Over Day to Magnificent Cairo
Duration: Full Day
If you are fascinated by the mystique of ancient Egypt, a tour of Cairo will unveil a wealth of historical treasures to explore, including the Pyramids of Giza, the legendary Great Sphinx and the intriguing Egyptian Museum. You will also get the opportunity to browse the colourful bazaars, where you can practice the age-old art of haggling for local goods. This fantastic tour will introduce you to the timeless relics of a bygone era and the vibrant energy of present day Egypt.
Your day will begin by taking a short domestic flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo (approximately one hour), where you will embark on a day of wonder and discovery and ancient beauty in the magnificent city of Cairo, the capital of Egypt and one of the largest cities in the world. One of the first stops of the tour is the Great Pyramid of Giza (Cheops Pyramid), the oldest and largest of three pyramids located on the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, which were erected by the pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mykerionos in the 4th Dynasty.
Also known as Khufu's Pyramid or the Pyramid of Khufu, this majestic monument was built over 4,000 years ago and is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Inside the pyramids lie tombs where members of the royal family and officials were buried. These are vigilantly guarded by the legendary Great Sphinx, an awe-inspiring statue which has the regal head of a human and the body of a lion, dating back to around 2500 B.C. The Pyramids and Sphinx are national symbols of Egypt and a testament to the grand scale and engineering of ancient Egyptian architecture. Prepare to be awe-struck!
Our next stop is the Egyptian Museum, where you can see the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world, as well as an unrivalled collection of over 120,000 ancient Egyptian objects. These include genuine artifacts from the tombs of pharoahs and members of royal families during the period of the Middle Kingdom (11th–13th Dynasties), and the legendary treasures found in the tomb of Tutankhamun after it was excavated in the early 1920s.
If we have time after lunch you will get the chance to visit the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Egypt’s most famous market and one of the most interesting bazaars in Egypt and the Middle East. Soak up the sights, smells and exciting atmosphere of this traditional market and try haggling with the merchants to get beautiful handcrafted gifts and souvenirs at bargain prices. Essential oils, perfume, jewellery, water pipes, leather and many more items can also be found here. Exploring Cairo’s exotic treasures is an experience not to be missed during your holiday in Egypt.
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