Visiting - Cairo + Ain Sokhna or Makadi Bay 7 nights from £945
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Explore the ancient wonders of Cairo along with time to discover one of our two latest Red Sea resorts, each offering a choice of exciting activities. Combine a few days absorbing the hustle and bustle of Cairo while enjoying a relaxing stay on the beach in Ain Sokhna or Makadi Bay.
Prices for the Ancient Wonders & Modern Adventures Tour start from £945
per person for 7 nights
Guide prices are based on 2 people sharing a room and include flights with EgyptAir from Heathrow. Accommodation has been calculated using the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx (Bed & Breakfast) and Stella Di Mare Grand Hotel, Ain Sokhna (Half Board).
Excursions/activities detailed are samples of what may be available to book, and as such are not included in the above mentioned price
This classic tour can only be booked by calling 0844 770 9960
3 nights Cairo + 4 nights Ain Sokhna or Makadi Bay
Arrive in Cairo, where you will spend 3 nights where you can sightsee pre-book your own excursions.
Travel by road to your chosen hotel in Ain Sokhna for the next 4 nights. While in Ain Sokhna why not combine you stay with a round of golf, some water sports or pamper yourself at one of the largest Spa centres in the Middle East.
Transfer by road from Ain Sokhna to Cairo Airport or alternatively transfer from Makadi Bay to Hurghada airport for your return journey back to the UK
How To Book
Please note that the prices above should only be used as a guideline.
Our specialist Tailor-Made team are able to provide you quickly and accurately with the most up to date prices.
Due to their specialist nature, our multi-centre holidays are not bookable online - please call reservations for further information on 0844 770 9960
Things to see in Cairo, Ain Sokhna & Makadi Bay
The Pyramids of Giza
This must-see ancient Egyptian landmark is Cairo's most remarkable tourist attraction. One of the seven wonders of the world, the great Pyramids of Giza are located on the Giza Plateau with the largest of the 3 pyramids, Khufu, known to be the world's tallest structure for more than 43 centuries until the Eiffel Tower broke its record in 1889. The two smaller pyramids are Khafre and Menkaure. Attend the entertaining Sound & Light Show at Giza which takes place every night with the pyramids as a breathtaking backdrop. Be sure to take that camel ride here as it is one of the experiences all newcomers to Egypt must try!
Close to the Pyramids stands the incomparable Great Sphinx of Giza, a grand statue which represents a body of a lion with a human head. The Sphinx represents one of Egypt's greatest mysteries as there is no evidence to conclude who the Sphinx represents, why its nose is broken and how it was broken.
Solar Boat Museum
Also on the Giza Plateau is the Solar Boat Museum. The Ancient Egyptians used to build wooden boats and place them into carved ditches of the kings' tombs as they believed that the kings would need transportation to get to the 'after life'. Many ditches have been found underneath the pyramids and one of the boats that have been found in very good condition has been revealed and can now be seen at this museum.
Memphis & Saqqara
Memphis is the oldest capital of Egypt which was built by King Menes around 3100 BC. The limestone statue of Ramses II is the main attraction in Memphis which stands in a small museum. Saqqara is where Memphis was buried and it is one of the oldest ancient Egyptian cemeteries. Saqqara is home to many monuments of most of the main dynasties and is where many pharaohs were buried, making it a very important archaeological site.
The Saqqara Step Pyramid
Considered to be the world's oldest stone structure of this dimension in the world, this 6-tiered step pyramid stands at 60 metres high in the middle of Saqqara. Originally built as a tomb for King Zoser by his physician and architect, Imhotep, it is now part of a mortuary complex for the king with nearby smaller pyramids and monuments.
The Cairo Citadel
To the east of the city centre is Islamic Cairo where the Cairo Citadel of Salah El Din stands overlooking bazaars, mosques, and panoramic views of Cairo reaching out as far as the Pyramids. This interesting highly fortified area resembles a typical early medieval fortress, with large gateways, towers and high defending walls. The Citadel is one of the most popular non-pharaonic monuments in Cairo and is one of the main attractions for Islamic art. The Citadel houses several mosques, museums, gardens, and an impressive gold scripted palace.
Mohamed Ali Mosque
Built inside the citadel is Mohamed Ali Mosque, which took 33 years to build during the Turkish rule of Mohamed Ali. The mosque is also known as the Alabaster Mosque because alabaster was used to cover the mosque's inner and outer walls, resembling the mosques of Istanbul.
The Egyptian Museum
In the heart of Cairo's downtown area in the now popular square of Midan Tahrir, Liberation Square, where the modern-day revolution took place in 2011 to overthrow the former President Mubarak, stands the impressive Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. It is the most extensive museum in Egypt and is the richest exhibit of ancient Egyptian art and treasures from the Pharaonic until the Graeco-Roman period with over 130,000 items on display from artefacts to jewellery to mummies. Make sure you don't miss the artefacts found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun!
Khan El Khalili Bazaar
Khan El Khalili is by far Cairo's busiest and most popular oriental bazaar. With shops left right and centre, this souk is a shopping haven for souvenirs and Egyptian jewellery, sheesha pipes, galabiyyas, papyrus paintings, accessories and even belly dancing gear! Bargaining is part of the bazaar's tradition so make sure to negotiate and offer a third of the asking price. The bazaar also has Egyptian style cafes and restaurants so you can take a break between all the shopping.
The Hanging Church
Located in Old Cairo, the Hanging Church is one of the most famous Coptic churches. It was given its name because it is situated on top of the gatehouse of a Roman fortress. This beautiful church boasts 13 amazing pillars in its interior which represent Jesus and his 12 apostles.
St. Mark's Cathedral
The oldest and largest church in Africa, the cathedral of St. Mark was built in a more modern architectural style in the district of Abbaseya where St. Mark's remains rest. Beautiful icons and mosaics fill the massive Coptic cathedral making for a magnificent sight.
Ibn Tulun Mosque
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the largest mosque in Egypt, resembling more of a fortress than a mosque. It was built between 876-870 BC and it is quite unique for its external spiral staircase winding up to the minaret where prayers are called by the sheikh.
Al Azhar Mosque
Located in the heart of Islamic Cairo, Al Azhar is home to one of Cairo's oldest mosques and the world's oldest university which still operates today. It is one of the leading centres of Islamic teachings. It also the place where the graduation black gowns originated! It is believed that the current graduation costume was inspired from the robes worn by the Islamic Scholars who were graduating from Al-Azhar University.
A landmark of Egypt, the Cairo Tower is the tallest building in Egypt standing at about 43 metres taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza, Khufu (187 metres in total) and is ranked the 4th tallest in the world. It is located in Cairo's Zamalek district on El Gezirah Island overlooking the Nile. The design is inspired by the lotus flower, one of the most iconic ancient Egyptian plants. At the very top of the tower, you will be able to see the most spectacular 360 degrees panoramic views of Cairo with telescopes in an open air area which will make you feel like you are at the summit of the amazing city. From the top you can see the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, and many other sites.
St. Anthony's Monastery
one of Egypt's oldest monasteries, is located at an oasis spring, and dates back to the mid 14th century. It was founded in 360 AD and St. Anthony was one of its founders, making him one of the earliest advocates of the concept of Christian monasticism which originated in Egypt. The Coptic monastery is a unique site with exquisite wall paintings of consecrated knights and hermit founders dating back to the 6th-9th centuries. It has an elaborate library which is home to around 1,700 valuable manuscripts. Monks still live there and follow their regular daily rituals while using the Coptic language. Today it stands with fortifications for protection against attackers and is a cosy village with five churches, a mill and a bakery. The cave in which St. Anthony lived is a 2 km hike up the mountains which boasts amazing views of the Red Sea and mountainous Ain El Sokhna. If you are lucky, you could get a sight of some desert wildlife such as goats, gazelles, and eagles.
St. Paul's Monastery
Located south of St. Anthony's monastery in a place called Wadi el Deir, and is where St. Paul was buried around 340 AD. St. Paul's Church was built underground over the cave where he was buried. The monastery houses invaluable Coptic manuscripts as well. The village has three churches that date back to the medieval ages and a small community of monks also still live here.
Galala El-Bahareya & Gebel Attaqa Mountains
Galala El Bahareya is a mountain that stands 1200 m above sea level towards the southern edge of Ain Sokhna and many historians believe that this is the holy site where Moses led the Jews across the Red Sea and into Sinai. Gebel Attaqa, a neighbouring mountain is also of religious significance and stands 800 m above sea level. It has beautiful valleys or wadis as they are called, of Hougouland and Chuwaiba. Near this mountain, you can visit the hot springs that have given Ain Sokhna its name.
Port of Suez
Built in 1896, the Port of Suez is a historic port and a lively attraction for tourists. Located 40km from Ain El Sokhna, the port is divided into three ports - Port Ibrahim, New Harbour and Port Tewfik. The port receives passenger vessels and general cargo, tankers and livestock vessels. Outside the port area is a vibrant bazaar where you can shop for Egyptian souvenirs. From the port area you can catch a glimpse of the huge tankers and vessels that go through the famous Suez Canal.
Adabiya Bay is a very popular bird watching spot for bird enthusiasts. More than 200 migrating types of birds as well as more than 150 resident birds exist in this area. Lammergeir and golden eagles are residents of the Eastern desert and Sinai and are the most frequently sighted. Adabiya Bay is located 19 km south of Suez and the bay is also home to several shipwrecks.
Sunwing Waterworld Makadi
A fun activity for the whole family is this newly opened water theme park which has large slides, a wave pool and other fun-filled water features.
Tantalise your senses at this typical Arabian souk where you can shop for anything you can think of from souvenirs to take back home to Egyptian jewellery, perfume, and clothing. Just walking around here is great fun and very entertaining.
As with every destination on the Red Sea, diving is a key highlight with reefs and an underwater marine world as magnificent as the Red Sea's. The most popular dive spot in Makadi Bay is Abu-Hashish, which means in 'Father of Grass' in Arabic and it was given this name because this very shallow dive site is filled with sea grass. Great for beginners to all levels of divers, at Abu-Hashish you can see puffer fish, octopus, and sea horses, among other fish.
Perfect for snorkelers, Makadi Bay is fronted by a long stretch of white sandy beach and home to a spectacular house reef. Trips to nearby islands great for snorkelling too can also be arranged from Makadi Bay.
Makadi Serena Spa
Prefer to relax and unwind? There's no better place to do that in than in Makadi Bay's relaxing surroundings. Inspired by ancient Indian wellness rituals, Makadi Serena Spa is the perfect world to get lost in with a variety of treatments to choose from all inspired from Indian traditions.