Cairo, Pyramids of Gizah and Lunch on the Nile River - Route of the Pharaohs
Duration: Half Day
Egypt boasts some of the world’s most magnificent ancient monuments, many of which can be found in and around the bustling city of Cairo. Uncover the history of one of the greatest civilisations known to mankind on this relaxing tour of the River Nile and the Pyramids of Giza. The Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali and the legendary Great Sphinx are just some of the additional highlights.
The journey to Cairo lasts approximately three hours, during which you can enjoy views of rural Egypt as you pass cultivated land and desert, as well as modern industrial towns. As we arrive in Egypt’s capital, your first stop in Cairo will be the Citadel of Saladin. Built to protect the old city of Cairo, this impressive stone fortress dominates the city skyline. It was initially constructed by King Salah ad-Din in the 12th century, but was later finished by his brother, King El-Addel.
Situated high on a hill, the castle offers spectacular views of Old Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza on a clear day. Visitors can explore the citadel, which mainly consists of walled enclosures, watchtowers and gates. Inside the walls, however, lies a magnificent complex of historical buildings, museums and mosques, including the impressive Mohamed Ali Mosque (also known as Alabaster Mosque), which is renowned for its exquisite interiors.
Your journey continues as we drive downtown to the banks of the River Nile, where a luxurious cruise boat awaits to take you on a relaxing trip down this timeless waterway. Imagine the long ago days when ancient Egyptians lived and farmed on the banks, and powerful pharaohs, queens and nobles traversed these mystical waters – both dead and alive. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch in elaborate surroundings as you glide past Cairo’s magnificent waterfront landmarks.
After the cruise we drive to the Giza Plateau, where Egypt’s most famous pyramids were built nearly 5000 years ago. The Great Pyramid (Cheops Pyramid) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids, and the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of these majestic monuments from the Western Plateau before your coach stops near the Pyramid of Chephren. Here you can enjoy free time to explore the site before we continue down the valley to visit the mysterious Great Sphinx, the vigilant guardian of this historic funeral complex.
Your next stop will be a Papyrus Institute, where you will see a demonstration of the ancient art of paper making from reeds. There will also be time for souvenir shopping before returning to Alexandria. This fascinating day of discovery will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your holiday in Egypt.
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