Cairo is a vibrant, exhilarating, and welcoming city and this short tour encapsulates the best that this ancient land has to offer. Home to some of the best Pharaonic, Coptic, and Islamic sights in Egypt, this city is where you never know what incredible ancient sites you may experience. Discover Giza’s famed pyramids, visit the capital's medieval markets by Khan El-Khalili, or simply sit at a café terrace while watching the life of the city whirl past as it has done for eons.
For those with fewer time constraints this Cairo stopover makes a wonderful additional tour as you travel through the Middle East.
· Marvel at the wondrous Pyramids from the earliest Step Pyramid of Sakkara to the monumental Great Pyramid of Giza.
· Wonder at the origins of the enigmatic Sphinx whose face was once used for target practice by Napoleon’s soldiers.
· Explore the millennia old treasure that abound in the Egyptian Museum
Day 1: CairoOn arrival into Cairo you will be met prior to customs and immigration by a local operator and transferred to your hotel.
Save time money and long queues if you book the Warm Welcome Egyptian Visa Service. Begin your holiday with peace of mind by allowing Ancient Kingdoms Holidays to arrange your Egyptian visas for NZ$75. You will be met prior to immigration and handed your visa by one of our helpful local operators (Offer valid for NZ, Aus and UK passport holders. Other nationalities on application).
After clearing customs and immigration you will be transferred to your Cairo City area hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to unwind.
Day 2: Cairo (B)
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your full day sightseeing tour of the Pyramids Sphinx Memphis and Sakkara. Begin your tour with a visit to Memphis which served as the capital of Upper and Lower Egypt some 5000 years ago during the First Dynasty. Continue to Sakkara, one of the most exciting historical and archaeological areas in all of Egypt. Dominated by the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, this was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt preceding those at Giza by many centuries. Continue to those most iconic of Egyptian monuments, the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. The Great Pyramid, built by the Pharaoh Cheops over 4500 years ago, contains more than 2.3 million cubic metres of stone and was the tallest structure on earth up until the 19th century. The enigmatic Sphynx was buried up to its shoulders until a young Prince Thutmose dreamt he was told to restore this most famous of statues in exchange for the kingship. Following the completion of this task Thutmose IV did indeed become pharaoh and celebrated his accomplishment by erecting the “Dream Stele” which can still be seen today between the Sphinx’s forelegs.
Day 3: Cairo (B)
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your full day sightseeing tour of Cairo. Explore the Egyptian Museum where you can view the glittering treasures of ancient Egypt. Continue to the Citadel which dominates Cairo’s skyline. Also visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque commissioned by Mohammed Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. Your tour ends with a visit to the 14th century Khan El Khalili Bazaar where many bargains may be found.
Day 4: Cairo (B)
Today you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
- Return private airport transfers
- Met inside immigration
- Air conditioned transportation
- Private tours in Cairo with an Egyptologist guide
- Entrance fees
- Daily breakfasts
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
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