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Cairo: 2-Hour River Nile Cafelluca Cruise with Meals

1. Cairo: 2-Hour River Nile Cafelluca Cruise with Meals

Your River Nile experience begins with pickup from your hotel within Cairo City, then heads to Maadi where your traditional felucca boat awaits you. Find your seats aboard the boat and sit back and relax as you leave the marina and start your trip along the world-famous River Nile. Spend a delightful 2-hours cruising along the river, admiring incredible views of the surrounding landscapes and locals going about their day. As you watch the scenes unfold along the river, learn about how Old Cairo has adapted to modern times, and how traditions and culture have developed here. While you sail, enjoy a delicious and authentic Egyptian meal, bursting with colorful flavors that represent the local way of life. There are 3 options available for the trip, the breakfast option which runs from 10am to 12pm, the lunch option which runs from 12pm to 4pm, and the dinner option which runs from 6pm to 8pm. During the breakfast cruise, dine on traditional ful stew, falafel, feteer, honey, cheese, tomato, salad, and soft drinks. On the lunch and dinner cruises, guests are served a selection of meat samosas, meat and vegetable tagine, tahini, salads, grilled chicken, kofta, and more, as well as a sweet dessert and soft drinks.

Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

2. Cairo: 2-Day Pyramid, Museum, Bazaar Private Tour

Begin your adventure by meeting your guide, an Egyptologist, at your hotel’s reception. Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and see the treasures of young King Tutankhamun. Receive an in-depth overview of the different eras of ancient Egyptian history.  Afterward ride down the Nile in a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat. Pause and enjoy lunch before exploring the streets of Old Cairo. Explore the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque, Khan El Khalili bazaar, and Moez Street. After immersing yourself in the beauty and energy of Cairo, stop for a cup of tea before returning to your hotel. You will have the option to book dinner on the cruise or a sound and light show. Day 2 - start the day as per your convenience with the same guide. Visit the Giza pyramids, the Great Sphinx, the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara, and the open-air museum of Memphis. You also have the option to go inside the pyramid or enjoy a camel ride for an additional fee. Afterward, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in Cairo or Giza.

From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

3. From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

Explore the rich history of Alexandria; tracing time from its ancient Egyptian roots, through the Classical period, to Roman times and beyond on an informative full-day tour from Cairo. Enjoy meet-and-greet service pick-up, and drop off from your Cairo hotel, and the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Begin the journey with a visit to the Roman theater in Kom El-Deka; a marble theater that once seated 800 spectators with galleries, sections of mosaic flooring, and a pleasure garden, all surrounded by Roman baths and villas. Continuing, explore the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa; the necropolis of 3 sub-levels dating from the 2nd century AD merges aspects of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman culture in its features. See the Roman triclinium – a banquet hall to honor the dead, as well as statues, reliefs, and a pillared lobby featuring depictions of Egyptian gods in Roman armor. See the site of the Alexandria Library. Concluding the tour, walk the ramparts of the 15th century Qaitbay Citadel, built upon the ruins of the ancient Alexandria Lighthouse. End this day of discovery with a relaxed evening drive back to Cairo, and your hotel.

Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Meals

4. Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Meals

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cairo at 6:00 AM and heads out of the city across the surrounding desert landscapes. The first stop of the day is the stunning Bahariya Oasis, which was once the agricultural center during Pharaonic times. It is now famous for its abundance of dates and olives. Explore the oasis with your guide and admire the sprawling landscape of shady palms and natural springs. After lunch visit the Black Desert, a fascinating landscape with rugged mountain-like domes that contrast against the sandy surroundings. Next, visit the nearby Agabat, a beautiful valley with imposing white cliff faces and yellow limestone rocks. Follow on to the Crystal Mountain, an incredibly unique formation made entirely of calcite crystal that sparkles and shimmers under the Egyptian sun. Head over to the White Desert next, named for its sprawling white sandy landscape that stretches across the horizon. Climb a number of sand dunes and marvel at the jaw-dropping views that seem to go on forever. Finally, relax on the journey back to Cairo and arrive at your hotel at approximately 11 PM.

From Hurghada: Cairo and Giza Highlights 2-Day Trip

5. From Hurghada: Cairo and Giza Highlights 2-Day Trip

Discover Cairo on this overnight tour which includes accommodation and transfers form Hurghada. Start with a visit to the Egyptian Museum. During the visit your guide will answer all your questions about the exhibits. Afterwards you can enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch and visit Alabaster Mosque, a landmark of Cairo. At Khan el-Khalili bazaar, the largest bazaar in the Arab world, you will encounter people of all social classes and religions. Spend an hour browsing through the bazaar before heading to your hotel in Cairo.  The next morning you will be driven to the famous pyramids and the sphinx. Here you will have three hours to admire these fantastic ancient structures. Afterwards you will head towards Saqqara, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch before visiting the step pyramid of Saqqara.

Cairo: Great Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Museum Tour

6. Cairo: Great Pyramids of Giza and Egyptian Museum Tour

Your tour begins with an easy hotel pickup, where your guide will be awaiting you in your hotel lobby. Now the fun really begins. Journey back in time to the days of the Ancient Egyptians to see the legendary pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Get an up close look at the Great Sphinx, and visit the Valley Temple on the site where the ancient pharaohs were laid to rest. This is a family friendly tour, so kids are welcome! Take a camel ride through the desert and feel just like an ancient Egyptian. This is truly an unforgettable experience! Next, take a history tour of Cairo, which will take you along all the lesser known but must-see local spots. Take in the panoramic views of the Pyramids and the Sphinx, make an optional stop for local Cairo food, and visit the Egyptian Museum to see Egypt's hidden treasures. The city has a rich local history, ranging from the ancients to modern time. Learn about what is going on in Cairo today! Meet the locals, who will show you how to make the most of your trip. At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel.

From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

7. From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

Day 1: Start the tour at 8:30 AM when you will be picked up from your hotel or any point in Eilat. Set off for the Arava Border and pass over to the Jordan side. Meet your representative there and continue the drive to the Petra site. The drive takes about 2 hours in total.  When you arrive, enjoy a tour of this iconic archaeological site with your guide. Visit the famous Treasury, the Amphitheater, and much more. After this, have lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Israel and set off on an overnight 10-hour drive to Cairo making a short procedural stop at the Egyptian border. Day 2: When you arrive in Cairo, visit the pyramids, the sphinx, the market, and the museum. Then, eat lunch and go to your 4-star hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Saqqara and Memphis area, about 27 km south-west of Cairo. Learn about how Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt and Saqqara was its necropolis. Hear stories about how the deceased pharaohs and sacred animals were ceremoniously transported from Memphis to be permanently enshrined in one of the many temples on the site. Then, stop for lunch before continuing the tour to Old Cairo. See the Church of St-Sergius, a 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. Admire the spectacular Citadel of Saladin, built-in 1183 in the medieval stronghold tradition. Also, marvel at the Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster mosque. Finally, transfer to the Taba Border, where your tour concludes.

Cairo: El-Moez Street, Cairo Tower, and El-Fishawy Café

8. Cairo: El-Moez Street, Cairo Tower, and El-Fishawy Café

Get picked up from your hotel and visit one of the oldest streets in Egypt, known as El Moez Le Din Allah Street, a place still indicative of historical Cairo. Discover the various monuments spread along both sides of the street, including Bab El Fetouh and Bab El Nasr, then move towards the northern side of the city, to El Darb El Asfar. In the most ancient quarter of Islamic Cairo, visit a school in Nahassen, the El Aqmar Mosque, the Mosque of El Saleh Tala, the Dome, the Hospital and School of Qalawoon, and more. Then, get a new perspective of this great city from the Cairo Tower, located on Gezira Island (Zemalak). This 613-foot-tall tower is said to imitate a lotus plant, and is the world's fourth-highest tower. It is made of granite, the same material used by ancient Egyptians, and is about 150 feet taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza. Conclude your tour with a visit to El-Fishawy Cafe. Evolving from a small local cafe to the most popular coffee shop in the El-Hussein area, El-Fishawy is the oldest cafe in the heart of Khan El-Khalili and has hosted kings, princes, famous artists, and intellectuals who have passed on stories about the place since its conception in 1771 AD. Relax on a transfer back to your hotel.

From Cairo or Giza: Sakkara, Memphis, and Pyramids Day Trip

9. From Cairo or Giza: Sakkara, Memphis, and Pyramids Day Trip

Explore the ruins from the 3rd-6th dynasties with this transfer from Cairo or Giza to the Sakkara area, the ruins of the city of Memphis, and the Giza pyramid complex. Ride in a spacious and private vehicle with bottled water. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cairo or Giza. Sit back and relax in a comfortable and airconditioned car as you make your way to the Sakkara area. Stop in Sakkara where you can purchase entrance to the necropolis for the ancient city of Memphis and see the Mastaba-styled tombs. Have the chance to buy a ticket for the Pyramid of Djoser. View pyramids from the 3rd, the 5th, and the 6th dynasties. Take a walk in the desert before heading to the ancient capital, Memphis. Purchase tickets to see the remaining monuments like an alabaster Sphinx, a colossal statue of Ramses II, and the Great Temple of Ptah. Travel to the Giza pyramid complex, where you can buy tickets to explore the complex. View the 4th dynasty pyramids of Cheops, Khaphren, and Mychreanos. Admire the great Sphinx statue which is part of Khaphren funeral complex. Have the opportunity to purchase a camel ride before heading back to your accommodation in Cairo or Giza.

Cairo: Private Half-Day Local Market and Souq Tour

10. Cairo: Private Half-Day Local Market and Souq Tour

Start your shopping tour at the El Ghorya market and watch a traditional Tannoura dance show. Then, stroll through Gamalia street and pass by El Azhar mosque and Bab Zuwayla, one of three remaining gates of the walls of Cairo. Your next stop is El Mosky, a big market combining all kinds of products such as home utensils and clothes.  Move to Khan el Khalili, the oldest and most prestigious market of Cairo. Built over the tombs of the Fatimid caliphs, the bazaar features oriel windows overlooking the streets, and many public water fountains made from copper. Find exotic items here in the heart of Cairo such as spices, perfumes, jewelry, and all sorts of souvenirs. Stop for lunch at a kushari restaurant and try one of the most common Egyptian meals. It is made of rice, macaroni, and lentils, and topped with a spiced tomato  and garlic sauce, and garnished with chickpeas, and crispy fried onions.

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4.9 / 5

based on 723 reviews

Salib was an incredible guide. Extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and caring. He even got us some amazing falafels (though we hadn’t booked lunch!) and gave us tips on how to avoid the hustlers at all the sites. Salib’s English was excellent and the pace of the tour was perfectly judged - just the right amount of time T each place to absorb all the sights and information and take a few snaps for the protobook Salib made sure we got to see the pyramids from all the best angles and took care to give us our own time during the trip as well to take in fully the beauty of the sites. We were picked up on time at 8am (although we were a little late, Salib was incredibly patient ) and dropped off around 4pm. Overall a fantastic experience made all the better by having the perfect guide. Highly recommend!

My guide Salib picked me up at the agreed time. On the way to Saqqara he vividly explained the history of ancient Egypt to me. In Saqqara and Memphis, I was guided through the facilities and made aware of many details that I would have missed without a guide. Since I had skipped the optional lunch, there was enough time left for an unscheduled visit to the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur. The conclusion was formed by the world-famous pyramids of Gysi and the Sphinx. Salib was an excellent guide. He speaks perfect English, can answer any question and is flexible in planning the daily routine. We had enough time at each sight. A visit to a Papyrus Shop was offered, but since I wasn't interested in it, I didn't do it without further discussion.

I cannot recommend this experience enough. Ahmet was our guide and by the end he felt like part of our family. Everything was so well organized and on time. Omar experienced so many amazing things in Egypt and saw more than we could have asked for. Ahmet was so knowledgeable and proud of Egyptian history. He made our experience infinitely better with his humor and thoughtfulness. We never felt rushed or pressured to go see any attractions. This has been the trip of a lifetime for us and I cannot recommend this tour enough. The pictures are incredible and Ahmet will take the most amazing pictures for you. If you’re looking for a tour please consider this option - you won’t regret your choice!

The tour was really enjoyable. The driver and tour guide were both very friendly and accommodating. The 2 boys, one driving the camel and the other driving the quad were also chatty and pleasant. The tour was fun, I would only recommend it.

We had an AMAZING time. Mostfa Dolce was our guide and he was so good. We had so much fun and definitely rate this as one of our top vacation memories.