In October 2018, Aegean Odyssey will take her guests on a remarkable journey through Greece and Egypt on a cruise and land tour that combines the very best of these two ancient lands. It’s been several years since Voyages to Antiquity visited Egypt and we are thrilled and very excited to be taking our guests back to this fascinating part of our world. Aegean Odyssey’s ‘Aegean Experience and Cairo’ adventure will begin with land tours and hotel stays in Athens, Delphi and Nauplia. Guests will then join our award-winning ship and explore several of the Greek Isles before arriving in Egypt for tours and hotel stays in Alexandria and Cairo. It’s then back to Aegean Odyssey for 2 final days on board.
As many of our past guests will know, we are the Greek Isles experts and a wide variety of included tours await on this sailing: sightseeing in Delphi; a tour of the Palace of Knossos; Byzantine Athens; and Epidaurus. Although Greece is a deep and important part of our history, we are going to highlight today the overland options that you can experience in Egypt: the land of the pharaohs.
Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt and was founded around a small Ancient Egyptian town c. 331 BC by Alexander the Great. It became an important centre of the Hellenistic civilisation and remained the capital of Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Egypt for almost 1000 years until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in AD 641. Following the Muslim conquest, a new capital city was founded at Fustat – later absorbed into the fabulous city we now know as Cairo. At one time, Alexandria was the second most powerful city in the ancient world, only falling short of the top spot because of Rome.
Hellenistic Alexandria was best known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; its Great Library; and the Necropolis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages.
During your time in Alexandria, you will be able to visit the catacombs of Kom el-Shuqafa, Pompey’s Pillar and the National Museum.
The bustling city of Cairo, the capital and largest city in Egypt, is your next stop. Located near the Nile Delta, modern Cairo was founded in 969 CE by Jawhar of the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a centre of the region’s political and cultural life, and is titled “the city of a thousand minarets” for its preponderance of Islamic architecture.
Your stay in Cairo will be for 2 nights and on your first morning you will visit the sites of Memphis and Sakkara before touring the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in the afternoon. In the evening, dinner on the Nile will be served alongside a traditional folkloric show. Your second day in this magnificent city begins with the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before lunch and your return journey to Alexandria
Join Aegean Odyssey on her ‘Aegean Experience & Cairo’ sailing in October 2018 and enjoy a voyage to some of the worlds most ancient civilisations.