"Battles through the Ages" A battlefield tour that spans time, from the 1798 battle of the Pyramids to the 1942 Battle of El Alamein.
Day 1 Arrive Cairo, greeted and escorted to our hotel in the Giza area of Cairo. Day 2 Morning visit to the site of Napoleons headquarters in Cairo, followed by a visit to Embaba, site of the Battle of the Pyramids. After leaving Cairo we make our way to our hotel in Tel el Kebir. (B L D) The Battle of the Pyramids, also known as the Battle of Embaba, was fought on July 21, 1798 between the French army in Egypt under Napoleon Bonaparte, and local Mamaluk forces. It occurred during the French Invasion of Egypt and was the battle where Napoleon put into use one of his significant contributions to tactics, the massive divisional square. Napoleon named the battle after the Egyptian pyramids, although they were only faintly visible on the horizon when the battle took place.
Day 3 Morning visit to the 1882 Kassasin and Tel el Kebir battlefields and cemetery, We then drive to our hotel in Alexandria and the site of the 1801 battle of Alexandria. (B L D) The Battle of Tel el-Kebir was fought between the Egyptian army led by Ahmed Urabi and the British under command of General Wolseley. After discontented Egyptian officers under Urabi rebelled in 1882, Great Britain reacted to protect its financial and expansionist interests in Egypt, and in particular the Suez Canal. Day 4 A full day in Alexandria visiting sites associated with the battle. After our day in Alexandria we will drive to our hotel in El Alamein. (B L D) The Battle of Alexandria was fought on March 21, 1801 between the French army under General Menou and the British expeditionary corps under Sir Ralph Abercrombie, took place near the ruins of Necropolis, on the narrow spit of land between the sea and Lake Abukir, along which the British troops had advanced towards Alexandria after the actions of Abukir on March 8th and Mandora on March 13th.
Day 5 A full day on the 1942 El Alamein battlefield visiting the Commonwealth, German and Italian war cemeteries, museum and surrounding area. Overnight in El Alamein. (B L D) The Second Battle of El Alamein marked a major turning point in the Western Desert Campaign of World War II. The battle lasting from 23rd October to 4th November 1942. The First Battle of El Alamein in July 1942 had stalled the German advance. Thereafter, General Montgomery took command of the British Eighth Army from General Claude Auchinleck in August 1942. The Allied victory turned the tide in the North African Campaign. It ended Axis hopes of occupying Egypt, taking control of the Suez Canal, and gaining access to the Middle Eastern oil fields.
Day 6 Drive to Mersa Matruh where we stay for two nights, free time in the town or relaxing by the beach at our hotel. (B L D) Day 7 Today we examine the Senussi War of 1915. Where British, Indian and ANZAC troops fought in World War One. We will be visiting the battlefields of Djebel Medwa, Wadi Majid and Halazin. Overnight in Mersa Matruh. (B L D)
Day 8 Return to Cairo. In the evening we have dinner while sailing down the Nile. Optional tour available is the Pyramid Light Show. (B L D) Day 9 Visits to the Pyramids and Pharaoh Museum and we shall also visit the Napoleonic cemetery and Memorial. (B L D) Day 10 Return flight to the UK or other destination. (B)
Tour Price: £ 2300 Single Supplement: £ 350 Price includes: Flight from the UK to Cairo. Visa and passport registration. All transport in air conditioned buses All 4/5 Star hotels. All meals (see itinerary, B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner) Mineral water during the day. All entrance fees Campaign booklet Battlefield Guide Not Included in the price: Hotel services – Laundry, Telephone, drinks etc Tips to staff.