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Siwa to Alexandria

7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Cairo  |  from USD $1,629  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Take the road less travelled & discover coastal Alexandria and remote Siwa. Isolated by the desert sands and untouched by the modern world, the Siwans hold fast to their centuries old customs, traditions & belief in black magic.

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Day 1

Sunday. Cairo – El Alamein – Siwa. Starting early (7am) we drive North-west toward the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died. Stopping for a light lunch in Marsa Matrouh we continue onward to Siwa. Evening walk and opportunity for dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast, Lunch

    Cairo
Day 2

This morning we take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en-route. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great. Alexander visited the Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (whom the Greek’s identified with Amun – the sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. Afternoon at leisure or optional (book/pay locally) sunset dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Today we visit Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali is the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally melted the mud brick city. A hermetic labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored.

Afternoon - Desert Safari. 4x4 through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean abundant with marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and sunset dinner.
Overnight: Siwa Oasis  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Siwa – Marsa Matrouh – Alexandria. An early start, we drive along the north coast to Marsa Matrouh . The city has a large Libyan/Berber population distinctive in custom and dress. We stop for lunch, swim in the Med and have time to explore the Libyan souq (if open) before driving onward to Alexandria. Total - 9hrs drive.
Overnight: Alexandria  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 5-6

Alexandria - Cairo. A free morning to relax, afternoon sightseeing of Montazzah Palace, home to King Farouk – the last monarch of the Mohamed Ali dynasty who abdicated and fled to Italy and Quat Bay Fort, the site of the Pharos – Alexandria ’s great lighthouse. Evening tram ride into the downtown to shop followed by famous Alexandrian Fateer for dinner. On day 6, guided sightseeing of the Catacombs, Pompeii’s Pillar, National Museum and stop at the Library of Alexandria. After lunch, we return to Cairo.
Overnight: Alexandria (1), Cairo (1)  |  Breakfast x 1, Dinner x 1

Day 7

Saturday. Our tour concludes, onward transfer to the start hotel of any subsequent tour or to the airport.
Breakfast

See the best of the rest of ancient Egypt!

Explore Egypt's most legendary sites - the Pyramids of Giza, Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple and sail the River Nile before heading up to coastal Alexandria and west to discover the fascinating charms of remote Siwa.
For further details see:

15 day - Nile Valley to Siwa Oasis tour

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Siwa Paradise, Siwa Oasis
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Siwa Paradise hotel is rustic, with a combination of bungalows and hotel rooms

Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel, Alexandria
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel is a traditional style hotel, close to the beach and to bars and restaurants. Each of the spacious rooms has their own private balconies. The Paradise Inn Windsor Hotel is in the social and cultural centre of the city, 5 kilometres from the airport and 1 kilometre to the nearest metro station.

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids. Perfectly located across from the Pyramids and also close to Cairo University and the Hanging Church.

Trip Highlights

El Alamein – World War II, Commonwealth War Cemetery
Siwa sights - Temple of the Oracle, Amun Temple and Cleopatra Spring
Marsa Matrouh – Mediterranean seaside - beach & swim
Alexandria – sightseeing, Quat Bay Fort, Montazzah Palace, Library of Alexandria - forecourt, Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, National Museum
Siwa oasis and village walking tour
Jeep safari – Great Sand Sea, golden sand dunes, cold lake, hot springs, fossil ocean and Bir Wahed
Libyan market – Marsa Matrouh

Included

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
Bike ride tour of Siwa & swimming in natural springs
Evening tram ride, downtown Alexandria
Escorted by English speaking tour leader
Qualified Egyptologist guide for antiquity sights at Alexandria sites of antiquity
3 nights Siwan 4 star Siwan style hotel, 3 nights 3 star hotels
4x4 jeep safari into the Great Sand Sea
Airport and departure transfer day 1 and day 7
Siwa - specialist local jeep drivers and local commentary
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $25-35 USD
Tip for your tour leader. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $25-35 USD

Very nice and comfortable transport, good quality hotels in great locations. Good and safe driver, excellent guide.

Overall an enjoyable experience.

Mary S.

We were taken care of right form the start till the very end of the tour. Sam was a great guide, always helpful and great company.

I throughoutly enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to everyone wanting to see Egypt from a different perspective.

R. Gummer

Our tour guide and driver were very professional and able to answer all our questions. They worked very well together and took care of all our needs.

We will definitely recommend On the Go and Egypt to our friends, and are looking forward to our next journey with you!

Mandy Matthews

Hi Charlie,

Im back from Egypt - although i wish i could have stayed there longer... much longer!

My wife and I had an amazing time and took some really goos pictures - will send them to you soon.

Thank you for organizing our trip. I am looking forward to our next adventure with On the Go!

Regards

Carl O'Brien

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

2015
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USD $379
 
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $79
USD $20
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $79
USD $20
Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Sundays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2

Very nice and comfortable transport, good quality hotels in great locations. Good and safe driver, excellent guide.

Overall an enjoyable experience.

Mary S.
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