Cairo & Alexandria cities
During this 2 days tour we will visit the biggest cities of Egypt Cairo & Alexandria, both of them are full with historical monuments and Ancient Egyptian sites. While Cairo is world known city for its Pyramids & Sphinx, Alexandria is less known but has not less to offer you as there are different sites there. Full of Greco-Roman and Late Islamic monuments Alexandria has a lot to offer and not to miss.
On the way to Alexandria
We do pick up from any hotel in Sharm el Sheikh.. Pick up from your hotel as per the time stated in your invoice and transfer by a/c van to Sharm el Sheikh International Airport. Flight to Cairo will take 50 minutes. Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you upon arrival outside the main arrival hall of Cairo airport with the sign "Sharm-club.com". From the airport we will go to Alexandria by fast Cairo-Alexandria desert road, so it will take up to 2,5 hours to reach the city. The distance between Cairo and Alexandria 220 km, so on the way you will enjoy with the views of the desert as well as different plants which farmers grow in the desert: banana, peaches and oranges, strawberries etc.
History of the city
Founded by Alexander the Great, ruled by Cleopatra and once rivaling Rome, the city has been a stage for eternal love stories, a shore for reunions and a port for departure. Alexandria is a showcase of Egypt's Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic civilizations, a living symbol of interaction between these civilizations and the Greek and Roman civilizations. The charm, wisdom and passion of this city by the sea has inspired civilizations throughout history, and today more than 55 cities around the world bear the name of Alexandria but there is only one original, the one that we will visit.
We will visit the only Roman amphitheatre in Egypt, dating back to the second century AD, discovered by chance in 1960 by Egyptian-polish expedition in Kom el-Dekka. Then move to Pompey pillar which was constructed in honour of Diocletian in 292 AD. Crusaders gave the name to this pillar "Pompey's" because they wrongly thought that the head of Pompey was buried on the top of the pillar. Originally this column was taken from a magnificent temple of Serapis. It's made of rose granite, has a Corinthian style capital and it was with its base 26,85 meters high.
Kom al Shukafa catacombs
Catacombs of Kom-al-Shukafa were discovered by chance in Karmoz aria in 1900 after 12 years of searching. The tomb dated back to the 1st or 2nd century and consists of 4 underground floors. The 1st and the 3rd floors are completely under the water. The most significant feature of this tomb is the existence of paintings on its walls that represent the overlap of three different kinds of art: Egyptian, Greek and Roman. Taking pictures inside the catacombs are not allowed.
National Museum of Alexandria
Lunch will be offered in a local restaurant. Then we will visit National Museum of Alexandria which is situated in the palace of Bassil Pasha, the museum has 1,800 objects on display now.
Evening activities in Cairo
At the end of the day we will drive back to Cairo and check in The Oasis hotel 4* (on BB basis), where you will spend a night. Optionally in the evening you can do the following activities in Cairo: Nile Cruise & Dinner with Tanura show and belly dance on a floating hotel or Watch Sound & Light show show at the Pyramids.
Pyramids & Sphinx
In the morning after breakfast, our guide will pick up you from the hotel as per the time agreed and you will go to discover the pyramids. Giza plateau is situated just 10 minutes far from the hotel, so you will start to explore the area in the morning. You can enter even one of the Pyramids, the one which will be open to public at the moment (extra tickets can be arranged with our guide). Then let’s visit Sphinx and its valley temple and some shopping in the area.
Lunch time and felucca ride
After the Pyramids we will cross the Nile and take optional 45 minutes Nile felucca ride. We will enjoy while sailing along the Nile with warm breeze and panoramic views of the city. The boat will drive us to a local restaurant where we’ll have lunch on set menu basis. You can choose between fish or chicken option plus dessert.
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
After lunch let's move to The National Egyptian Museum to discover its treasure and world famous collection of Tutankhamun. The building of the museum is a historical monument itself already, built more than 100 years ago by a French architect. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen. 120 000 pieces are exhibited there and we will visit all those collections, including Old kingdom, Middle kingdom, New kingdom and king Tut Anch Amun collection. We will spend around 2,5 hours in the museum.
Return to Sharm el Sheikh
At the end of the day we will drive back to Cairo International airport to catch your flight back to Sharm el Sheikh. In Sharm el Sheikh our rep will meet you and transfer to your hotel.