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Cairo, Alexandria & the Mediterranean (6770) - 2015

8 Day Tour from Cairo to Cairo


Cairo, Alexandria & the Mediterranean
Alexandria is known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean
Alexandria is known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean
The papyrus plant is most commonly known for making papyrus paper
See Sakkaras Stairway to the Sky, the oldest of all pyramids
An Egyptian camel in the desert
The Great Sphinx of Giza
Marvel at the massive stone sculpture of the Sphinx
Magnificent pyramids in the setting sun
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

A mesmerizing country of ancient civilization, Egypt’s culture and mysterious past fascinate generation after generation. Your journey begins in Cairo, the most populated metro area in Africa. See the Sphinx, Valley Temple, and the great Giza pyramids, standing since approximately 2560 BC. Enjoy the included guided visit of the National Egyptian Museum as well as Coptic Cairo and the Saladin Citadel. Follow the Nile Delta to Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea and visit the Fort of Qait, the gardens of Montaza Palace, and the new library. Along the Mediterranean coastal road, visit El Alamein, where two decisive battles were fought during WWII. On the way back to Cairo, visit one of the ancient Coptic monasteries and do some last-minute souvenir shopping at the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Discover more amazing sites as you visit the fascinating step pyramid of Sakkara and the open-air museum in Memphis.

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Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, El Alamein, Memphis, Sakkara

Guides:

Professional Tour Director while touring

NOTE:

  • December 21 Departure – Christmas week


Day 1Arrive in Cairo, Egypt

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this exciting city. Later, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a welcome dinner this evening. (D)

Day 2Cairo

This morning, drive to the Giza Plateau to visit the three PYRAMIDS of Kings Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, as well as the Valley Temple with the SPHINX. In the afternoon, visit the NATIONAL EGYPTIAN MUSEUM and listen to the historic commentary given by your Tour Director as you walk around the exhibit halls. Also admire the treasure of the “Boy King,“ Tutankhamun. Tonight, join the optional evening Nile dinner cruise, which includes belly dancing and a folklore show. (B)

Day 3Cairo–Alexandria

Discover the oldest part of the city, known as Coptic Cairo, originally a Roman fortress town called “Babylon.” Today, some of the Roman walls can still be seen. Next, visit the CITADEL OF SALADIN with its beautiful MOSQUE. Leave Cairo and drive north through the Nile Delta area. Lunch is included en route. More vistas of the Egyptian countryside come alive before reaching Alexandria for three overnights. (B,L,D)

Day 4Alexandria

Alexandria, the “Pearl of the Mediterranean,” is the very essence of everything Egyptian—cosmopolitan, cultured, elegant, architecturally contrasting, effervescently alive, and, above all, conscious of its beauty and magnetism. On the included city sightseeing, see the CATACOMBS, POMPEY’S PILLAR, and the new ALEXANDRIA LIBRARY. Stop by the Fort of Qait, and enjoy a stroll around the GARDENS of the royal Montaza Palace. Afternoon and evening are at leisure. (B)

Day 5Alexandria. Excursion to El Alamein

Drive along the Mediterranean coastal road for a stop in El Alamein, made famous by the decisive victory of the Allies during WWII. Visit the military MUSEUM and CEMETERY and enjoy the included lunch before heading back to Alexandria. (B,L,D)

Day 6Alexandria–Wadi El Natrun–Cairo

Experience completely different scenery today as you travel back to Cairo on the desert road. Stop in Wadi el Natrun, situated in a valley dotted with oases. Visit one of the COPTIC MONASTERIES of this area and learn about the Coptic faith. Arrive in Cairo in time for some last-minute shopping at the KHAN-EL-KHALILI bazaar. (B,D)

Day 7Cairo

Start the day with the included visit to the ancient Memphis OPEN-AIR MUSEUM. Then, see SAKKARA'S “stairway to the sky,“ the oldest of all pyramids. Later, time at leisure. (B)

Day 8Cairo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Cairo if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.


CAIRO Mövenpick Pyramids (F)
ALEXANDRIA Sheraton Alexandria (F)
CAIRO Concorde El Salaam (F)

Buffet breakfasts; 2 lunches; 4 dinners

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