Cairo is known as the gateway to the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, but there are also other architectural masterpieces that evoke thoughts of ancient Egypt. Find out what else this intriguing city has to offer with a day tour.
Guide & driver friendly, helpful & knowledgeable. tour informative
EXCELLENT one day tour we booked privately with Ramses tours and we did pyramid sites only (no shopping) because we wished to just photograph the ancient wonder still remaining. Unbelievable and a must do for anyone...absolutely great and you need to hire a driver cuz the traffic is crazy in both Alex and Cairo, not for the weak hearted and we were glad to have someone else do the honking for us!
This was a 12 hour tour from Alexandria to Cairo 3 hours there and 3 hours back in a very comfortable air conditioned bus, we got to spend a lot of time at the Pyramids and Sphinx then went to the Museum and had a tour of the exhibits and a very good overview of the history of Egypt, very very knowledgeable guide, we had a wonderful lunch provided to us by the tour operator, just a great experience all around.
We did have armed guards with us, but I didn't really ever feel insecure. There are enough friendly Egyptian military guys at the key tourist sites. Maybe I'm naive -- not sure. Great to see the Sphinx and Giza Pyramids. We did a lunch cruise on the Nile, which was ok. I skipped the meal desiring to avoid any stomach ailments -- many who chose to eat did get sick the next day. Also, people who stayed overnight in Cairo and ate at the Marriott there got sick too. I brought peanuts and bottled water and skipped all other eating -- great move. Alabaster Mosque was interesting and great views from there. Bought some Papyrus at the Papyrus Institute -- there you can be sure they aren't fake. Good trip for once in a lifetime.
THis was our main reason for booking the cruise and we were just happy that it was not cancelled due to the political climate. We had a great guide however the horrible, intimidating vendors at the Sphynx and Pyramids almost ruined our whole experience. Even trying to ignore these rude and deceitful people was impossible. Best thing to do is not utter a word and do not let them know what language you speak. We tried to take a photo with us standing next to a camel which they were walking around offering for one dollar. That was a lie and a ruse to get you in, like all of their other tricks. We were then pushed and man handled by two men when they said we had to pay them fifty dollars. We had to yell at them that we would call the police over. If the vendors were honest and gave a price for their items with out trying to con everyone I would have bought a lot of things. We were still thrilled to see the Pyramids and take in the atmosphere before we literally had to run to the bus to get away from all of the people hassling us. Lunch was a tasty buffet at the absolutely beautiful Mena Oberoi hotel. That was wonderful. The Cairo museum was also amazing although would love to see the new one to be built in it's place. Really could not believe how filthy Egypt is even though we had been warned. So glad I have been but would never ever be tempted to return
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