Medieval Cairo Tour with Nile Lunch Cruise
- Nile Lunch cruise: Take a ride on an traditional sailboat down the storied Nile, the longest river on Earth, as you enjoy a catered lunch and super views.
- Explore history: Channel your inner archeologist and discover the Giza pyramids, one of Cairo's premier antiquities museums, and the largest mosque.
- Local Bazaar: Sharpen your eye for retail and your bargaining skills as you browse this large bazaar filled with assorted Egyptian wares and coffeehouses.
About This Sokhna Tour
With the unification of north and south, medieval Egypt made great strides in its impressive architecture and technology. It appeared to be more "advanced" than Europe, but it was just good old centralized governing. See how Egyptians in the Middle Ages accomplished that and more on this tour of Africa's largest metropolis.
After winding through frenetic modern Cairo by coach, view and explore the trio of Giza pyramids, including the oldest and largest Great Pyramid of Giza, the only remaining ancient wonder of the world. Explore the necropolis up close that includes the Great Sphinx, an enormous sculpture created from a single mass of limestone. Transfer next to a felucca – a wind-powered wooden vessel – as you sail the Nile and enjoy your lunch.
Envision how British aristocracy lived at Gayer-Anderson Museum, a lavish example of Ottoman-era architecture that's filled with artifacts from Dr. John Gayer-Anderson Pasha, who received this honorary title for his military service in his adopted home. Marvel at the nearby Mosque of Ibn Tulun with its elaborate gypsum ornamentation, vast open courtyard, and unusual outside minaret staircase.
Shop, bargain, and people-watch at the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar where the rich aromas of spices, leather, and coffee intermingle. Precious metals and other merchandise dazzle even the most jaded traveler. Finally, learn how river reeds are made into paper at the Papyrus Institute. This trek through medieval Cairo is simply fascinating.
From mausoleum to shopper's paradise
The current site of the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar was originally a 10th-century mausoleum, part of a great palace complex. A 14th-century sultan had the bones tossed into a rubbish hill east of the city and set up shops for merchants. A century later, this was Cairo's major center of foreign trade and included the sale of slaves. In 1511, another sultan demolished the original khan and rebuilt the commercial complex in the layout that exists to this day.a
Please exit the port terminal building or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Lunch is served aboard a felucca but no worries, precautions against seasickness are not necessary. Shopping is available at the Papyrus Institutes and the oriental bazaars near the Pyramids of Giza. Local souvenirs, papyrus, cartouche pendants, cotton products can be purchased. In many shops, bargaining can get you a better price. Be aware that some vendors are very persistent. Many shops close between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The local currency is the Egyptian pound.
Entrance inside the Pyramids is not included in the tour; time permitting travelers can request to enter inside the Pyramids burial chambers at their own cost.
You will be walking for over one mile, over gravel/paved paths and up and down steps. If you have limited mobility, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour, Walking Tour, Family Friendly
Beverages - Mineral Water/Coffee/Tea
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Suitable for all ages.
Special Medical Restriction
If you have limited mobility, this tour may be too challenging for you to enjoy and maintain the pace of the group. It is not wheelchair accessible.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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