Cairo , Alexandria, El Alameen, Siwa
Air-conditioned tourist class mini-van
Cairo, Alexandria and Siwa Oasis’ wonders
Explore the treasures of the Lower Egypt during this 8 days tour.
Start your journey with the capital of Egypt, Cairo. Face the greatness of the Ancient Egypt : the Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara. Loose yourself in the Egyptian Museum where you can admire several mummies and of course the most important and beautiful treasure of the Ancient Egypt : that of king Tutankhamun.
The magnificent religious buildings will make you feel the spiritual vibes of this city : Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagog. Explore the Citadel and the medieval, but still operating, souk of Khan El Khalili. No doubt that the Islamic and Coptic Cairo will deep you straight into the Middle Ages.
Travel to Alexandria and explore its splendid monuments : Library of Alexandria, Qaitbay Citadel, the Catacombs, Alexandria National Museum, Saint Catherine Church and Pompey Pillar. As reflected in the variety of its monuments and the miscegenation of its inhabitants, Alexandria used to be for most of its history a cosmopolitan town. Have a walk on the coastline to enjoy the fresh mediterranean air and the pleasing sound of the waves.
Before your last step, let’s stop over El Alamein and relive the glorious past of this city. Famous for the two great battles that took place there, El Alamein is an open-air museum dedicated to the North Africains companies of World War II.
End your trip on a high note with an excursion in Siwa Oasis : a pearl in the middle of the Western Desert. Palms, golden sand, crystalline water springs : Siwa has a taste of paradise.
Welcome to Egypte.
Aladin Tours’ representative will meet you at Cairo International Airport and accompany you to your hotel for overnight. The representative will assist you with the check-in procedure.
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel.
Start your private tour by discovering the last remaining ancient wonder of the world : the Pyramids of Giza : Cheops, Mykerinus and Chephren. Learn the history of this miraculous edifices that still keep the mystery of their construction. From the Plateau, enjoy the unique view of the Pyramids emerging from the golden sand of Giza. It’s the moment to take the pictures of your life ! Before leaving the site, let’s greet Abu El Hol, the 3000 years old great Sphinx.
Reach now the second step of your journey : the Pyramid of Saqqara also know as the Pyramid of Djoser. Saqqara is the vast necropolis of the ancient Memphis. It’s on this site that King Djoser built his tomb more than 4000 years ago. It was the first time in history that the pyramidal shape was used to build the tomb of a kind.
After lunch, finish your day by visiting the Museum of Cairo which contains the most beautiful artifacts of Ancient Egypt, royal mummies and the amazing treasure of King Tutankhamun. Return to your hotel for overnight.
The Islamic and Coptic Cairo.
Travel back to time by visiting the medieval district of Cairo. Enter the Citadel built in 1183 by sultan Salah El-Dine in order to defend the city against the army of the Crusaders. Therefore,
the hill El Mokattam, was a strategic location but it was also chosen for the purity of its air. Indeed, looking for a pure place to settle, the sultan ordered to hang a piece of meat in few places of Cairo to see where it remains fresh the longest : it appears that is was in El Mokattam! This fortress used to be the residence of Egyptian rulers during 700 years, nowadays it hosts many mosques and museums.
Visit one of the most beautiful and impressive historic construction of the Mamluk epoch : Sultan Hassan Mosque. It’s an islamic complex composed of a mosque and a madrassa where the 4 islamic schools of thought used to be taught.
Proceed to the coptic part of the city and pay attention to Ben Ezra Synagogue. Famous for its Geniza, this temple is believed to have been built where Moses was found by Pharaoh’s daughter when he was a baby.
Hanged above the gate of the old Babylone Fortress, the Hanging church seeks to be admired. Proceed inside this holy edifice and examine the 13 pillars the whole nave stands on. It’s believed that the pillars symbolise Jesus and his 12 apostles, and the darker one represents Juda.
Make your way through the streets of Khan El Khalili. Built in the 14th century this souk is still the first choice for all locals who want to buy gold. Spices, gold, soap, handmade souvenirs… you can find almost anything here. And in the case that one merchant can’t provide you what you are looking for, he will be happy to find you a seller who can. Need to go back home with a souvenir : Khan El Khalili is the ideal place for that !
Overnight in Cairo.
Travel to Alexandria.
After your breakfast, take a sit in an air-conditioned vehicle to Alexandria.
Venture into the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Mixing the best of Egyptian, Greek and Roman funerary art, this roman necropolis was one of the seven wonders of the medieval world. Nowadays, you can still admire the set of tombs, statues and archeological items.
Nearby, you can’t miss the monumental Pompey Pillar. Contrary to what its name suggests, this pillar has nothing to do with the famous Roman general Pompey ! The pillar was actually erected in the glory of the emperor Diocletian in 291. Made of one whole piece of Aswan’s red granite, Pompey pillar reaches a height of 26.85 m. This impressive structure is located on the ruins of the temple of Serapis, the Egyptian-Greek god and protector of Alexandria. Next to the Pillar, you can admire a sphinx built in honor of Serapis.
Your journey leads you now to Saint Catherine Church. Facing the religious building, examine the details of its neo-baroque architecture. Once you get inside, you will be amazed by the way the sunlight enters the building and highlights its magnificence. According to christian tradition, Saint Catherine was a princess and a scholar who became christian at the age of 14 and converted with her hundreds of pagans. After being tortured and imprisoned, she was finally executed by emperor Maxentius and as a result became a martyr.
Visit Alexandria National Museum. Hinging on three main collections, this museum tells the history of the ancient cosmopolitan city.
Discover Qaitbay Citadel, a legacy of the Mamluk Dynasty built on the vestige of what used to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world : the lighthouse of Alexandria.
Erected in 1477 by Sultan Ashram Sayf El Din Qait Bay the citadel is a perfect example of the Mamluk military architecture. It was specially constructed to protect Alexandria from the invasion of the Ottoman Empire.
Overnight in Alexandria.
Travel to El Alamein.
After your breakfast, take a sit in an air-conditioned vehicle to Alexandria.
Historically, Al Alamein was a field for two important World War II battles between the Allies and the Axis. This two battles ended with the victory of the Allies but with many losses in both sides. You can visit the eternal home of thousands soldiers in the Cemetery of the Commonwealth and the German, Italian and Greek cemeteries.
Proceed between the uniforms, photos and artillery of the War Museum and relive the intensity of the battlefield.
Drive to the port city of Marsa Matruh for overnight. The bright white sand and the turquoise sea are an idyllic stop-over before reaching Siwa Oasis.
Travel to Siwa. The long way to the Oasis is well worth for those who wants to experience its magic.
It’s time to leave the urbanized world for the purity of desert by entering the Oasis of Siwa.
Isolated in the middle of the Wester Desert, Siwa’s society completely differs from the dominant Egyptian culture and thus offers you a unique experience. Discover the local Siwan traditions and characteristic berber language : the Siwi.
The crystalline springs disseminated throughout the oasis are sanctuaries against the insistent heat. The most famous one is the Cleopatra’s Bath : get into the stone pool and enjoy the relaxing gurgles of the translucent spring water. The changing air temperature and the bubbling water make the water cool in the day and warm during the fresh evenings.
Contemplate the salty lakes emerging from the golden soil in order to vivify the blazing sand dunes. Take the opportunity of a mountain tour to admire the pleasant sunset.
Enjoy a visit of the ruins of the Temple of the Oracle which was devoted to the god Ammun. This temple was erected by Alexander the Great in order to confirm that he was the son of Zeus (associated by the Greeks with Ammun). Thereby he can claim to become a pharaoh.
Join your hotel for overnight.
Enjoy a day of fun and adventure in Siwa Oasis.
Climb aboard a Jeep and explore the vast Western desert. Enjoy the inimitable sensations provided by the dunes.
The shiny sun, the fine sand dunes, loose yourself in the middle of this golden desert.
End you day under the starry sky of Siwa, savoring a delicious barbecue and drinking a bedouin tea.
Experience bedouin life by spending the night in a traditional tent.
Go back to the hotel to pick-up your personal belongings.
Travel back to Cairo for your final departure.
All accomodations (breakfast included)
Meet and assist at the airport
Air conditioned transportation
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Free cancellation two weeks prior your arrival time.
Any time of cancellation during the 12 days before your trip starts, 40% of your total payment will be nonrefundable.
One week before the trip starting the amount you will pay is nonrefundable. In case you are not happy with our services and we didn’t deliver it the way it should be, fragmentary amount will be refunded.
Best price grantee policy
In case you will find other cheaper travel agency, please consider:
1- Date of arrival and departure
2- Same accommodation stander
3- Same historical sightseeing
4- Transportation type
5- Same includes and excludes
6- If the other travel agency includes 24 hour tour leader service.
If you can provide us all this evidence, we will gladly make you 50$ cheaper than what you found.
Safety & Security
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. In case of going to your activity please keep your valuable stuff with you not to leave them in your car, please leave them in your safe box in your hotel. Your personal belongs it’s your full responsibility. Please make sure to not listen or accept any invitation for a drink or so from a stranger in the street, it’s always end up with a problem, have fun with your travel mates and your local friends. In case you would like to buy something or make shopping please get the best advice from your group leader or tour guide to avoid any misunderstanding.
Bob Marley Travels are not responsible for your travel insurance, please make sure that you arrange your insurance before you start your travel.
Activities out of your program
Please contact your local guide for more information on available tours and excursions to make sure you are in a safe hands and having always the straight word. no heading cost and no extra charge because you might meet street scammers and offer you cheaper prices, but then you will always find a tricky and aggressive way and most of the time they take from you more money, this can end up having unhappy experience in Egypt and our aim is to make our guest happy and satisfied.
Trip walking or driving distance
Please be aware that there are long driving hours on this tour. You can refer to the trip overview for more information on estimated travel times. Please note that any times mentioned are approximations only to give you an idea of the journey lengths and the actual time taken will depend on public transport timetables and road conditions. A mix of private and public transport is used throughout this trip, prepare yourself for some fun long rides.
We recommend you to carry on your pocket daily from 20 to 50 USD or what equals in EGP, depends on your personal needs, please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping, please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip, also many places in Egypt are not accepting credit card but only in cash.
Eating is a big part of traveling fun and get to know country’s culture. Travelling with Bob Marley Travels will experience a lot of different local type of food which we include everyday lunch in your program with variety of different local meals. Most of the time dinner are not included which we give you more flexibility in deciding what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more flexibility in your budget, the food generally is cheap in Egypt. Our groups tend to eat together to let you enjoy each other’s company. Your tour leader will be able to suggest the best of all restaurants during your trip.
Please make sure to attach your passport copy with your final confirmation in order to book the flight tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Domestic carriers for internal flights in Egypt will be Egypt Air or Nile Air. Flight information will not be available until a couple of days prior to the tour departure. Contact us for more details on your flights. The domestic flight maximum weight allowance is 20 kg.
Tipping in Egypt known as “baksheesh” is a way of life in the Middle East. Locals themselves usually tip who provides them with service. It is customary and even expected to tip small service providers. To make things as easy as possible and avoid hassling, Bob Marley Travels has developed a tipping attitude where your tour leader will collect a contribution from everybody at the start of your tour and use this to tip anybody who has provided services to the group as a whole. A guideline for tipping is minimum $4 USD per day per person, you can pay in USD or the equivalent local currency (preferably local currency). If you feel that any service provider failed in maintaining or delivering good service, please bring it immediately to the attention of your tour leader to be able to improve our service partners and so a deduction of tips can take place. To not confuse you how much to tip the Tour Guide so we suggest you tip minimum 3$ per person per day, and at the end of the day it’s not a mandatory option.
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