11th/12th Oct 09 - Port Said and Cairo

Disembarked at Port Said at start of Suez Canal. Met by police escort for 3hr trip into Cairo. Here we visited the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue - therefore covering most of the world's religions!

After checking into the magnificent Four Seasons hotel (amazing suite and view) we were taken on a private evening visit to the Egyptian Museum to see the Mummies and the treasures of Tutankhamun. 

Following day we visited Sakkara and then onto the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

Then another long trip back to the ship which had moved overnight through the canal to Port Suez in the Red Sea. the trip was made longer by accidents, traffic and Egyptian bureaucracy. We finished with  a police escorted tender trip at night across the busy shipping lanes to our (fortunately) waiting ship

Police escort as we set off
 Mohamed Ali Mosque
Take off your shoes to enter the Mohamed Ali Mosque
 Inside Mohamed Ali Mosque
View of Cairo from the mosque
The narrow alleyways leading to the Ben Ezra Synagogue
Hanging Church
Floating restaurant on the Nile for lunch
Amazing views from the balcony of our suite on the 29th floor of the Four Seasons
What we really came for. Coming face-to-face with Tutankhamun's death mask, coffin and thousands of other items from his tomb at the Egyptian Museum 
The Stepped Pyramid at Sakkara - the first stone built structure anywhere in the world - c3000BC
Loo break at Sakkara!
Pyramids of Giza
Obligatory photo opp with camel. $1 but he said we should have paid more and hassled us for ages!
The Great Sphinx
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