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We will meet you from the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Starting early (7am) we drive towards the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. Through the arches, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died. Stopping for lunch in Marsa Matrouh we continue on to Siwa for an evening walk and dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant.
This morning we take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great. We cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool. Afternoon at leisure or optional sunset dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.
Today we visit Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali, the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally melted the mud brick city. We then take 4x4's through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at a natural spring fed lake. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and sunset dinner.
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 (market) before driving onward to Alexandria.
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.
Today we have guided sightseeing of the Catacombs, Pompeii’s Pillar, National Museum and stop at the Library of Alexandria. After lunch, we return to Cairo.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure transfer.
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