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Cairo: Archeological Day-Trip to Alexandria

1. 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: 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.

Alexandria: Archeological Day Tour

3. 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: Alexandria Day Tour

4. 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: Library, Amphitheater & Citadel Tour

5. 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.

From Cairo: Overnight Trip to Alexandria

6. 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

7. 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.

From Cairo or Giza: Alexandria Private Tour with Tickets

8. From Cairo or Giza: Alexandria Private Tour with Tickets

Visit the Catacombs of Kom El-Shokafa, an underground necropolis, built by the Greeks and the Romans in Alexandria during the last century BC and the 1st century AD. The necropolis is of three levels all are found under the ground, and some of the sarcophaguses are decorated. Watch the carved walls and the mixed art that found nowhere in Egypt except in Alexandria. Discover the whole complete story with the guide and take the best photos. Discover Pompey's Pillar a triumphal column built at the 3rd century AD, to honor the name of the Roman Emperor Augustus Diocletian. Later on, a temple dedicated to the local God Serapis was built around the area. We can still see the remains of this temple all around the area. The Pillar found in the middle, is the tallest and the heaviest found in front of a Temple. Discover the whole complete story with the guide and take the best photos. Visit Alexandria Library, a huge modern construction inaugurated in 2002, that was built nearby the place of the famous original Alexandria library. In 1988 UNESCO and the UNDP have worked together until the inauguration day. It was inaugurated by the Egyptian former president Mubarak. The bibliotheque of Alexandria has the biggest reading library hall found in Egypt of seven levels plus four conference halls, planetarium, and seven modern art galleries. Discover the whole place with the guide and take the best photos. Visit Qaitbay Citadel, it was built by Sultan Qaitbay at the 15th century AD, to protect the country and the Muslim Mamluk dynasty from the Ottoman (Turkish) threaten. The Citadel was built at the same place of Alexandria famous Lighthouse. The Citadel have been totally restored. Enjoy the Mediterranean sea view from above the citadel. Discover the whole complete story with the guide and take the best photos.

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Going to Alexandria for the first time, this 1-day tour was the perfect deal to discover the city's ancient history, with access to more recent monuments located on famous sites of the past (Alexandria's library, Lightouse - Citadel). A great opportunity to learn about egyptian past and contemporary history with a very passionate and knowledgeable guide. A great memory of the visit of St Mark's church and access to the Holy relics. One more amazing day in wonderful Egypt !

We were picked up on time from our hotel lobby and driven to Alexandria. Our driver made a stop to allow us to purchase a coffee since it was an early start. We met our guide in Alexandria who was lovely and very knowledgeable. We had a lovely lunch overlooking the water with nice fish and freshly cooked pita bread. Overall it was a nice day.

The tour was excellent. Ranya my guide really knew her stuff and was able to answer any questions I had. Didn't get to go inside the Alexandria Library as it was closed but that was my fault for booking it on a Saturday. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone coming to Egypt.

Had a wonderful time in Alexandria! Our lovely guide Kareem was very knowledgeable and fun to be around. The three hour drive is totally worth the amazing sites to see in Alexandria.

Paula was a wonderful guide . It’s a long day but you get to see the highlights of the city and eat a delicious lunch