Distance Traveled from Corfu: 736 Nautical Miles
Early wake up call for our big excursion to Cairo.
Getting up early also means getting a good picture of the sunrise over Alexandria.
Sunrise over Alexandria,Egypt
View from the Equinox of the Port
As the ship made its way to the dock, I noticed several ships that have been capsized and left to rust in the harbor (below).
Capsized Ship in the Harbor
We are on a full day tour today to Cairo: “The Pyramids and the River Nile”. Our guide is Nevine, a woman who speaks English very well. There is no security on this bus so I am able to get the very front seat. Not much legroom but plenty of view.
Statue of Mohamed Ali Pasha in Alexandria
Ellen’s bus in front of ours – On the way to Cairo
After a three hour bus ride, we finally arrive at the Giza (West Bank of the Nile) Plateau. The ride is a little shorter since we bypassed a good deal of traffic by going to the Plateau directly and not going tot he Museum before. There are many more busses here today than last time and the busses drop off passengers at one location and then park in another – a little difficult to find the bus again.
At the pyramids, all the passengers are basically on their own for a pre-determined amount of time.
Camel Ride Vendor
Top: Khafre Pyramid
Bottom: Khafre Pyramid and stones
The Great Pyramid – Khufu
As we make our way to the Western Plateau to get our panoramic view, we get a clear view of the Menkaure Pyramid and the Pyramid of the Queens.
The Pyramids of Giza
The Sphinx, Khufu, and Khafre
Following the Giza stop, we drive to the Nile River and the Pharaohs Boat Restaurant for lunch. Ellen was there with her passengers so we had lunch together. The lunch was pretty good (Sea Bass on buffet) with pita, humus, babba ghanoush, and other local salad items. The deserts were good and so was the coffee. During lunch, the guests were treated to a belly dance by Magda. After the meal, the boat went out for a 30 minute cruise of the Nile.
Showtime on the Pharaohs Lunch Boat
Nile Cruise – Cairo Side
The Boat went under this bridge
Giza side of the Nile
H and E on the Nile
Hyatt Regency Cairo on Island in the Nile
Lotus Flower Tower – Giza Side
Gold’s Gym Cairo
Citadel of Saladin and Mosque of Mohamed Ali
The next four pictures were taken at the Mosque of Mohamed Ali.
The Mosque Courtyard
Interior of the Mosque
Quarry near the Citadel – Khufu stones came from here
We arrived back at the ship around 8:30 PM and had dinner, along with all of the other arriving passengers, at the Oceanview Cafe.
No show tonight - “Flava of the Mediterranean” in the Grand Foyer.