Egypt From BC. to AD.  III     Cultural Tours       26 Days / 25 Nights  

    Short Itinerary       Egypt From BC. To AD.  III            See More  Detailed Itinerary & pics at the end of the page

 

Day 01: Arrival at Cairo International Airport you will be met & transferred to your hotel for overnight

Day 02: Breakfast visit Giza Pyramids, sphinx, solar boat museum, camel ride, Memphis & Sakkara, evening visit the sound & Light show at Giza Pyramids   (B)

Day 03: Breakfast visit  Fayoum Oasis, Meidum Pyramid, Hawara Pyramid, visit the remains of the temple built by Amenemhet III,  lunch at the lake & then visit Karanis Temple, back to your hotel    (B, L)

Day 04:  Breakfast visit the Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo - Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra - Coptic Churches,  the Citadel & Mohammad Ali Mosque & Kan ElKalili Bazaar  (B) 

Day 05: Breakfast meet your guide to drive to Menia visiting Tuna El Gebel & El Ashmounin drive to your hotel
(B, L, D)

Day 06: Breakfast meet your guide to start your tour visiting Tel El Amarna & Beni Hassan, drive back to Cairo
(B, L)

Day 07:  Breakfast you will be met & transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu Simbel, upon arrival you will be met & transferred to visit Abu Simbel & Nefertari temples, fly to Aswan you will be met & transferred to your hotel, afternoon meet your guide to visit the Nubian museum, Nubian village & will be having tea at a Nubian home   (B) 

Day 08: Breakfast you will be met & transferred to your Nile Cruise in the afternoon a felucca ride visiting the botanical garden island, diner & overnight on cruise  (B, L D)

Day 09:  Breakfast, Visit the Philae Temple, the High Dam and the unfinished Obelisk, sail to Kom Ombo, lunch on board. Visit Kom Ombo temple, sail to Edfu, dinner on board, overnight in Edfu   (B, L, D)

Day 10: Breakfast Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu, Sail to Luxor, lunch on board,  dinner on board, overnight in Luxor    (B, L, D)

Day 11: Breakfast visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Eldeir El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch on board, after noon Visit the Karnak Temple, visit Luxor temple, dinner on board, overnight in Luxor    (B, L, D)

Day 12: Breakfast disembarks your cruise, meet your representative to drive to your hotel and start your tour visiting Habu temple, the Nobles tombs, valley of the Artisans and the Ramesseum temple, drive back to your hotel   (B)

Day 13: Breakfast visit Abydos temple & Denderah temple, drive back to your hotel for overnight   (B, L)

Day 14: Breakfast meet your representative to drive to Hurghada, upon arrival check in your hotel, free day & overnight at your hotel  (B)

Day 15: Breakfast meet your guide to drive to visit St. Paul and St. Anthony Monasteries first 2 monasteries in the world and the beginning of the monastic tradition in the world, drive back to your hotel for overnight   (B, L)

Day 16: Breakfast meet your representative to sail to Sharm El Sheikh by the quick boat (45 min) enjoy the sailing on the Red sea, upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel, free & day overnight at your hotel   (B)

Day 17: Breakfast, free time, snorkeling & diving are considered the best activities in Sharm El Sheikh, afternoon Bedouin diner in the desert    (B) 

Day 18: Breakfast, free Day, snorkeling & diving are considered the best activities in Sharm El Sheikh     (B)

Day 19: Breakfast meet your guide to drive to St. Katherine monastery, overnight at the hotel   (B, L, D)

Day 20: 2:00 AM  drive to mount Sinai, climb the mountain by camel or on foot, watch the sun rise, climb down the mountain, breakfast at hotel, visit St. Katherine monastery, lunch break then drive to Cairo for overnight. (B, L)

Day 21: Breakfast a half day tour, visiting the Pyramids of Dahshur (the red and the bent pyramid)   (B) 

Day 22: : Breakfast visit Alexandria; the Greco Roman Museum, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Theater, the Catacombs, lunch at local restaurant continue your tour to visit  the old location of the light house and the newly opened library of Alexandria, drive to your hotel in Alexandria for overnight   (B, L)

Day 23: Breakfast meets your guide to visit Qaitbey Citadel, then  drive to visit El Alamein symmetries of the 2nd  World war, famous as the scene of a device Allied victory over Axis powers during World War Two, drive to Cairo for overnight   (B, L)

Day 24: Breakfast meets your guide to visit Tanis the capital of Egypt during the late period of the 21st to the 22nd dynasties, visit Psusennes tomb, drive back to Cairo (B)

Day 25: Breakfast meets your guide to visit Christian Coptic museum, Islamic museum, Ibn Tulun mosque &
El Sultan Hassan mosque afternoon you will be  the guest of an Egyptian family for diner   (B, D)

Day 26: Breakfast meet your representative to drive to Cairo airport for your departure flight   (B)


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·         12 Nights in Cairo Accommodation at hotels including bed & breakfast 
·         2 Nights in Luxor Accommodation at hotel including bed & breakfast 
·         1 Night in Aswan Accommodation at hotel including bed & breakfast 
·         1 Night in St Katherine Accommodation at hotel full board (breakfast – diner)
·         1 Night in Menia Accommodation at hotel full board (breakfast – lunch – diner)
·         1 Night in Alexandria Accommodation at hotel half board (breakfast – lunch)
·         3 Nights in Sharm Accommodation at hotel including bed & breakfast 
·         4 Nights Accommodation on Nile cruise full board (breakfast – lunch – diner)
·         Transfers & tours all over Egypt are operated in a private A/C van
·         Guiding fees for English (Or other language) speaking Egyptologist guide
·         All entrance fees to all Sight seeing, as mentioned in our program  
·         English speaking tour manager escorting guests from the Airport to Hotel and vice verse
·         2 Lunch at Fayoum Oasis & at Alexandria  
·         Camel Ride climbing Mount Sinai
·         Domestic Air tickets Cairo – Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan  (included in price of 4, 5 or 5 stars deluxe
        categories)
        OR (Included in price of 3 stars accommodation only)  Cairo – Aswan sleeper train tickets, Aswan Abu  
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   Detailed Itinerary & Pics       Egypt From BC. To AD.  III   

 

Please note that all timings stated in Egypt From BC. to AD. tours are the average timings & they are totally flexible.

Day 01  Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport you will be met by your tour manager who will help you through your immigration and customs formalities then escort you to your hotel for check in and overnight.

Day 02: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (8:30) drive to Memphis at the  edge of the western desert, (35 min. drive) the capital of Egypt until the end of the first Kingdom, about 2270 BC, one of the most important cities throughout the  history of Ancient Egypt, You will be visiting Memphis open air Museum the most important piece is Ramses the second statue about 20meters long, Close to Memphis, you will drive to Sakkara, the City of the dead with the famous step Pyramid of Zoser, and the greatest Pharaoh of the 3rd  Dynasty 2650 BC, the step pyramids is known to be the first stone building ever build in the world, then you will be visiting a Mastaba (Tomb) for the Nobel “Mereruka” from the old kingdom the tomb have beautiful colored paintings about life in Egypt during the old Kingdom, Drive to the Pyramids of Giza, enter the Great Pyramid (Cheops Pyramid) the largest one of the three and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In front of the Pyramid of Kefren, stand the alabaster Sphinx, which was discovered in 191 carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with a portrait of a Pharaoh's head, it is believed by many to be a likeness of Pharaoh Kefren. Continue our tour to the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops (Khufu) was found buried in front his pyramid and has been masterfully re-assembled. Drive back to your hotel. (4:30 PM) Evening drive to Giza Pyramids to attend the Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids & the Sphinx.   (B)

Day 03: Breakfast, met your Egyptologist guide (8:30 AM) drive to Meidum visit the Pyramid of Meidum which was originally a seven-stepped Pyramid and was later enlarged to become an eight-stepped Pyramid. Eventually the steps were filled in and a smooth outer facing turned it into a true pyramid. It is a huge structure and is surrounded by the debris from the casing that collapsed. The Pyramid is thought to have been started by Huni, the last ruler of the 3rd dynasty and then completed by his successor Seneferu. Seneferu was the first king of the 4th dynasty Pharaoh (2613–2494 BC) continue drive to visit the Pyramid of Hawara and the remains of the temple built by Amenemhet III. Drive to Fayoum Egypt's largest oasis, overlooking Lake Qarun, a popular spot for hunting and fishing you will see the old way of irrigation the water wheels Lunch at restaurant overlooking the lake on the way back visit the Roman site of Karanis witch poses an ancient market and ancient oven for backing witch gives a good idea about normal life in the Roman period the city once housed two limestone temples and a large agora, drive back to your hotel  (5:00 PM).    (B, L)

Day 04: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (9:00 AM) drive to Down Town visit the Egyptian Museum, (2 hours tour) which contains a vast collection of Pharaonic antiquities including the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Continue your tour to Old Cairo, visiting the old Coptic Churches the Hanging Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary built in the 3rd century and the Church of St. Sergius, built in the 4th century and visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra. Drive to Visit the medieval Citadel of Salah El-Din, built in the 12th century and contains many structures, the most impressive of which is the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali, It was designed in the early 19th Century by a Greek Architect from Turkey. The style is based on the Ottoman mosques of Istanbul, Continue your tour visiting Kan ElKalili bazaar area ( the old market ) drive back to your hotel (4:00 PM).    (B)

Day 5: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (7:00 AM), Drive to Menia (4 hours drive) then Visit Tuna El-Gebel, the cemetery of Tuna El-Gebel provides examples of the burial tombs of the wealthy Greeks of Hermopolis. At about the time of the occupation of Egypt by Alexander the great (325 B.C.), Continue your tour visiting the remains of Thoth Temple the god of writing , the place now known by the name Ashmonin, Then you will be transfer to your hotel; Mercure El Menia (5:00 PM).    (B, L, D)

Day 6: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (8:00 AM) start your tour visiting Beni Hassan tombs they were quarried during the 11th  and 12th Dynasties for local Princes of the area. The brightly colored painted scenes of domestic life, sports, dancing and other leisure activities provide a detailed picture of life in Egypt in the Middle Kingdom. Continue your tour visiting Tel-El-Amarna ,Built during the region of  the famous King Akhenaton then drive back to Cairo for overnight at your Hotel at Cairo (5:00 PM).    (B, L)

Day 07: Breakfast meet your tour manger who will transfer you to Cairo Airport & help you for check in for your flight to Abu Simbel upon arrival you will be transferred to visit Abu Simbel Temples, the great Temple of Ramses the 2nd one of the greatest and most whimsical kings of Egypt the temple is dedicated in theory to the gods Amon-Ra, Harmakis and Ptah, the temple was carved in sand stone rock cliff with the four colossal seated statues of the King in front of the entrance, each statue is 20 meters high and measures 4 meters from ear to ear, taking a closer look you will realize that each statue present the  king Ramses in different ages of his life starting from youth age till he became a mature King, the temple wall decorations celebrate the military grandeur of the king, continue your tour visit the temple of Nefertari the King's beloved wife. Both temples were threatened by the increasing level of the Nile upon the completion of the Aswan High Dam and have been preserved in the 60’s by international action organized by UNESCO. All parts of the temple have been moved and rebuilt on a plateau above the former site, the temple is considered a miracle of the ancient and modern history Return to Abu-Simbel Airport for your flight to Aswan (around 12:30 AM)  Afternoon visit the newly opened Nubian Museum witch poses very rare and unique pieces from pre dynastic eras showing the evolution of human industry of pottery and weapons, the museum contains a big part about the Nubian culture, in addition to the Pharaonic, Christian and Islamic monuments, continue your tour visit the Nubian Village you will be visiting a Nubian home and will be having a discussion with a Nubian family while tea is served, Nubians still speak there own language witch is a spoken language only, drive back to your hotel for overnight.     (B)

Day 08: Breakfast meet your representative to be transferred to your Nile Cruise, Embark your deluxe Nile Cruise ship, lunch on board. Sail on the Nile by felucca around Kitchener's Island (Botanical Garden Island) and Agha Khan Mausoleum. Afternoon tea, dinner on board & Nubian folkloric show, overnight in Aswan.  (B, L, D)

Day 09:  Breakfast on board. Visit the Philae Temple, the High Dam, and the unfinished Obelisk at the Granite Quarries, sail to Kom Ombo, lunch on board. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple shared by the two gods Sobek and Hours in Kom Ombo, sail to Edfu, afternoon tea. Captain's welcome cocktail (smart casual attire), dinner on board & disco, overnight in Edfu.   (B, L, D)

Day 10:  Breakfast on board. Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the best preserved temple in Egypt, Sail to Luxor, lunch on board, afternoon tea, dinner on board & Galabeya party, overnight in Luxor.   (B, L, D)

Day 11: Breakfast on board. Cross to the West Bank visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens where tombs of 64 Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Eldeir El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Lunch on board, after noon Visit the Karnak Temple, which is considered the World’s largest religious complex, then visit the Luxor temple, which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II, afternoon tea, dinner on board & Belly Dance show, overnight in Luxor.    (B, L, D) 

Day 12: Breakfast disembarks your cruise, meet your representative to drive to your hotel, start your tour visiting the valley of the Nobles, the tombs of the great dignitaries from the middle and the new kingdom dynasties, there main characteristics are extreme architectural simplicity compared to the royal tombs and a choice of iconography notable for it’s freshness and vitality, the Nobles tombs provide us with valuable information about the daily life during the new kingdom agriculture hunting and fishing scenes, palatial festivals musicians and dancers maids and servants craftsman and artisans as well as the court life in ancient Egypt such as the offices and functions of various dignitaries, you will be visiting 2 tombs, the most famous are Menna’s  tomb who was described as the scribe of the land register of the master of the upper and lower Egypt, utilized a preexisting tomb and enlarged it, the decoration depicts scenes as the work in the field the pilgrimage to Abydos, scenes for the sons and daughters of Menna, the tomb is considered among the most elegant, also you will visit Nakht’s tomb he was the scribe and astronomer of Amon in the era of Tutmose the 4th while his wife was the singer of Amon scenes in the tomb shows the growing of wheat, the harvest, hunting and fishing, continue your tour visiting Habu temple the mortuary of Ramses the 3rd one of the world’s largest monuments, is the second in importance and size to Karnak temple, a stone quarry used to occupy the site during the Christian era later excavations uncovered the remains of the Pharaoh palace the present complex consists of 4 temples, a fortress gateway in the style of Syrian architecture, wall relief depict the king doing battle with his enemies, we also see the great Pharaoh in paradise wearing the unadorned clothes of a simple farm worker he ploughs his land performing without fatigue one of the necessary duties of the deceased in order that he may be granted eternal life by the gods, continue your tour to visit the valley of the artisans that used to be village and necropolis of all the workmen who built and decorated the royal tombs in Thebes, it is the only place in Egypt where you can see normal Egyptian ancient houses from the Pharaoh’s period, the village was built in the west bank and kept as a secret no one from the workers was allowed to leave his village in his life so the great secret of the place of the royal tombs wouldn’t be released, the tombs of the Artisans is among the best tombs in Thebes not for it’s size but for the quality of the painting material and the accuracy it was painted with, as the workmen kept the best quality painting material for themselves and for sure did there best in painting their own tombs, you will be visiting 2 tombs as tomb of Sennedjin an official at the time of 19th dynasty, his title was servant in the square of truth, the painting is so alive and fresh, on one of the walls Sennedjin painted himself accompanied by his wife worshiping the gods in the after life, at the head of all gods is Osiris with his green skin that symbolize the renewal of life at springtime. Continue your tour to the Ramesseum temple built by Ramses the 2nd, Diodorus of Sicily himself was amazed at the complexity and architectonic grandeur of the monument unfortunately today only few ruins remain the decoration of the temple shows the exploits of the Pharaoh who stopped the Hittite advance there are also scenes depicting the festival held in the summer to honor Min the prehistoric god of fertility in whose honor the Pharaoh sacrifice a white bull, back to your hotel (3:00 AM).    (B)

Day 13: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (7:00 AM) to start your tour visiting Abydos Temple, (2 hours drive in A/C Van) one of the most important religious significance dedicated to Osiris the judge and ruler of the netherworld, the splendid colonnaded façade of the temple Seti I is dedicated to 7 gods, inside there are seven aisles for the funerary processions a unique feature in temple architecture of Egypt, the columns and walls are richly decorated with larger than life size relives. Then drive back to Luxor and on the way visit Denderah Temple (45. min. from Luxor) built in the first century B.C. for the Goddess Hathor, the Cow Goddess, known as the "Golden One", considered one of the most notable accomplishments of the late Pharaonic architecture extremely well preserved to this day, the Hathoric Columns are a special feature of Denderah, standing in the courtyard of the temple is the unique statue of Bes an ugly funny bearded dwarf with shaggy hair and chin very different than any other Pharaonic art style, he was considered the god of music childbirth also the god of marriage and happiness and was great favorite in Egyptian homes, Relief of the Roman period adorn the outside walls of the temple , beautiful Cleopatra and her caesarian son are outstanding, drive to your hotel for overnight.  (B, L)

Day 14: Breakfast meet your representative to drive to Luxor Airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh, upon arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel, free day & over night at your hotel.   (B)

Day 15: Breakfast, free day, snorkeling & diving are considered the best activities in Sharm El Sheikh   (B)

Day 16: Breakfast, free time, snorkeling & diving are considered the best activities in Sharm El Sheikh, afternoon Bedouin diner in the desert    (B, D)

Day 17: 11:00 AM Breakfast then meet your driver and tour escort to drive to St. Katherine Monastery, 2.5 hours drive from Sharm El sheikh upon arrival you will check in your hotel, free time till diner.   (B, D)

Day 18: 2:00 AM Wake up call met your Escort and drive to Mount Sinai (10 Min Drive), climb Mount Sinai where it is believed that God delivered his 10 commandments to Moses at it’s summit, it is about 2 hours climbing it is an easy climb you can use camels to climb the mountain or you can just walk up, watch the sunrise from up the mountain then climb down, back to the hotel eat your breakfast and then drive back to visit St. Katherine Monastery, The monastic order was founded in the 4th century AD by the Roman Empress Helena who had a small chapel built beside what was be lived to be the burning Bush from witch God spoke to Moses, The Chapel is dedicated to St. Katherine the legendary martyr of Alexandria, who was tortured on a spiked wheel and then be headed for her Christianity, her body was supposedly carried by angles to Katherine mountain then 300 years later her body was found by monks from the monastery, a fortress was added to the monastery in the 6th century by emperor Justinian with a Basilica to protect the Christians of southern Sinai since then the place is visited by Christians pilgrims from all over the World, the complex posses many attractive and rare Icons from 6th century to the 18th century, many golden candle holders beside it’s very important library that poses many historical hand written bibles and many important historical messages and agreement, then drive back to Cairo.  (B)

Day 19: Breakfast & free day in Cairo. (B)

Day 20: Breakfast drive to St. Anthony monastery, St Anthony have the credit for founding monasticism tradition he was born in the year 251 AD this shy son of a provincial landowner from a small upper Egypt town near Beni Suef was a reluctant religious leader Orphaned with his sister at the age of 18 he was already more interested in the spiritual life more than the temporal and soon gave his share of the inheritance to the poor and went to the Eastern desert living in a cave and hoping for solitude and spiritual salvation however the word spread soon about the holy man and would be disciples came flocking trying to copy his ascetic existence , by default he became their spiritual leader, soon also the whole Byzantine empire was alive with monastic fever and only a century later there were many monasteries throughout Italy and France, St .Anthony’s have several churches, Chapel, a guesthouse, a bakery, a vegetable garden and a spring that supplies the monastery with 100 cubic meters of water daily allowing the monks to cultivate olives and dates, the highlight of the tour is visiting the oldest part of the monastery witch is the church of St. Anthony built over the saint’s tomb it contains the largest array of Coptic wall paintings dating to the early 13th century the colors are clear and bright showing that Coptic art was connected to the art of wider Byzantine and Islamic eastern Mediterranean ones, it is available to visit the cave of St Anthony about 300 Meters up the Mountain, the cave have a chapel with an alter, the medieval graffiti on the walls are fascinating and there is a breath taking view of the hills and valley below, Continue your tour visiting St. Paul Monastery who was born in Alexandria late in the 3rd century and fled to the eastern desert to escape Roman persecution the most fascinating part of the large complex is the church of St. Paul Cluttered with altars, candles, ostrich eggs and colorful murals representing saints and biblical stories, back to your hotel.  (B)

Day 21: Breakfast meet Egyptologist guide (10:00 AM) drive to the red and the bent pyramid the 2 pyramids were built for king Seneferu (4th dynasty of the old Kingdom) the father of king Cheops both pyramids are considered the step before the last on the long way of evolution in pyramid building (Giza Pyramid are the most perfect). The bent Pyramid called so due to it’s unique bent top, it was believed if they continue building with straight angle the pyramid would have collapsed, it is the only pyramid still have the complete lime stone layer covering the whole pyramid which make it very special. The Red Pyramid is as big as Kefren pyramid but with different angles and in a very good condition, it was called the red pyramid due to the colors of the inside room walls, the room inside is open to visit, drive back to your hotel  (1:00 PM).    (B)

Day 22: After breakfast (7:00 AM), drive to Alexandria (3 hours drive by A/C Van) to start your tour visiting Greco Roman Museum, which contains 40,000 pieces of artifacts dating from the 2nd and 3rd centuries B.C. with very special pieces mixing Pharaonic and Greco Roman art, Then visit Pompey’s Pillar made of Aswan rose granite, lunch at local restaurant, Continue your tour to the Catacombs of Kom El- Shuqqafa and the Roman theater built in the 1st century A.D. and uncovered in the late 1950. end your tour with a visit to the newly opened Library of Alexandria build in the same spot the historical one was existing the library contains a beautiful Museum with very special pieces from the ancient and modern history of Egypt, drive to your hotel for overnight in Alexandria (4:00 PM).  (B, L)

Day 23: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (9:00 AM) start you r tour in Alexandria visiting fort of Qaitbey over looking the Mediterranean the fort was built on the site of the famous Pharos light house and have a beautiful Panorama for the city of Alexandria, drive to El Alamein about 1.15 hour drive in your A/C van from Alexandria visit the War museum that contains good collection of uniforms, memorabilia and pictorial material relating to the battle of El Alamein  maps and  explanations of various phases in the Campaign, outside the museum collection of tanks, artillery and hardware from the fields of the battle, continue your tour  visiting the commonwealth war cemetery the cemeteries contain about 7000 tombstone for soldiers from UK, Australia, New Zealand, France, Greece, South Africa and India, continue your tour  visiting the German and Italian War Memorials on a bluff over looking the sea, continue to drive to Cairo for overnight at your hotel (5:00 PM).  (B)

Day 24:  Breakfast, meet your Egyptologist guide (8:00 AM) then drive through the Delta to the town of Tanis, for many years Tanis was the capital of Egypt during the late period of the 21st to the 22nd dynasties, and served as a burial site for some of the kings, one of the most important tombs is Psusennes tomb the tomb found closed without being robbed (as King Tut tomb) all the treasures of the tomb was placed in the Egyptian museum the tomb acquired a beautiful silver mask. Tanis was a city of great importance to a succession of powerful pharaohs, all of them left their mark through extraordinary buildings or statues, for several centuries Tanis was one of the largest cities in the Delta, monuments date from the 6th dynasty reign of Pepi the first, around 2330 BC, you will be visiting some royal tombs as well, drive back to Cairo for over night.    (B)

Day 25: Breakfast meet your Egyptologist guide (8:00 AM) to drive to the Coptic museum that contains many rare pieces from the early Christian era, then drive to the Islamic museum witch poses a magnificent collection of Islamic art ranging from the 7th to the 19th century collected from countries throughout the whole Moslem world witch is a very good opportunity for you to learn about the Islamic art generally not just the Egyptian Islamic art, then drive to Gayer Anderson museum witch consists of 2 houses from the 16th and the 17th century built with a unique architecture style, both houses were delightfully joined together, the museum is filled with antique furniture from all over the Middle East, the 2 houses were owned by a British Lord called Gayer Anderson who collected all the antiques in the museum, in the same spot you will be visiting Ibn Toulon mosque one of the biggest mosques in Cairo built in the 8th century with a unique design influenced with Persian style then El sultan Hassan mosque built in the 13th century and is considered one of the best Islamic architectures in the Islamic era, drive back to your hotel (4:00 PM) Afternoon you will be invited for dinner at Egyptian home meting the family & learn more about the Egyptian life & culture.   (B, D)

Day 26: After breakfast you will be met & transferred by your tour manger to Cairo International Airport to help you in check in and immigration formalities for your departure flight.   (B)

 

 

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