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Cairo: Pyramids Quad Bike Adventure & Optional Camel Ride

1. Cairo: Pyramids Quad Bike Adventure & Optional Camel Ride

Explore Egypt's ancient pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza and the world-famous Great Sphinx of Giza on this tour with a professional guide. Glide along the desert atop your quad and later enjoy an optional camel ride. After pickup from your accommodations in Cairo or Giza, enjoy an air-conditioned ride to the Pyramid area. On arrival, hop on a quad and set off to explore the great Pyramids up close. Ride your quad around the pyramids and admire the grandeur of the Pyramids of Cheops, Mykerinus, and Chephren from outside the Pyramid Area. Then head to Sahara City, a place tourists seldom go. When you get there, enjoy a refreshing welcome with traditional tea. You'll also get a bottle of mineral water or a soft drink while you take a short rest at the top of the desert. Then, after returning your quad, get ready to enjoy your optional camel ride. Explore the area in the more ancient and traditional way on the back of a camel. You will roam around the area at a much slower pace for a completely different experience. Admire the endurance of the ancient edifices that have stood for thousands of years and see the iconic Great Sphinx of Giza. At the end of your combo tour, enjoy a comfortable ride back to your accommodations in Cairo or Giza.

Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Lunch

2. Cairo: Desert and Bahariya Oasis Day Trip with Lunch

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel in Cairo at 6:00 AM and heads out of the city across the surrounding desert landscapes. The first stop of the day is the stunning Bahariya Oasis, which was once the agricultural center during Pharaonic times. It is now famous for its abundance of dates and olives. Explore the oasis with your guide and admire the sprawling landscape of shady palms and natural springs. After lunch visit the Black Desert, a fascinating landscape with rugged mountain-like domes that contrast against the sandy surroundings. Next, visit the nearby Agabat, a beautiful valley with imposing white cliff faces and yellow limestone rocks. Follow on to the Crystal Mountain, an incredibly unique formation made entirely of calcite crystal that sparkles and shimmers under the Egyptian sun. Head over to the White Desert next, named for its sprawling white sandy landscape that stretches across the horizon. Climb a number of sand dunes and marvel at the jaw-dropping views that seem to go on forever. Finally, relax on the journey back to Cairo and arrive at your hotel at approximately 11 PM.

Cairo: Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks

3. Cairo: Pub Crawl and Speakeasy Bar Tour with 2 Free Drinks

Discover Egypt's wide array of tasty homegrown beer and wine on this bar crawl in Cairo. Visit 4 pubs/bars only known to locals and avoid the tourist traps with exaggerated prices. Enjoy an included locally brewed beer or shot at each of the first 2 bars, and receive enthusiastic recommendations about your visit to Cairo. Each bar has a different vibe and story behind it, and all of them are always populated with expats. After meeting your guide at the meeting point, head to your first destination, a hole-in-the-wall pub that dates back to the 1940s. Here, learn how Ancient Egyptians, one of the first civilizations on Earth, used to indulge in drinking alcohol. Make your second stop at a speakeasy bar that you could walk right past and never realize it exists. Join in a game of Jenga or share travel stories with the group as you sip on Egyptian beer and drinks or nibble on a selection of delicious local tapas, at your own expense. The third bar is located on the rooftop of the city's first hotel and offers some great shisha (hookah) flavors, as well as great views of downtown Cairo. Finally, at the fourth and last bar, ascend to the 20th floor and admire amazing views of Cairo and the River Nile that you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else. If you're lucky enough to visit on Thursday or Friday, a DJ will be spinning awesome tunes and the crowd will be on their feet dancing all night. On other nights, a live band plays covers of well-known songs.

Cairo: Pyramid Sound and Light Show with Night City Tour

4. Cairo: Pyramid Sound and Light Show with Night City Tour

The tour begins with pickup from your hotel between 5:30pm and 6pm, then heads to the world-famous Pyramids of Giza. Sit back and relax as you watch an incredible Sound and Light Show, which transports you back in time and brings Ancient Egypt to life. As you admire the colorful display, discover the journey of the pyramids and Egypt itself over the course of history. After the show, head back into the city where an evening of adventure awaits. With your guide, see the city from the perspective of a local and visit little known locations that you would otherwise miss. Wander through the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo, and soak up the charming atmosphere as you pass by a selection of the city’s landmarks including Cairo Tower, Moez Street, and the River Nile. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a well-deserved rest at a local restaurant and dine on a traditional Egyptian meal. At the end of an unforgettable evening, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel.

Cairo: Private Half-Day Local Market and Souq Tour

5. Cairo: Private Half-Day Local Market and Souq Tour

Start your shopping tour at the El Ghorya market and watch a traditional Tannoura dance show. Then, stroll through Gamalia street and pass by El Azhar mosque and Bab Zuwayla, one of three remaining gates of the walls of Cairo. Your next stop is El Mosky, a big market combining all kinds of products such as home utensils and clothes.  Move to Khan el Khalili, the oldest and most prestigious market of Cairo. Built over the tombs of the Fatimid caliphs, the bazaar features oriel windows overlooking the streets, and many public water fountains made from copper. Find exotic items here in the heart of Cairo such as spices, perfumes, jewelry, and all sorts of souvenirs. Stop for lunch at a kushari restaurant and try one of the most common Egyptian meals. It is made of rice, macaroni, and lentils, and topped with a spiced tomato  and garlic sauce, and garnished with chickpeas, and crispy fried onions.

Cairo: El-Moez Street, Cairo Tower, and El-Fishawy Café

6. Cairo: El-Moez Street, Cairo Tower, and El-Fishawy Café

Get picked up from your hotel and visit one of the oldest streets in Egypt, known as El Moez Le Din Allah Street, a place still indicative of historical Cairo. Discover the various monuments spread along both sides of the street, including Bab El Fetouh and Bab El Nasr, then move towards the northern side of the city, to El Darb El Asfar. In the most ancient quarter of Islamic Cairo, visit a school in Nahassen, the El Aqmar Mosque, the Mosque of El Saleh Tala, the Dome, the Hospital and School of Qalawoon, and more. Then, get a new perspective of this great city from the Cairo Tower, located on Gezira Island (Zemalak). This 613-foot-tall tower is said to imitate a lotus plant, and is the world's fourth-highest tower. It is made of granite, the same material used by ancient Egyptians, and is about 150 feet taller than the Great Pyramid of Giza. Conclude your tour with a visit to El-Fishawy Cafe. Evolving from a small local cafe to the most popular coffee shop in the El-Hussein area, El-Fishawy is the oldest cafe in the heart of Khan El-Khalili and has hosted kings, princes, famous artists, and intellectuals who have passed on stories about the place since its conception in 1771 AD. Relax on a transfer back to your hotel.

Cairo: Historical Walking Tour with Local & Dinner

7. Cairo: Historical Walking Tour with Local & Dinner

Get to know the real Cairo on this downtown Cairo walking tour. For the next 4 hours, you’ll experience Cairo the way locals do, and see the city from their perspective. Start your Cairo tour at New Opera Square in Zamalek, winding your way through Cairo’s ancient and recent history, emerging, fittingly, at Old Opera Square near Attaba.  From the city’s most beautiful bridge spanning the Nile, you’ll head towards Liberation Square, which hosted many events during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and is a significant landmark in the city’s modern history. In addition to the beautiful 19th and 20th Century architecture featured in downtown Cairo, your walking tour will allow you to check out modern artwork in the form of graffiti. Typically, this graffiti expresses locals’ views towards the Revolution and various political parties. In this area, every corner has its own story to tell, with most intersections featuring a statue of an important historical figure. Not to worry - your local guide will help fill in any gaps to give you better context for what you’re seeing.  To cap off your local Cairo walking tour, indulge in a local dish: Koshary, in an authentic local restaurant. Koshary is a mix of rice, pasta, lentils, fried onions, and chili sauce, and is an absolute favorite. You’ll also have the chance to try Egyptian falafel and ice cream before the night is through, giving you a full taste of local life here, all in just 4 short hours!

Cairo: Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer

8. Cairo: Private Photo Session with a Local Photographer

Leverage the largest network of professional vacation photographers to capture your picture-perfect moments while visiting amazing sites like the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Al Khalili Bazaar and the Citadel. Your photo experience is customizable to suit your interests and group size, whether you're travelling solo, with the family, or with a group of friends. Your photographer will contact you after booking to arrange an exact time and meeting location for your shoot. You should feel free to bring a change of clothes (if you'd like some pictures with different outfits) and any props you might want to include on the day of the photoshoot. Your photo session will last between 30 and 100 minutes based on the option you select during booking. After your photo shoot, you'll receive 20 to 60 high resolution, edited photos (depending on the option selected) within 4 business days. Your photos will be shared in a password protected online gallery where you can download your favorite pictures and then print or share them.

Cairo: Tour of Azhar Masjid and Cairo Islamic Sites

9. Cairo: Tour of Azhar Masjid and Cairo Islamic Sites

Explore Cairo, rich with archaeological treasures. Apprciate some of the most unique architecture in the world as your guide describes its ancient history. Discover the Islamic and Coptic buildings in Cairo and how they blend both art and history in an immersive day. Meet your tour expert in the hotel reception in the morning and embark on an excursion to visit Al Azhar, the first Islamic University. Learn the history of the institution as you explore the grounds and admire the architecture. Then, proceed to the Al Mouayyed Mosque, Bab Zuweila. Gaze up at the delicately designed turrets and feel the importance of this spiritual place. Continue on to Al Hussein Mosque, Beit El Sheium, a unique Islamic house. Afterward, head to the Al-Hakim Mosque, one of the Fatimid Mosques beside the Bab al Fetouh and, Bab Al Nasr. Listen as you hear the history of their construction, under the supervision Gawhar El Sakaly. Full of understanding at the end of the day, enjoy comfortable transport back to your hotel.

From Hurghada: Private Day Trip to Cairo with Meals

10. From Hurghada: Private Day Trip to Cairo with Meals

The day begins with pickup in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Hurghada at 2am, then sets out on the 5-hour drive to Cairo. Arrive in Cairo at around 7am and enjoy a traditional Egyptian breakfast including foul and falafel to prepare you for the adventure ahead. After breakfast, head to the city’s most iconic landmark, the Pyramids of Giza, which are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Spend some time exploring the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos, then visit the Valley Temple where priests mummified the corpse of King Cephren. From here, take a close-up look at The Great Sphinx of Giza which guards the funeral complex with its lion’s body and the head of King Cephren. Continue the tour to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the largest and most precious items from the world of Egyptian art. The museum exhibits a rare collection of over 250,000 genuine artifacts that date as far back as 5000 years, including an exclusive exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen. Spend 2-hours at the museum learning about and admiring the collection of treasures, gold, jewelry and more that were buried in the tomb of Tutankhamen before being discovered in 1920. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch at a traditional restaurant. Once you’re feeling re-energized, take a trip to the popular Khan El Khalili Bazaar and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of locals going about their day. Wander through the market and peruse the numerous stalls, offering perfumes, fabrics, jewelry, spices, and more. After an unforgettable day in Cairo, sit back and relax on the return journey to Hurghada.

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4.9 / 5

based on 723 reviews

This was our second booking with OceanAir and once again, could not be happier!! Our tour guide Rami was the best! Such good energy, so kind, funny and accommodating. He arrived on time, with snacks and refreshments to greet us in the morning. He escorted us to both excursions and was happy to tag along for the ride to ensure we felt comfortable having a friend with us. He made sure we were taken care of throughout the day, kept us well refreshed and provided anything we needed. He made our experience that more special by making a few unexpected stops that he knew we would personally love, and ended up being our favourite part of the trip! I am oh so grateful to have had him arrange this excursion and will most definitely be booking again in the future!

Cairo was admittedly not my favorite city to visit but this tour and in particular our guide Mohammed was definitely a highlight, he was very friendly and knowledgeable and even continued to offer assistance and information beyond after we went other places - I can’t say I recommend Cairo but if you find yourself there i do recommend this tour

This is the 1st thing u should do before anything else as tthru this show it explain the history of pyramids with colorfull light and laser formation in front of pyramids it self.

Es war wirklich eine tolle Erfahrung. Wir hatten einen super Fahrer, der uns sogar nach den Aktivitäten durch Kairo gefahren hat. Alles hat super geklappt.

Very nice activity. Careful guide. We were alone in the world in this beautiful desert.