Egypt 201: A Deeper Dive into Egypt

12 Days |  Cairo - Alexandria
January 2023

Designed for experienced Egypt travelers, those who have already encountered the country’s well-known wonders (Egypt 101). Trip highlights include visits to the following: Saqqara necropolis, Bent and Red Pyramids, Alexandria (including the catacombs of Kom el Shokafa and Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Giza’s Sphinx and Great Pyramid, and the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum (largest archaeological museum in the world).

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to Cairo. Your tour representative will be waiting for you at the airport to arrange the entry visa. Transfer to your hotel. 
Check in & overnight in Cairo.

Day 2: ​Cairo

Today we shall start our tour in Egypt by visiting the Saqqara necropolis , but this visit will include special entries to some of the exclusive sites. We shall visit the beautiful Mastaba of Mereruka which is the largest and most elaborate of all the non-royal tombs in Saqqara. Mereruka served during the Sixth Dynasty of Egypt as one of Egypt's most powerful officials at a time when the influence of local state noblemen was increasing in wealth and power. Also we shall visit, Imhotep museum, and the Serapeum of Saqqara It was a burial place of Apis bulls, sacred bulls that were incarnations of the ancient Egyptian deity Ptah. A stop for Lunch. We shall continue the tour by visiting Dahshur where king Sneferu erected his 2 pyramids; the Bent pyramid & the Red pyramid. The Bent Pyramid was the first attempt to build a smooth sided pyramid, but due to the miscalculations the pyramid ended by its current bent shape. The Red Pyramid, its name is taken from the material that was used to construct the pyramid, which is the red limestone. Overnight in Cairo. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 3: ​​The Grand Egyptian Museum

Today we shall tour The Grand Egyptian Museum (the GEM). The GEM will be considered the largest archaeological museum in the world. It will house artifacts of ancient Egypt, including the complete Tutankhamun collection; many pieces will be displayed for the first time. The museum is sited on a plot of land of about 480,000 square metres (5,200,000 sq ft) approximately two kilometers from the Giza pyramid complex and is part of a new master plan for the Giza Plateau called Giza 2030. A stop for Lunch (on your own according to the options available – not Included). Overnight in Cairo. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4: ​​The Royal Palace and National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Today we shall enjoy a special exclusive visit to the royal palace of Abdeen which was built as one of the official residences for the former ruling monarchy and royal family of Egypt. It is now one of the official residences and the principal workplace of the President of Egypt. The palace is considered one of the most sumptuous palaces in the world in terms of its adornments, paintings, and a large number of clocks scattered in the parlors and wings, most of which are decorated with pure gold. Built under the rule of Ismail Pasha, to become Egypt's official government headquarters instead of the citadel of Salah El Din. Lunch at Khan el Khalili Restaurant & Naguib Mahfouz Café operated by Oberoi. 
Then we shall visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) which is a large museum in the ancient city of Fustat. On Apr 3, 2021 and in an awe-inspiring parade (watch The Pharaohs' Golden Parade video on YouTube); twenty-two mummified members of ancient Egyptian royalty were relocated from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square to the NMEC. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 5: ​The Manial Palace

Today we shall visit the Manial Palace which is a former Alawiyya dynasty era palace and grounds on Rhoda Island on the Nile. The palace is reflecting the lifestyle of the late 19thand early 20th-century Egyptian royal prince and heir apparent. The residence compound, composed of five separate and distinctively styled buildings, is surrounded by Persian gardens within an extensive English Landscape Garden estate park, along a small branch of the Nile. Lunch on a Felucca. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6: ​​​El-Fayoum Oasis

After breakfast at your hotel, we check out and head to El-Fayoum Oasis. El-Fayoum originally founded by the ancient Egyptians as Shedet, and the modern name of the city comes from Coptic name Payom, meaning the Sea or the Lake referring to the nearby Lake of Qarun. Today we visit the temple of Sobek-Re, Qasr Qarun. Check in our hotel. 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7: ​Desert Safari and 4x4 Adventure

Today we shall enjoy Desert Safari and explore the valley of the wales, El-Medawara mountain, and the Magic lake by 4×4 vehicles, its unforgettable experience. Back to our hotel & overnight. 
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 8: ​On Our Way to Alexandria

This morning, after breakfast, we check out of the hotel and travel to Alexandria. 
Meals included: breakfast & lunch

Day 9: ​Alexandria

Today we shall visit the catacombs of Kom El Shokafa, world one of a kind monument, and take an outer photo for Pompey’s Pillar, also we will visit the roman amphitheater & visit the famous bibliotheca Alexandrina. A stop for Lunch. Back to Hotel & overnight. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 10: ​​City of Rashid/Rosetta

Today we shall visit the City of Rashid, or Rosetta (40 miles to the east of Alexandria) where The Rosetta Stone was discovered there in 1799. Rashid contains unique old houses like the house of Amasyali, which is an Ottoman Merchant House Dating back to 1808. Right next door to the House of Amasyali, The House of Abu Shaheen is located. The House of Abu Shaheen has a reconstructed mill on the ground floor, featuring enormous wooden beams and planks. You can see the gears and teeth rotate, a mechanism which 200 years ago would have been pushed in an endless circle by a draught animal. In the courtyard, the roof of the stables is supported by granite columns with GrecoRoman capitals. A stop for Lunch. Back to Hotel & overnight. 
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch