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

1. From Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo and Giza with 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, admiring views of the Gulf of Suez. Upon arrival, your private Egyptologist guide will 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 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. 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.

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Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis & Lunch

2. Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara, Memphis & Lunch

Be picked up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza. Visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser, Egypt's oldest existing colossal stone building (2630 BC) built for King Djoser. Next visit Memphis, the first capital after Upper and Lower Egypt's unification in 3100 BC, and witness the Colossal Statue of Ramesses II. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and visit the pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerinus. Next, see the Great Sphinx, a limestone statue of the mythical creature with a Pharoah's head and lion's body. Explore the Valley Temple, a funerary complex with a mortuary temple and the Pyramids of Chefren.  There will be free shopping time to enjoy the experience on your own, discussing the price directly with the vendors. After, return to your accommodation in Cairo or Giza.

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Hurghada: Full-Day Trip to Cairo by Plane

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

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.

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Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara & Memphis: Private Tour with Lunch

4. Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara & Memphis: Private Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day tour to the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara. Start your tour by visiting the Great Pyramids - Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos. The highlight of this section is getting close up to the Sphinx - the legendary guardian with a lion’s body and the head of King Chephren. Admire the impressive statue and get your photo taken beside it. You will then visit Sakkara, a 27 km journey away from Cairo. The highlight of this section is the Step Pyramid. Built for King Zoser, it is considered an important part in the process of the pyramid evolution. Finally, you'll head over to Memphis. Not the home of Elvis, of course, but the ancient capital of Egypt!

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From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

5. 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 a photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives of the ancient world. Stroll along the 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.

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Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour

6. Giza Pyramids and Sphinx: Half-Day Private Tour

Meet your tour-guide in your hotel lobby and depart in a private, air-conditioned vehicle to the Giza Plateau. The tour begins by exploring the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will visit the Pyramid of Cheops (The Great Pyramid of Giza), the largest pyramid in the world. Continue your tour with visits to the Pyramids of Chephren and Mykerinos. Learn the architectural significance and fascinating history of these magnificent structures. While on the Giza Plateau, you will see The Great Sphinx of Giza and learn about the mystery of one of the oldest and largest sculptures in the world.

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From Cairo: Half-Day Tour to Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

7. From Cairo: Half-Day Tour to Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

Kick start this exhilarating tour with a convenient pickup by your Egyptologist tour guide from your hotel in Cairo in an air-conditioned vehicle. Get to know more about the history of Egypt in this 4-hour tour that takes you to the Giza Pyramids. Head over to the Great Pyramids, a renowned destination and one among the Seven Wonders of the World. Visit the Great Pyramids from the inside (if this option is selected). Continue the tour with a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Giza: the Pyramids Cheops, Chephren, and Menkaure. You'll also get to see the impressive Sphinx of Giza, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t forget to take as many photos as you can of these amazing structures.   As the tour comes to an end, you’ll be dropped back at your hotel.

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Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx: Private Half-Day Tour

8. Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx: Private Half-Day Tour

This 4-hour sightseeing tour explores the mysteries of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx in the Giza Plateau. The oldest and last remaining of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the site is not only the most popular attraction in Egypt, it’s one of the most loved destinations in the world. In the company of an expert Egyptologist guide, you will visit the Pyramid of Cheops, the middle Pyramid of Chephren, and the small Pyramid of Mykerinos. Continue to the Great Sphinx with its head of a man and body of a lion, gazing imposingly across the valley. Then, complete your tour of the pyramid complex with a walk through the Valley Temple, learning more about the site’s astonishing creation and construction back in 2560–2540 BC.

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Cairo: 2-Day Bahariya Oasis Camp and Desert Tour

9. Cairo: 2-Day Bahariya Oasis Camp and Desert Tour

Day 1: Cairo to Bahariya Oasis, White Desert Tour Your exhilarating trip to the White Desert and Bahariya Oasis will commence with a prompt pickup from your hotel or selected location in Cairo or Giza. Your guide will then take you to the Bahariya Oasis, which is 4 hours away from Cairo. Upon reaching the destination, you will be served with lunch at a local restaurant. You will then be taken to the Black Desert, which is noted for its black volcanic hills and dolerite rocks. You will then drive towards the Crystal Mountain in the Valley of Agabat, to behold the quartz crystal deposits. Head to the White Desert National Park, where you can witness the elegant wind-carved rock formations. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to the campsite at Al Haiz, where you will be served with a delicious dinner. Day 2: Bahariya Oasis Tour, Drive back to Cairo You will kick start your day with breakfast at the campsite. Afterwards, set off to the Bahariya Oasis to visit the Valley of the Golden Mummies, a large burial site in the Western Desert of Egypt and the Tomb of Bannantiu. Later you can visit the English House, the sand dunes, and the Salt Lake at Bawiti. You can also enjoy your lunch at the Bahariya Oasis, before making your way back to Cairo or Giza.

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From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

10. From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

Alexandria has so much to see, feel, eat and buy – fit in as much of it as possible on this day tour from Cairo. Start your day trip to Alexandria with pick-up from your accommodation in a comfortable vehicle. The first stop on this full-day tour will be a visit to the Library of Alexandria (depending on the day), the biggest library in the world. Now housing 8 million books, you can visit its open court to see the statues of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy the First keeping watch over the library.    The car will then whisk you off to the Church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa. Then, continue on to the old downtown of Alexandria where you can walk through traditional markets where everything and anything is sold. Admire the downtown’s Baroque designs and Italian- and French-style properties. If you choose, have lunch in a famous restaurant called “Mohamed Ahmed’s” – the Queen of Spain has eaten here! Take a break in a coffee shop or shisha café before continuing on with your tour.   Continue your Alexandria adventure in the afternoon with a packed itinerary of sights. See the city’s oldest market area which contains both the women’s markets and the most spectacular gold market where everyone buys their wedding jewelry. See the prettiest and largest mosque in the city, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, and the ancient fun-fair located just outside of it where children still play. Opposite is the corniche and old harbor where you can see fishing boats and traditional fishers making nets. From here, walk 5 minutes to see the Quaitbay castle. See Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, and the beautiful coastline on the way to the Montaza Palace and Gardens (also known as the Love Garden for its popularity with couples). All of these will make for excellent photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera. Finally, cross over the modern Bridge of Stanley before traveling in comfort back to your hotel. Please note, that the Alexandria Library is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays.

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Solosh was an ideal guide. He was impressively well educated and knowledgeable and took care to explain what we were seeing. He was friendly and when we asked to see a particular type of factory, he managed to arrange it. We really enjoyed the tour and his insights. The driver was always meeting us exactly at the right time; we never had to wait or walk particularly far. I would thoroughly recommend doing this tour with Solosh and Ocean Travel (the company subcontracted). The sights we saw are of course a must for anyone visiting Cairo. This was my second time here and it was far better seeing things wirh a guide than without.

It was a once in a lifetime experience, thanks to our guide Solosh and our driver Rami. They made this day so special for us, it couldn’t have any better. All our wishes were granted, we got so much background information about the culture, explained in a very entertaining way with a great storyline. Thank you Solosh and Rami, we will never forget this day and also we will never forget you.

It was really a great day. Very good organization and process. Ramadan was a great guide! You have to see the pyramids once in a lifetime! Thanks again to everyone involved for an unforgettable day!

Ooo the bikes were amazing.My guide was very accommodating and personal which made the experience unique .He ensured my safety and continually check to be sure I was having a good time.

Goosebumps! I just love history . I am a Filipino and love Egyptian history