Look beyond Cairo’s main tourist sights and visit two often-overlooked archaeological sites on this private Nile Delta day trip from Cairo. Travel into the delta to Tell-Basta’s site of Bubastis, an ancient city dedicated to the cat god, Bastet. Learn about Bubastis’ worship of cats before exploring the ruins and royal tombs of Tanis, an ancient capital, at San el-Hagar.
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Begin your private tour with a hotel pickup in Cairo or Giza, and travel north through Egypt’s picturesque Nile Delta by private, air-conditioned minivan. Hear how the delta was part of ancient Lower Egypt, and stop first at Tell-Basta, the site of Bubastis, once one of Egypt’s most important ancient cities. On arrival, explore the relics of this once-thriving city with your Egyptologist guide. Hear how Bubastis flourished from around 1292 BC when Egypt’s pharaohs moved their capital to the delta region. View the inscribed pillars and fragments, including the relics of Bubastis’ temple, dedicated to the city’s revered, cat god, Bastet. Imagine how the temple looked in its time and hear about Bubastis’ cat cemeteries, where it’s believed thousands of revered, mummified cats are buried.
Next, you will have your lunch in a good quality restaurant with a set menu of grill chicken/kebab and kofta.
Travel further north to San el-Hagar to see the remains of Tanis, a capital of ancient Egypt from around 1075 BC. Stroll around Tanis’ crumbled temples, and see the ruined royal tombs discovered here in the 20th century. Hear how archaeologists excavating the tombs discovered great pharaonic treasures including silver coffins, gold, and jewelry. During your travels, break for an Egyptian lunch at a local restaurant, and after visiting Tanis, finish with a hotel drop-off back in Cairo or Giza.