Land of the Pharoahs Cairo Overnight
Behold the absolute must-see destinations in and around Cairo, including the Muhammad Ali Mosque, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Step Pyramid in Sakkara, Great Pyramid of Giza and the inscrutable Sphinx.
After departing from the ship in Port Said, you will settle in for a leisurely three-hour drive to Cairo, the robust capital of Egypt. Upon arrival, you will visit the 12th-century Citadel and Muhammad Ali Mosque, which dominates the skyline. It is also referred to as the Alabaster Mosque due to the extensive use of alabaster in its construction. Situated high atop the Citadel grounds, the mosque is classically Turkish in its design with cascading domes and slender minarets. Muhammad Ali is buried inside.
Following your visit, you will enjoy lunch at a restaurant near Al-Azhar Park and then visit the extraordinary Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Built in 1835, the museum holds more than 12,000 pieces, including the world’s most extensive collection of antiquities from the pharaohs. Mummies, sarcophagi, pottery and the fabulous treasures excavated from the tomb of King Tutankhamen are among them.
After hours browsing the priceless works of art in the museum, you will proceed to Sofitel El Gezirah hotel and check in. The afternoon is free to explore further, enjoy the amenities at the hotel, or simply relax until dinner.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and depart on the one hour drive to Sakkara, part of an ancient Egyptian burial ground. Here, you will see the exterior of numerous pyramids, including the famed Step Pyramid, which dates from 2700 B.C., making it the world’s oldest stone structure. The brilliant architect Imhotep designed it for King Djoser.
Because the necropolis was lost beneath the sands for much of the past two millennia, even the sizable mortuary complex surrounding Djoser’s pyramid was not unearthed until 1924. As a result, many of the flat-roofed mastaba tombs have been superbly preserved and the lavish decorations inside have remained intact.
Your tour continues in nearby Memphis. Founded around 3100 B.C., Memphis was the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Early on, Memphis was more likely a fortress from which Menes controlled the land and water routes between Upper Egypt and the Delta.
The original white-walled city had many fine temples, palaces and gardens. The most significant reminders of its past glory are the huge statues of King Ramses, as much of the city is buried beneath cultivated fields, silt from the Nile River and local villages.
After visiting Memphis you will see the exterior of the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. Renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Pyramid is comprised of 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing between 2.5 and 15 tons. Exactly how the ancient Egyptians constructed this architectural wonder remains a mystery.
The Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the face of a man, is also massive and towers 72 feet high and stretches 164 feet long. It faces east, greeting the rising sun each day.
This exceptional tour of the pyramids also includes outside visits to the Cheops and Chephren pyramids, and stops at the best places to take panoramic photos of the attractions. Afterwards, you will transfer to the ship in Alexandria.
After your last visit re-board the coach to enjoy buffet lunch before being transferred to your awaiting vessel in Alexandria .
Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.
7:30am Disembarkation at Port Said
8:00am Drive to Cairo
11:30am Visit the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque
12:30pm Depart for lunch
12:45pm Lunch at El Azhar Park
1:45pm Drive to the Egyptian Museum
2:15pm Visit the Egyptian museum
4:00pm Drive to the hotel
4:30pm Check in. Afternoon at leisure
Buffet dinner and overnight in Cairo
6:00am Wake up call , buffet breakfast and check out .
7:00am Proceed to Sakkara
8:00am Visit Sakkara
9:30am Proceed to Memphis
10:00am Visit Memphis
10:15am Proceed to the Pyramids of Giza
11:00am Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx
12:45pm Proceed for lunch
1:00pm Lunch at a local deluxe restaurant
1:45pm Drive to Alexandria
4:45pm Arrive at the Alexandria port
Expected Weather: 86 F / 30 C
What to Bring: Comfortable light loose clothing, good walking shoes, sunglasses and hat
Local Currency: Egyptian pound / USD and Credit Cards are accepted .
Electricity : 220 – 240 V ( Adaptors are not available at hotel )
Luggage information : 1 Carry on is suggested per person
Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel
3 El Thawra Council St Zamalek, Cairo
Phone: +20 227 373 737
*We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required they will be of equal ratings and standards and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of any changes before your departure then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.
• This tour is not recommended for guests utilizing wheelchairs or with limited walking abilities.
• The visit of the pyramids consists of three stops: one stop between the first and second pyramid, another at the best location to take photos of the three pyramids, and also at the Sphinx area.
• If fewer than 50 guests take the tour, set menus may be offered instead buffets.
• Sandals are not recommended as it is dusty in Sakkara and around the pyramids.
• Cameras and video cameras can be used freely in all sites except inside the Egyptian Museum and at the tombs in Sakkara.
• Inside visits of the pyramids and the mummies room in the Egyptian Museum require an additional ticket. Your guide can arrange tickets for you to purchase.
• Interior visits of the pyramids are not recommended for guests with heart problems, as ventilation is poor.
• One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner
• Nile-view room at the Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel or similar hotel
• Beverage offered during lunches and dinner includes bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of local beer or one glass of local wine
• Transportation by modern coach equipped with restrooms
• Professional English-speaking Egyptologist
• Entrance fees of all mentioned sites described in the program
• Security arrangements for the group
• Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
• Gratuities for your bus driver and Egyptologist
• Meals and beverages not mentioned in the program
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.
Please note: All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.