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Day Tour to Abydos and Dendera Egypt

Abydos and Dendera Day Trip

The almost intact temple of Hathor at Dendera is wonderfully preserved temple with the famous Egyptian zodiac. Recently restored it is a fantastic late temple.
Seti I temple at Abydos contains an almost complete king list as well as scenes from the kings jubilee in beautiful raised relief. The temple was completed by Ramses II and you can see the difference in the quality of relief. There are many shrines within the temple dedicated to various Gods giving you an overview of the Egyptian pantheon.

Ramses II temple is often missed by the visitor, much ruined but with beautiful colour, it is just along from the Seti I temple

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Desert Safaris in Egypt

Egyptian Desert Safaris

There are numerous desert safaris on offer incorporating one or all of the Western Oasis. These can be done as a day trip to Kharga, an overnight or a full safari for as many days as you want. There is so much to see in the desert you could easily spend a week there if you wanted.

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Nile Cruises

Nile Cruises
We offer private sailing cruises via our sister organisation www.sailthenile.com, either by the cheaper felucca an open boat with no facilities (you need a sense of adventure ? or the more luxurious option of a sandal or dahabiyya. Full details are on the website.

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Tours of Alexandra Egypt

Alexandria

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern ; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 km. from Cairo.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt, its status as a beacon of culture symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Alexandria was also the center of learning in the ancient world. But ancient Alexandria declined, and when Napoleon landed, he found a sparsely populated fishing village.
From the 19th century Alexandria took a new role, as a focus for Egypt’s commercial and maritime expansion. This Alexandria has been immortalized by writers such as E-M- Forster and Cavafy. Generations of immigrants from Greece, Italy and the Levant settled here and made the city synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture.
Alexandria is a city to explore at random. It’s as important to enjoy the atmosphere as it is to see the sights

The Graeco-Roman Museum

Houses many collections of rare Roman relics and coins- about 40 thousand pieces, from the 3rd century B.C. to the 7th century A.D. The most important being the “Tanafra” statues.

Pompeii’s Pillar

This is a granite pillar, over 25 meters high, and built amidst the ruins of the Serapium in 297 A.D., in honour of Emperor Diocletian.
The Catacombs of Kom al-Shqafa
This is the largest Roman cemetery. It is of three levels and cut in the rock to a depth of 100 feet. Dating to the beginning of the 2nd century A.D., it is a blend of Pharaonic and Roman art.

The Tombs of Al-Anfushi

These Limestone tombs, dating from about 250 B.C. are decorated with pictures of Egyptian gods and daily life.

The Museum Of Fine Arts

Houses collections of sculptures, paintings and architectural works. Exhibitions by contemporary foreign and Egyptian artists are often held there.

The Montazah Palace Gardens

Acres of formal gardens and a beautiful beach make Montazah the foremost city pleasure grounds. Montazah Palace, a grand structure built in a mixture of Turkish and Florentine styles, is now a great statehouse.

The Mosque of Mursi Abul Abbas

Situated in Al-Anfushi, this Andalusian-style mosque is the largest in the city. It has four domes and a very tall minaret.

The Roman Theatre

At Kom Al-Dekka, near the Graeco-Roman Museum, the theatre is considered unique in Egypt for it has 12 semi-circular marble tiers and the theatre is in good condition.

Al-Shatby Necropolis

Built along lines of the old Greek houses, it comprises a doorway, corridor and two chambers; it dates back to the 3rd century B.C. and lies north of Saint Mark’s College.

The Library of Alexandria

The newest attraction is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a modern revival of the ancient library. The round, sloped building is partly submerged in water, and inscriptions from various civilizations are carved into its granite walls. The library is a centre for culture, science and research.

Fortress of QaitBey,

An impressive 15th-century fortress (under renovation). It’s on the site where the Great Lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) once stood.
N.B: All of Alexandria’s main attractions can be done in one day, so the guests can go by train in the morning and come back to Cairo by train in the evening, unless they want to do diving or spend a lot of time on the beach. In this case we can find them accommodation.

El- Alamein: (the site of one of the most decisive battles of WWII) – 60 km. from Alexandria.

Day visit to the coastal village of El Alamein. Visit the War Museum and War Cemeteries.

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Tours of Cairo

Cairo

We can offer tours in Cairo too. Our driver and guide will meet you from your plane or train or hotel and take you round all Cairo has to offer.

Cairo

Cairo has always been attracting travellers, dating back over 10 centuries ago to the time of the Mamluks. However, the beautiful, hectic, crowded, surprising, enchanting (and every other cool sounding adjective) city of Cairo is still in the eyes of the Egyptians, the City Victorious, known officially as al-Qahirah or simply “Masr”, the name for Egypt as a whole.
Cairo is one of the world’s largest urban areas and offers many sites to visit. Almost every Egyptian Pyramid, such as the Great Pyramids of Giza on the very edge of the city. There are also ancient temples, tombs, gorgeous Christian churches, magnificent Muslim monuments, and of course, the Egyptian Antiquities Museum all either within or nearby to the city.
As long as you’re willing to loosen your senses and lose yourself to this majestic city, you can discover the sweetness of Cairo; the cosiness of small cafes and the pleasure of strolling along narrow streets. It would be impossible to accurately describe Cairo fairly; it is truly one of a kind.
Cairo, Egypt is an amazing city full of life and movement, and it is that way almost 24 hours a day, with the noisy honking of horns, children playing in the streets and merchants selling their wears and services.
When you arrive, our partner in Cairo, Waleed Mohammed of Kairo Eyes can arrange the following trips.

Egyptian Museum

More than 100,000 antiquities from almost every period of ancient Egyptian history are housed in the Egyptian Museum. With so much to see, trying to get around everything in one go is liable to induce Pharaonic fatigue. Without doubt, the exhibit that outshines everything else is the treasure of the young New Kingdom pharaoh Tutankhamen – don’t miss the astonishing solid-gold death mask.

Giza Pyramids

The Pyramids at Giza are the best known of the ancient pyramids. Part of a massive necropolis attached to the ancient capital of Memphis, their wonder lies in their age and in the twin mysteries of how they were built and what for. The key sites to visit are Giza, closest to Cairo, as well as Abu Sir, Memphis, Saqqara and Dashur.

Islamic Cairo

World Heritage-listed Islamic Cairo is the old medieval metropolis, stretching from the northern walls and gates of Al-Qahira down to Fustat in the south. Unchanged over the centuries, the neighbourhood is a maze of narrow, twisting alleyways lined with splendid mosques and medieval facades. Vans compete for right of way with donkeys and carts, and boys with impossibly laden barrows. Remember to dress appropriately if you’re planning to take in some mosques, and take your shoes off before entering prayer halls. Most mosques are closed to visitors during prayer times.

The Citadel

Home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years, the impressive fortifications offer a superb panorama of the city. The nearby Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is the finest piece of Mamluk architecture in Cairo, while the Madrassa and Mausoleum of Qalaun is one of the most lavishly decorated Mamluk interiors. The Northern Cemetery, where the city’s homeless squat cheek to jowl with the city’s dead, buried in their mausoleums. It is home to the Mosque of Qaitbey, whose exquisitely carved dome is a must-see.

Museum of Islamic Art

Has one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic applied art. James Bond fans may recognise the Orientalist fantasy Gayer-Anderson Museum, the only fully furnished medieval house in the city, from The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Pharaonic Village Reconstruction of Ancient Glory

It is a village built entirely in the ancient style, inhabited by some 300 people living in the Ancient Egyptian atmosphere and practicing all agricultural and industrial activities with the same tools and implements used in Ancient Egypt. The village covers 150,000 m2 at Ya’aqoob Island, Giza, only a few miles from downtown Cairo. The village teems with hundreds of birds and animals known in ancient times, some of which are now completely extinct. It is surrounded by 5000 trees tall enough to screen adjacent vestiges of modern life, making a visitor feel as if gone back 5000 years in history. Transportation through the village is carried out through navigable canals by means of floating amphitheatres. Fantastic for kids ******

Cairo Tower

Built during the presidency of Gamal Abdel Nasser, this 187m-high slender tower on an island in the Nile offers spectacular views of Cairo. Its concrete lattice work with a fluted lotus flower finial is unique. It has fantastic panoramic views of Cairo from the top.

Whirling Dervishes

The Whirling Dervishes, a Sufi sect founded in Turkey, extol music and dance as a way to shred their earthly ties and give themselves wholly to God; for voyeurs like you, their form of worship will be a dazzling – and dizzying – spectacle.

Floating Restaurants

Floating restaurants – such as The Nile Pharaoh and Golden Pharaoh, a mock-pharaonic barge bedecked in scarab friezes and golden lotus flowers – provide a refreshing if somewhat kitschy way to view the Nile. They have also belly dancing parties at night.

Bazaars

Cairo’s famous bazaars live up to their billing – they’re overflowing with brass and copper goods, jewellery, rugs, hand-crafted musical instruments, and spices; and even for non-shoppers, the haggling and frantic peddling are sights in themselves.

Old Cairo

Once known as Babylon, this ancient part of Cairo predates the coming of Islam and is the seat of the Coptic Christian community. The area’s heartland is a small, tightly walled compound known as Coptic Cairo. Once hosting more than 20 churches within less than a square kilometre, this number is now down to five. It remains a haven of tranquillity. Pick of the crop is the Coptic Museum, which houses Coptic art from Graeco-Roman times to the Islamic era. Also worth a visit are the Al-Muallaqa (Hanging Church) and St Sergius church, on whose site the Holy Family are reputed to have sought shelter in a cave during their Flight into Egypt.

Dashur & Abu Sir

Some 20km (12.4mi) south of Saqqara, Dashur is an impressive field of 4th- and 12th-dynasty pyramids. There were originally 11 pyramids at the site, although only the Bent and Red Pyramids remain intact. Access is variable, we can advise on this.
Memphis and Saqqara (Step Pyramid). The oldest Stone Building in history.
There isn’t much left of the former Pharaonic capital of Memphis, 24km (15mi) south of Cairo, although the museum contains a fairly impressive statue of Ramses II. The real reason for heading out here is to see the pyramids, temples and tombs strewn around Saqqara, the heart of Memphis’ ancient necropolis, 3km (1.8mi) away from the former capital

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Egyptian Housing Tour

From Pharaoh to Hassan Fathy to modern times

Here we explore the various houses local Egyptians lived in. Starting with the workers at Deir el Medina, the workman’s village. Then to the mud brick village created by Hassan Fathy to the more recent relocation of the locals to new Gurna.

 

For some background reading try this article  about the Hassan Fathy village. this one about Deir el Medina and this one about new Gourna