March 8, 2019

Egypt Tour – Siwa to Alexandria

There is more to Egypt than just the pyramids and one Egypt tour takes the road less travelled to discover coastal Alexandria and remote Siwa. Isolated by the desert sands and untouched by the modern world, the Siwans hold fast to their centuries old customs, traditions & belief in black magic.

Starting and finishing in Cairo you can head immediately north toward the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. After a look around the cemeteries you can continue onward to Siwa to continue your Egypt tour.

In the morning you could take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en-route. This particular Egypt tour route is full of history and our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great. You can continue on your cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. No Egypt tour would be complete without that! The afternoon can be spent at your leisure; dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’

Continuing on to Alexandria on your Egypt tour, visit Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali is the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally melted the mud brick city. A hermetic labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored.

Later, take a 4×4 jeep ride through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. You can also visit the site of an ancient ocean abundant with marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and sunset dinner.

On your Egypt tour you should also visit Marsa Matrouh – this city has a large Libyan/Berber population distinctive in custom and dress. Stop for lunch, swim in the Med and have time to explore the Libyan souq (if open) before driving onward to Alexandria where you have a nice 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. After an evening tram ride into the downtown to shop followed by famous Alexandrian Fateer for dinner.

Source by Michael T. Edwards

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