before your last step, let’s stop over El Alamein and relive the glorious past of this city. Famous for the two great battles that took place there, El Alamein is an open-air museum dedicated to the North Africains companies of World War II.

End your trip on a high note with an excursion in Siwa Oasis : a pearl in the middle of the Western Desert. Palms, golden sand, crystalline water springs : Siwa has a taste of paradise. 

Departure & Return Location

Cairo International Airport.

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Egyptology guide
  • All accommodations (breakfast included)
  • Meet and assist at the airport
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Lunch
  • Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Tipping

Complementaries

  • Bottled water
  • Snacks/Soft drinks
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Egypt.

Aladin Tours’ representative will meet you at Cairo International Airport and accompany you to your hotel for overnight. The representative will assist you with the check-in procedure.

Day 2Pyramids-Saqqara-Museum

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 3The Islamic and Coptic Cairo.

Travel back to time by visiting the medieval district of Cairo. Enter the Citadel built in 1183 by sultan Salah El-Dine in order to defend the city against the army of the Crusaders. Therefore,
the hill El Mokattam, was a strategic location but it was also chosen for the purity of its air. Indeed, looking for a pure place to settle, the sultan ordered to hang a piece of meat in few places of Cairo to see where it remains fresh the longest : it appears that is was in El Mokattam! This fortress used to be the residence of Egyptian rulers during 700 years, nowadays it hosts many mosques and museums.

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 Babylone 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 symbolise Jesus and his 12 apostles, and the darker one represents Juda.

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 !

Overnight in Cairo.

Day 4Travel 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 archeological 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.
Overnight in Alexandria.

Day 5Travel to El Alamein.

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

Historically, Al Alamein was a field for two important World War II battles between the Allies and the Axis. This two battles ended with the victory of the Allies but with many losses in both sides. You can visit the eternal home of thousands soldiers in the Cemetery of the Commonwealth and the German, Italian and Greek cemeteries.
Proceed between the uniforms, photos and artillery of the War Museum and relive the intensity of the battlefield.

Drive to the port city of Marsa Matruh for overnight. The bright white sand and the turquoise sea are an idyllic stop-over before reaching Siwa Oasis.

Day 6Travel to Siwa. The long way to the Oasis is well worth for those who wants to experience its magic.

It’s time to leave the urbanized world for the purity of desert by entering the Oasis of Siwa.
Isolated in the middle of the Wester Desert, Siwa’s society completely differs from the dominant Egyptian culture and thus offers you a unique experience. Discover the local Siwan traditions and characteristic berber language : the Siwi.

The crystalline springs disseminated throughout the oasis are sanctuaries against the insistent heat. The most famous one is the Cleopatra’s Bath : get into the stone pool and enjoy the relaxing gurgles of the translucent spring water. The changing air temperature and the bubbling water make the water cool in the day and warm during the fresh evenings.

Contemplate the salty lakes emerging from the golden soil in order to vivify the blazing sand dunes. Take the opportunity of a mountain tour to admire the pleasant sunset.

Enjoy a visit of the ruins of the Temple of the Oracle which was devoted to the god Ammun. This temple was erected by Alexander the Great in order to confirm that he was the son of Zeus (associated by the Greeks with Ammun). Thereby he can claim to become a pharaoh.

Join your hotel for overnight.

Day 7Siwa

Enjoy a day of fun and adventure in Siwa Oasis.
Climb aboard a Jeep and explore the vast Western desert. Enjoy the inimitable sensations provided by the dunes.
The shiny sun, the fine sand dunes, loose yourself in the middle of this golden desert.

End you day under the starry sky of Siwa, savoring a delicious barbecue and drinking a Bedouin tea.

Experience Bedouin life by spending the night in a traditional tent.

Day 8Travel back to Cairo

Go back to the hotel to pick-up your personal belongings.
Travel back to Cairo for your final departure.

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Terms & Conditions
  • Payment 

    Available way of payment:

    Paying through our secure online payment gateway (Pay-fort), an Amazon company, is a fully secured system.

    If you wish to pay via bank transfer please send us an email to info@aladintour.com 

    Once we receive your payment your trip will be automatically confirmed.

    Cancellation 

    Free cancellation two weeks prior your arrival time.

    Cancellation within 12 days before your trip starts, 40% of your total payment will be nonrefundable.

    One week before the trip starts the full amount is nonrefundable. In case you are not happy with our services and we didn’t deliver as per our stated program (except due to reasons beyond our control), a proportionate amount of the cost will be refunded.

    Best price grantee policy

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

    1-     Date of arrival and departure

    2-     Same accommodation standard

    3-     Same historical sightseeing

    4-     Transportation type

    5-     Same tour inclusions and exclusions

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

    If you can provide us all this evidence, we will happily charge you $50 less than what you found with another agency.

    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. While sightseeing please keep your valuables with you, do not leave them in the car, or leave them in the safe in your hotel room. Your personal belongs are your full responsibility. Please do not accept any invitation for a drink or likewise from a stranger in the street. In case you would like to buy souvenirs or go shopping please get the best advice from your group leader or tour guide to avoid any misunderstandings.

    Insurance

    Aladin Tours is 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 receive the best advice. You may find people offering you cheaper prices but their service may not be reliable and you may end up paying more than what they originally quoted you. Always check with your guide who will advice you accordingly.  It is our aim to make our guests 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 yourself  for some fun long rides.

    Cash to carry

    We recommend you carry between 20 to 50 USD per day, or equivalent in EGP, depending 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 do not accept credit card, only cash.

    Meals

    Eating is a big part of traveling fun and getting to know the country’s culture. Travelling with Aladin Tours you will experience a lot of different local foods; we include lunch in your program with a variety of different local dishes. Most of the time dinner is not included which gives you more flexibility in deciding what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more flexibility with your budget – the food is generally cheap in Egypt. Our groups tend to eat together so you can enjoy each other’s company. Your tour leader will be able to suggest all the best restaurants during your trip.

    Local flights 

    Please make sure to attach your passport copy with your final confirmation in order to book the flight tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.Domestic carriers for internal flights in Egypt will be Egypt Air or Nile Air. Flight information will not be available until a couple of days prior to the tour departure. Contact us for more details on your flights.The domestic flight maximum weight allowance is 20 kg.

    Tipping

    Tipping in Egypt is known as “baksheesh” and it is a way of life in the Middle East. Locals themselves usually tip whoever provides them with service.  It is customary and even expected to tip small service providers. To make things as easy as possible and to avoid any hassle, Aladin Tours has a tip kitty; your tour leader will collect a contribution from everybody at the start of your tour and use this to tip anybody who has provided services to the group as a whole. A guideline for tipping is a minimum of $4 USD per day per person, you can pay in USD or the equivalent local currency (preferably local currency). If you feel that any service provider failed in maintaining or delivering a good service, please bring it immediately to the attention of your tour leader to be able to improve our service partners and so a deduction of tips can take place. Regarding the amount you should tip your tour guide, we suggest a minimum of 3$ per person per day, but at the end of the day it’s not a mandatory option.

    Feedback

    Your tour leader is with you 24 hours a day, so if there’s anything you are not happy about please let him/her know immediately. If you have an issue with the tour leader himself please call our emergency number which is available 24/7 +201006016132.  After you get back home safely, we would very much appreciate hearing from you! Your feedback is so important to us in order to improve our service’s quality for your next friend or family member who will travel with Aladin Tours. Please take a few moments to give us your feedback and help other travelers by sharing your experiences on our website, by sending us an email on customerservice@aladintour.com, and let us know if there is anything we can improve on.