Land of the Pharaohs
3 days Extension to Cairo
3 nights in Cairo
We will be landing in Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs, and met by our guide who will assist us going through custom formalities. We will be transferred to our hotel for a nice welcome dinner.
Our morning will begin with a visit to the Giza plateau, where the greatest of the three Pyramids, stands. Built approximately 4500 years ago, it is considered one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. It took 100,000 workers more than 20 years to construct this Pyramid, which contains almost 2.3 million stones each weighing about 2.5 tons. After entering the Pyramid, we will continue to the great Sphinx, located southeast of the Great Pyramids. We will view the magnificent monument, with the head of the Pharaoh and the body of a lion, carved out of solid natural rock. After lunch we will visit the first Pyramid ever built, the Step Pyramid of Zoser, in the Sakkara Complex. When Memphis was the capital of Egypt, during the Old Kingdom period, Sakkara was its necropolis. Spread over seven kilometers of desert, Sakkara is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Built during the Third Dynasty (2800 BC), the Step Pyramid set an architectural precedence for years to come. It was designed by Imhotep, a man who was believed to be a genius as he was not only an architect but also a physician, astronomer, poet and philosopher. At the end of the day, we will make a short stop at the remains in Memphis, the first capital of united Upper and Lower Egypt.
Today we will be introduced to some of the masterpieces of ancient art in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Here, we will get acquainted with some of the most important pieces in Egypt’s history, such as the vast findings of King Tutankahmun's tomb. From the museum we will continue to the Citadel of Salah El Din, built by the famous Arab Sultan, Salah El Din (Saladin), in the 12th century. We will also visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque, situated inside the citadel, known for its alabaster wall. After lunch, we will visit the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar, known for its narrow alleys and hundreds of shops selling all type of Egyptian handicrafts, including silver and gold jewelry. Walking through the Bazaar you will enjoy the different smells, sounds and sights of the mysterious East and have the opportunity to shop for cottons, copperware, perfumes and other Egyptian goods.
DAY 4: Early departure with lifetime memories.
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