Cairo – Hurghada Barefoot Package
Giza Pyramid Complex
The Giza pyramid complex also called the Giza Necropolis, is the site on the Giza Plateau in Greater Cairo, that includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza. The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the pyramid of Khufu or Pyramid of Cheops, is the oldest – and last remaining – of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and when you see it with your own eyes you feel really ‘’small’’ and that is why the pyramids in Egypt are at the top of many people’s ultimate travel bucket list.
You can go inside the Great Pyramid of Giza but if you are claustrophobic, you might want to think twice. The Great Gallery is ultra-narrow, and you will feel like the walls are closing in. That said, if you’re comfortable in closed spaces, it’s totally worth it. The Giza Plateau is open from 8 am to 4 pm daily (stretched out to 5 pm during the summer). You need the full day to explore so come early.
Giza Necropolis address is Al Haram, Giza Governorate 3512201, Egypt.
Giza Plateau address is Al Giza Desert, Giza Governorate 3512201, Egypt.
The Egyptian Museum is the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East and houses the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world. The museum displays an extensive collection spanning from the Predynastic Period to the Greco-Roman Era. The museum has become a historic landmark in downtown Cairo, and home to some of the world’s most magnificent ancient masterpieces, so a visit there it’s almost mandatory.
Among the museum’s unrivaled collection are the complete burials of Yuya and Thuya, Psusennes I and the treasures of Tanis, and the Narmer Palette commemorating the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt under one king, which is also among the museum’s invaluable artifacts.
The opening hours are daily from 09:00a.m. – 05:00p.m.
The address is Wasim Hasan, El-Tahrir Square, 4272083, Egypt.
Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar
It is one of the most prominent bazaars in Egypt. Enjoy the old architecture while shopping for traditional jewellery, clothing, accessories, spices and souvenirs. Next to Khan Al-Khalili is Al-Moez Street, home to several historic Islamic buildings from the Tulunid period through to the Muhammad Ali era.
The street includes the beautiful Bayt Al-Suhaymi, an Ottoman house built in 1648, in addition to many mosques, such as the Mosque of Al-Hakim Bi Amr Allah. Settle at the popular El Fishawy, the oldest coffee shop in Khan Al-Khalili. It’s said it used to host kings, princesses, famous artists and intellectuals.
The opening hours are daily from 09:30a.m. – 11:00p.m.
The address is El-Gamaleya, El Gamaliya, Cairo Governorate 4331302, Egypt.
Nile River Boat Tour
It would be something of a crime to leave Cairo without discovering the Nile. Ride a felucca sailboat to enjoy a breeze as you take in the capital from a new perspective. There are different areas from which you can catch a felucca, however, this time, take it from the Zamalek district of Gezira island. After, head to the 613ft (187m) high Cairo Tower in the same area. It’s open day and night, so choose a time to suit you, or experience both. Take a late stroll through the Zamalek district afterwards and observe some of the most luxurious buildings in Cairo.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural center on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in Alexandria, Egypt. It is a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria, which was lost in antiquity. It is a great opportunity to visit it while you are here. The 11-story library can contain up to 4 million volumes of books, and can be expanded up to 8 million by the use of compact storage.
Th opening hours are daily from 10:00a.m. – 07:00. Fridays is closed.
The address is Al Azaritah WA Ash Shatebi, Bab Sharqi, Alexandria Governorate 21526, Egypt.
Greco Roman Museum
The Greco-Roman Museum is small, but it features artifacts from a fascinating period in Egyptian history when Greek, Roman, and Ancient Egyptian civilization all interacted here, resulting in an interesting fusion of traditions. In this small museum you will see several legendary figures from world history, all who played out important parts of their lives in Alexandria. Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Marc Antony, and Cleopatra are all represented here.
You can also see the only existing replica of the Pharos Lighthouse that used to mark Alexandria’s harbour, the 2nd of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in Egypt. The Giza Pyramids in Cairo is the other part of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World in Egypt.
The address is Al Mesallah Sharq, Al Attarin, Alexandria Governorate 5372053, Egypt.
Pompey’s Pillar is one of the most prominent tourist sites in the city of Alexandria, Its name is misleading. This single column standing on a rocky hilltop in the middle of Alexandria has nothing to do with the Roman Consul and General Gaius Pompey. This legend was started by Crusaders, who thought the 100-foot (30 meter) red Aswan granite pillar marked his burial site.
The pillar is instead a triumphal monument erected around 300 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, but the true significance of this archeological site is what stood here before the pillar. It is the site of the Serapeum, Alexandria’s acropolis. This column is part of the ruins of a huge Roman complex that was located in Alexandria hundreds of years ago.
The opening hours are daily from 08:00a.m. – 05:00p.m.
The address is Pompey’s Pillar, Al Karah WA at Toubageyah WA Kafr Al Ghates, Karmouz, Alexandria Governorate 5341142, Egypt
Entrance fee: 80 pounds per person
Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
One of the must-sees in Alexandria is definitely the catacombs. The catacombs of kom El shofaqa also known as the hill of treasure, regarded as a huge necropolis and royal cemetery that dates back to the second century AD. The necropolis has a unique mixture of Roman, Hellenistic and pharaonic art elements reflected in the paintings on the wall, and the style of the statues, funeral objects and tombs. The archaeological site was one of the seven wonders in the middle ages.
The underground catacombs are a bit scary; the scene of the carved stone tombs next to each other gives the illusion of sincere horror, but at the same time historical atmosphere
The opening hours are daily from 09:00a.m. – 04:00p.m.
The address is 12 متفرع من ش, Ras at Tin, Alexandria Governorate, Egypt.
This is a palace, museum and extensive gardens in the Montaza district of Alexandria, Egypt. It was built on a low plateau east of central Alexandria overlooking a beach on the Mediterranean Sea, by King Fouad in 1934. It included the rarest shade plants that still exist so far. The garden of Al Montazah which is 3000 meters wide contains a huge selection of trees and plants and some of them are quite rare.
The opening hours are daily from 08:00a.m. – 12:00a.m.
The address is Al Mandarah Bahri, Montaza 2, Alexandria Governorate 5527001, Egypt.
It’s the setting that makes this spot memorable. Set on the top deck of a boat with panoramic views of the Nile, you’re the captain tonight. Modern interiors with tall glass windows make Pier 88 a luxe experience. It gets lively at the weekends, so put your glad rags on, although weekday lunches tend to be more relaxed. Headed by a Michelin-star chef, you know you’re in safe hands here with this sophisticated take on Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. Drinks are poured with the utmost precision, and you can expect Cairo’s best behind the bar.
The open hours are daily from 01:00p.m. – 12:00a.m.
The address is 19 Saray El Gezira St, 11511, Egypt.
Diving at Giftun Island National Park
This is one of the best-loved boat excursions in Hurghada: You head out east from Hurghada to the Giftun Islands to do snorkels and masks and explore. Part of a marine reserve, it teems with colourful marine life lighting up the clear waters, while endangered bird species flap overhead. Surrounding this biodiverse spot are a number of spectacular reefs, where intermediate to advanced scuba divers can get down deep with the wildlife. Alternatively, just flop under a palm-frond parasol on the white sand and top up your tan.
Hurghada Grand Aquarium
There’s something utterly transfixing about watching colourful shoals swarm in clear depths beyond clear panes. That’s the secret to the success of Hurghada Grand Aquarium, or the Red Sea in Glass as this one-million-gallon (4,546,090 litres) tank likes to call itself. It is home to an awesome 1,200 sub-aquatic species. They glide and twirl in a series of 24 galleries that depict various ecosystems. As well as sharks, highlights include turtles and elegantly flapping rays. For young ones, the hands-on petting experience of the “touch tank” will make their day.
The open hours are daily from 09:00a.m. – 07:00p.m.
The address is Grand Aquarium، Villages Road, Km 12, Red Sea Governorate 84511, Egypt.
Abdel-Moneim Riad Mosque
It’s dubbed the Big Mosque by all who know it, and it’s clear why. Its impressive architecture stops passersby in their tracks. Its looks are classically and elegantly Islamic, the arches, domes and hallways are laced with delicate carvings, and the minarets can be seen from kilometres away. Every day, you’ll hear the call to prayer resonating from within the walls, drifting atmospherically over Hurghada , a reminder you’re in amazing Egypt.
It is open 24/7.
The address is Hurghada 2, Red Sea Governorate 1973430, Egypt.
This open-air museum, just outside Hurghada centre, has two distinct concepts. One focus is on historical and mythological art, borne out in ancient sand sculptures that depict various stories and celebrated military leaders among legendary characters. Contrastingly, there’s Wonderland Art, a display of Walt Disney statues and figures from children’s stories. Compressed sand and water are used in the construction of each figure, which, once set, get finished with varnish. Kids can learn how to do this at the Magic Castle, while adults take a breather at the coffee shop.
The open hours are daily from 09:00a.m. – 05:00p.m.
The address is Safaga road, Hurghada, Red Sea Governorate 1962001, Egypt.