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From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

1. 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

4. 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.

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Alexandria: Archeological Day Tour

5. 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.

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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 to the gardens of Montaza where you can visit the royal gardens of King Farouk and see the royal palaces of Haramlek and Salamlek as well as walk along the famous Montaza bridge. 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.

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

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Library of Alexandria

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4.5 / 5

based on 349 reviews

Everything you will see in the trip description has been done and that in a totally incredible way. You will find the treasures of Egypt trough Alexandria and Cairo with their rich history, trough the pyramids (a dream come true now!) and the best guide i ever met in my life.. You will discover 2 exceptional people in the person of Mark and Mario ! Booking this trip was the best decision i made during my time here. (and they are the cheapest on the market by the way) Mario, Mark thank you again for this adventure !

The tour was great. In particular, the second day with my guide Ossama in Alexandria was great. The first day had elements that resembled a coffee trip. Unfortunately, the PLV does not fit with bus transport between Hurghada and Cairo and back.

Driver Mohamed is a nice person and was extremely patient with our poor English, helping us and providing a lot of important information. The guide was competent and professional.

Amazing tour with amazing guide. Unforgettable experience. Professional service.

Wonderful day trip from Cairo. Best watching and good seafood