Venture to some of Egypt's most intriguing destinations as you travel from Cairo to Alexandria and then to the western oasis of Siwa.  You'll marvel at the great pyramids in Giza and the treasures of ancient rulers in The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo.  For a further exploration through history, you will visit Greco-Roman sights in Alexandria and its library — which was one of the largest and most significant intellectual centers in the ancient world. In Siwa, you can continue your adventure with a safari or sandboarding.

Highlights

  • Explore the three great pyramids of Giza
  • Marvel at treasures like King Tut's tomb and mask 
  • Learn about the Bibliotecha Alexandria and its significance in the ancient world
  • See historical tombs at the Mountain of the Dead
  • Discover the Great Sand Sea in Siwa

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cairo Cairo
Day 2 Cairo: Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo Cairo
Day 3 Cairo: Pyramids Of Giza, Memphis & Saqqara Cairo
Day 4 Alexandria: Catacombs, Roman Amphitheater and National Museum Alexandria
Day 5 Alexandria: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Citadel of Qaitbay, and Montaza Gardens Alexandria
Day 6 Alexandria to Siwa Siwa
Day 7 Siwa Oasis: Mountain of the Dead, Siwan House, Oracle Temple, Fitnas Island Siwa
Day 8 Siwa Oasis: Old Shali, Safari Tour & Bedouin Dinner Siwa
Day 9 Siwa to Cairo Cairo
Day 10 Fly home  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Egypt's capital — one of the largest cities in Africa and in the Middle East. Your tour coordinator will meet you at Cairo International Airport and escort you to your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle. After check-in, you will be free to relax for the evening before starting your tour the next day.
For dinner, you can explore, to try authentic Egyptian local cuisine.

Day 2: Cairo: Egyptian Museum & Islamic Cairo

Cairo by night
Cairo by night

After breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, you'll meet your Egyptologist who will accompany you on your day exploring the city and its sites.
Activities will include:

  • The Egyptian Museum: Visit the Museum of Antiquities, commonly known as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, which has a substantial collection of ancient treasures such as the tomb of King Tut and his funerary mask.
  • Islamic Cairo: See an important example of military architecture from the middle ages near Muqattam Hills at the Citadel of Saladin.
  • Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan: Visit this monumental mosque that was built during the Mamluk period in the 1300s.
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Explore and hunt for treasures in a souk in the historical center of Islamic Cairo, where you can shop for lamps, rugs, jewelry, and more.

Day 3: Cairo: Pyramids Of Giza, Memphis & Saqqara

Egyptian Pyramids
Egyptian Pyramids

After breakfast, your Egyptologist will accompany you around Giza and the ancient city of Memphis outside of Cairo and you'll see sights like:

  • The Pyramids of Giza: First you'll travel to Giza outside of Cairo where you will see the three major pyramids at its necropolis complex. Your Egyptologist will explain the history of their construction, which spanned nearly three generations starting from the Great Pyramid of Giza — Cheops — followed by the smaller Chepren, and Mykerinos. 
  • The Pyramid of Saqqara:  You will travel to Memphis — an Ancient Egyptian capital city —  located about 18 miles (30 km) from Cairo. Here, you'll visit the Pyramid of Djoser, an archeological site in  the Saqqara ancient burial ground. 
  • Lunch at Mena House Hotel: You'll Return to Cairo for an authentic Egyptian lunch

Driving time: 2 hours (roundtrip)
Driving distance: 36 miles (60 km)

Day 4: Alexandria: Catacombs, Roman Amphitheater and National Museum

Alexandria, Egypt
Alexandria, Egypt

After breakfast, you'll make your way to Alexandria, where a local Egyptologist will guide you through the city's history and major sites, such as:

  • The Catacombs: Visit the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa — one of the largest Roman burial sites in Egypt — which merge Roman, Greek, and Egyptian influences.
  • Roman amphitheater: In the 1960s, this space was discovered by accident,  consisting of a lower-level stage surrounded by 13 marble seats with room for up to 800 people. It is the only Roman amphitheater in Egypt.
  • Alexandria National Museum: See more than 1,800 artifacts from throughout Egypt's history in the former palace of businessman Asaad Bassili. 

Driving time: 3 hours 
Driving distance: 135 miles (218 km)

Day 5: Alexandria: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Citadel of Qaitbay, and Montaza Gardens

Montazah Palace, Egypt
Montazah Palace, Egypt

After breakfast, your Egyptologist will guide you as you continue your tour of Alexandria. You'll learn more about the city and its historical significance, through activities like:

  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Learn about one of the major intellectual centers of the ancient world while visiting a modern library on the site of the ancient one
  • Citadel of Qaitbay: This 15th century defensive fortress was commissioned by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
  • Montazah Gardens: Explore the grounds of the summer palace for Khedive Abbas Hilmy — the last Ottoman viceroy of Egypt and Sudan.
  • Lunch at an authentic Egyptian restaurant.

Day 6: Alexandria to Siwa

El Alamein Military Base, Egypt
El Alamein Military Base, Egypt

Travel from Alexandria to the western desert of Egypt to reach Siwa. You will make a few stops along the way, such as:
El Alamein: Visit a war museum and cemetery dedicated to the battles of El Alamein (1942) and the Second World War.

Driving time: 7 hour 30 minutes
Driving distance:  372 miles (600 km)

Day 7: Siwa Oasis: Mountain of the Dead, Siwan House, Oracle Temple, Cleopatra Bath, Fitnas Island

Siwa Oasis, Egypt
Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Explore Siwa Oasis and its Berber settlements as you journey into the Egyptian desert. Your Egyptologist will guide you through some of the area's major sites, such as:

  • Mountain of the Dead (Gebel al-Mawta): Explore tombs that date from the 26th dynasty, Ptolemaic, and Roman periods.
  • Cleopatra Bath: Take a dip in one of the area's oasis springs
  • Oracle Temple:  Visit a 26th-dynasty temple built in the 6th century BCE 
  • The Siwan House: Explore a museum set in a historical Siwan house, to learn more about the traditions and culture of the area.
  • Fatnas Island: You'll enjoy lunch at your lodge and then travel to Fatnas Island to watch the sunset.

Day 8: Siwa Oasis: Old Shali, Safari Tour & Bedouin Dinner

4x4 Desert Safari, Egypt
4x4 Desert Safari, Egypt

Continue your exploration of the Siwa oasis-area and end the day with a traditional Bedouin dinner. In Siwa, your activities might include:

  • Shali Fortress: Explore the ruins of a 13th-century mud-brick fortress, which at one time was home to hundreds of people, and offers oasis views. 
  • Desert adventure: After lunch at your Siwa lodge, you'll have a chance to venture into the desert in a 4 x 4 vehicle. 
  • Half-day safari: Venture into petrified forests, and see fossilized seashells as you cruise on sand dunes and maybe even swim in lakes and springs.

Day 9: Drive back to Cairo

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

You'll make your way back to Cairo from Siwa, with a few stops along the way, depending on your guide and their itinerary.  After check-in at your Cairo hotel, you can explore, take in the last sights, and enjoy an authentic Egyptian dinner on your own. 

Driving time: 8 hour 30 minutes 
Driving distance: 462 miles (745 km)

Day 10: Fly Back Home

Goodbye Egypt
Goodbye Egypt

After breakfast make your way back to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.