Day 1 - Alexandria - Cairo
Upon disembarkation, you will be met by an Egyptologist in a private car for the start of a two day exciting visits to the Land of the Pharaohs.
Your first stop upon arrival will be at the Catacombs of Kom El Shukafa, dating back to the 1st century AD, the labyrinth of Greco-Roman tombs are cut into the stone and surrounded by decorations that reveal the Alexandrian melding of Egyptian and Roman cultures.
Next, visit Fort Quait Bay, built on the ruins of Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse in the 15th century, it is a colossal structure surrounded by the sea that houses a naval museum and the oldest mosque in Alexandria.
Stop for your lunch at the local restaurant before proceeding to the National Museum.
The Museum is located in a 20th century mansion, displaying impressive historical artifacts in stunning and unique suspended showcases, which span the history of Egypt and Alexandria from Pharaonic to modern times.
Also visit the Alexandria Library, the contemporary form of the ancient library of the early 3rd century BC, built on the original site of what was once the largest library in the world. The ancient library not only housed the largest collection of books in the ancient world, over 700,000 volumes, but was also an important center for research and scholarship, and the cultural hub of the western world. The ancient library burned down under mysterious circumstances, possibly around 48 BC.
The current structure, built in the 1970’s, commemorates what was lost in antiquity with state-of-the-art design, which includes a vast reading area and shelves for over 8 million books on 11 cascading levels, as well as striking architecture of paneled glass and granite.
Upon completion of your Alexandria tour, travel across the desert highway to Cairo. A stop will be made at the Rest House for refreshments.
Your hotel is in Giza the Sofitel Le Sphinx Hotel, near the Pyramids for dinner and overnight.
Optional: Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids.
Day 2 - Cairo - Port Said
After an early breakfast you will begin your day with a visit to the fascinating collections of antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Tour Old Cairo, including the Church of St. Sergius on the sight where the Holy Family lived in Cairo and Ben Ezra Synagogue near the spot where pharaoh's soldiers found the infant Moses. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Giza to see the world renowned Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Upon completion of this exciting day, you will travel to Port Said across sand, vegetation and oases, passing by small villages and hamlets on the way.
Part of the route will be adjacent to the Suez Canal carved through the desert, and if in luck, you will witness the ships and freighters as if they are sailing atop the sands as they cross the canal between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
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