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Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Entertainment

1. Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Entertainment

Spend an evening cruising the Nile on an evening boat ride that includes dinner and live entertainment. After a hotel pickup, embark on a romantic night out on the water. See the sunset over Cairo, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, listen to live music, and watch a traditional dance show. Begin this wonderful dinner excursion from the lobby of your hotel. Set sail on a trip from Cairo and discover the beauty of the ancient Egyptian city by night. Take in the wonderful views of Cairo illuminated by the glaring city lights as you savor a special open buffet dinner. Enjoy a belly dance show, Arabic songs, and music, along with a Tanoura show while enjoying typical cuisine. This amazing Arabian night experience ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

From Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo & Giza with BBQ Lunch

2. From Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo & Giza with BBQ Lunch

Discover the “City of a Thousand Minarets” on a full-day tour of Cairo, with round-trip transfers by bus from Hurghada. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on the long journey from Hurghada, admiring views of the Gulf of Suez. You will be accompanied by a transfer guide who will accompany you on the journey until you meet your Egyptologist guide. Upon arrival, your private Egyptologist guide will meet you and take you to Giza Plateau to see the oldest of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Get breathtaking views of the Pyramids of Giza as you explore the mortuary temples of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Learn the story of how the temples were constructed and hear the stories behind their legends. Continue to the Great Sphinx, the giant statue of a reclining mythical beast with a lion’s body and the face of the Pharaoh Khafre. Go to the Valley Temple opposite, attributed to the Pharaoh Khafre, and marvel at the feat of ancient engineering. Next, take a 30-minute break for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, drive into central Cairo to discover the artifacts at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square with fast-track entry. You can also choose to add a Nile River cruise and a camel ride to your tour when booking. Designed by French architect Marcel Dourgnon, the museum’s collections exceed 120,000 masterpieces from the pre-dynastic to the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods. Learn about the mummification art of Ancient Egypt before your return transfer to Hurghada. After visiting all the attractions, enjoy a shopping stop before beginning the journey back to Hurghada.

Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

3. Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

Embark on a full-day guided tour of Cairo from Hurghada. Travel by plane and visit the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Enjoy a restaurant lunch and explore the treasures of the Egyptian Museum. Upon arrival in Cairo you will be greeted by an Egyptologist who will accompany you throughout the tour. The tour starts in Giza, where you can marvel at the famous and impressive pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, as well as the world-renowned Sphinx.  The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple. After a break for a delicious lunch, the tour continues on to the Egyptian Museum. Here you can admire the treasures of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun with more than 120,000 masterpieces of Egyptian art and artifacts. In the afternoon you can enjoy shopping at the Khan el-Khalili market. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred to the airport in Cairo to catch the flight back to Hurghada, followed by a direct transfer to your hotel.

From Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

4. From Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

Discover Cairo in a unique manner: from the skies on a flight from Hurghada and on the ground to see the iconic pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum with an Egyptologist as a guide. Take a step back in time throughout your tour and travel comfortably between locations in an air-conditioned van. Travel from Hurghada to Cairo by plane, where your exciting day tour truly begins. After the pickup at your hotel in Hurghada, sit back and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle as you drive to the airport to catch a domestic flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, meet your Egyptologist guide who will accompany you throughout your tour.  Head to Giza, where you visit the famous and impressive pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, as well as the Sphinx. After a break for a delicious lunch, continue to the Egyptian Museum. Here, admire the treasures of the young pharaoh Tutankhamun, as well as other artifacts. In the afternoon, change the pace of your tour by shopping at the Khan el-Khalili market. Marvel at the colorful, delicate, and ornate stalls of local goods like platters, lamps, and cups surrounding you. At the end of the tour in Cairo, head over to the airport to catch your return flight to Hurghada. Once there, be transferred back to your hotel.

Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Private Half-Day Tour

5. Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Private Half-Day Tour

Spend a half day seeing important cultural and historical sites in Cairo when you travel to Old Cairo and the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. The bazaar is one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in all of the Middle East, dating back to 1382. After spending time walking around the bazaar or shopping, continue to Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, which dates back to the 3rd century AD. Then see the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is, according to a local tradition, located on the site where Moses was found when he was a baby. Continue on to see the Church of St. Barbara and the Church of Abu Serga, two of the oldest churches in Cairo.

Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Citadel & Old Cairo Tour

6. Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Citadel & Old Cairo Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation in Cairo or Giza. Enjoy a comfortable journey in an air-conditioned vehicle as you discover some of the world-famous landmarks of Cairo. First, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with your expert Egyptologist tour guide. Stroll through the many exhibits which display more than 50,000 artifacts from Ancient Egypt. Learn about the history and evolution of Egyptian civilization, as well as their customs and traditions. Next, visit the famous Citadel of Saladin, also known as the Citadel of Cairo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a storied history dating back nearly 850 years.  Built by the Sultan of Egypt, Salah Al-Din on the Mokattam Hills, enjoy views of the city as you hear about the citadel's fascinating history. Explore one of the oldest markets in the Arab world, Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, a beautiful 14th-century market that still retains traces of its former glory.  Walk through the old lanes of the bazaar where you can browse for antiques or handicrafts from the shops. Then, visit a local restaurant to enjoy a traditional Cairo lunch. Lastly, visit the prominent landmarks of Old Cairo such as the Hanging Church, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Church of Abu Serga. Afterward, be returned back to your hotel or selected location in Cairo or Giza by your tour guide.

Cairo: Egyptian Museum & Khan El-Khalili Bazaar Tour

7. Cairo: Egyptian Museum & Khan El-Khalili Bazaar Tour

Journey to the heart of the pharaohs' civilization in an air-conditioned car that will pick you up from your hotel. Arrive in style at Tahrir Square in front of the Egyptian Museum, a majestic building constructed in 1902. The ground floor contains colossal statues spanning thousands of years, arranged in chronological order. Take an informative and enlightening tour of the upper floor, marveling at smaller statues, fossils, paintings, sarcophagi and ancient Egypt maps. The famous Tut-Ench-Amun also has an exclusive section in the museum.  Before returning to your hotel stop by the vibrant colored market. The shops and bazaars display and sell a dizzying array of trinkets and artworks, giving you the chance to take home a small piece of Egyptian culture and civilization. Buy souvenirs for your friends or simply meander around the bustling shops. Your guide will then drop you off at your hotel in Cairo.

Old Cairo: Full-Day Islamic and Coptic Cairo Private Tour

8. Old Cairo: Full-Day Islamic and Coptic Cairo Private Tour

Meet your professional tour guide in your hotel lobby. Then, head off to the first stop of the private tour in an air-conditioned vehicle, one of the most famous sightseeing stops of Islamic and Coptic Cairo. Visit the Citadel of Salah al-Din and El Moez Street to admire the architectural beauty of Islamic tradition.  After that, proceed to a local restaurant for lunch to sample traditional cuisine. Next, drive toward Old Cairo's main attractions, including the Hanging Church, also referred to as Al-Muallaqa Church. Check out the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. Later on, visit the old market and Bazaar of Cairo called Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Prepare to be amazed by the local, handmade items. After enjoying your time wandering through the market, your full-day tour will end with a drop-off back at your hotel.

Cairo: Best Kept Secrets Night Tour

9. Cairo: Best Kept Secrets Night Tour

Your tour will start at 7:00PM, at which point your tour guide will pick you up from you hotel by air conditioned van to explore the Old Cairo streets. Your guide will then indulge you into the beauty of the city and into a whirlwind of anecdotes, history, legends and intrigue. During your 4.5-hour tour, all of your senses will be engaged. You will hear and learn a motley of amazing stories about Cairo as you ride and walk through secret doors and enjoy a wonderful walking tour of Islamic Cairo and Al Moez Street. El Moez Street in Old Cairo stretches for almost 1 kilometer, and branches into long quiet streets and alleys. Your historic tour of Old Town will take you along all of the lesser-known must-see local spots, such as the Old Market, Old Cairo hidden galleries, and a local food market only for locals that no tourist know about. At the conclusion of your tour, your guide will return you to your hotel in Cairo.

Cairo Citadel, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili: Private Tour

10. Cairo Citadel, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili: Private Tour

Enjoy a fantastic orientation tour of Cairo on an 8-hour excursion that takes in the major monuments of Old Cairo and the maze of streets and stalls of the historic Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Following a hotel pick-up from Cairo or Giza, you will drive up to the Saladin Citadel, constructed by Salah al-Din on the Moqattam Hills in 1183 AD as a defence against Crusader armies. Known for its fresh air and sweeping views of Cairo, it is now a preserved historic site of mosques and museums, including the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha. Designed by the Turkish architect Yousif Boushnaq, who came to Cairo especially from Istanbul to build the great building, the mosque's alabaster structure stands in beautiful contrast to the sandstone city. Continue to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Discover a maze of alleys that has been at the center of Cairo’s trading activities since the 14th century. Then, visit Old Cairo to see major attractions such as the Hanging Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Church of Abu Serga, one of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo.

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It was a very nice ride, but I don't recommend riding a camel in the pyramids, I walked and I had a bad conscience because they don't seem to be treated well, be careful with the welfare of the animals, my love! Enjoy! Aaaahhh a strong point is the fabrics of essential oils at the end of the tour, I was addicted to the wonderful smells

It was quiet an experience, enjoying a live show, a buffe (salty and sweets, even salads) a different kind of dinner at a cruise. So nice and so good, if you could choose the option to sunset is perfect. They accept credit card for drinks.

Everything was amazing! On time. Great customer service. Replies were quick. Enjoyed the tour with my family. Definitely recommend.

Knowledgeable guide, great transportation. Family really enjoyed this learning experience.

Our tour guide, Kariman, was amazing! Such a lovely day and tour of Old Cairo.