Anchored in Cairo, this five-day trip offers exploration of all the best parts of the Egyptian capital city, and beyond. Begin with a tour of the Egyptian Museum to discover ancient antiques and an extensive King Tut exhibit. Then, visit the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza. Take a day trip to Alexandria to discover the catacombs, citadel and library, before returning back to stroll Old Cairo.

Highlights

  • Visit the famous pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza
  • Discover King Tut’s treasures at the Egyptian Museum
  • Enjoy a dinner cruise with entertainment along the Nile
  • Take a day trip to Alexandria to tour the catacombs, citadel, and library

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Full-Day Tour in Giza Cairo
Day 3 Day Trip to Alexandria Cairo
Day 4 Old Cairo Tour and Dinner Cruise on the Nile Cairo
Day 5 Depart From Cairo Cairo

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

Cairo
Welcome to Cairo!

Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at the airport in Cairo, meet up with your travel representative, who will assist you through customs and formalities. Then, you will be escorted to your hotel for check-in. Relax after a long day of travel.

Day 2: Full-day tour in Giza

Giza Pyramids
Giza pyramids

In the morning, a travel representative will pick you up from your hotel by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Begin the full day of touring at the Egyptian Museum. The richest museum of Egyptian antiques in the world, it contains pharaonic treasures dating more than 5,000 years old. The building is rectangular with a large rotunda on the ground floor containing massive exhibits, including colossal statues of Ramses II—the best views of them can be obtained by looking down from the upper galleries.

The gold and alabaster trappings from the tomb of Tutankhamun (Tut) draw the crowds, as well; many of the Tutankhamun tomb treasures have been on display in museums around the world—including the golden mask—yet this one exhibit has always remained in Cairo. No visit to Egypt is complete without discovering the collection of rare jewelry and treasures of Tutankhamun. If you wish, you can visit The Royal Mummies Room, too.

Next, make your way to the famous pyramids in Giza. Start by visiting the pyramid of Cheops, which is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The size of the largest pyramid of Cheops is 450 feet high and measures 755 feet wide along each side. It was built as a tomb, with the shape intended to help the spirit of the dead pharaoh to rise to heaven. Then, visit the pyramid of Chephren. The best-preserved of the three, main Giza pyramids, the top portion still retains the original face of smoothly finished stone, offering an idea of how the pyramids would originally have appeared. Beside Chephren is the great Sphinx, which is carved out of natural, rocky outcrop—the body stretches 148 feet, the paws are 50 feet, the head is 33 feet, and the feet are 13 feet wide. Then, stop by Mykerinus, the smallest one of the three pyramids, and partly dressed with pink, granite slabs.

Following the tour in Giza, enjoy lunch at a local Egyptian restaurant nearby. Finish your tour, then attend the Sound and Light Show at Giza Plateau. Next, head back to the hotel to relax, and enjoy the evening in Cairo at your leisure.

Day 3: Day trip to Alexandria

Stanley Bridge Alexandria
Stanley Bridge in Alexandria

Early in the morning, a tour guide will pick you up from your hotel to start your 2.5-hour trip to Alexandria through desert roads—by private, air-conditioned van.

Begin with one of the highlights of the day, the Catacombs of Kom El Shoukafa, an underground world of ornate carvings and paintings, and a mixture of Roman and Egyptian designs. It is the largest Roman Funerary complex in Egypt.

Next, visit the Citadel of Fort Qaitbey, which is located on the original site of the Pharos, Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse, topped with the statue of Poseidon. Although Pharos was restored at various times, it finally crumbled by the time the original fort was built here, in the 1480s.

Then, visit Morsi Abu Alabas Mosque and the Library of Alexandria, which was reborn in October 2002 to reclaim the mantle of its ancient namesake. The vast complex is a joining of the arts, history, philosophy, and science, as well as a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding.

Following the tour, return to Cairo and enjoy the night on your own.  

Day 4: Old Cairo tour and dinner cruise on the Nile

Old Cairo
Old Cairo

After breakfast, a tour guide will pick you up from the hotel to tour more of Cairo.

Embark on a tour of the massive medieval Salah El-din Citadel and Mohamed Ali Alabaster mosque. Explore this ancient fortress and its domed ceilings, suspended lights, and striking views of Cairo.

Take a lunch break at a local restaurant. Continue the exploration into the afternoon by visiting the Old Cairo churches, and then move to the Khan El Khalili old market and El Hussein Mosque.  

Following the tour of Cairo, board a dinner cruise. Sail along the Nile River for 2 hours and enjoy a buffet dinner, along with a Tanowra show, complete with belly dancers and a folklore show. After the dinner cruise, return to your hotel in Cairo and retire for the evening.

Day 5: Depart from Cairo

Farewell, Egypt!
Farewell, Egypt!

Have breakfast and then check out of your hotel in Cairo. Then, transfer to the airport to board your departure flight home.

Map

Map of Egypt Culture Tour: Cairo, Giza, & Alexandria - 5 Days
Map of Egypt Culture Tour: Cairo, Giza, & Alexandria - 5 Days