Cairo Region
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From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

1. From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the historic city of Alexandria and experience the remnants of a bygone era. After pickup from your hotel in Cairo or Giza, you'll drive towards Alexandria, stopping along the way to use the bathroom and get a coffee. Upon arrival, start your tour of this ancient city. Head towards the marble-stone Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka that once accommodated over 800 visitors. Enjoy the sights of its pleasure garden and mosaic floored Roman baths and villas. Afterward, move on to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa where you can feel the aura of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architectural excellence. The cemetery was constructed in the second century AD and is still one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. Next, visit Pompey's Pillar, the significant Roman triumphal column in Alexandria. Savor a delicious lunch from a local restaurant and then enjoy a photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives of the ancient world. Stroll along the Citadel of Qaitbay, built above the ruined Alexandria lighthouse. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Cairo or Giza to be dropped off at your accommodation.

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Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Citadel & Old Cairo Tour

2. Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Citadel & Old Cairo Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Cairo or Giza. Enjoy a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned vehicle as you discover some of the world-famous landmarks of Cairo. First, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with your expert Egyptologist tour guide. Stroll through the many exhibits which display more than 50,000 artifacts from Ancient Egypt. Learn about the history and evolution of Egyptian civilization, as well as their customs and traditions. Next, visit the famous Citadel of Saladin, also known as the Citadel of Cairo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a storied history dating back nearly 850 years. Built by the Sultan of Egypt, Salah Al-Din on the Mokattam Hills, enjoy beautiful views of the city as you learn about the Citadel's fascinating history. Then, explore one of the oldest markets in the Arab world, Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. This beautiful 14th-century market still retains traces of its former glory. Walk through the old lanes of the bazaar where you can browse for antiques or handicrafts from the shops. Then, visit a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional Cairo lunch. Lastly, visit the prominent landmarks of Old Cairo such as the Hanging Church, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Church of Abu Serga. Afterward, be returned back to your hotel or selected location in Cairo or Giza by your tour guide.

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Cairo: Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks

3. Cairo: Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks

Discover Egypt's wide array of tasty homegrown beer and wine on this bar crawl in Cairo. Visit 4 pubs/bars only known to locals and avoid the tourist traps with exaggerated prices. Enjoy an included locally brewed beer or shot at each of the first 2 bars, and receive enthusiastic recommendations about your visit to Cairo. Each bar has a different vibe and story behind it, and all of them are always populated with expats. After meeting your guide at the meeting point, head to your first destination, a hole-in-the-wall pub that dates back to the 1940s. Here, learn how Ancient Egyptians, one of the first civilizations on Earth, used to indulge in drinking alcohol. Make your second stop at a speakeasy bar that you could walk right past and never realize it exists. Join in a game of Jenga or share travel stories with the group as you sip on Egyptian beer and drinks or nibble on a selection of delicious local tapas, at your own expense. The third bar is located on the rooftop of the city's first hotel and offers some great shisha (hookah) flavors, as well as great views of downtown Cairo. Finally, at the fourth and last bar, ascend to the 20th floor and admire amazing views of Cairo and the River Nile that you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. If you're lucky enough to visit on Thursday or Friday, a DJ will be spinning awesome tunes and the crowd will be on their feet dancing all night. On other nights, a live band plays covers of well-known songs.

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From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

4. From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Cairo and relax as you drive towards Moun Sinai. Upon arrival, climb 750 steps and reach 2,285-meters to see where the prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. The walk up can take approximately 2-3 hours depending on the participant. Arrive at the summit and marvel at the stunning views as the sun's light scatters across the mountains. After spending time at the summit, prepare for your approximately 2-hour descent down the mountain.   Take a break from hiking and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine’s Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and see icons excavated from the Vatican. Learn about the monastery's extensive history reaching back to the 6th-century and its relationship to the burning tree from Moses's story. See the tree itself in the Church of the Transfiguration.  After touring the grounds of the monastery, stop for lunch before heading back to Cairo.

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From Hurghada: 2-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

5. From Hurghada: 2-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

Day 1: Get picked up from your hotel in the early morning and transfer to Hurghada Airport for your flight to Cairo. Reach Cairo by 7 AM, where your tour guide will be waiting for you outside of the terminal. Begin your full-day tour with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. Then, explore the Valley Temple, the location where priests mummified the body of King Chephren. Get a close-up look at the famous Sphinx, the legendary guardian with the head of a king and the body of a lion. Next, continue to Sakkara, located only 16 miles southwest from Cairo. Visit the Step Pyramid, built for King Zoser and an important aspect of the pyramids’ evolution. Then, head over to Memphis City, the ancient capital of Egypt and home to the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. This city dates back to 3100 BC. After this, stop for lunch in a local restaurant based on full meal for each person but beverages is not included. End the first day with a transfer to your hotel for check-in and an overnight stay in Cairo. Day 2: Check out of the hotel at 8 AM and collect your luggage, to be stored in the car. Begin the day with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, displaying the world’s largest collection of precious Egyptian art. Marvel at the rare collection of over 250,000 genuine artifacts that date back as far as 5,000 years. Continue to the Citadel, where you will visit the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha before proceeding to Khan El Khalili Bazaar. The numerous shops in this district are known for trading fine brass war, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, and much more. After this, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (beverages are not included). At the end of day 2, transfer back to Cairo Airport for your return flight to Hurghada.

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Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

6. Cairo: Pyramids, Museum Visit & Dinner Cruise Combo

Get picked up from your hotel at 8 AM, then begin your excursion with a visit to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Then, proceed to the Great Sphinx which dates back to the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramid of Chephren. Next, continue on to visit the Egyptian Museum which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art and is considered to be the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Admire over 250,000 genuine artifacts, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen's collection of treasure, gold, and jewelry. Read about how these marvels were enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before they were discovered in the 1920s. After this, get transferred back to your hotel at around 4 PM to rest for a while, take a shower, and get ready for the night ahead. At 6 PM, get picked up from your hotel and head to the pier to begin your 2-hour Nile cruise. Enjoy a night on the Nile as you take in the sights of Cairo. Savor a delicious dinner on board as you watch a belly dancing and a folkloric show. Be delighted by the Chef's menu along with a selection of Egyptian favorites, all made with fresh ingredients. At the end of this memorable dining experience, get transferred back at around 10:30 PM where your tour ends.

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Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Day Trip

7. Cairo: Giza Pyramids, Memphis, and Sakkara Day Trip

Your tour will begin as you are collected from your Cairo accommodation. From the moment your tour starts, your guide will provide you with full attention. Once in the car, your guide will talk to you about all the things on the way, as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. You will begin your tour traveling to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus, before later proceeding to visit the Great Sphinx, which dates back to the time of Chephren. You will then visit the Valley Temple of the Pyramids, whilst also enjoying many outstanding photo stops. You will move on to visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser in Sakkara, home of Egypt’s oldest pyramid which was built in the third dynasty for King Djoser. Finally you will proceed to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt where you can observe the great Statue of Ramses II and the alabaster Sphinx of Memphis. At the conclusion of your tour, you will travel in comfort back to your hotel.

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From Cairo or Giza: National Museum, Citadel and Bazaar Tour

8. From Cairo or Giza: National Museum, Citadel and Bazaar Tour

You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza in an air-conditioned vehicle to take you to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Located in Old Cairo, the museum showcases 50,000 artifacts and will tell you the story of Egyptian heritage and culture. Next, head to the Saladin Citadel, built in 1183. This huge structure protected Cairo from several enemy attacks. Admire the beautiful city views of Cairo and the desert from the citadel. Listen to interesting stories about its construction and history from your guide.  Next stop is the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest markets in the Middle East. Explore the countless lanes and old fashioned shops selling antiques, souvenirs, perfumes, spices, and jewelry. Then, it’s time to enjoy an authentic lunch at a local restaurant. After a memorable day discovering the city, you will be dropped off at your selected location or hotel in Cairo or Giza.

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From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

9. From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in air-conditioned transportation heading to Cairo. Once you have arrived in Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum, then stop for lunch at the Egyptian Restaurant. See the iconic Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Travel to the River Nile for overnight accommodation on a Nile Cruise where you can enjoy the night show with dinner and a two hours cruise along the Nile. Relax and get ready for the Alexandria trip the next day. Take off early in the morning on the road to Alexandria. Visit old Alexandria the Romanian Museum and Alexandria Library. Enjoy a seafood lunch at a relaxing spot. See the old mosque of Abu el Abbas and the biggest church in Alexandria before traveling back to Sharm El-Sheikh.

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Cairo: Giza Pyramids Tour with Quad Bike Safari & Camel Ride

10. Cairo: Giza Pyramids Tour with Quad Bike Safari & Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel in Cairo and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Pyramids of Giza. Discover the pyramid complex with a guided tour and learn about the ancient structures. See the famous Sphinx, and the various burial chambers located on the grounds.  After the tour ends, make your way to the quad bike station where you start the 1-hour quad biking adventure across the vast desert. Following this, take a leisurely camel ride across the desert and enjoy beautiful views of the Pyramids, which allows for spectacular photos. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Cairo.

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What people are saying about Cairo Region

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Fares, the driver was friendly and communicative. We were able to coordinate pick up times easily. His car was actually one of the nicer cars Ive been in while in Egypt. He was a smooth andsafe driver. Doma, the guide, has a palpable enthusiam for this area of study and was able to share his knowledge with the same energy. He was both to juggle my frequent questions and tangents without flinching. Both gentlemen were enjoyable company. And the cost seems to be on par with similarly marketed tours, so the value seems good.

Tour guide Mohammed Doma is so professional and knowledgeable, letting us know more about the history of Egypt. What a safe and nice Driver Michael, thanks to his 600-km drive bringing us back and forth between Giza and Alexandria.

Excelente experiencia! Con Farez al volante y con Kholud de fui, pude conocer la historia y los principales turísticos de Alejandria. Súper recomendando.

Great tour, Ahmed was a great guide! Appreciated his openness to answer any of our questions, learnt a lot about Egypt!

Amir is an amazing tour guide. Made the day fun and was great in describing everything and answering our questions.