Anniversary El Alamein Battlefield Tour
Flight to Cairo, Greeted and escorted to our hotel in the pyramid district of Cairo,
overnight in Cairo.
Price per person:
£ 250 per person
All transport in air-conditioned buses.
Mineral water while travelling
All 4/5 Star hotels.
All meals (see itinerary, B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner)
All entrance fees to museums and ancient sites
Battlefield Guide (Steve Hamilton)
Not included in Price:
Hotel services (i.e. telephone, room service, laundry etc)
Any Optional tours (i.e. Pyramid Light Show)
Passports must be valid for a minimum 6 months.
For those wishing to arrive early or depart later arrangements can be made
for sightseeing or other activities.
El Alamein - the battle that turned the tide in North Africa. See the actual
battlefield where the 8th Army won undying fame. Tel el Eisa fought over time
and time again by the Australians in July 1942. The original railway station,
from which the battle takes its name, plus every other major part of the
battlefield. Almost eighty years have not yet eradicated traces of the fighting
join us on a memorable tour of this famous battlefield and see the actual
ground where numerous Victoria Crosses were won. Stand on the Alamein
Memorial and see the 7,000 graves with the battlefield beyond. An ideal
relaxing "take it easy" tour and an opportunity for the ladies, to see places
other than battlefields.
The day begins with a visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx, we then drive to the
world-famous Cecil Hotel in Alexandria where we stay for one night. (B L D)
Tour of Alexandria city including visits to Hadra and Chatby war cemeteries
where casualties of both world wars are buried, the Beys castle on the Corniche
and site of the famous Alexandria Lighthouse, your chance to have an "Ice Cold
in Alex" We then drive to our hotel at Burg el Arab (where Monty had his
headquarters) for three nights. (B L D)
On the anniversary of the start of the battle we visit the El Alamein battlefield
which includes the sites of six Victoria Cross actions. Tel el Eisa (Arthur Gurney)
Springbok Road and Ruwesait Ridge (Keith Elliott and Charles Upham). Miteirya
Ridge (Percy Gratwick and William Kibby). The famous Qattara Track, Bab el
Qattara, the minefields and see where Lt-Col Vic Turner fought his VC action
near the Rahman Track. Lots to see during a busy day. Picnic on the battlefield.
(B L D)
Today is dedicated to all those who fought and died at El Alamein as we
attend the 80th Anniversary Memorial Service. We shall also visit the El
Alamein war museum, El Alamein War cemetery where 4 Victoria Cross
recipients are buried, lunch in a local El Alamein restaurant. We will also visit
the German and Italian Cemeteries at Tel el Eisa. (B L D)
Drive to Mersa Matruh via Sidi el Rahman, El Daba and Fuka where the Indian
Brigade fought a famous rear-guard action and the SAS/LRDG attacked the
German airfields. Mingar Qaim scene of the famous 1942 New Zealand
"breakout" and Sidi Hemza where Adam Wakenshaw’s action was rewarded
with a posthumous VC. Free time in the town. Check into our hotel for two
nights. (B L D)
Return to Cairo via the desert road and site of Monty's first battle in the desert
at Alam Halfa fought in August/September 1942, check into hotel for two nights.
Opportunity to see Pyramid light show. (B L D)
A day relaxing or join us as we visit the Cairo Pharaoh Museum, the original Old
War Horse Memorial Hospital, the French Napoleonic Memorial and Cairo war
cemetery. In the evening we have our dinner while cruising on the Nile. (B L D)
Return flight to the UK or other destination. (B)
Today is dedicated to the 1915/16 Senussi War. We shall also visit the Wadi
Majid, Djebel Medwa and Halazin battlefields where British and ANZACS
troops fought in World War 1. Picnic lunch on the beach at Matruh and visit to
the Rommel Museum. Opportunity to stay at the hotel relaxing on the beach
or shopping in Mersa Matruh or maybe both. For those wishing to visit Sollum
war cemetery this can be arranged from here. (B L D)