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Alexandria, Egypt

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Top 7 things to do in Alexandria

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is a Mediterranean port city in Egypt. Also known as 'The Pearl of the Mediterranean', its atmosphere is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. The city evolved from a small port town into one of the most important metropolis in ancient Egypt, and is now a treasure to visit and explore its beauty and history.

  • Alexandria National Museum

    1. Alexandria National Museum

    This wonderfully restored Italianate villa used to be home to the US consulate. Engage in the city's heritage from antiquity until the modern period and see the ancient artifacts.

  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina

    2. Bibliotheca Alexandrina

    This awesome building has a large angled discus embedded in the ground, representing a second sun rising out of it. Inside you'll find a depth of information about ancient Alexandria, including various museums and a planetarium.

  • Catacombs of Kom ash-Suqqafa

    3. Catacombs of Kom ash-Suqqafa

    After a donkey went underground these tombs, part of the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt was found. Deep underground you'll see burial rituals of various cultures.

  • Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

    4. Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

    A wonderful open museum from the Greco-Roman period in Egyptian history, Pompey’s Pillar stands in the oldest part of Alexandria. The Serapium was dedicated to the god Serapsis.

  • Delices

    5. Delices

    Who can say no to a tearoom?  The huge plush establishment has been open since 1922. Allied soldiers loved to come here during WWII. Those with a sweet tooth will be in heaven.

  • Diving

    6. Diving

    Dive deep to see some thrilling wrecks and ruins. The three-day wreck-diving safaris go along the coast of Mersa Matrouh exploring sunken German U-boats and Allied cargo ships.

  • 7. Alexandria Film Festival

    This festival shows international films and celebrates independent films. Filmmakers produce films on environmental, social and economical issues, architecture, and culture.

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

Pickup was timely and both our driver (Moody) and our guide (Doma) were both in constant contact before pickup to ensure a smooth tour. After about a 3-3.5 hour drive from Cairo to Alexandria, we picked up our guide and headed to the first stop, the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. This site is policed and they do not allow cameras inside, so make sure to leave this in the car. However, your phone is allowed… We spent about 45-60 minutes exploring the Catacombs which were really interesting since there is Roman, Greek and Egyptian heritage inside! Next we drove to Pompey’s Pillar where Doma provided us with background on the site prior to walking around. He grew up in the area so he knows a lot about the site. Our next stop was the breathtaking Roman Amphitheater of Dom El-Deka. Make sure you stand in the middle of the amphitheater and listen to how your voice echoes, but only while standing directly on the circle. Here we spent about an hour roaming around the site. We did a quick stop by

An awesome experience from the beginning to the end. My driver Fares was awesome. Kept me entertained and well informed along the way to Alexandria from Cairo. My tour guide Hiba was knowledgeable and took pictures of me through out the tour. Glad I took this trip to Alexandria from Cairo. From the being to the end it was great.

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.

Best trip we could have ever asked for. Just ask for Eslam, best tour guide with amazing english and historical skills, made the trip so funny and exciting! The driver was also really good kind and professional. Eslam, greetings from your greek brothers!

It was a very nice day trip with interesting sights. A good driver and a very nice and competent tour guide accompanied me.