Cairo & Fayoum Oases 8 Days-7 Nights

Day 01:           Arrival Cairo
 
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, Excel Travel representative welcomes you and assists you through the immigration process. Modern air-conditioned coaches take you to your hotel in Cairo. Your representative will ensure a smooth hotel check-in.
Dinner & overnight at the hotel in Cairo
 
Day 02:           Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara                                      
Buffet breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then start a guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders 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 tones. 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 of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn 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. A quick visit to papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the visit.Lunch will be served at an oriental restaurant before you start afternoon visit to the ancient capital of Memphis & Sakkara where the Step Pyramid was built for the Pharaoh Zoser, is the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back from 2700 BC.Drive to your hotel in Cairo for refreshment.Evening at leisure whereby an optional tour to visit the spectacular sound & light show by the pyramids or enjoy dinner while cruise the Nile or enjoy dinner in Sequoia restaurant by the Nile.Overnight in Cairo
 
Day 03:           Museum, Citadel, Khan El Khalili Bazaars                      
Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the Egyptian Museum for unforgettable tour.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.Lunch will be served at an oriental restaurant before you start afternoon visit to the Citadel with the towering mosque of Mohamed Ali; It is one of Cairo's most popular tourist attractions is the Citadel which houses a number of museums, ancient mosques and other sites, located on a spur of limestone that had been detached from its parent Moqattam Hills by quarrying. The Citadel is one of the world's greatest monuments to medieval warfare, as well as a highly visible landmark on Cairo's eastern skyline. Particularly when viewed from the back side (from the north), the Citadel reveals a very medieval character.After the visit a short drive will take you to the most famous bazaars of Khan El Khalili whereby you have some free time to stroll around the bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways.  Drive to your hotel in Cairo.Evening at leisure whereby an optional tour to visit the spectacular sound & light show by the pyramids or enjoy dinner while cruise the Nile or enjoy dinner in Sequoia restaurant by the Nile

Day 04 – 8:     Fayoum                                                                                 
Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo, then escorted transfer to Fayoum (about 90 minutes’ drive). Upon arrival, your representative will ensure a smooth hotel check-in.
overnight at Lazib Inn Resort & Spa at Luxury Suites.Free at leisure to enjoy the hotel amenities or enjoy some of the short list of activities:

Activities:
Spa
Delight your senses and soothe your soul with our state-of-art spa facilities. A full-service spa, equipped with a lavish, all marble Turkish hamam, private gym, sauna, massage rooms and an outdoor Jacuzzi tub.Enjoy a sensory experience with our tailor-made body treatments, selected to enhance your vitality and restore your internal balance.
 
Swimming Pools
For peace & tranquility seekers, our 2 palm-lined infinity pools, with the panoramic infinity view of the eternal Qaroun lake, complements the picturesque scenery drawn by the rural portrait / settings of the resort.
 
Nearby Activities
Discover another dimension of nature with Lazib Inn’s resident birdwatcher, trot through the waters of the lake on the horseback, witness sunset from a felucca, hike through the sand dunes of Wadi Al Rayan or simply bask in the profound silence of the oasis at sunrise.A 4X4 ride through an otherworldly open desert landscape leads you to Madinet Madi, a labyrinth of fascinating, well-preserved Pharaonic temples from the late Greco-Roman period. A little further, Wadi Al Hitan, with its surreal array of whale skeletons rising from the sands.
 
Bird Watching
The oasis of Fayoum is one of the most important bird watching locations in Egypt. Birdwatchers visit it mainly for water and agricultural birds, and to a lesser extent for desert birds. It is a vital spot for water birds in winter and as a staging area during migration.
 
Safari
Explore the Egyptian Desert at its best when you visit Fayoum. Enthusiasts can explore and discover this breathtaking terrain whilst enjoying stylish hospitality and comfort.
 
Wadi El Rayan
A natural world cultural heritage site from ancient civilizations, unique with its spectacular sand dunes, desert landscapes and rock formation. The two lakes, waterfalls and a spring oasis contain rare wildlife, numerous bird & fish species and fossils of creatures from the past.

Wadi El Hitan
Home to Valley of the Whales as well as desert landscapes. Originally, the area was an ocean bed where a huge number of whale skeletons rose from the sand.
Wadi El Hitan is one of the largest open-air museum, designated by UNESCO as “World Heritage Site”, where hundreds of fossils of the earliest forms of whales are displayed.
 
Madinet Madi
 
Situated about 30 kms away from Fayoum, on a small hill guarding its southwestern entrance, Madinet Madi, which means "city of the past", was called D3 in Hieroglyphs, while during the Greek period, it was identified as Narmouthis.
Its pharaonic temples were built in the 12th dynasty by kings Amenemhat III & IV and restored during the 19th dynasty.
 
Sightseeing
Madawara mountain lies on the edge of the Sahara Desert. The mountain is surrounded by sculpted sand dunes and limestone formations.
 
Sailing
Indulge in a relaxing felucca sailing voyage in the famous Qaroun lake, where the shimmering water, the embracing breeze and the golden sun surround you while contemplating the dramatic setting of God’s nature.
 
Horseback Riding
Ride through the land of the pharaohs on a magical horseback ride in Fayoum.
Fayoum is a fascinating city with a rich history, embodied not only by its monuments, but also by the oldest recognized horse breed - the Arabians.
 
Day 8:             Final departure                                                                                  
Final departure transfer after breakfast from Lazib Inn Resort & Spa hotel to Cairo airport; Excel Travel representative will escort you, check you in your flight.
 
 

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