Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa Trip (08 Days / 07 Nights)

Day 01: Arrival Cairo
Upon arrival to Cairo airport you will be met by an Excel Travel representative who will guide and assist you through airport customs and formalities. You will then be escorted to your hotel by a deluxe vehicle of your choice.
Overnight in Cairo
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Day 02: Cairo sight seeing (The Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, & Khan El Khalili)
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a visit to The Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian museum and Khan el Khalili bazaar with a private English speaking Egyptologist who will escort you through the entire trip.
The great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Built from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body.
After this visit, lunch will be served at one of the oriental Egyptian restaurants in the area.
After Lunch time, you will then be taken to visit the impressive Egyptian museum which houses the world’s largest collection of Egyptian antiquities where almost 10,000 items are on display.
The Egyptian Museum; was established by the Egyptian government in 1835.  The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon.  The museum exhibited collections now exceed 120,000 objects ranges from pre historic era to the Greco Roman period. It has 107 halls, and the ground floor houses huge statues.  The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies.  The museum also comprises of a photography section and large library.
A hall for the Royal Mummies was opened at the museum, housing eleven kings and queens.
The Egyptian Museum visit will be followed by a transfer to Khan el Khalili bazaar to shop for Egyptian souvenirs.
Khan El Khalili is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways.  The visitor can discover small restaurants and cafes where Egyptians & non-Egyptians come to smoke water pipes (Hookahs) and enjoy some of the traditional Egyptian drinks in the cafes scattered around the area (Few years ago, Naguib Mahfouz himself used to come and sit beneath the huge, ageing and discolored mirrors of the café). Jewelers, items made from copper, parquetry boxes, semi-precious stones, rugs, blown-glass dishes and other souvenirs can all be found in Khan El Khalili. Transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 03: Cairo / Alexandria
Breakfast at the hotel and check out
07H00 Start your over day tour to Alexandria to visit Alexandria library, Catacomb, Pompay’s Pillar and enjoy the panoramic view of the Citadel which was built on the site of the ancient pharaohs (lighthouse) of Alexandria.
Alexandria library: was the largest and most significant great library of the ancient world, It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the third century B.C.E. until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 48 B.C.E. In Roman times, scholars used a related library called the Serapeum, located in another part of the city. This library was described as the "daughter library" and was also a temple to the god Serapis.
The library was conceived and opened either during the reign of Ptolemy I Soter (323-283 BCE) or during the reign of his son Ptolemy II(283-246 BCE). Plutarch (CE 46–120) wrote that during his visit to Alexandria in 48 BCE, Julius Caesar accidentally burned the library down when he set fire to his own ships to frustrate Achillas’' which was an attempt to limit his ability to communicate by sea with British historian Edward Gibbon attributed the library's demise to Archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria, who ordered the destruction of the Serapeum in 391.Intended both as a commemoration and an emulation of the original, the Bibliotheca Alexandria was inaugurated in 2002 near the site of the old library.
The Catacomb: the tradition has it that on Friday, September 28th, 1900, in Alexandria, Egypt, a donkey, hauling a cart full of stone, made a misstep and disappeared into a hole in the ground. If that story is accurate, this beast of burden made one of the most astounding discoveries in archeological history: A set of rock-cut tombs with features unlike that of any other catacomb in the ancient world
Pompay’s Pillar: is a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Egypt, and the largest of is type constructed outside of the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. The only known free- standing column in Roman Egypt which was not composed of drums, it is one of the largest ancient monoliths and one of the largest monolithic columns ever erected. Transfer to the hotel and overnight
 
Day 04: Alexandria / El Alamein / Siwa (about 650 km)
Check out after breakfast in the hotel.Drive to Siwa by luxury 4X4 Jeep and visit the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein, where General Montgomery stopped the advance of Rommel’s Africa Kops. The museum gives a moving balanced account of the battle.Lunch will be served in a local restaurant in Marsa Matrouh.Continue driving to Siwa.Check in Adrere Amellal which is a place with a very special, luxurious sense of primitiveness.Check out more on the hotel here: www.adrereamellal.net

Day 05 & 06: Adrere Amellal
Two full days in Adrere Amellal Eco lodge
Enjoy the accommodation on a full board basis including all beverages (hard & soft) & sites (entrance fees to be paid directly to the sites).This program gives you an idea of the daily flow of activities in Adrère Amellal
·Breakfast is served on a shaded terrace overlooking the lake. If you do not know where to head for breakfast, just listen for the sound of the cutlery and plates and it will lead you to the right place.After Breakfast head towards the car park for a trip around the town of Siwa in 4x4 vehicles with a guide: you will visit Shali fortress, the tombs of Jabal el Mawta, Oracle Temple, Jabal Dakrour & Cleopatra’s bath.
·Around 2:00 PM lunch will be served under the palm trees by our natural spring. It is a vegetarian meal, which is tradition.
- In the afternoon :4x4 vehicles will take you into the Great Sand Sea; this depends of course on the mood of the desert and the duration of your stay. You will visit Lake Shiata, Bir Wahed and the Petrified Forest. And as the sun goes down you will be served oriental mint tea.
Remember to take a jacket with you, because once the sun goes down the temperature drops rapidly in the desert.
·Around 8:00 PM Return to Adrère Amellal and have a well-deserved cocktail in one of the bars of the lodge.
·Dinner will be served – in a different dinner room every night – at whatever time suites you. All you need to do is let a member of staff know when you would like to have your meal. Dinner in the desert is also an option, but at an extra charge will be applied depending on the mood of the desert of course and the number of people, as well as other factors. Please note that lunches in the desert are available only from mid-November to mid March. Additional options you could enjoy, are swimming in the Lake by the lodge, visiting the library at the lodge, climbing up the White Mountain, having a mud bath, being treated with a massage with Siwan olive oil by a local or foreign masseuse (not included in the price). The hotel has a shop (bazaar) on site with many products from the hotel’s Siwa Creations line such as hand-embroidered tunics, ethnic dresses, colorful scarves, and jewelry. Our workshops are local and operate under our sustainability policies and the embroidery is done by Siwan women. There is also the option of riding horses in the desert at an additional cost of EURO 40 per hour per person. Please note that the horse-riding trips are not available from mid-May till mid-October.If you do ever get lost or don’t know where to go, ask any of the personnel dressed in white in the hotel; they would be more than happy to assist you. Overnight at the hotel

Day 07: Siwa / Matrouh (Libyan market) / Cairo
After breakfast we will set off along the north coast to Marsa Matrouh.
The city has a beautiful 7km long sandy beach and a large Libyan/ Berber population distinctive in custom and dress.
We stop for lunch, with time to visit the beach for a swim in the sea and to explore the Libyan souq (market) if open, before driving onward to Cairo.
Check in at the hotel and overnight

Day 08: Final departure
Check out after breakfast
Transfer to Cairo international airport with Excel Travel representative who will assist you with the check in procedures for final departure.
 

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