Things to do in Alexandria, Egypt

Our most recommended things to do in Alexandria, Egypt

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.

Cairo: Archeological Day-Trip to Alexandria

2. 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 Mamoura Beach Resort, located east of Montaza's royal gardens. Walk along the corniche of Maamourah, and appreciate the nice environment. It is considered one of the main tourist attractions in Alexandria for its beach, Corniche walk and parks.

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.

Alexandria: Archeological Day Tour

4. Alexandria: Archeological Day Tour

First, you will be picked up from your hotel before visiting the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa which are the largest Roman Cemetery. Then, visit the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria with the display of the sunken monuments. Drive by Pompay’s Pillar and stop for a photo. Your next stop is the library of Alexandria; the biggest library in the world. Visit its open court, manuscripts museum, president Saddat Museum, and the impressions of Alexandria Museum. Afterwards, visit the church of St. Mark – the oldest church in Africa as well as the Abbo Elabbas Mosque. Continue to see the outside of Quaitbay castle which was built on the same site as the ancient Lighthouse. Then, visit Mamoura Beach Resort, located east of Montaza's royal gardens. Walk along the corniche of Maamourah.

From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

5. 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 Alexandria: Full-Day Guided Tour of Historical Sights

6. 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.

Cairo and Alexandria: One-Way or Return Private Transfer

7. Cairo and Alexandria: One-Way or Return Private Transfer

Avoid the hassle of navigating a foreign public transportation system and enjoy a safe and private transfer between Cairo and Alexandria in a modern, up-to-date vehicle.  Your professional, licensed driver will pick you up from your hotel or accommodation in Cairo and drop you off at your desired location in Alexandria. Sit back and relax on the 3-hour journey as your driver takes care of getting you to your hotel in safety and comfort. This private transfer is available 24/7.

From Cairo: Overnight Trip to Alexandria

8. From Cairo: Overnight Trip to Alexandria

On day one, you will be picked up from your hotel and begin the journey to Alexandria. Once there, visit the insides of the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa which are the largest Roman Cemetery consisting of three levels cut in the rock.  Then, drive to visit the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria 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 and stop for a photo stop.  After that, visit the Citadel of Quaitbay from inside and take outstanding photos inside and outside of it before heading to the library of Alexandria. Visit it’s open court where you can see the statue of Alexander the Great and the statue of Ptolemy the first. There, visit the library's reading halls, president Saddat Museum, and the impressions of Alexandria Museum. The car will then take you to visit the church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa, and El Nabi Daniel Mosque before taking you back to your hotel to stay overnight in Alexandria.  On day two, be picked up from your hotel by your tour guide after breakfast. Then, travel to the biggest mosque in the city, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque before continuing 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.  Next, head t 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. On your way back, stop over the famous bridge of Stanley, the landmark of modern Alexandria before returning to Cairo with an A/C car.

From Cairo: Alexandria Private Full-Day Discovery Tour

9. From Cairo: Alexandria Private Full-Day Discovery Tour

Get ready for an inspiring day in one of Egypt’s most impressive historical cities, Alexandria. After an approximately 3-hour drive, your day tour of Alexandria begins at the Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa. One of the world's largest Roman burial sites, the Catacombs is also one of Alexandria's most popular attractions. You will descend into a network of underground passages, tombs, and antechambers via a spiral staircase over a 3-level labyrinth. Dozens of chambers with sculpted pillars and statues await your curiosity, as well as a large Roman-style banquet room, where relatives of the deceased traditionally hosted memorial meals. Head to the former site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world. Although the lighthouse is no longer standing, atop its ruins lies the Citadel of Qaitbay, a defensive fortress built in the 15th Century. Designed as a defense along the Mediterranean coastline, the Citadel offers extensive views, fresh Mediterranean air, and a supreme sense of historical significance. Your tour continues with a visit to the Alexandria Library. Inspired by the original great library of Alexandria, the modern library was built to hold more than 8 million books. Built between 1995 and 2002, it covers 11 cascading levels and although it has not yet reached its capacity, is an impressive homage to the ancient splendor of Alexandria. Your final stop in Alexandria is the National Museum, home to Greek and Roman-era masterpiece ruins discovered under the water on the shores of Alexandria. As one of Egypt’s most historically significant cities, your day tour of Alexandria will leave you with an enriching experience like no other.

Alexandria: Library, Amphitheater & Citadel Tour

10. Alexandria: Library, Amphitheater & Citadel 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 stop is Mamoura Beach Resort, located east of Montaza's royal gardens. Walk along the corniche of Maamourah before making your way back to your hotel, with a stop at the famous Stanley Bridge, the landmark of modern Alexandria.

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What people are saying about Alexandria, Egypt

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Alexandria is a very nice day trip. For as special occasion supposed to happen in 2021 for my twins's birthday The catacombs were amazing and the citadel incredibly beautiful. Our tour guide took us to the Fish Market restaurant for late lunch. It had a breathtaking view of the harbor and Mediterranean see. It was a long day but worth going. Our guide was fantastic and hats off to the driver for taking on the inner city traffic. He had some skill I must say

My tour guide Heba was excellent! She was very efficient and provided great historical knowledge. She has a wonderful personality and keeps things moving at good pace. She took me to a delicious lunch with an amazing view of the sea. I highly recommend Heba & this Alexandria tour.

Our guide Nasr and driver Sam were amazing! They ensured we were able to see all of the sights in the itinerary and were able to capture some phenomenal pictures. My mother, sister, and I really enjoyed this excursion and highly reccomend this vendor and guide!

Easy pickup from our hotel to our guide in Alexandria, everyone is super friendly and had a great day out. Lunch on the water was delicious.

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