Alexander The Great (8 Days- 7 Nights)
Cairo, El Alamein, Siwa, Matroh, Alexandria.
Egypt is perhaps best known as the home of the ancient Egyptian civilization, with its temples, hieroglyphs, mummies, and – visible above all – its pyramids. Less well-known is Egypt's medieval heritage, courtesy of Coptic Christianity and Islam – ancient churches, monasteries and mosques punctuate the Egyptian landscape. Egypt stimulates the imagination of western tourists like few other countries and is probably one of the most popular tourist destinations world-wide.
|Arrival/Departure:||Airport transfers included.|
|Transport:||Private air-conditioned minivan / 4×4 Jeep.|
|Accommodation:||07 Nights hotels- optional additional Nights can be added upon request.|
|Meals:||07 breakfasts- 02 Lunch- 01 Dinner.|
|Guides:||Egyptologist guide in all the sites.|
|Tours:||El Alamein, Commonwealth Cemetery. Siwa Oracle Temple, Old shali, Cleopatra Spring, Mountain Of The Dead. Matroh, Libyan Market& Alexandria.|
Day 01: Arrival Day
On arrival at Cairo airport, you will be met by our representative who will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel and Overnight.
Day 02: Cairo– El Alamein – Siwa
Starting early (7am) we drive North-west toward the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died. Stopping for lunch in Marsa Matrouh City, we continue onward to Siwa. Evening walk and opportunity for dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant. Overnight – Siwa Oasis
Day 03: Bike ride & The Oracle Temple
This morning we take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en-route. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great. Alexander visited the Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (whom the Greek’s identified with Amun – the sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. Afternoon we will take to a romantic spot for sunset view. Overnight – Siwa Oasis
Day 04: 4×4 Safari
Today we visit Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali is the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally melted the mud brick city. A hermetic labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored.
Afternoon – Desert Safari. 4×4 through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean abundant with marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring for swimming and sunset view. Overnight – Siwa Oasis
Day 05: Libyan market Siwa – Marsa Matrouh – Alexandria.
An early start, we drive along the north coast to Marsa Matrouh. The city has a large Libyan/Berber population distinctive in custom and dress, optional swim in the Med and have time to explore the Libyan market (if open) before driving onward to Alexandria. Total – 9hrs drive. Overnight – Alexandria
Day 06: Alexandria
Alexandria – Cairo. A free morning to relax, afternoon sightseeing of Montazzah Palace, home to King Farouk – the last monarch of the Mohamed Ali dynasty who abdicated and fled to Italy and Quat Bay Fort, the site of the Pharos – Alexandria ’s great lighthouse. Then visit to The Catacombs, Pompeii’s Pillar, National Museum and stop at the Library of Alexandria. After lunch, we return back to the hotel. Overnight – Alexandria
Day 07: Alexandria- Cairo
Free Morning then check out from your hotel and drive back to Cairo on arrival check into your hotel and overnight- Cairo.
Day 08:Departure Day
After breakfast, checkout from the hotel then transfer to the airport for final departure.
Prices vary from season to season. Please email us to enable too provide an accurate quotation.
8 Days / 7 Nights
• 02 Nights Hotel in Alexandria with breakfast., • 02 Nights Hotel in Cairo with breakfast., • 03 Nights Hotel in Siwa with breakfast., • All transfers in A/C Modern private van., • Egyptologist tour guide., • Entry fees for sightseeing as mentioned., • Meet and assist at the airport, • The meals as mentioned (B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner).
• Camera fees., • Drinks., • Entry visa to Egypt., • Tipping