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From Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara & Memphis Tour

1. From Cairo: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara & Memphis Tour

Embark on a tour of Giza from Cairo or Giza in an air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy commentary from your guide as you visit ancient wonders, including the Great Sphinx, the Giza Pyramids, and Valley Temple followed by lunch and some shopping. 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.

Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Entertainment

2. Cairo: Dinner Cruise on the Nile River with Entertainment

Spend an evening cruising the Nile on an evening boat ride that includes dinner and live entertainment. After a hotel pickup, embark on a romantic night out on the water. See the sunset over Cairo, enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, listen to live music, and watch a traditional dance show. Begin this wonderful dinner excursion from the lobby of your hotel. Set sail on a trip from Cairo and discover the beauty of the ancient Egyptian city by night. Take in the wonderful views of Cairo illuminated by the glaring city lights as you savor a special open buffet dinner. Enjoy a belly dance show, Arabic songs, and music, along with a Tanoura show while enjoying typical cuisine. This amazing Arabian night experience ends with a drop-off at your hotel.

From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

3. 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 an outside photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives of the ancient world. Later, visit 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.

Cairo: 2-Day Bahariya Oasis Camp and Desert Tour

4. 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.

Cairo: 1 or 2-Hour Felucca Ride on the Nile with Transfers

5. Cairo: 1 or 2-Hour Felucca Ride on the Nile with Transfers

After pick-up from your hotel in Cairo, take a felucca ride on the Nile. Enjoy refreshing breezes with a ride on a traditional Egyptian sailboat. Along the way, learn interesting facts about the history of Cairo. Enjoy an incredible outing with friends or family away from the stress of the big city and see a spectacular view of Cairo from the water. Sit back, relax, and watch the sun set.

From Cairo: 4x4 Desert Safari, Sandsurf, and Camel Ride

6. From Cairo: 4x4 Desert Safari, Sandsurf, and Camel Ride

Start with pickup from your hotel or another selected location in Cairo or Giza between 7:30 AM and 8:30 AM. Board a comfortable air-conditioned car and enjoy a comfortable 100-minute ride to the Wadi El Rayan Desert. Upon arrival, enjoy fantastic views of the Wadi El Rayan waterfalls in the heart of the desert. Admire the powerful cascades of water which provide a stark contrast to the surrounding arid landscape. If you are lucky, catch glimpses of desert wildlife in the area such as the slender-horned gazelle. Next, make a stop for photos of the beautiful Mudawara Mountains. Then, get ready to enjoy the desert adventure. Board the 4X4 car for some dune bashing and experience the excitement as the car glides through yellow, soft sand. After riding over the dunes, stop to enjoy some sandboarding. Strap yourself to the sandboard and glide down the sparkling, yellow sand at a fast pace. Next, mount a camel and feel like a Bedouin explorer as you ride through the beautiful desert terrain. After the camel ride, stop at a Bedouin desert camp and enjoy an elaborate and delicious BBQ lunch. Once you are done with your lunch, you will be dropped back to your hotel or selected location in Cairo or Giza.

Cairo: Half Day Pyramids Tour by Camel or Horse Carriage

7. Cairo: Half Day Pyramids Tour by Camel or Horse Carriage

After pickup from your accommodation in Cairo or Giza, head straight to the Giza Plateau in an air-conditioned vehicle to explore the wonders of ancient Egypt. Choose either a camel or horse carriage ride, and set off with your expert guide to gaze at the splendor of the world’s largest pyramids. Marvel at the 4,500-year-old structures, learning about the rich history and contemporary cultural significance of some of Egypt’s foremost national treasures. Continue your exploration of the area, moving past the Great Sphinx of Giza, as well as the stately Pyramid of Mykerinos and Chephren. With options to select entrance to the Great Pyramid and a traditional lunch at a local restaurant, cater the experience to your schedule and budget. After a day of exploring the iconic structures, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having experienced a snapshot of ancient history.

From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Meals

8. From Cairo: 4-Day Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor with Meals

Uncover the wonders of the Nile on this 4-day trip from Cairo which includes meals. Fly to Aswan and explore the Philae Temple with an Egyptology guide. Take in the sights as you sail to Edfu and Luxor. Explore the Valley of the Kings and discover the area from above on an optional hot-air-balloon flight. Day 1: Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation in Cairo and relax as your driver navigates traffic for you. Be dropped-off at the Cairo Airport and take a short flights to Aswan. Meet your Egyptology guide outside the arrival hall's exit door. Visit the High Dam and the majestic Philae Temple which was built on the honor of Goddess Isis, the chief deity of the island. Transfer to the Nile River and board the cruise ship. Float along the Nile, relax, and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner onboard. Sleep in a cozy cabin.  Day 2:  Wake up to a hearty breakfast as you glide over the Nile around Kom Ombo. Take in views of the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. Have the chance to visit the Abu Simble Temple.  Savor lunch onboard and continue Edfu. Tuck in to a mouth-watering dinner and admire the sunset onboard. Rest up in your cabin for the night.  Day 3: Soak up the morning air with a cup of coffee and breakfast before visiting the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu. Enjoy a horse and carriage ride in Edfu. Hop aboard the boat and have your lunch and dinner on board while taking in the stunning landscapes on the way to Luxor. Day 4:  Experience the splendor of Luxor with an optional early morning hot-air balloon ride. Be transferred to the take off site and discover the Valley of the Kings from above. Eat breakfast onboard the boat before heading out to visit the Valley of the King for 2 hours.  Transfer to the Hatshebsuite Temple to uncover the first woman who ruled Egypt. Stop at the Colossi of Memnon to admire two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Travel to the Karnak Temples for nearly 2 hours.  Finally transfer to the Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo. Meet your driver at the airport and ride back to your accommodation in Cairo. 

Cairo: 2-Hour River Nile Cafelluca Cruise with Meals

9. Cairo: 2-Hour River Nile Cafelluca Cruise with Meals

Your River Nile experience begins with pickup from your hotel within Cairo City, then heads to Maadi where your traditional felucca boat awaits you. Find your seats aboard the boat and sit back and relax as you leave the marina and start your trip along the world-famous River Nile. Spend a delightful 2-hours cruising along the river, admiring incredible views of the surrounding landscapes and locals going about their day. As you watch the scenes unfold along the river, learn about how Old Cairo has adapted to modern times, and how traditions and culture have developed here. While you sail, enjoy a delicious and authentic Egyptian meal, bursting with colorful flavors that represent the local way of life. There are 3 options available for the trip, the breakfast option which runs from 10am to 12pm, the lunch option which runs from 12pm to 4pm, and the dinner option which runs from 6pm to 8pm. During the breakfast cruise, dine on traditional ful stew, falafel, feteer, honey, cheese, tomato, salad, and soft drinks. On the lunch and dinner cruises, guests are served a selection of meat samosas, meat and vegetable tagine, tahini, salads, grilled chicken, kofta, and more, as well as a sweet dessert and soft drinks.

Cairo: Pyramids Quad Bike Adventure & Optional Camel Ride

10. Cairo: Pyramids Quad Bike Adventure & Optional Camel Ride

Explore Egypt's ancient pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the world-famous Great Sphinx of Giza on this tour with a professional guide. Glide along the desert atop your quad and later enjoy an optional camel ride. After pickup from your accommodations in Cairo or Giza, enjoy an air-conditioned ride to the Pyramid area. On arrival, hop on a quad and set off to explore the great Pyramids up close. Ride your quad around the pyramids and admire the grandeur of the Pyramids of Cheops, Mykerinus, and Chephren from outside the Pyramid Area. Then head to Sahara City, a place tourists seldom go. When you get there, enjoy a refreshing welcome with traditional tea. You'll also get a bottle of mineral water or a soft drink while you take a short rest at the top of the desert. Then, after returning your quad, get ready to enjoy your optional camel ride. Explore the area in the more ancient and traditional way on the back of a camel. You will roam around the area at a much slower pace for a completely different experience. Admire the endurance of the ancient edifices that have stood for thousands of years and see the iconic Great Sphinx of Giza. At the end of your combo tour, enjoy a comfortable ride back to your accommodations in Cairo or Giza.

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What people are saying about Cairo

We travel often and this trip booked 5 tours wirh 5 companies. They arrived as they usually do and we loaded up to head to the desert- but once our journey began it was immediately different than the others. Our guide Ahmed and the driver Gomma were attentive and made us feel comfortable. They did not go overboard with the same speech a lot of the other companies gave and simply conversed with us. During the trip they joined in, made us feel at ease and When we were finished he even took us to find the best Falafel in town despite how late it was. The next day we were going to rest but decided to go out and dispute confusion on price he worked with the vendor to get just what we wanted, he laughed/rode with us and even at the end of the evening stayed to take us for coffee taking his own Uber home. We didn’t just have a guide we made a friend and want to return because of his hospitality. Our only regret is not meeting Ahmed sooner. Thank you Ahmed and yes we know…. Green Apples :)

As a solo female traveller I would certainly recommend getting this tour to explore Memphis, Saqqara & Dahshur: I had an amazing time! Pick-up and drop-off were easy, my guide and driver were very nice people, and I learned a whole lot about all of the places we came across on the road, and of course also about the places we visited. My guide really knew everything I wanted to know! And she was really helpful as she told me which pyramids I could go inside and whom I should tip for that. There was also the possibility to have some free time at places (I think to get souvenirs or photos), but I didn't use that, as it was far more interesting to hear about the places from her. Of course there were a lot of vendors at the places, but they didn't bother me as much as when I visited on my own, because I had a guide with me. Last but not least, driving an ATV in the desert surrounding the Giza pyramids was totally awesome! You get used to it pretty quickly and then it's just terrific!

Fares was our guide and he was amazing. He arrived early and gave us so much information about Egypt throughout the trip. He was very nice and genuinely want us to have the best experience possible. There were also other guides for the camels and quads who were all very nice, ensuring the best experience. This is a must for everyone coming to Egypt. This is an experience to remember for the rest of your life.

This was the most enjoyable way to see the history of the dynasties located around Giza. A great tour guide and driver provided an informative and well-paced day. Friendly and knowledgeable, the history I learned was invaluable. I can't wait to come back and go on another tour.

Our tour Guide Mohamed from Emo tours did pick us right on time and as agreed… he further explained to us what wr should expect … we got onto the cruise on time .. The food was good and fresh .. Belly dance was amazing as well ..