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From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

1. From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour

Enjoy a full-day trip to the historic city of Alexandria and experience the remnants of a bygone era. After pickup from your hotel in Cairo or Giza, you'll drive towards Alexandria, stopping along the way to use the bathroom and get a coffee. Upon arrival, start your tour of this ancient city. Head towards the marble-stone Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka that once accommodated over 800 visitors. Enjoy the sights of its pleasure garden and mosaic floored Roman baths and villas. Afterward, move on to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa where you can feel the aura of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architectural excellence. The cemetery was constructed in the second century AD and is still one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. Next, visit Pompey's Pillar, the significant Roman triumphal column in Alexandria. Savor a delicious lunch from a local restaurant and then enjoy a photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives of the ancient world. Stroll along the Citadel of Qaitbay, built above the ruined Alexandria lighthouse. At the end of the tour, you'll be driven back to Cairo or Giza to be dropped off at your accommodation.

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From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

2. From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

Alexandria has so much to see, feel, eat and buy – fit in as much of it as possible on this day tour from Cairo. Start your day trip to Alexandria with pick-up from your accommodation in a comfortable vehicle. The first stop on this full-day tour will be a visit to the Library of Alexandria (depending on the day), the biggest library in the world. Now housing 8 million books, you can visit its open court to see the statues of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy the First keeping watch over the library.    The car will then whisk you off to the Church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa. Then, continue on to the old downtown of Alexandria where you can walk through traditional markets where everything and anything is sold. Admire the downtown’s Baroque designs and Italian- and French-style properties. If you choose, have lunch in a famous restaurant called “Mohamed Ahmed’s” – the Queen of Spain has eaten here! Take a break in a coffee shop or shisha café before continuing on with your tour.   Continue your Alexandria adventure in the afternoon with a packed itinerary of sights. See the city’s oldest market area which contains both the women’s markets and the most spectacular gold market where everyone buys their wedding jewelry. See the prettiest and largest mosque in the city, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, and the ancient fun-fair located just outside of it where children still play. Opposite is the corniche and old harbor where you can see fishing boats and traditional fishers making nets. From here, walk 5 minutes to see the Quaitbay castle. See Memorial of the Unknown Soldier, and the beautiful coastline on the way to the Montaza Palace and Gardens (also known as the Love Garden for its popularity with couples). All of these will make for excellent photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera. Finally, cross over the modern Bridge of Stanley before traveling in comfort back to your hotel. Please note, that the Alexandria Library is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays.

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From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

3. From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

Explore the rich history of Alexandria; tracing time from its ancient Egyptian roots, through the Classical period, to Roman times and beyond on an informative full-day tour from Cairo. Enjoy meet-and-greet service pick-up, and drop off from your Cairo hotel, and the comfort of an air-conditioned bus. Begin the journey with a visit to the Roman theater in Kom El-Deka; a marble theater that once seated 800 spectators with galleries, sections of mosaic flooring, and a pleasure garden, all surrounded by Roman baths and villas. Continuing, explore the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa; the necropolis of 3 sub-levels dating from the 2nd century AD merges aspects of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman culture in its features. See the Roman triclinium – a banquet hall to honor the dead, as well as statues, reliefs, and a pillared lobby featuring depictions of Egyptian gods in Roman armor. See the site of the Alexandria Library. Concluding the tour, walk the ramparts of the 15th century Qaitbay Citadel, built upon the ruins of the ancient Alexandria Lighthouse. End this day of discovery with a relaxed evening drive back to Cairo, and your hotel.

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Cairo: Archeological Day-Trip to Alexandria

4. Cairo: Archeological Day-Trip to Alexandria

After being picked up from your hotel, you will travel to Alexandria. You will first visit the insides of the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa, which is the largest Roman Cemetery and consists of three levels cut into rock. Next, you will drive to visit the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria, complete with the display of the sunken monuments of Alexandria which were discovered under the East Harbor of Alexandria. You will also drive by Pompay’s Pillar, where you will stop for a photo break. Your next stop will be to the library of Alexandria, which is the biggest library in the world, consisting of 8 million books. You can visit its open court where you can see the statue of Alexander the Great and the statue of Ptolemy the first, which was found underwater nearby. You will visit the library’s manuscript museum, president Saddat Museum, and impressions of Alexandria Museum. The car will then take you to visit the church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa. Through your drive you will see the old downtown and the local historical architecture which has Baroque-style designs and Italian and French-style properties. You will then visit the El Nabi Daniel Mosque, which is believed by many people to be related to Alexander the Great's tomb. It is said to contain the remains of the scholar and venerated teacher Prophet Daniel, and his companion Sidi Lokman el Hakim, a religious story-teller. The car will then take you to visit the prettiest and biggest mosque in the city, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, as well as the strangest sight outside it: an old funfair where children play on antique funfair rides and eat candy floss. Opposite is the corniche and the old harbor where you can see the old fishing boats, men fishing and traditional fishermen making nets. You will then continue to see the outside of Quaitbay Castle, which was built on the same site as the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The car will then take you to the gardens of Montaza. On the way you can take a 2-minute stop by the King of Mango, and drink at Alexandrian’s drive thru freshly squeezed juices. The beautiful coastline and all the views of the city are en-route to Montaza Palace and gardens which is approximately 25 kilometers away, including the old harbor of Alexandria where there are 7,000 monuments underwater. Once in Montaza Gardens, commonly known as the Love Garden, you will visit the royal gardens of King Farouk. On your way back you will stop over the famous bridge of Stanley, before traveling in comfort back to your hotel in Cairo.

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Alexandria: Library, Amphitheater & Montaza Gardens Tour

5. Alexandria: Library, Amphitheater & Montaza Gardens Tour

First, be picked up by your tour guide from your hotel, before heading to the library of Alexandria, the biggest library in the world. Visit its open court where you can see the statue of Alexander the Great and the statue of Ptolemy the First. Then, visit the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria with its display of the sunken monuments. Visit the church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa as well as the old downtown of Alexandria where you can walk through the old city-center before visiting Abbo Elabbas Mosque. Continue to see the outside of Quaitbay castle which was built on the same site as the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria one of the seven wonders of the world and a great photo stop. Next, visit Montaza Gardens, commonly known as the Love Garden, and the royal gardens of King Farouk and the royal palaces of Haramlek. On your way back, stop over the famous Stanley Bridge – the landmark of modern Alexandria.

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From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

6. From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in air-conditioned transportation heading to Cairo. Once you have arrived in Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum, then stop for lunch at the Egyptian Restaurant. See the iconic Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Travel to the River Nile for overnight accommodation on a Nile Cruise where you can enjoy the night show with dinner and a two hours cruise along the Nile. Relax and get ready for the Alexandria trip the next day. Take off early in the morning on the road to Alexandria. Visit old Alexandria the Romanian Museum and Alexandria Library. Enjoy a seafood lunch at a relaxing spot. See the old mosque of Abu el Abbas and the biggest church in Alexandria before traveling back to Sharm El-Sheikh.

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From Cairo: Alexandria and El-Alamein Tour with Overnight

7. From Cairo: Alexandria and El-Alamein Tour with Overnight

• Day one: Alexandria tour Following hotel pickup, transfer to Alexandria. Begin the tour with a visit inside the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa; consisting of three levels cut into rock, it is the largest Roman cemetery in the world. Next, drive to the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria, complete with a display of the sunken monuments of Alexandria which were discovered under the East Harbor of Alexandria. Stop at Pompay’s Pillar for a photo break.  The next stop is at the library of Alexandria, the largest in the world and home to eight million books. Visit its open courtyard, where you can see the statue of Alexander the Great. Check out the library’s manuscript museum, President Saddat Museum, and impressionist works in Alexandria Museum. Continue then to the Church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa. During the drive, you will pass the old downtown and its fascinating fusion of architecture.  Visit El Nabi Daniel Mosque, believed by many to be related to Alexander the Great’s Tomb and to contain the remains of the scholar and venerated teacher, Prophet Daniel. Proceed to the prettiest and largest mosque in the city, Abbo Elabbas Mosque, and discover the strange sight outside of it, an antique carnival. Opposite is the corniche and the old harbor where you can see fishing boats and traditional fishermen making nets.  Pass by the Quaitbay Castle, built on the same site as the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Head then to the gardens of Montaza, commonly known as the Love Garden. Explore the royal gardens of King Farouk and stop at the famous Bridge of Stanley on the way back. Settle in for an overnight in Alexandria.  • Day two: El-Alamein Tour - Return to Cairo Wake for breakfast and then head to El-Alamein. Learn about Rommel, the Desert Fox, and other figures of WWII who fought in Egypt. Drive for one hour to Alamein to visit the War Museum, which includes the old weapons, tanks, aircrafts, and bikes used in the war. From there, continue to the west of El-Alamein to a beautiful town overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and visit the World War Cemeteries, where you can take a look at the final resting place for common wealth, Greek, Italian, and German soldiers. Explore the cemetery of common wealth and then return to Cairo for drop-off.

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Alexandria: Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers

8. Alexandria: Borg El Arab Arrival & Departure Transfers

Choose between a private transfer for either your arriving or departing flight at Borg El Arab Airport. For maximum convenience, select the roundtrip option and enjoy a private transfer both ways. For arrival transfers, your driver will meet you at the Borg El Arab Airport and will be holding a signboard with your name on it. After claiming your luggage, ride in an air-conditioned car or van to your hotel in Alexandria. Get local tips from your driver on the best restaurants, shopping centers, and places to visit. Your driver will also offer you assistance and see you safely to the reception of your hotel. Upon departure, meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and enjoy a private air-conditioned transfer to the airport in time for your departing flight. 

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From Cairo: El Alamein and Alexandria Guided Day Tour

9. From Cairo: El Alamein and Alexandria Guided Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Cairo for the day and immerse yourself in Egypt's history on this day trip. Get picked up from your hotel in Cairo in the morning and travel to El Alamein where you will discover World War II remains and cemeteries. Head to the Military Museum and admire a variety of weapons, military garbs, and tanks. Continue your tour with a visit to the WWII Cemeteries, located on the west of the town, on a small peninsula overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, drive to Alexandria where you will see Pompay’s Pillar. Next, head to Qaitbay Citadel and admire the impressive architecture of this 15th-century fortress.  Finish your tour with a visit to the catacombs, the largest Roman cemetery in existence. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

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From Cairo: 2-Day Tour to Alexandria and El Alamein

10. From Cairo: 2-Day Tour to Alexandria and El Alamein

Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Cairo, travel in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle towards Alexandria. At your first stop, admire the famous library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most impressive examples of ancient times. Next, visit the site of Pharos lighthouse of Alexandria, which was once an Ancient Wonder of the world, before breaking for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, visit the Montazah Palace Gardens, where you can marvel at the presidential palaces of Salamlek, Al-Haramlik, and their adjacent beaches. Later, stop for some photos at Alexandria’s most charming mosque and at the memorial statue of Alexander the Great. Next, pay a visit to the oldest church in Africa; the Church of St Mark. Finish your tour in Downtown Alexandria, passing through the old harbor along the way. At the end of the day, get dropped off at a 4* hotel where you will spend the night. Day 2 After breakfast, meet your tour guide and begin your journey towards the town of El-Alamein. First, head to the El Alamein War Museum to learn all about the tragic Western Desert campaigns. Here, you can admire military paraphernalia such as weapons and soldiers' uniforms. You will also visit the Commonwealth and German Cemetery before getting transferred back to your hotel in Cairo.

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Frequently asked questions about Alexandria, Egypt

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Planning Your Visit

  • Is it safe to go to Egypt just now due to terrorism?

    It's best to seek updated and current advice before traveling to this area by checking travel alerts and warnings on government sites. Currently its safe to visit compared to other areas that are on high alert to avoid.

  • How should couples present themselves here?

    Public displays of affection are a no-no. Kissing in the street and public displays of affection will garner an audience. Gay couples should also be very discreet due to the culture here.

  • Should I be wary of pickpockets?

    Yes, you're never too old or experienced to fall for a fast one. Be wary of people trying to distract you and keep everything close to you and in front of you at all times. Pickpocketing is common here, like many other cities.

Good to know

  • Language
    Arabic
  • Currency
    Egyptian Pound EGP (£)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +20
  • Best time to visit
    If you are not a fan of heat, then avoid the summertime and visit in the cooler months of spring and fall. This is a desert climate so you will have warm long days, but cool nights -- so stock up on sunscreen and bring layers.

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What people are saying about Alexandria, Egypt

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 492 reviews

Fares, the driver was friendly and communicative. We were able to coordinate pick up times easily. His car was actually one of the nicer cars Ive been in while in Egypt. He was a smooth andsafe driver. Doma, the guide, has a palpable enthusiam for this area of study and was able to share his knowledge with the same energy. He was both to juggle my frequent questions and tangents without flinching. Both gentlemen were enjoyable company. And the cost seems to be on par with similarly marketed tours, so the value seems good.

The tour was well planned through various parts of the city, in all they explained the history to us. They even offered us to see other places of our choice. The transport was perfect, a very large and comfortable van for the trip since we came from Cairo.

The tour was great. In particular, the second day with my guide Ossama in Alexandria was great. The first day had elements that resembled a coffee trip. Unfortunately, the PLV does not fit with bus transport between Hurghada and Cairo and back.

Tour guide Mohammed Doma is so professional and knowledgeable, letting us know more about the history of Egypt. What a safe and nice Driver Michael, thanks to his 600-km drive bringing us back and forth between Giza and Alexandria.

Excelente experiencia! Con Farez al volante y con Kholud de fui, pude conocer la historia y los principales turísticos de Alejandria. Súper recomendando.