Ancient Panoramas: Oceania Insignia 8th, 9th September 2016 | Egypt Shore Excursion

Ancient Panoramas: Oceania Insignia 8th, 9th September 2016 | Egypt Shore Excursion

Overnight to visit Cairo, Giza Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus, the Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel and Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque., from Oceania Insignia arriving Port Said on  8th and depart from Alexandria Port on 9th September 2016.

Starts From $235.00 Per Person

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Day 1: Pyramids Tour (June 16th, 2016)
Your Egyptologist guide will pick you up from your cruise at Port Said and take you to visit Sakkara which is part of Memphis' massive necropolis. Sakkara is the burial site of the most ancient Pharaohs where you will see the first pyramid ever-built in Egypt, the "Step Pyramid of King Djoser.” This pyramid was designed by Imhotep, the ancient Egyptian architect. In Sakkara, you will also visit the Teti Pyramid and will tour one of the magnificent Mastabas (burial chambers) of Ptah Hotep, Idut or Mereruca. After your visit to Sakkara, you will visit Memphis, which is the ancient Capital of Egypt. Here you will see artifacts from many of the great rulers of Egypt, including the fallen statue of Ramses II and visit nearby a still half-buried Hathor Temple. You will then have lunch. After lunch, you will drive to the Plateau of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only remaining of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World. Here you will visit the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus. Thereafter, you will tour the Great Sphinx, a head of a pharaoh with a lion's body, which dates from the time of Chephren. The tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple, which belongs to the Pyramids of king Chephren. You may also visit the Solar Boat Museum (optional, for an additional cost), home to the remarkably well-preserved funerary boat of Khufu. In addition, you may also enter the chambers of the pyramids, and/or ride a camel (optional, for an additional cost). Today you will also have a chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and purchase your own item if you like. After the conclusion of your tour, you will be driven to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Cairo.

Optional evening tours: 
Option 1: Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids 
Option 2: Egyptian Cultural Dinner
5-star Nile cruise and Show
 
Day 2: Cairo Tour (June 17th, 2016)
After having breakfast at your hotel, your will drive to the famous the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which houses ancient artifacts ranging from the Pharaonic era to the Greco-roman period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5,000 years of art which is considered the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are displayed, including an exhibit dedicated to King Tutankhamen’s tomb treasures. Here you may also visit the Royal Mummies Room to learn about the art of mummification (for an additional cost). After your visit to the Museum, you will enjoy lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, you will drive to the Citadel of Salah El Din to visit there the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque which was designed by the architect Yousif Boushnaq, a Turkish man who came especially from Istanbul to build this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849). You will have enough time to do souvenir shopping to then drive to Alexandria Port to board your cruise ship (a 3-hour drive).



Inclusions:

 

Pick-up from Port Said and drop-off at Alexandria services

All transfers on private air-conditioned vehicles

Accommodations in Cairo for 1 night at 5-star hotel

English-speaking Egyptologist guide

Entrance fees to all mentioned sites

2 lunches at local restaurants

Shopping tours in Cairo

All service charge and taxes

 
Exclusions:

 

Gratuities/Tipping (recommended). Please note that in Egypt tipping is not an obligation but a sign of appreciation for good service. That being said, tips are expected from people that serve you (e.g., driver, guide, etc.). The average tip is $10-$20 US dollars per day per person. We tell our clients this so they are aware of our cultural customs.

Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary

Camel ride at the Pyramids area

Entrance to the Solar Boat Museum (60 EGP)

Entrance into the chambers of the pyramids (200 EGP for the Great Pyramid; 40 EGP for the Third Pyramid)

Entrance to the Royal Mummies Room (100 EGP)


Prices


Occupancy Price (per person)
9-16 Persons $235
5-8 Persons $275
2-4 Persons $299