Then it was back in the van and a short drive down the hill to the viewing area for the Sphinx another true wonder of the world. As you view the Sphinx with the Pyramids as a back drop and try in vain to capture it on film which you know you probably can't do justice to, you turn around and there is a great neon sign advertising Pizza Hut and KFC After the Sphinx it was off to a lovely lunch in a nice restaurant with views of the Pyramids. Then a stop to pick up the Cartouches and Bracelets the Ladies had ordered and of course a Papyrus Making Shop where we bought some paintings to bring home. These are made from real papyrus not like the Vendors sell on the street which are actually made from Banana Leaves and will not stand the test of time.
We had booked a Nile River Dinner Cruise and now it was time to set out for downtown Cairo. Let me try to explain traffic in Cairo, If you have a 3 lane road then it must be large enough for 6 lanes of vehicles the lane markers have no apparent reason for being there other than to use up paint then the 6 lanes of traffic try to merge into 2 lanes add to this people crossing the streets when and wherever and scooters taking up any other available space then throw in a couple of donkey carts for the variety, the traffic for the most part travels at about 5 miles per hour and strangely enough never seems to stop except when you take all of the above and force it into a traffic circle I cannot conceive of any one from North America being able to drive there.
The Dinner cruise arranged by Nile Blue was first class the food was very good. The entertainment was great and all in all a very enjoyable time.
We were then Taken to the Le Meridian Hotel in Giza, checked in and off to the light & sound show at the Sphinx which was ok but I could have missed it as it had been along day and the Bed at the hotel was very comfortable.
Up Early, great breakfast at the hotel and off again. First stop was the Palace and Mosque of Saladin where we sat in the Mosque and Amr explained the 5 pillars of Islam and the history of the Mosque and Palace very enjoyable and educational.
The to the Egyptian Museum - You could spend a lifetime there studying Egyptian History and artifacts it is overwhelming. But we came to see King Tut and the treasures from his tomb - breathtaking - The Mummy room has a extra charge but you will not see anything like it in the world.
Then it was time to head back to Alexandria - Summary - A Truly unforgettable tour NileBlue Tours provided us a professional and high quality experience for what I consider a Bargain at $325.00 US all in plus well deserved gratuities. Many thanks to Hazem, Ghada, Amr and the best driver ever - Mahmoud