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Welcome to Cairo! Greater Cairo extends on the banks of the River Nile to the south of its delta. Here the Nile divides into its two tributaries: the Rosetta and Damietta. On its east side stands evidence of 2000 years of Islamic, Coptic Christian and Jewish culture, which still flourishes to this day. On its west side lays the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis (Giza), the renowned capital of the Old Kingdom and the site of the Pyramids. Today, Greater Cairo encompasses various historic towns and modern districts creating in turn one of the most populated cities in the world. Today you will be met at the airport and transferred to Alexandria.
Extending around 32 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city was named after its founder, Alexander the Great and as the seat of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt, quickly became one of the greatest cities of the Hellenistic world - second only to Rome in size and wealth. However, upon the founding of Cairo by Egypt's medieval Islamic rulers, its status as the country's capital ended and fell into a long decline, which by the late Ottoman period, had seen it reduced to little more than a small fishing village. Today we tour the ancient catacombs, Pompeys Pillar, Qait Bay Citadel and Montazah Gardens before being returned to the hotel for the evening.
Today we depart Alexandria for El Almein where we tour the The World War II cemeteries.. 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 here. From here we transfer back to Cairo to your hotel ready to meet your guide and being your next Egyptian Adventure.
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