Experience the highlights of this exciting destination including the Sound and Light Show at the Sphinx, a Nile cruise and the Pyramids of Giza.
Colourful streets and beautiful architecture decorate your coach windows as you journey through Mansheya Square, where you will see the equestrian bronze statue of Mohamed Ali, founder of modern Egypt.
The first stop will be to visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina with its library and archaeological museums; built on the same site where Ptolemy established the famous Library of Alexandria in 288 BC.
Depart from Alexandria for a journey through desert scenery and reclaimed, cultivated land, reaching the outskirts of Africa’s largest city, the legendary Al Qahira, internationally known as the teeming metropolis of Cairo. Sit back, relax and learn from your professional guide the history and culture of a timeless land, on a journey lasting approximately three hours. Upon arrival in Cairo you will enjoy luncheon at a leading hotel followed by check-in formalities.
At the banks of the River Nile a luxurious cruise boat awaits you to sail on the same timeless waterway traversed by Pharaohs, Queens and Nobles thousands of years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise as you glide past Cairo’s waterfront landmarks. Tea with oriental cookies and cakes will be served during the cruise. For your entertainment, a folkloric presentation and belly dancing will take place.
In the late afternoon, depart from the hotel to the Giza Plateau to attend the English version of the ‘Son et Lumiere’. As you are face to face with the Sphinx, let your imagination reflect on the gloriously golden days of the Pharaohs as you gaze at this mighty monument. Under a star studded sky, the Sound and Light performance brings the magnificent history and achievements of the ancient Egyptians to life as the illuminated Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx dominate the surrounding darkness.
Dinner will be served at your hotel.
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and visit the first capital of Egypt, Memphis, with the fallen colossal statue of King Ramses the Second. Continue to the oldest, ancient cemetery of Sakkara to witness the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, before exploring the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza and their guardian the mighty Sphinx.
Return to your hotel, freshen up, have luncheon and check out. Drive to the Giza plateau where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World is found, the imposing Pyramids of Giza. A stop at the western plateau affords great photo opportunities of the three pyramids with the sprawling city of Cairo behind them. Free time will be allowed at the middle pyramid to explore and enjoy this magnificent site on your own. Continue down the valley where the guardian of this mortuary complex, the Mighty Sphinx bears witness to the passage of time and man in eons of silence. Let your imagination reflect on the gloriously golden days of the Pharaohs as you gaze at this mighty monument.
Round off the day by stopping off at the Papyrus Institute where the procedure of manufacturing the oldest paper in the world will be demonstrated for you. There will be the opportunity to pick up some souvenirs before the return drive to Port Said, where you will rejoin your ship.
Note: Bookings for this tour will close 30 days prior to the tour date. There is a strict minimum and maximum participation. Please ensure you book the correct tour code for the accommodation you require (double = ALY800, single = ALY801). Prices shown on your overland excursions record are per person, not per room. Once your booking is confirmed, any cancellation made will incur a 100% cancellation fee. No refunds will be given for any unused portion of the tour.
There is a lot of time spent standing in the Library. Children under six are not permitted inside the Library, nor are bags and cameras.
This tour has been planned with special security arrangements and requirements.
Admittance into certain religious sites requires attire that covers shoulders and knees. As you will be away from the ship overnight, we ask that you limit your luggage to one light holdall or bag per person. You will be responsible for carrying your luggage on and off the coach and in and out of your hotel. Please do not forget to include any medication and other personal requirements. The sequence of the itinerary may be altered.
The fare includes: transport by coach, sightseeing and entrance fees as described, meals as stated and hotel accommodation.
The fare does not include: items of a personal nature such as refreshments, telephone calls, laundry, gratuities, room service, fees for doctor’s visits prescriptions/medication or travel insurance.