1 Day Cairo Tour from Alexandria Port
Our friendly and knowledgable tour guide will pick you up around 7.30am at Alexandria Port to begin your day tour of the magnificent Cairo. The journey to Cairo will take approximately 2 hours in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle.
Memphis Tour - The Capital of Old Egypt
Founded by the first king of united Egypt, Pharoh Menes approximately 4000 years ago in 3,100 BC, the city of Memphis was built in the strategic position at the mouth of the Nile Delta, a thriving location full of workshops, factories and warehouses that distributed food and merhendise throughout the ancient kingdom.
This magnificent city contained a great temple as well as many tombs built to house ancient Egyptian nobility in the after-life. Remaining an important city throughout ancient Mediterranean history, Memphis was known as a number of different names throughout its history stretching 4 millennia, including Ankh-Tawy ("Life of the Two Lands") in the Middle Kingdom and Moph in the bible.
Believed to be the biggest city the world had ever seen up until around 2250BC, Memphis reached the it's peak of prestige in the 6th century dynasty but by the 18th dynasty had declined due tot he rise of Thebes and the new kingdom of Egypt, it was briefly revived by the Persians before falling second place to the newly developed foundation of Alexandria by the Roman Empire. Alexander the Great was actually crowned pharaoh in the temple of Memphis in 332 BCE, and when he died in Babylon his body was painstakingly bought back to be embalmed by priests in the heart of the temple.
Today a protected World Heritage Site, the ruins of this former capital city remain open as a massive open air museum, all of which will be explored on our guided tour of Memphis.
Remains of the Magnificent Memphis:
- Great Temple of Ptah
- Temple of Ptah of Rameses II
- Temple of Ptah and Sekhmet of Rameses II
- Temple of Ptah of Merneptah
- Temple of Hathor
- Temple of Sekhmet
- Temple of Apis
- Temple of Amun
- Temple of Aten
- Statues of Rameses II
A Break for Lunch
After exploring Memphis we'll stop off at a local restaurant for a delicious lunch and have cold refreshments.
Dashur Tour - To see the Bent and Red Pyramids
Red Pyramid Tour
The largest of three major pyramids located at Dashsur necropolis, the Red Pyramid earns its name from the red granite stones which form it is made. When construction was finally finished it was the World's tallest man-made structure and even today remains Egypt's thirst largest pyramid. Believed to be the world's first successful attempt at making a true smooth-sided pyramid, this is the next logical evolution in pyramid construction after the stepped pyramid of Djoser.
It's estimated the Red Pyramid took around 17 years to construct, with a slightly more squat design than other pyramids to stop it collapsing like previous attempts. On our tour we'll climb over the stones of the pyramid to an entrance high on the north side, where we'll take a 3 foot high passage which slopes downwards 27 degrees to a short horizontal passage leading into a chamber whose corbelled roof is 40 feet (12m) high and rises in eleven steps. At the southern end of the chamber, but offset to the west, another short horizontal passage leads into the second chamber. This passage was probably closed at one time and the offset was a measure intended to confuse potential robbers.
Bent Pyramid of Dahsur
Where the Red Pyramid was the ancient Egyptians first successful attempt at making a truly smooth sided pyramid, the Bent pyramid of Dahsur was Egypt's actual first attempt - just not a successful one! On our tour of the bent pyramid of Dahsur you'll see how the angle drastically changes half way through its construction. On this tour we'll talk more about how and why the bent pyramid was built and how the cult of Snefru was centred at the site, even though Pharaoh Snefru himself was not eventually buried there.
Transfer back to your Cruise at Alexandria Port
After a full day exploring some of Cairo's most historically, architecturally and socially important sites we'll travel back in comfort to your awaiting cruise ship moored at Alexandria port ready for you to continue your voyage adventure!
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What you're paying for
Price Does Not Include:
- A Friendly and Knowledgable Egypt Excursions Tour Guide
- All transfers by A-C van
- English speaking Egyptologist guide
- Soft drinks in the van
- Entrance fees to the mentioned places in the program
- Lunch at specialty restaurant
Timings of the trip
As with all our excursions, you will be picked-up from your hotel, and returned back to your hotel after the trip.
Runs On: Every Day
Hotel Pickup: 06:30 am.
Hotel Return: 07:00 pm.
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