Choosing to visit Cairo by plane will spare you from the long hours of travelling. Cairo has much more to offer than the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Egyptian International Museum that one day isn’t enough to see it all.
You can’t spend your holiday in Egypt without visiting Cairo at least once. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa with about 20 millions inhabitants. It is definitely worth a trip, Cairo has plenty of unique sights from different cultures (Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic). Cairo is also known as the city of the 1.000 minarets because of the many mosques.
The first stop will be at your hotel to check in. Our guide will pick you up to start your tour around Cairo. You will start the tour with the visit of Dahshur, a royal Necropolis on the west bank of the Nile about 40 km from Cairo and see the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The Red Pyramid of Sneferu is the oldest true pyramid without steps and bends.
The Bent Pyramid of Sneferu, an unique example of of early pyramid development and particular due to the angle change halfway up the pyramid. Next you will move to Saqqara, an ancient burial ground, where you will explore the Step Pyramid of King Djoser (the oldest complete stone building complex), the Pyramid (first pyramid with texts inside the chamber) and causeway (750 m long and decorated with painted reliefs) of Unas, the Pyramid of Userkaf (ruined and resembling like a conical hill in the sand), the Pyramid of Teti (the second known pyramid containing texts) and the tomb of Kagemni (largest mastaba in the Teti cemetery). Now it’s time to take you to the famous Pyramids and the Sphinx. As you know the Pyramids of Giza consists out of 3 pyramids.
The biggest one is the Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), the second one is the Pyramid of Khafre (Chefren) and the smallest one is the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). In ancient times they were included among the Seven Wonders of the World.
Against additional charges you can visit the pyramids from the inside. The other well known historical monument in Giza is the Sphinx, a limestone statue of a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. You will also enjoy a 30 minutes camel ride around the pyramids.
Also included in this visit is the Valley Temple of Khafre, remarkable by the sheer size and the number of stones used for this construction. In the evening you will enjoy the famous ‘Sound and light show’ in Giza.
Next day you will start with the visit of the Egyptian International Museum, also called the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, for some more history. You will discover important pieces of the Pharaonic period like papyrus, the treasures of Tutankhamun, sarcophagi and also a number of mummies of kings. In the afternoon, you will head to Old Cairo where you will see the Fortress of Babylon, an ancient city enclosing a convent, a Coptic Museum, several churches, such as the Church of Abu Serba and the most famous being the Hanging Church (oldest church in Egypt).
Then we will go to Ben Ezra Synagogue (according to local folklore located on the place where Moses was found). After this you will explore the Saladin Citadel (a medieval Islamic fortification) including the Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha inside the citadel. Now it’s time to shop. The driver will bring you to Khan El Khalili Street, the oldest and most famous street in Cairo, with its original bazaars and shops. Did you know that most of these shops are passed on for generations sometimes for more than 90 years. After this you will board a cruise ship to have dinner in buffet form and to enjoy a wonderful Oriental show. During this 2 days trip you will also have the opportunity to sail on the Nile in a “felucca”, a small sailboat against additional charge.
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