Day Trip to Cairo
Duration: Half Day
Egypt boasts some of the world’s most magnificent ancient monuments, many of which can be found in and around the colourful capital city of Cairo. This fascinating day of discovery will unveil a wealth of historical treasures such as the legendary Pyramids of Giza, the mystical Great Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum. You will also get the opportunity to haggle for wares in the colourful Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar. Not to be missed, this unforgettable tour combines the timeless relics of Ancient Egypt with the vibrant energy of modern day Egypt.
Your day will begin by taking a short domestic flight to Cairo, where you will embark on a day of wonder and discovery in one of the largest and oldest cities in the world. Your expert guide will lead you to the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, where one of Egypt’s most famous icons was built nearly 5000 years ago – the Pyramids of Giza. Erected by the pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mykerionos in the 4th Dynasty, three pyramids stand on this site but Cheops Pyramid, also known as Khufu's Pyramid or Great Pyramid, is the largest and most majestic. It is also the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Inside the pyramids lie royal burial tombs, which are vigilantly guarded by the legendary Great Sphinx. This awe-inspiring limestone statue has the regal head of a human and the body of a lion, and dates back to around 2500 B.C. The Pyramids and Sphinx are both testament to the grand scale and engineering of ancient Egyptian architecture, as well as one of the greatest civilizations on earth.
You will continue onwards to the Egyptian Museum, which houses the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Inside lies an unrivalled collection of over 120,000 ancient Egyptian objects, which include genuine artifacts from the tombs of pharaohs and members of royal families during the period of the Middle Kingdom (11th–13th Dynasties), the most famous being the legendary treasures found in the tomb of Tutankhamen after it was excavated in the early 1920s.
The last stop of the tour is the colourful Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s oldest street market and one of the most exciting bazaars in Egypt and the Middle East. Soak up the sights, smells and bustling atmosphere whilst practicing the age-old art of haggling for local wares. Beautiful handcrafted gifts, essential oils, perfume, jewellery, water pipes and leather are just some of the items you can buy here. Discovering Cairo’s exotic treasures – both new and old – will be just one of the highlights of your holiday in Egypt.
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