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From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

1. From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the historic city of Alexandria and experience the remnants of a bygone era. After pickup from your hotel in Cairo or Giza, you'll drive towards Alexandria, stopping along the way to use the bathroom and get a coffee. Upon arrival, start your tour of this ancient city. Head towards the marble-stone Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka that once accommodated over 800 visitors. Enjoy the sights of its pleasure garden and mosaic floored Roman baths and villas. Afterward, move on to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa where you can feel the aura of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architectural excellence. The cemetery was constructed in the second century AD and is still one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. Next, visit Pompey's Pillar, the significant Roman triumphal column in Alexandria. Savor a delicious lunch from a local restaurant and then enjoy an outside photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives of the ancient world. Later, visit tge Citadel of Qaitbay, built above the ruined Alexandria lighthouse. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Cairo or Giza to be dropped off at your accommodation.

The Nile: Felucca Ride with Meal and Transfers

2. The Nile: Felucca Ride with Meal and Transfers

Discover the river Nile as you cruise its waters in a traditional Felucca. Meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and travel to the Nile pier in downtown Cairo and spend a day sailing down the same river Cleopatra did so many centuries ago. Enjoy a relaxing daytime cruise and let your hand glide along the Nile’s surface as you bathe in the warm Egyptian sun. Choose to take the cruise later on in the day and experience a spectacular sunset over Cairo from the deck or your boat, or alternatively hop on board the Felucca after the sun has set and observe Cairo’s buzzing nightlife from the river.

From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

3. From Cairo: Mount Sinai & St. Catherine's Monastery Day Trip

Begin your morning with a pickup from your hotel in Cairo and relax as you drive towards Moun Sinai. Upon arrival, climb 750 steps and reach 2,285-meters to see where the prophet Moses received the 10 commandments. The walk up can take approximately 2-3 hours depending on the participant. Arrive at the summit and marvel at the stunning views as the sun's light scatters across the mountains. After spending time at the summit, prepare for your approximately 2-hour descent down the mountain.   Take a break from hiking and visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of St. Catherine’s Monastery. Browse through the old manuscripts displayed in the library and see icons excavated from the Vatican. Learn about the monastery's extensive history reaching back to the 6th-century and its relationship to the burning tree from Moses's story. See the tree itself in the Church of the Transfiguration.  After touring the grounds of the monastery, stop for lunch before heading back to Cairo.

Hurghada: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

4. Hurghada: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

Explore Ancient Egypt. See the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and spend the night on the iconic Nile River. Day 1:Begin your journey to the past with an early morning pickup from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive in Cairo, where you can explore the Egyptian Museum. Enjoy a delicious meal at a traditional Egyptian restaurant. After your fantastic lunch, continue to see the famous Giza Pyramids and the iconic Great Sphinx.  Board a beautiful Nile cruise ship. Enjoy a hearty meal during a spectacular show on board. Head to the deck and take in the view during the evening trip down the Nile. Spend the night aboard the cruise ship, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the boat. Day 2:Head off early in the morning to Alexandria. Arrive at the Montazah Palace and marvel at the priceless works of art and stunning architecture. Wander around the massive gardens, taking in the warm Egyptian sun. Explore the Graeco-Roman Museum and see stunning ancient sculptures from the Greek and Roman cultures. See the modern interpretation of the historic Alexandria Library, where you can experience the innovative Culturama Panorama. After a morning of sightseeing, relax with a fresh seafood lunch.  Explore the important religious sites of Alexandria. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the historic Mosque of Abu el Abbas and its 240-foot tall minaret. See Egypt's largest church, Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and catch a glimpse of some of St. Mark's relics.  Meander to Alexandria's coast and see the ancient Citadel of Qaitbay. Built on the sight of the famous Alexandria Lighthouse, this fortress served as the most important defensive structure on the Mediterranean coast for centuries. Return to your accommodation after two full days of experiencing Ancient Egypt.

Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

5. Cairo: 3-Day River Nile Cruise with Hot Air Balloon

Day 1 You will be picked up from your accommodation and driven to Cairo train station, where you will board an overnight train to Luxor.  Day 2 Upon arrival in Luxor in the early morning, a representative will greet you and take you to a 4-star hotel to have some rest until the hot air balloon time. Enjoy a hot air balloon ride to watch the sun come up over the archaeological sites of Luxor. Next, head to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings. Here you will explore the 3 most important tombs and see the walls full of hieroglyphs.  Your guide will then take you to the most important temple of the complex, the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. The temple consists of three floors with open balconies built of limestone, with statues of the god Osiris and Queen Hatshepsut. You’ll then head to the east bank to visit the biggest temple in Luxor, the Karnak Temple, dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Learn about the history of the temple before heading to your river boat for lunch.  You’ll check into your room and then the boat will depart for Edfu. In the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner and free time in the comfortable surroundings of the boat.  Day 3 After breakfast on board, take a horse-drawn carriage to Edfu. You’ll then enjoy a guided visit of the Temple of Horus. Marvel at the best-preserved religious place in Egypt with imposing sandstone structures of Horus.  You’ll enjoy lunch back on board the boat as you sail to your next destination. In the afternoon, visit the unusual Temple of Kom Ombo. Learn about the structures of the temple and how it was built in honor of two great gods. Return to the boat for dinner and free time.  Day 4 In the early morning you’ll head to one of the most stunning temple complexes in Egypt, the Abu Simbel Temples. The twin temples of Ramesses II and Nefertari were built into the mountainside in the 13th century BC, under the dynasty of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Your guide will take you back to the cruise to check out and take your luggage. You’ll then be transferred to Aswan station to travel back to Cairo by train.

Cairo: Day Tour to the Red Sea with Lunch

6. Cairo: Day Tour to the Red Sea with Lunch

Your driver will pick you up at 7:00AM for the roughly 2-hour drive to El Ein Sohkna on the Red Sea. Following your 120-kilometer commute, you can swim, relax, and enjoy a sunny day at the beach. You will have a room for the day at the beachfront hotel, and lunch is included at the hotel restaurant (which can also be served at the beach upon your request). Whilst at the beach you will be able to enjoy bottled water and snacks, and following your 4:00PM checkout, your driver will transfer you back to your hotel in Cairo.

Cairo: Kayaking on the River Nile

7. Cairo: Kayaking on the River Nile

Start with pickup and transfer from your hotel in Cairo or Giza to the Cairo Kayaking Club. Receive full instruction and a safety briefing if this is your first kayaking experience. Get your life vests on, be guided by your instructor, and paddle down the ancient River Nile. Delve deeper into the history of the area on a 2-hour kayaking experience. Paddle under the shining blue sky, the dazzling water, and the green scenery all around you. At the end of your adventure, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.

Cairo: Giza Pyramids Tour with Quad Bike Safari & Camel Ride

8. Cairo: Giza Pyramids Tour with Quad Bike Safari & Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel in Cairo and travel by air-conditioned vehicle to the Pyramids of Giza. Discover the pyramid complex with a guided tour and learn about the ancient structures. See the famous Sphinx, and the various burial chambers located on the grounds.  After the tour ends, make your way to the quad bike station where you start the 1-hour quad biking adventure across the vast desert. Following this, take a leisurely camel ride across the desert and enjoy beautiful views of the Pyramids, which allows for spectacular photos. Finally, be returned to your hotel in Cairo.

Cairo: Private Half-Day Islamic Cairo-in-Depth Tour

9. Cairo: Private Half-Day Islamic Cairo-in-Depth Tour

Get to know Cairo from the perspective of the Islam world on this half-day tour centered around the Islamic culture and influence in the city. Begin your tour with a visit to the Citadel of Salah Ed-Din. Located high atop Cairo, the Citadel boasts magnificent views of the city. Built by the Arab hero Salah ad-Din, the Citadel primarily functioned as a military garrison, as well as serving as a royal residence for over 700 years. Continuing in the historical traditions of Islamic Cairo, head to the famous Sultan Hassan Mosque, which dates back to the 13th century. Considered to be one of the masterpieces of Islamic art and architecture, its history also includes time spent as a school. Equally as impressive, the Mohamed Ali Mosque is one of Cairo’s most visible landmarks, with its twin minarets rising high atop the Citadel. Shifting gears, your Cairo tour heads back to the streets and toward a famous local bazaar, Khan el-Khalili. A labyrinth of narrow streets and passageways, Khan el-Khalili is one of the world’s largest bazaars, and offers a truly authentic local Cairo experience. Among the world’s oldest bazaars, dating back to 1382, Khan el-Khalili offers an experience unique to the old streets of Islamic Cairo, and affords the opportunity to engage with locals, as locals do, hunting for bargains and relaxing with a coffee as the hustle of the bazaar passes you by.

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What people are saying about Cairo

Definitely worth to spend a few hours filled with culture exploration and adrenaline fun on a quad. Hats off to Emo Tours and specifically Ahmad Naga, who was super friendly and quite knowledgeable on all historical sites. The journey was enjoyable and I highly recommend it.

Excellent guide and driver. Kafafy was very knowledgeable and a gracious host. It was a wonderful day spent in Alexandria. Mohamad was an amazing driver

The tour was amazing and the guys were very polite and nice their names are Hazim & Hamed, they are really gentlemen

Esraa was amazing and so knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed myself and would highly recommend this excursion.

Fady was great, very nice and gave us a lot of information and amazing food recommendations