With a temperate climate, clear waters and well-kept beaches, it's no wonder the Red Sea resort of Ain Sokhna has long been a favourite of Egyptian holidaymakers. Today it is increasingly known as a year-round destination for international visitors attracted by its coral reefs, fishing and water sports.

Named after nearby hot sulphur springs, which originate at the northern most mountain in the Eastern Desert, the resort also offers desert safaris in the nearby oasis and mountain canyons.


Shore excursions in

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cairo and The Pyramids

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11½ hours

Join an English-speaking Egyptologist in a full day tour to the stunning Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the Pyramids and Sphinx.

Leaving Sokhna by air-conditioned coach; make your way along the desert road non-stop to Cairo. Driving through the metropolis of Cairo, marvel at this crowded and bustling city and the first stop of the day is right in the heart of the city at Liberty Square. Take a tour of the world’s most important collection of Egyptian antiquities in the National Museum. The treasures of the well-known Tutankhamen collection, including his solid gold mask, are a highlight of this popular Cairo museum.

Enjoy lunch at a leading Cairo hotel and then continue to the Giza Plateau, where you will be able to see the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, The Great Pyramid of Cheops. You will be given time to explore the pyramids to truly appreciate their size and amazing construction and enjoy panoramic views from the western plateau. Continue down the valley, from where you may gaze upon The Sphinx, carved from solid rock and thought to be a monument to Pharaoh Chephren.

Round the day off with a visit to a Papyrus Institute, where you will discover the art of making paper from reeds discovered by the ancient Egyptians.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please refer to the important information section relating to this port.

City Stars Mega Mall Transfer

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 10 hours

If you do not wish to visit Cairo and the Pyramids or stay on the ship, then hit the shops at the modern City Stars Mega Mall.

This coach transfer will take you to the City Stars Mega Mall where you will have free time to browse the many outlets including over 600 brand named stores, indoor theme park, cinema and specialised bazaars. Test your bartering skills in one of the many gold stores..

Lunch will be on your own to allow maximum flexibility and choice from the many food venues. There are also currency exchanges in the banks and ATM facilities within the complex.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The transfer time to the complex is approximately 2 hours each way and the amount of walking on this tour is at your own discretion. Please take care to note the pickup time and location.

Just the Pyramids

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 9 hours

Visit the highlights of Cairo at a more leisurely pace.

Your day will begin with a drive through the desert road to Cairo. The road is dotted with 'dwelling places,’ however none are suitably equipped with comfort facilities, so the journey will be non-stop.(br>
Step back thousands of years as you view some of the most mysterious structures on earth, the Pyramids of Giza. You’ll be driven to an elevated site that provides a magnificent panoramic view of the 3 largest pyramids. The mightiest and most massive, the Great Pyramid of Cheops, is the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World. Walk up close to either Chephren or Mycerinus Pyramid to truly appreciate their size and amazing construction.

The ravages of nature and man have left the massive Sphinx battered, but unbowed. The lion’s body and head of a man rise from the vast desert sands near the pyramids as an incredible monument to the days of the pharaohs.

Sit back and reflect on the morning as you enjoy a glass of wine or beer with a buffet lunch in one of Cairo’s leading hotels. A short stop will be made at a Papyrus Institute, where the art of paper making from reeds, discovered by the Ancient Egyptians, will be demonstrated for you.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot but does not include a visit to the Cairo Museum.

Pyramids and Nile Cruise

Activity mediumMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11½ hours

A popular option featuring the pyramids, Sphinx and leisurely cruise on the Nile for afternoon tea.

The ancient Greeks considered the Great Pyramid to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Marvel at the sheer magnitude of the Great Pyramid - estimated to contain 2.5 million tons of stone.

After viewing the three pyramids from the Western Plateau, visit the solar boat museum which houses the boat that the great pharaohs would have used for his journey to the afterlife, the museum was build over the boat to house this unique artifact. Enjoy free time to explore the pyramids on your own before travelling down the valley to visit the guardian of this mortuary complex, the inscrutable Sphinx with the body of a lion and face of a man.

Lunch will be served accompanied with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink at a leading Cairo hotel before a short stop at a Papyrus Institute, where the art of paper making from reeds, will be demonstrated for you.

Downtown at the banks of the River Nile a luxurious cruise boat awaits to sail you on the same timeless waterway traversed by Pharaohs, Queens and Nobles thousands of years ago. Sit back, relax and enjoy a cruise as you glide past Cairo’s waterfront landmarks. Refreshments of tea with oriental cookies and cakes will be served during the cruise and for your entertainment, a folkloric presentation and belly dancing will take place.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach,riverboat and on foot. A flight of 20 stairs leads to the dock for the riverboat. This tour does not include a visit to the Cairo Museum.

Pyramids, Sphinx and Sakkara

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 11 hours

Travel to the vast necropolis at Sakkara to view Egypt’s oldest pyramid. After lunch, visit the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Leaving Sokhna travel through expanses of desert sands to the metropolis of Cairo on your way to Egypt’s first capital, Memphis, with its ancient cemetery of Sakkara. Here, the world’s first monumental stone building, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, built almost 5,000 years ago still stands. After visiting the complex, continue to one of the Mastabas (funerary chambers) built nearby.

Returning to Cairo, you can relax and enjoy a sumptuous luncheon at a leading 5 star hotel. In the afternoon, marvel at the Giza Plateau where the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramids of Giza still stand. A unique view of the 3 Pyramids from the Western Plateau affords great opportunities for photographs. Having enjoyed the view from this vantage point, your coach will bring you close to the Pyramid of Chephren, where you will have time to explore the site on your own. Continue down the valley to visit the guardian of this mortuary complex, the mysterious Sphinx, watching the passage of time.

A final stop at the Papyrus Institute will introduce you to the process of paper making from reeds, an art discovered by the Ancient Egyptians. You will have a short time to purchase local handicrafts and papyrus from a selected bazaar.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot and does not include a visit to the Cairo Museum. Flash photography is not permitted inside the Mastabas.

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