Siwa Oasis and Alexandria Tour Extension

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Siwa Oasis and Alexandria
6 days/ 5 nights

After a long drive through the barren landscape of the Western Desert, you won't believe your eyes when you reach Siwa for the first time. See an edenic island full of mineral springs, salt lakes and endless Olive and Palm groves.

In Shali, the oasis' main town, check out the strange ruins of the Shali Fortress which dominate the town center and walk along sandy paths to find the Temple of the Oracle, once visited by Alexander the Great to consult the Oracle of Siwa. Finish your day by taking a dip at Cleopatra's Pool, where the legendary queen herself is believed to have once bathed. Don't forget to buy some Siwan Crafts on your way, and spare an hour or two for a visit to the charming Siwa House Museum.

Adventurous travelers will also get their fix of fun and excitement by heading for a safari into the great sand sea or trying out quad biking in the Western Desert of Egypt.

It is advisable to visit Siwa and any other Western Desert destination in the cooler months of the year, from October to April that is. Temperatures in summer can reach up to 35-45 C (95-113F).

Plus enjoy a stop to tour the famous World War II battlefield and museum at El Alamein then continue to Alexandria. the city Alexander the Great built and Cleopatra made famous.

The Program:

Day 01: Depart Cairo by air conditioned vehicle to Marsa Matrouh (about 5 hours by road). Enjoy the comfort of the Jaz Almaza Beach resort (or similar) Overnight Marsa Matrouh

Day 02: Buffet breakfast, check out continue driving to Siwa Oasis (about 4 hours) where you will enjoy staying at the Taziry Eco Lodge. Overnight Siwa (B)

Day 03: Breakfast, then enjoy your day at the Oasis with a guided tour of the famous and historic sites including the Shali Fortress, Cleopatra’s pool, the Siwa House Museum, the Temple of the Oracle and the Temple of Amun.  Overnight Siwa (B)

Day 04: Breakfast, check out and drive to Alexandria with a stop at El Alamein to see this famous WWII battlefield. Arriving Alexandria enjoy the comfort of the Hilton Corniche Hotel, right on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Overnight Alexandria (B)
NOTE: Drive to Alexandria from Siwa is about 6 hours and with the stop at El Alamein it's about 8-9 hours.

Day 05: Buffet breakfast, Visit the Greco-Roman sites including the Catacombs (Anushi tombs), the Amphitheater and the Villa of the birds, Pompey's Pillar and the Royal Jewelry Museum. Visit the oldest church in Africa, the St. Marks Cathedral. Overnight Alexandria (B)

Day 06: Breakfast then continue your tour of Alexandria including time to enjoy the new Library and the Alexandria National Museum plus a visit to the Montazah gardens where you can have lunch at the El Zamalek Palace (lunch is not included) before returning to Cairo. Overnight Cairo (B)
NOTE: Cairo hotel for this evening NOT included in the cost of the sample.


TOUR INCLUDES: GUARANTEED TO OPERATE. All transfers by air-conditioned vehicle relating to the tour program starting with departure from Cairo. Baggage handling of no more than 1 piece of luggage per person however baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk at all time during the tour (baggage handling does NOT include tips for bellmen, porters, etc.). Hotels (based on double occupancy). Meals as outlined by B for breakfast, L for lunch and D for dinner. Fees for visiting antiquity sites and museums. Services of an English speaking licensed Egyptologist. Service charges and taxes.
NOTE: During any of our small group tours people may join or leave at various times, however at no time would any group be larger than 16 travelers. We can provide private tours with an additional supplement. The cost depends on the tour chosen.

NOT included are: Items of a personal nature such as tips, entry visa (available at the airport on entry for USA citizens. Other nationalities should check with the nearest Egyptian consulate), phone calls, laundry, beverages, any items not specifically covered in the included items.

Laundry in Egypt

All hotels and the cruises have laundry/dry cleaning available.
Sample laundry prices IN EGYPTIAN POUNDS (LE) are:
Men:Shirts (collared, short or long sleeve): 9 to 17 LE
Trousers: 12 to 20 LE
Under shorts: 5 to 7 LE
T Shirts: 6 to 13 LE
Socks: 3 to 6 LE
Shorts: 7 to 13 LE

Ladies
Blouse: 10 to 17 LE
Panties: 5 to 8 LE
Bra: 5 to 8 LE
Slacks: 12 to 22 LE
Dress: 20 to 36 LE
T shirt: 6 to 13 LE
Shorts: 6 to 13 LE

Laundry in before 9AM is back at 6PM.
Laundry in after 9AM is back the following day.
Rush laundry is generally available at 50% more cost.
Dry cleaning is available with prices about the same as laundry.
Children's clothes are generally 50% of the adult cost.

Beverages

No drinks are included in tour prices. Some hotels and cruises give one bottle of water free daily others do not. As a general guide you could expect to pay:
Bottled water at hotels or on the cruise: $1 to $3 for a small bottle, $2.50-$5 for a large bottle.
NOTE: This is filtered water. If you order perrier it will cost more.
Coffee or Tea: 50 cents
Soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi, etc): $1 each
Alcoholic drinks:
Local beer: $3 per bottle
Imported beer: $5 to $8 per bottle
Wine: local $4 to $6 per glass. imported will be more $$.
Liquor: local $5 per cocktail + cost of mixer (soft drink, juice, etc), imported $8-$15 per cocktail + cost of mixer)
ICE: In the hotels and on the cruise the ice is prepared from filtered water.

Siwa Oasis and Alexandria Extension Price
PP/Double PP/Single
  $ 995 $1,790
Holiday (Christmas, New Year, Easter) $1,195 $2,150

Tours must be booked at least 45 days prior to arrival.
Prices and itinerary subject to change without notice.

Single Price is for Single occupancy hotel rooms and cruise cabins based on a minimum of two travelers. Single travelers (one person on the tour) would have additional cost.



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Click a photo to enlarge. Marsa Matrouh
Jaz Almaza Beach Resort
Siwa Oasis
Taziry Eco Lodge
Shali Fortress
Temple of the Oracle
Cleopatra's Pool
Siwan Crafts
Siwa House Museum
4x4 Safari, Quad Biking, Sand Boarding
El Alamein War Museum
Hilton Alexandria Corniche Hotel
Alexandria
Roman Amphitheatre
Pompey's Pillar
St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral
Alexandria Museum
Alexandria Library
Montazah Palace
Montazah Palace Gardens
Cairo at Night

 
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