LAND OF THE PHARAOHS - CAIRO OVERNIGHT
Behold the absolute must-see destinations in and around Cairo, including the Muhammad Ali Mosque, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Step Pyramid in Sakkara, Great Pyramid of Giza and the inscrutable Sphinx.
After departing from the ship in Alexandria, you will settle in for a leisurely three-hour drive to Cairo, the robust capital of Egypt. Upon arrival, you will visit Sakkara, part of an ancient Egyptian burial ground. Here, you will see the exterior of numerous pyramids, including the famed Step Pyramid, which dates from 2700 B.C., making it the world’s oldest stone structure. The brilliant architect Imhotep designed it for King Djoser.
Because the necropolis was lost beneath the sands for much of the past two millennia, even the sizable mortuary complex surrounding Djoser’s pyramid was not unearthed until 1924. As a result, many of the flat-roofed mastaba tombs have been superbly preserved and the lavish decorations inside have remained intact.
Your tour continues in nearby Memphis. Founded around 3100 B.C., Memphis was the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Early on, Memphis was more likely a fortress from which Menes controlled the land and water routes between Upper Egypt and the Delta.
The original white-walled city had many fine temples, palaces and gardens. The most significant reminders of its past glory are the huge statues of King Ramses, as much of the city is buried beneath cultivated fields, silt from the Nile River and local villages.
Lunch will be served in a deluxe hotel near the Pyramids.
After lunch you will visit the outside of the Great Pyramid of Giza and also the Sphinx. Renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid is comprised of 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing between 2.5 and 15 tons. Exactly how the ancient Egyptians constructed this architectural wonder remains a mystery.
The Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the face of a man, is also massive and towers 72 feet high and stretches 164 feet long. It faces east, greeting the rising sun each day.
This exceptional tour of the pyramids also includes outside visits to the Cheops and Chephren pyramids, and stops at the best places to take panoramic photos of the attractions. A short stop at a local papyrus store will give you the opportunity to purchase souvenirs and witness the making of papyrus. This will be followed by a transfer to the Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel for check-in.
The remainder of the day is at leisure followed by a buffet dinner at your hotel.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and drive towards the 12th-century Citadel and Muhammad Ali Mosque, which dominates the skyline. It is also referred to as the Alabaster Mosque due to the extensive use of alabaster in its construction. Situated high atop the Citadel grounds, the mosque is classically Turkish in its design with cascading domes and slender minarets. Muhammad Ali is buried inside.
Next you will visit the extraordinary Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Built in 1835, the museum has two floors and holds more than 12,000 pieces, including the world’s most extensive collection of antiquities from the pharaohs. Mummies, sarcophagi, pottery and the fabulous treasures excavated from the tomb of King Tutankhamen are among them. Your visit includes the Treasures of King Tut, his Golden Mask and the Royal Mummies Room.
After your last visit re-board the coach and transfer to a local deluxe restaurant to enjoy buffet lunch before being transferred to your awaiting vessel in Port Said .
NOTE: when visiting the Mohamed Ali Mosque, men are required to be wearing long pants (shorts not permitted) and will have to take off their shoes. Ladies must cover their arms and hair.
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
7:30am Disembarkation in Alexandria
7:15am Drive to Cairo. There are restrooms on the coach. No stops are scheduled.
10:45am Visit Sakkara (Step Pyramid of Zoser and one tomb)
12:15pm Proceed to Memphis
12:30pm Visit Memphis
12:45pm Proceed to lunch
1:30pm Lunch at a deluxe restaurant
2:30pm Proceed to the Pyramids area
2:45pm Stop between 1st and 2nd Pyramids, stop at the Panorama spot overlooking all 3 Pyramids, final stop at the Sphinx
4:15pm Proceed to Papyrus Institute
4:30pm Stop at the Papyrus Institute for demonstration and shopping opportunity
5:00pm Proceed to your hotel for check –in
7:00pm Buffet Dinner
Overnight in Cairo at the Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel or similar hotel
8:00am Wake up call , buffet breakfast and check out .
9:00am Depart hotel for the Citadel
9:30am Visit the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque
10:30am Proceed to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
11:00am Visit the museum including the Royal Mummies Room
1:00pm Proceed for lunch
1:30pm Lunch at a deluxe hotel
2:15pm Drive to Port Said
Restrooms are available on the coach. No restroom stops are scheduled.
5:30pm Approximate arrival in Port Said to re-join the ship
86 F / 30 C
What to Bring:
Comfortable light loose clothing, good walking shoes, sunglasses and hat. Men must wear long pants
when visiting the Mohamed Ali Mosque and ladies must cover their arms and hair
Egyptian pound / USD and Credit Cards are accepted .
220 – 240 V ( Adaptors are not available at hotel )
Luggage information :
1 Carry on is suggested per person
Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel
3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, Cairo
Phone: +20 227 373 737
*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.
•This tour is not recommended for guests utilizing wheelchairs or with limited walking abilities.
•The visit of the pyramids consists of three stops: one stop between the first and second pyramid, another at the best location to take photos of the three pyramids, and also at the Sphinx area.
•If fewer than 50 guests take the tour, set menus may be offered instead buffets.
•Sandals are not recommended as it is dusty in Sakkara and around the pyramids.
•Cameras and video cameras can be used freely in all sites except inside the Egyptian Museum and at the tombs in Sakkara.
•Inside visits of the pyramids and the mummies room in the Egyptian Museum require an additional ticket. Your guide can arrange tickets for you to purchase.
•Interior visits of the pyramids are not recommended for guests with heart problems, as ventilation is poor.
•One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
•Nile-view room at the Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel or similar hotel
•Beverage offered during lunches and dinner includes bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of local beer or one glass of local wine
•Transportation by modern coach equipped with restrooms
•Professional English-speaking Egyptologist
•Entrance fees of all mentioned sites described in the program
•Security arrangements for the group
•Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
•Gratuities for your bus driver and Egyptologist
•Any meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.