This marvelous trip will take you through magical Pharaonic, Coptic, Islamic, and modern historic Egypt. Come along and visit the mummies in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Take in the magnificent pyramids that tower over the Giza Plateau and gaze upon the ever-observant Sphinx. Walk with the local crowds in Islamic Cairo and walk with the ghosts of Mamlukes long gone in the City of the Dead. Look in wonder at the marvelous mosques and mausoleums that long ago were worship places and burials for kings and saints. Therefore, their spiritual atmosphere is phenomenal and a walk-in wonder in Downtown among all these smart European-style buildings and square statues.
Ahlan wa Sahlan. Welcome! Upon your arrival, our representative will meet and assist you at the airport to help you with your luggage and get you through customs, then drive you to your hotel in town. After checking in, you will be left to enjoy the rest of your evening. Overnight at the Cairo hotel. No meals included.
Greetings, Sabah el Kheir.Good morning.
This morning we will take you to look and wonder at the stunning achievements of the ancient Egyptians. The Great Pyramids sit high on the Giza plateau, looking over the city and the desert. You will also enjoy the look and wonder of the Great Sphinx at Giza. It is really one of a kind in its grandeur and allure and is a must-see. Tonight you will enjoy the spectacular and renowned “Sound & Light” show at Giza. Have fun!
Greetings, Sabah el Kheir! Good morning and welcome to Cairo. Day 3 in a row and welcome to a new and exciting adventure in the lively city that never sleeps, as the saying goes.
On our schedule for today is taking in the Egyptian Museum and taking a short boat ride across to the Nile to behold the City Center, “the Paris along the Nile”. Board your Nile Felucca boat ride and set sail along the Nile River for an hour (or more, depending on your preference).
Dinner will be on a great Cairo Nile Dinner Cruise, laying anchor in the city center or near old Coptic Cairo for 2 hours Sailing on the Nile River for you to have a yummy oriental Egyptian dinner while watching the belly-dancing show and Tanoura Twirling Dervishes show subsequently. Any time, feel free to go up on deck to take memorable photos of yourselves and the city. (Lunch and dinner meals are provided)
On this tour, you will visit Cairo’s famous bazaar and souk, which were established as trade centers during the Mamluk era and named after one of the city’s numerous historic caravanserais., the Bazar District has since become one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and EGYPTIANS alike. It is also home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out to visit the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, the oldest and most famous souq in the Middle East, located in the heart of Islamic Cairo. Back to our AC vehicle to continue browsing towards Coptic Cairo, where you can see the oldest churches in Egypt, “the hanging church,” the holy crypt underground of the Saint Sergius church, in which Jesus and Virgin Mary (peace be upon them) stayed during their stay in Egypt.
Enjoy your ride while driving towards the cave church of Saint Simon the Tanner, carved into the rock of the Mokattam Mountain in the Recycling neighborhood. The tour concludes with a transfer back to the hotel. Overnight in a hotel (Lunch is not included in the tour price.)
Good morning! Enjoy your breakfast at your hotel and get ready for a great day tour. We will embark on the famous Medieval Cairo Citadel of Saladin, sitting up on the top of the old Islamic Cairo ” the city of 1000 minarets” on the top of the highest hill there known as the Mokattam mountain overlooking the city of the one thousand minarets and marvelous old mosques.
Let’s go on to explore the wondrous and most mesmerizing mosque of them all, the Alabaster Mosque of the famous king Muhammad Ali Pasha and his resting place. The Al-Azhar Park is also on the agenda. The nearby tombs and mausoleums in the city of the Dead of the Mamlukes (slave kings from 1250–1517 AD) are just as daunting.
Back on board our vehicle, the rest of the afternoon is yours to fill your hotel in Cairo. (Lunch included)
Have a good breakfast before we check out of the hotel. We will then proceed to visit the Cairo City medieval gates with their myriad of battlements, towers, and arrow slits, and then on to the oldest and biggest spice market in Cairo.
Heal, smell the amazing fragrances of spices and herbs purely from nature and fresh, and amble along and breath in the healing atmosphere in these organic places. Proceed to the Old Tent Makers’ Market in the southern section of Fatimid Cairo, not too far from the Old Spice Market, and enjoy watching the artisans working by hand to create beautifully made cushion covers, table runners, pillowcases, and wall hangings all by hand using patchwork and quilting schemes.
This followed by a visit to the Blue Mosque (one of only 4 in the world that carry that same name: Cairo, Istanbul, Isfahan in Iran, and one in Afghanistan). It is named after the beautiful blue tiles that decorate its walls. Around 6:30 PM, we will buy the tickets to enter the Twirling Dervishes dancing show at the old caravanserai of Sultan King Al-Ghuri.
Enjoy watching the entrancing dancing of the Sufis. It is a unique blend of the whirling dervish dance in Turkey and the Mevlevi dance in Persia.
The folkloric whirling dervish dance An offshoot of the original Sufi dance that originated in Persia, founded by Rumi, and later in Turkey, the Egyptian version is more vibrant. Here, the skirts are colorful, the singing is forceful, and the musical instruments include mostly percussion.
Once the gate opens and the show starts, you will see a group of performers appear with an array of instruments ranging from the Duff (tambourine) to the Oud (lute) and Nay (flute).
After a few solos by various singers, a vocalist appears on a balcony. This specific vocalist, officially known as the Muezzin (i.e., a caller to prayers), sings of spirituality.
In Sufi dancing, The dancer must be spinning in a certain direction related to the direction of the sun. One hand must be pointed to the sky and the other toward the earth, which symbolizes establishing a connection between the two.
spinning in circles with the right hand open and raised up towards the sky (a sign showing the collecting of blessings from heaven) and having their left hand open as well but lowered down towards the earth (as a sign showing the fetching of the heavenly blessings down to the worldly earth).
The dancer’s circular movements represent the removal of worldly burdens until he achieves ecstasy in this attempt to reach heaven. The untying of the belt around the waist towards the end of the dance represents the beginning of his journey to heaven.
Recommended for those who are looking for a spiritual and peaceful show and meditation.
At the end of the day, you will catch our AC vehicle for the return trip to the hotel in Cairo overnight.
Ahlan wa sahlan. We will take you to the Islamic Museum, accompanied by our certified Egyptologist. You will go around and take in the small wonders that the Muslim ancestors left behind, be it their jewels, their artifacts, their furniture, their beautiful lamps, their Holy Quran books, and, of course, their very own clothing.
This afternoon, you will see the Abdeen Palace. Abdeen Palace, formerly a royal residence, now hosts a number of museum collections that shed light on the daily life of the royal family. Followed by a nice walk in Downtown Cairo to contemplate its beautiful modern historic buildings and squares, eat ice cream at El-Abd sweets, or enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in Café Riche or Simonds café. Overnight in a Cairo hotel (Lunch included)
Ma Al Salama (See you). We wish you all the best and truly hope you have had a wonderful time visiting our country. Pack up your souvenirs, store your memories, and come back to discover more of our hidden treasures. We will pick you up and take you to the airport in time for your flight back home. Have a safe and good trip!
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