- See the iconic pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza
- Tour markets and mosques in the oldest part of Cairo
- Explore the Roman ruins, catacombs, and citadel in Alexandria
- Take a free day to relaxation by the Red Sea
|Day 1||Arrive in Cairo||Cairo|
|Day 2||Day-trip to the Pyramids & Go On a Dinner Cruise||Cairo|
|Day 3||See the Antiquities of Alexandria||Cairo|
|Day 4||Transfer to the Resort of Sharm El Sheikh||Sharm El Sheikh|
|Day 5||Take a Safari at Dahab||Sharm El Sheikh|
|Day 6||Enjoy a Beach Day by the Red Sea||Sharm El Sheikh|
|Day 7||Depart Cairo - End of Trip||Cairo|
Day 1: Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! After arriving at the Cairo airport, you'll transfer to your hotel in the capital city. You'll be free to relax and rest in time before the tour begins. You could also start exploring the city, venturing out to try some local cuisine in one of many excellent restaurants.
Day 2: Day-trip to the Pyramids & Go On a Dinner Cruise
After breakfast, you will meet your guide, who will accompany you on your day exploring the city and its sites. Today's activities include the Egyptian Museum, which has a substantial collection of ancient treasures, including the tomb of King Tut. You'll also travel to Giza, located outside of Cairo, where you will see the Sphinx and three major pyramids at its necropolis complex. Your guide will explain the history of the construction of the Pyramids of Giza: the Great Pyramid of Giza, Cheops, and the smaller Chephren and Mykerinos. At night, you'll go on a sunset dinner cruise on the Nile.
Day 3: See the Antiquities of Alexandria
Early in the morning, you'll head out on a trip to Alexandria, traveling along desert roads. Begin with one of the highlights of the day, the Catacombs of Kom El Shoukafa, an underground world of ornate carvings and paintings. With a mixture of Roman and Egyptian designs, it's 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. It's topped with a 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 re-established in October 2002, reclaiming the mantle of its ancient namesake. The vast complex is an institution of the arts, history, philosophy, and science, as well as a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding. Return to Cairo in the evening.
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Day 4: Transfer to the Resort of Sharm El Sheikh
Enjoy an early breakfast, then transfer to the airport in Cairo and fly to the coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh. Located between the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea, the area is known for its beautiful beaches and offshore coral reefs surrounded by clear water. Walk on the beach, go swimming in the ocean, or check out Ras Muhammad National Park, a diving destination that's rich with marine life. In the evening, beachfront restaurants and bars are great places to try fresh seafood, prepared Egyptian-style, and surround yourself with a local crowd.
Day 5: Take a Safari at Dahab
Today's itinerary features a grand safari trip to Dahab, a former Bedouin fishing spot that's now one of Egypt's top spots for diving. It's located on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula. During the day's journey, you'll visit Abu Galum, a protected zone in the mountains with excellent birdwatching, and go snorkeling in Blue Hole, a submarine sinkhole that's popular with divers. Finish the adventure with a camel ride, then return to Dahab to have dinner in a local restaurant. You'll return to Sharm El Sheikh for the night.
Day 6: Enjoy a Beach Day by the Red Sea
Take it easy today: you'll have a free beach day by the Red Sea. Walk along the pedestrian promenade in laid-back Naama Bay, book a snorkeling trip to Yolanda Reef, or just have lunch in a beachfront café and relax by the water. Another option is to detour to St. Catherine's Monastery. Located at the foot of Mt. Sinai, it's the place where Moses is said to have received the Ten Commandments.
Day 7: Depart Cairo - End of Trip
There's still time for more sightseeing in Cairo before the trip comes to an end. Enjoy a guided tour of the massive medieval Salah Al Deen Citadel and the Mohamed Ali Alabaster mosque. Explore this ancient fortress and its domed ceilings, suspended lights, and striking views of Cairo. Then continue by visiting Khan El Khalili old market and El Hussein Mosque before heading to the airport to catch your flight out. Safe travels!
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