Pyramids & Cairo Tour from Alexandria Port
From Alexandria Port drive to Cairo with our guide where you will visit the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx, the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, the Egyptian Museum, and the Cairo Citadel with Muhammad Ali’s Alabaster Mosque. Return to your ship in Alexandria in the evening.
- Pick up services from Alexandria Port & return
- All transfers by a modern air-conditioned coach
- Accommodation for a night in Cairo at 5* hotel
- Breakfast at your hotel
- English Speaking guide
- Entrance fees to mentioned sites
- Lunch meals at a local restaurant
- Bottled water on board the vehicle during the tour
- Shopping tours in Cairo
- All Service charges & taxes
- Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
- Optional activities
- Tipping Kitty
Day 01: Pyramids Tour
Memphis Tours Representative will pick you up from Alexandria Port by the cruise exit door. After that you will be transferred by an air-conditioned coach to Cairo, approximately 3 hours, with a stop if needed to have a rest. Start your tour with a visit to the Step Pyramids of Zoser, the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty (around 2630 BC) for King Djoser, Teti Pyramid. After that we move to visit the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. 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 the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramid of Chephren with shopping tour at the Famous bazaars and papyrus institutes in Giza. Optional tour to watch the spectacular Sound and Light Show at Giza Pyramids or enjoy having dinner on a Nile cruise. Lunch is included during the tour. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 02: Egyptian Museum/Salah Din Citadel
Breakfast at your hotel, 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 to Tutankhamen 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. Have your lunch at a local restaurant. Then processed to Salah El Din Citadel and the albaster Mosque 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 over 45 years. After that travel via air-conditioned modern coach to Alexandria and back to your cruise for the final departure.
Rather than go into detail on the itinerary which is available on Memphis's website, I would just emphasize the advantages of the private tour. Ahmed is a fully licensed and degreed Egyptologist who was able to go into as little or as much detail as we wanted at every location visited. Since Cairo is about 3 hours from the port of Alexandria, we had plenty of fascinating conversations about Egyptian history, politics, religion and family life - nothing was off limits and we had great respect for each others views. While this sounds kind of serious, it was lighthearted. Ahmed and Osama had good senses of humor and we fun, fun, fun while learning.
Separately, I might note our tour was November 20-21, 2021. We felt completely safe, and despite our concerns prior to the visit, I absolutely no reservations about returning. We elected to book our own hotel arrangements at the Cairo Conrad Hilton, being a Diamond HHonors member and was NOT disappointed. It was a beautiful hotel and the included breakfast buffet was fantastic.