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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 tge 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: 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.

Alexandria: Library, Amphitheater & Montaza Gardens Tour

3. 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.

Hurghada: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

4. Hurghada: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

Explore Ancient Egypt. See the Pyramids, the Sphinx, and spend the night on the iconic Nile River. Day 1:Begin your journey to the past with an early morning pickup from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. Arrive in Cairo, where you can explore the Egyptian Museum. Enjoy a delicious meal at a traditional Egyptian restaurant. After your fantastic lunch, continue to see the famous Giza Pyramids and the iconic Great Sphinx.  Board a beautiful Nile cruise ship. Enjoy a hearty meal during a spectacular show on board. Head to the deck and take in the view during the evening trip down the Nile. Spend the night aboard the cruise ship, lulled to sleep by the gentle rocking of the boat. Day 2:Head off early in the morning to Alexandria. Arrive at the Montazah Palace and marvel at the priceless works of art and stunning architecture. Wander around the massive gardens, taking in the warm Egyptian sun. Explore the Graeco-Roman Museum and see stunning ancient sculptures from the Greek and Roman cultures. See the modern interpretation of the historic Alexandria Library, where you can experience the innovative Culturama Panorama. After a morning of sightseeing, relax with a fresh seafood lunch.  Explore the important religious sites of Alexandria. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the historic Mosque of Abu el Abbas and its 240-foot tall minaret. See Egypt's largest church, Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, and catch a glimpse of some of St. Mark's relics.  Meander to Alexandria's coast and see the ancient Citadel of Qaitbay. Built on the sight of the famous Alexandria Lighthouse, this fortress served as the most important defensive structure on the Mediterranean coast for centuries. Return to your accommodation after two full days of experiencing Ancient Egypt.

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 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.

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.

From Alexandria: Full-Day Guided Tour of Historical Sights

7. 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: Archeological Day-Trip to Alexandria

8. 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.

Alexandria: Archeological Day Tour

9. 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 the gardens of Montaza and the royal gardens of King Farouk. See the royal palaces of Haramlek and Salamlek, and finally, walk along the famous Montaza bridge.

Cairo and Alexandria: One-Way or Return Private Transfer

10. 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.

Frequently asked questions about Alexandria, Egypt

What top attractions are a must-see in Alexandria, Egypt?

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 548 reviews

Brilliant experience! My mum and I were so lucky to have Mohammed as our guide. He was friendly, kind and spoke clearly when explaining the history of Alexandria. The best tour guide we have had in Egypt! Alexandria was well worth visiting for the Catacombs alone but we also enjoyed the Roman Ampitheatre and Citadel so much. It’s a shame the library was not open but still a wonderful day. The drive was absolutely fine (we were scared by other reviews) and actually the only scary driving is in Cairo and Alexandria itself, not between.

Mohammed Doma was our guide for the second time and it was as flawless as the first experience. He shared not only the historical information, but answered our questions regarding to the cultural and religious habits. And we ate at a delicious restaurant with such an amazing view from the sea.

A trip into Alexandria's history -We went with a driver who is an excellent professional.To drive in Cairo and Alexandria you have to be experienced.Our guide gave several history lessons -We had lunch in a restaurant, very pleasant….

Rina and Waheef did a wonderful job! Rina was very knowledgeable and even has her own YouTube channel. Amazing resource and excellent guide. Waheed was very skilled (and patient) as a driver from Cairo to Alexandria. Both are amazing!

Alexandria is a place full of history. The guide was really knowledgeable and was a very good enthusiastic speaker. However Alexandria did not have so much to show. All big historical monuments are no longer there.