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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 an outside photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives of the ancient world. Later, visit 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.

From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

2. 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 guided tour from Cairo. Stop for a delicious local lunch and enjoy bottled water on your trip. Enjoy pick-up and drop off from your Cairo hotel and an airconditioned bus ride to the Roman theater in Kom El-Deka; a marble theater that once seated 800 spectators in its galleries. View sections of mosaic flooring and a pleasure garden which is surrounded by Roman baths and villas. Continue to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, a necropolis with 3 sublevels which dates back to the 2nd century AD. See the Roman triclinium, a banquet hall to honor the dead. Admire its statues, reliefs, and a pillared lobby featuring depictions of Egyptian gods in Roman armor. See the site of the Alexandria Library and walk the ramparts of the 15th century Qaitbay Citadel, which was built upon the ruins of the ancient Alexandria Lighthouse. End your day of discovery with a relaxed evening drive back to your hotel in Cairo.

From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

3. From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

Step back in time as you explore the history of Alexandria on a day trip from Cairo. Hop aboard an airconditioned car or van and visit top sights like the Church of St. Mark, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, a gold market and Quaitbay castle. 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 Quaitbay Castle. Admire the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and marvel at the beautiful coastline on the way to Mamoura Beach Resort, located east of Montaza's royal gardens. Walk along the corniche of Maamourah. 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.

From Alexandria: Full-Day Guided Tour of Historical Sights

4. From Alexandria: Full-Day Guided Tour of Historical Sights

Follow your guide through the remnants of a bygone era in the historic city of Alexandria on this tour. Have the option of choosing a group option without entrance tickets, a private tour option with entrance tickets, and a private tour option with entrance tickets and a delicious lunch. Begin your tour with convenient pickup from your accommodation in Alexandria. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle on the way to the marble Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka, which once accommodated over 800 visitors. Stroll through the garden and see the mosaic floors of the baths and villas. Visiting the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architectural excellence showcased at the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, which was one of the seven wonders of the Medieval Ages. Behold the catacombs which contain several Alexandrian tombs. Head to the Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Pompey's Pillar. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant. Snap some photos with an outside photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives in the ancient world. Continue to one of the longest surviving seven wonders of the ancient world, the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean coast. Return to your accommodation in Alexandria.

From Cairo: Alexandria and El-Alamein Tour with Overnight

5. 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 to Mamoura Beach Resort, located east of Montaza's royal gardens. Walk along the corniche of Maamourah. All of these will make for excellent photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera. Finally, cross over the modern Bridge of Stanley 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.

From Cairo: El Alamein and Alexandria Guided Day Tour

6. 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.

From Alexandria: Overnight Tour to Cairo & Pyramids of Giza

7. From Alexandria: Overnight Tour to Cairo & Pyramids of Giza

Start your tour from Alexandria by first visiting Sakkara, which is a part of the Necropolis of Memphis, the Ancient Egyptian capital. See the imposing stepped Pyramid of Djoser, which serves as the central point of interest at the site. Travel next to the Giza Pyramid Complex, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Visit The Great Sphinx, the Valley Temple, and enjoy many outstanding photo opportunities as you learn more about the history of this fascinating site. Travel to the city of Cairo for an overnight stay. After breakfast at your accommodation on the second day, head to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. See a vast array of Ancient Egyptian artifacts and treasures, including some associated with King Tutankhamen. Make a panoramic photo stop in Cairo and take in the views of the River Nile. Continue with a visit to the Citadel of Saladin and the Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque to learn more about the development of the city after the Ancient Egyptian period. Finally, return to Alexandria in the late evening.

From Alexandria: El Alamein Day Tour

8. From Alexandria: El Alamein Day Tour

Travel in comfort with an expert guide to see the town of El Alamein. Learn about Rommel, the Desert Fox, and other figures of World War 2 who fought in Egypt and their significance in the war. Ask any questions you have as you talk with an expert on the subject. On site visit an enlightening local war museum, which tells the story of El Alamein through war memorabilia. The gardens outside of the museum are scattered with huge army tanks and large scale weaponry that were used during the battles of El Alamein. Inside there are five halls, each dedicated to a country involved in the war, with uniforms, weapons, models and records on display.  Continue your way to the beautiful town of El Alamein overlooking the Mediterranean sea. Pay your respects and visit the World War Cemeteries, the final resting place for so many Greek, Italian and German soldiers. 

Cairo: 4-Day Egypt Highlights Private Tour with Lodging

9. Cairo: 4-Day Egypt Highlights Private Tour with Lodging

DAY 1 – Cairo Board your international flight to Cairo to begin your journey through the mysterious ancient land of the pharaohs. Upon landing in Egypt, purchase your Visa by filling out an application form provided there and submit it with approximately $30 USD per person. Our representative will meet you and escort you to your air-conditioned car and transfer you to your Hotel. Overnight in Cairo. DAY 2 - Cairo Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and then met by your personal guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus - Famous Sphinx and Valley temple facing the great statue. Additional visit to the Solar Boat in front of Cheops Pyramid (extra ticket on spot). Lunch will be served in a local restaurant, then proceed to Sakkara area to visit Sakkara Complex and first pyramid ever built (Djoser Pyramid). Move on to Memphis; the Old kingdom's capital and famous Necropolis. Back to your hotel and overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast, lunch. DAY 3 - Cairo: Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo, and then you will be escorted by your private tour guide to visit: Egyptian Museum, Treasures room for the child king Tutankhamen, alongside many other fascinating artifacts. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant in Cairo, then moving to visit Saladin Citadel including Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside. Continue to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Continue driving to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore Khan El Khalil, Cairo’s old bazaar. Back to hotel and overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch DAY 4 - Home Breakfast at your hotel, and today you have the choice of having a free day in Cairo or join our most valuable optional tour to the second capital of Egypt, Alexandria visiting one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast, Qaitbay Citadel, built in the 15th century by Sultan Qaitbay on the spot where Alexandria's ancient lighthouse once stood, then move on to the new and much acclaimed Alexandria Library. Also visit the Roman cemetery cut out of the rock, the Catacombs. Return to Cairo International Airport for departure. Meals: Breakfast.

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We had a pleasant drive from Cairo by Sam where we met our tour guide Kholoud to give us a tour of the history of Alexandria! Unfortunately the library of Alexandria was closed ( which we knew ahead of time) so we did not get to go inside . But we over had a great day exploring the Catacombs, the amphitheater, and Pompey’s Pilar . We had a nice lunch on the water and headed back. Just enough time in Alexandria and was nice to have our own personal guide. I have booked several different trips with this tour company and they have been so communicative and responsive. If you are looking for a good day tour to Alexandria, look no further!

The communication beforehand with the tour operator could be better, but our guide more than made up for any inconvenience. Phoebe was amazing! so friendly and helpful and she really accommodated our wishlist, which made our trip to Alexandria amazing. Our driver did not speak any English but he was very alert on the road and opened the door for my mother at every stop. a wonderful experience!

The guide, Mahmoud, was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. He is the best guide we have had in our entire trip to Egypt. I advise you to ask for Mahmoud if you book this trip. This has been an enjoyable and educational event for our own family.

The driver picked me up on tome. Covered 6 attractions. The guide was very helpful as well.

reliable and excellent travel services, god quality of transportation, guide, food.