Siwa Oasis & Alexandria Extension

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Siwa Oasis

Days 1 - 4

The captivating Siwa Oasis lies in a depression about 60 feet below sea level. The oasis has witnessed a visit from Alexander the Great, who came to consult an oracle here in 331 BC, and an attempted and failed attack by the King of Persia and his large army, who got lost in the unforgiving environment. This harsh but beautiful area is known for its dates and olives and the people that gather these desert fruits. The Siwans have their own, distinct culture with unique customs and the Berber language known as Siwi. During October, they have a three-day festival and during this time, Siwans must settle all disputes. For visitors who want to learn about the traditions of a new culture, this is the place to be, otherwise there are various sites they can visit, including the warm springs and Lake Siwa.

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Alexandria

Days 4 - 6

Situated in northern Egypt, the port city of Alexandria is a renowned historical city, which serves as a commercial hub and the cultural capital of Egypt. This dazzling jewel of the Mediterranean was founded by the legend, Alexander the Great and ruled by the iconic Queen Cleopatra. It is home to the Great Library of Alexandria and the colossal Pharos Lighthouse, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Soak up the old-world atmosphere whilst sipping coffee at a cafe, wander through the vibrant souk, stroll along the harbour area and take in the impressive Belle-epoque-era architecture. Don’t miss the ultra-modern, disc-shaped Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Other highlights include a number of Greco-Roman landmarks, some lovely sandy beaches and a 15th-century seafront Qaitbay Citadel, which has been converted into a popular museum.

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