(Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa Oasis, Bahariya)
Bathe in Cleopatra`s Bath, stroll the crowning room of Alexander the Great and pilgrimage to Oracle of Amoun with this innovative oasis experience that takes you beyond Egypt as the rest of the world knows it. Ideal for return travelers or those who don’t want the stereotypical tourist experience, this tour showcases elegant Alexandria, the ancient marvels of Siwa Oasis, the mystifying Black and White Deserts, Crystal Mountains, the oasis town of Bahariya, tranquil Lake Qaroun and classic Cairo. Featuring private Egyptologist guide, felucca sailing, pyramid camel rides, Bedouin encounters, waterfalls, natural springs, traditional banquets, a night under the stars at a desert camp, bazaars awash with treasures, the Egyptian Museum, famous eco-lodges and luxury hotels isn`t it time you saw the real Egypt?
Transfer to/from Cairo Airport in private vehicle with English speaking driver.
You will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will in turn facilitate the visa process ($15 per person - included in tour cost), escort you through customs and immigration, off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with our representative associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
The Mena House Hotel stands tall, yet guarded by the mighty heights of the Great Pyramids of Cairo. Fascinating guests since 1869, the 523 room hotel has continuously held the attention of royalty, political thinkers, and celebrities over time. A range of continental dining and Egyptian specialty restaurants and bars satisfy even the most critical of appetites. The Mena House grants guests the opportunity to relax or stay active by checking out its golf courses, horse and camel stables, and extensive fitness options. Wander a few steps outside the hotel and you may run smack into a pyramid. Forty acres of jasmine-scented gardens will leave their scent on those who depart the hotel. It’s hard to leave this embellished haven of lush furnishings, oriental prints, and hand-woven fabrics.
Enjoy this tour which explores the relics of ages past, and includes visits to ancient Memphis, Saqqara and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Already millennia old by the birth of Christ, the elaborate statues and astonishing scale of these sites will amaze all who visit. This tour also features the famous Sphinx, whose constructor's still remains unknown, but its sheer beauty and allure has mystified the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. This tour includes a private vehicle, a driver, and a highly trained Egyptologist, and entry to either Chephren (Khafre) or Menkaure (Mycerinus) pyramids, as well as the Solar boat. Entrance to the Pyramids come with an additional cost, and be aware that a limited number of people are allowed inside daily, so arrive early so you will not be disappointed.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at a great local restaurant.
Clients are picked up before sunrise ( or sunset) from hotel and transferred to the desert where they will meet their guide. The guide will lead you out into the desert on your choice of camel or horse, where you enjoy the sunset with a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Giza. This evening includes stopping for dinner at a Bedouin restaurant adjacent to the desert before returning to your hotel.
Transfer from Cairo to Alexandria with private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide.
This full day tour includes a private air-conditioned vehicle, driver, and a trained guide who can bring ancient Alexandria to life. Your morning visit in this lovely city known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean” begins at the Catacombs of Kom El Shugafa, the largest Roman burial site discovered in Egypt to date, consisting of three tiers of tombs and chambers cut into the bedrock to a depth of about 35 meters. Continue to Egypt’s only Roman Amphi-theatre, a well-preserved theatre once stood with thirteen semi-circular tiers of white marble imported from Europe. Next stop will be at the Alexandria National Museum where you may browse among thousands of items on display. Papyrus scrolls, ancient perfume bottles and painted mummy cases are tastefully displayed as well as classic Greek statues showing the physical beauty that represent the ideals of that culture. The artifacts guide the visitor right up to the times of Mubarak and illustrate Alexandria’s role in the modern history of Egypt. Take your time for lunch in a traditional restaurant overlooking the beach. After lunch, visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an integrated cultural complex, built on the believed site of the old Library of Alexandria, the largest of all antiquity. Enjoy a short drive to view the Abu El-Abbas Mosque, built over the tomb of the thirteenth century Andalusan saint, and proceed to the Qait Bay Fortress for a photo stop. Built on the site of Pharaohs, Alexandria's ancient lighthouse, it was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Just north of Qait Bay lies the site of the famous underwater excavation where hundreds of pillars, statues, and sphinxes have been found.
Enjoy a personalized lunch with your guide at a great local restaurant.
The Sheraton El Montazah is situated in Alexandria, near Montazah Beach. Additional nearby points of interest include Montazah Palace. Recreational amenities at Sheraton Montazah Hotel include a private beach, a tennis court, and an outdoor pool. Other amenities include a casino, a restaurant, and a health club. Guestrooms have balconies, satellite television, and minibars; rooms also include refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and bathroom phones.
Drive today from Alexandria towards the Siwa Oasis. On the way, you will make a brief stop at Marsa Matrouh city to explore and have lunch. Soon after lunch, you will continue en-route to Siwa, upon arrival you will be assisted with the check-in process at the hotel.
A beacon of conservation, this spare Berber-style hotel on the Siwa Oasis was constructed as part of a local sustainable-development plan. An eight-hour drive west of Cairo, the fortress-like compound of 40 rooms is made of kershef, a heat-resistant mixture of rock salt and clay, and has stylish palm-beam roofs, beeswax candles, and stone floors covered in locally woven rugs. Since there is no electricity, pathways are lantern-lit at night, and braziers keep things warm. Underground Roman springs feed the pool. When the dunes of the bordering Great Sand Sea beckon, guides are available to lead Toyota Land Cruiser excursions; once in the middle of the undulating landscape, the driver will cut the engine and prepare a late-afternoon pot of mint tea, brewed with leaves grown organically on hotel grounds.
After a hardy breakfast, your vehicle and driver will pick you up for a full day of touring to numerous sites including the Mountain of Death, Shali, the Oracle Temple, which houses the crowning room of Alexander the Great, and the Amoun ruins where you will have an opportunity to bathe in the Cleopatra bath. After lunch, travel to the Dakrour Mount, which is known for its hot sand which provide a very effective sand bath, ideal for healing rheumatism problems. In evening, enjoy dinner before an overnight in a Siwa hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, the journey continues through the Libyan desert in direction of Bahariya Oasis. Check into your hotel upon arrival in Bahariya.
Qasr El Bawity eco lodge is set in the middle of a lush palm grove in the heart of El Bawity, the modern capital of the Bahareya Oasis. Built and decorated in the traditional style of the oasis, the lodge proudly offers 34 rooms and 4 suites, which are large, comfortable, and elegantly decorated. Eco-friendly construction techniques of ancient Egypt were revived specifically for the building of the lodge. Each stone has been handpicked from nearby mountains and quarries. This property was built completely out of stone, with no metal or concrete, making it very authentic. Keeping with tradition and historical accuracy, only local materials and craftspeople were used and employed to create this one of a kind hotel.
Depart your Bahariya hotel by 4X4 jeep to the White Desert. After some photo opportunities, the tour moves along to the Black Desert and the dune area. Here, enjoy the ride up an estimated 50 meter high dune, as the jeep glides along the sandy smooth surface. Shortly after, you will arrive in the El Heiz Oasis, where the tour stops for lunch. After lunch, continue en-route to Farafra for a visit to the Crystal Mountain, an area of the wonder and mystery, where desert roses grow among the patches of sand. Just before arriving at the White Desert, you will visit El Akabat. In the White Desert, you will start by exploring the natural rock and sand formations, which overtime have been craved by the gritty desert wind. In the evening, a barbeque dinner is planned before an overnight in tents under the stars.
From Bahariya, your vehicle and driver pick you up and continue along south, towards the city of Fayoum. This region is quite renowned for containing unique fossils. Wadi Al Hitan, also known as the Valley of Whales, is an absolutely surreal area, where huge rock structures and boulders almost seem to appear as if they had been topped with caramelized syrup, which had dripped down the sides, creating phenomenal photo opportunities. The most intriguing part of this extraordinary Wadi is the fossilized remains of Zeuglodon's, prehistoric whales the existed and lived in Fayoum over million years ago. From here, you will setup camp, and stay overnight under the canopy of stars.
In the morning, enjoy a ride aboard a traditional felucca as it glides along Lake Qaroun. After an hour and a half of felucca riding, you will be visiting the area around Wadi Rayan, where you will see a natural spring and waterfall. After lunch you will be driven back to Cairo.
The recently renovated Cairo Marriott Hotel, situated at the centre of the city, is surrounded by lush gardens and with a 19th century palace in its midst, on the Nile River. The grand hotel’s 1250 rooms are well appointed, with splendid views of the city and the Nile. One may take meals in any of the restaurants or cafes, which are reasonably priced and enjoyable, and feature especially hospitable staff. The city of Cairo is in itself a bustling source of amusement and history, including the Pyramids, though some guests prefer to stay on the hotel grounds and make use of the fitness centre or swimming pools.
Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a half day private tour with a trained Egyptologist guide through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its Mummy Room, which houses a priceless treasure of archaeological finds. This location holds the tomb of the King Tut, Egypt's most famous teenage King!
Learn more about Egypt’s modern history today with a private guided tour of Tahrir Square; the largest square in Modern Cairo. Adjacent to some of the major attractions including the Egyptian Museum, as well as other important institutions. The square was originally called Midan Ismailia Square, after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, who commissioned the new downtown district's 'Paris on the Nile' design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Traditionally, it is the site for numerous major protests and demonstrations over the years, including the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots, the March 2003 protest against the War in Iraq and the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak in Cairo. Your expert local guide will share stories with you about the people and what Cairo was like during their recent uprising.
During this evening tour, enjoy a delicious Egyptian dinner at Naguib Mafouz, located in the heart of the Khan Khalili bazaar in Cairo. Stroll down the newly opened Al Moaz Street and view the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world. Also included in this tour is entrance to Beit El Seheimy. Normally, this location would be closed to the public during the evening, but this exclusive tour allows for entrance inside. This tour includes a private vehicle, driver and english speaking guide.
VISA/PASSPORTA passport and visa are required for both US and Canadian citizens. Tourists can obtain a renewable thirty-day tourist visa on arrival at an Egyptian airport for a $15 fee, payable in U.S. dollars. Visitors arriving overland and/or those who previously experienced difficulty with their visa status in Egypt should obtain a visa prior to arrival. Processing generally takes 5 working days and is approximately US$30.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Egypt for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHProof of yellow fever immunization is required if arriving from an infected area. Evidence of an AIDS test is required for everyone staying over thirty days, for the purpose of studying or working in Egypt. All passengers arriving in Egypt now undergo certain measures at the Cairo International Airport as a precaution due to the 2009-H1N1 virus. The passengers’ passports are examined and they are screened at immigration via infrared cameras. HEALTH Health insurance is required. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/egypt.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Cairo (El Qahira). Government: Republic. Language: Arabic is the official language. English and French are widely spoken. Religion: About 90% of the population follows Islam; the majority of the rest is Christian. All types of Christianity are represented, especially the Coptic Christian Church. There is also a small Jewish minority. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Friday in April to last Thursday in September). Electricity: Most areas 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Certain rural parts still use 110 to 380 volts AC. Telephone: Country code +20. Mobile Telephone: Roaming exist with many international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to Cairo, Alexandria and along the north coast line of the Red Sea from Suez to Sharm el-Sheikh and the major towns along the Nile. Internet: There are Internet cafes in the main cities, including Cairo, Alexandria, Dahab and Luxor. Tourists can also access the Internet in hotels.
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