Overnight Trip to Cairo from Port Said Port
Leave your ship in Port Said and head to Cairo for two days tours. See the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. After a night in Cairo, visit Saladin’s Citadel and Mohammed Ali’s Mosque within its walls. Explore Khan El Khalili Cairo`s old bazaar before returning to your ship.
- Pick up services from Port Said port & return
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation for 1 night at 5* hotel
- Private English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to mentioned sites
- Bottled water on board the vehicle during the tour
- Lunch at local restaurant in Cairo
- Shopping tours in Cairo
- All Service charges & taxes
- Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
Day 01: Port Said/ Pyramids Tour
Memphis Tours representative will pick you up from Port Said port upon your cruise ship arrival by the exit door, holding a sign of your name. After that you will be transferred by an air-conditioned vehicle to Cairo, approximately 3 hours, joining a police convoy till reaching Cairo. Arrive to Cairo to enjoy a visit to the Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerine. Then proceed to visit the great sphinx , the head of a pharaoh with a lion's body, which dates back to the time of Chephren; the tour also includes a visit to theValley temple which belongs to the Pyramid of Chephren. Continue driving to visit the Step pyramids of zoser, the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd dystany (around 2630 BC) for King Djoser. Local will be served at a local restaurant in Cairo. Overnight in Cairo
Day 02: Egyptian Museum / Salah Din Citadel/ Port Said
Breakfast in your hotel, then you will be escorted by your tour guide to have an excursion to the Egyptian Museum which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which are considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian artifacts in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated toTutankamon collection of treasures, gold and jewelry which were enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before its discovery in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Cairo. Then move on to Salah el din Citadel and the Alabaster mosquee of Mohamed Ali which was designed by the architect Yousif Boushnaq, a Turkish man who came especially from Istanbul to build this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled Egypt for over 45 years. Continue driving to the area of Islamic Cairo (If there is enough time), where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar. After that travel via air-conditioned modern vehicle to the Port. Back to your cruise ship in Port Said for your final departure.
On day one we were picked up at the port in Alexandria on time by an amazing driver, Mohamed (Cairo traffic/drivers are the worst in the world and I spent much of the time with my eyes closed. I think Modhamed could rival any Indie 500 driver) and our wonderful tour leader, Hussen, then whisked away to Cairo in a wonderfully air conditioned van. After checking into our hotel, we met our darling guide/historian, Sherwet, and went to the Museum of Antiquities. My favorite museum in the world and, although my third visit there, I could spend weeks in it. The only Pharoah's mummy on display 30 years ago was Seti I and it was a privilege to be able to visit the new Mummy Room. Sherwet let us all have 30 minutes on our own (my husband is a builder and went straight to the tools section) before we were taken to a local restaurant for dinner and back to our hotel to freshen up. They picked us up later and took us to the Sound & Light Show at the pyramids. The show hasn't changed much, but I still loved seeing it again. I get chills when the lights come on and that deep voice says "Since the beginning of time..."
Day two began with check-out and a visit to the Giza Plateau to see the pyramids, Sphinx and the Solar Barge. I hadn't seen the Solar Barge and the building/display was amazing. Then we were driven to Saqqara, where we saw the step and bent pyramids and several mastabas. Only one mastaba was open on my first visit and I was amazed at how much work had been done in Saqqara since then. I think the carvings are more beautifully done here than in the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Luxor. Don't miss Saqqara if you have the time.
After a wonderful Stella/Star beer (in cans now and not the tall green bottles of years ago) at a local spot, Mohamed and Hussen drove us to Port Said where we boarded our cruise ship. I highly recommend using Memphis Tours when going to Egypt. They are so professional and we got to see so much more than with a group tour!
We would definitely recommend Memphis Tours to anyone wanting to see Cairo.
Medhat, our guide, spoke excellent english, took us to several important sites in our two day tour, the Great Pyramids, Sphynx, the steppes pyramid, the egyptioan Museum, the Muhamed ali mosque and mixed in a bit of shopping. Unfortunately we didn't have time to see the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, but there's a reason to go back.
Medhad's knowledge of the sites and his experience in dealing withthe street vendors was invaluable. We weren't hassled at all, which was a major problem for anyone on the big bus tours. Medhat arranged for a Camel ride at the pyramids with Sharif who was also exceptional. He was trustworthy and after reluctantly giving him my camera for some photo he provided some exceptional shots for our once in a lifetime opportunity.