Each year, holidaymakers travel to the favourite resort of Sharm from the UK.
They come to chill out by the beach or swimming pool. Some want to dive and other spend hours snorkelling on local coral reefs. There are lots of trips to be had for travellers and tourists to Sharm and without doubt one of the more popular ones is a tour to Egypt's capital city, Cairo.
Cairo is home to the world popular Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx but the day trips to Cairo feature a great deal more than just these historical monuments. From Sharm el Sheikh, visitors can either travel to Cairo by road or air. Either way, its an early start with road excursions leaving at around two in the morning and flights at around five in the morning. That means a long day ahead but it is genuinely worth the effort.
Itineraries can vary on trip to trip but often begins with a tour to the Cairo Museum or to give it's proper title "The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo". All of the morning is spent at the Cairo Museum and it is packed with some renowned pieces. Some of the more superb items are those that were found in the tomb of the boy Pharaoh Tutankhamen which include the well known gold and blue death mask. Additionally, there are a number of items of furniture and ornaments and one thing that is apparent is how well the colours are preserved in several of the treasures taking into consideration they are thousands of years old. All the same there is far too much to explore in the museum thus visitors have to decide upon the areas they want to have a look at.
From the museum, the group is driven down to the Nile for lunch on board of a river boat. There is a decent array of food and for entertainment there are also dancers. On the other hand, you can easlily observe the Cairo skyline pass by as you sail up and back to your departure point.
The next item on the itinerary are the Pyramids of Giza. Looking at a lot of photos, you should be forgiven for imagining they are in the middle of the desert but that isn't true. The Pyramids and Sphinx are basically on the outskirts of Cairo. It is hard not to be astounded the minute you get near to the Great Pyramid due to the actual scale of the it. You're able to have plenty of time here to wander round the Pyramids and there are no lack of locals attempting to sell you a large selection of souvenirs or rides on their camels. There are lots of chances for photos before the tour bus takes you a bit further down to the Sphinx. Yet again, you will be given the opportunity to buy a wide range of souvenirs and there are more photograph opportunities. Having said that, the Sphinx has not worn nearly as well as the Pyramids hence you can not get as near to it. It is late afternoon as the group leaves Cairo's most famous tourist places but there is still time for a few further stops.
The first of these visits is at a perfume shop where your are asked to try many of the lots of perfumes the shop stocks. Next the tour bus starts off to head back to the airport with one last stop en route. Papyrus is the paper like material produced by the age-old Egyptians from the pith of the Papyrus reed. It was used to write on but now, it is a common tourist souvenir, more often than not with images of ancient Egyptian gods and similar images. At the Papyrus shop, there is a wide range of Papyrus available and holidaymakers and visitors can also enjoy a display of how today's Papyrus is made.
The excursion bus departs and the tour party to Cairo is over. The excursion now returns to the airport for the flight back to Sharm el Sheikh or the road journey. The day trips to Cairo from Sharm are quite exhausting but are great value. For holiday makers staying in Sharm el Sheikh, it is a fantastic way to witness a number of the attractions of Cairo without actually staying there.
Written and contributed by ratherton