Port Said Overview by Horse-Drawn Carriage
Port Said, Egypt
- Carriage ride: This narrated tour is an intimate way to get an overview of Port Said and learn its rich heritage. Your carriage carries a maximum of four guests.
- Military Museum: The striking displays reflect the city's embattled history, including the Anglo-French war of 1956 and the Israeli Conflict of 1973.
- City landmarks (with stops en route): See the main square with its imposing obelisk, the Peace Mosque, Cathedral, and travel a street overlooking the canal.
About This Port Said Tour
Connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea has been the quest of pharaohs, kings, and conquerors for centuries. There are tantalizing clues to an ancient "Canal of the Pharaohs," which, unlike the modern and direct canal, wound its way across the desert to the Nile and then to the Mediterranean. It's said that Cleopatra sailed it in style.
The vision for the modern canal began with Napoleon Bonaparte after he conquered Egypt in 1798. But his surveyors miscalculated when investigating the canal's feasibility, showing the Red Sea to be at least 30 feet higher than the Mediterranean. That locked up plans until 1854, when the Suez Canal Company was formed and planning got underway.
Port Said celebrated the grand opening in 1869. Despite a $100-million price tag, labor shortages, a cholera outbreak, and ongoing political disputes with the British, the 101-mile-long canal was finally open. You'll see the famous waterway that forever changed international shipping by cutting out the long and hazardous voyage around Africa's southern coast.
As your GoBe guide tells you, the Suez story isn't over. The canal is a major source of revenue for Egypt, with tolls from about 50 ships collected every day (that adds up to around $5 billion annually). A new and ambitious expansion plan is enlarging the canal – and its revenues, which are expected to double by the early-to-mid 2020s.
This lady was finally put on a pedestal
In 1869, as the Suez Canal neared completion, French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi envisioned a lighthouse to guide ships into the canal. He pictured a colossal 90-foot-tall woman holding a massive torch – an idea he couldn't sell to the Egyptian government. But he didn't give up. His vision eventually became a reality when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled in New York Harbor in 1886.
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.
Four-seat, Horse-drawn carriages are used, generally carrying 2 passengers only. Drivers are not English-speaking. Cameras and videos are not allowed in the military museum.
A minimal amount of walking over paved surfaces is required at the museum. However, travelers must be agile and able to get on and off the carriage alone or with the aid of an accompanying companion. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
Adventure, Scenic, Walking Tour, Family Friendly
Transport in Horse-drawn Carriage
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
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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