Full Day Alexandria Tour
Duration: Full Day
This enriching tour to the mystical city of Alexandria is one of the most interesting excursions in Egypt. The capital for nearly a thousand years, Alexandria was one of the most famous cities in the world in ancient times, second only to Rome in size and wealth. Aside from being the largest port in Egypt, the city was particularly well known for two reasons: its legendary Alexandria Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Library of Alexandria, the largest library of the ancient world. This cultural tour will also lead you to Pompey's Pillar; the 15th century Fortress of Qait Bey and the Mosque of Abu El Abbas, the most historic moque in Alexandria.
Alexandria was founded by Greek conqueror Alexander the Great in 331 BC, and it remained the capital of Egypt for over a thousand years. Few cities of the world have a history as rich as this, bearing witness to numerous historic events and legends over the centuries. Today, Alexandria is the second largest city and largest seaport in Egypt, extending approximately 20 miles (32 km) along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the north of the country. Described as “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, Alexandria’s relaxed atmosphere seems more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern, so soak up the ambience as you explore the city, which is just as important as seeing the sights.
After a three-hour drive from Cairo to Alexandria, through Egyptian mainland and desert, you will be taken on a tour through the town by car. Starting at the famous Mohamed Ali Square, we will continue onwards to Pompey's Pillar; Alexandria's largest ancient monument. From here, we will visit the magnificent catacombs of Kom el Shuqafa, which date back to the late 1st century AD. Featuring hundreds of tombs, this multi-level labyrinth is the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt. The chambers are adorned with a unique blend of ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman artwork, influenced by the different cultures and traditions at this time. This impressive architectural wonder is a highlight of the tour.
After stopping for lunch in a selected restaurant, where you can sample delicious Egyptian dishes, we will make our way to the spectacular 15th century Fortress of Qait Bey. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this magnificent structure is a legendary icon of the city. Visitors can explore the castle and grounds whilst enjoying beautiful views of the coast. You will also have a guided tour of the Mosque of Abu El Abbas, the most historic mosque in Alexandria. Constructed in1775, this beautiful structure was built over the tomb of the 13th century Spanish scholar and saint Ahmed Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi. The mosque became a sacred place of pilgrimage for Muslims from Egypt and Morocco, who passed through Alexandria during their holy journey to and from Mecca.
At the end of the day you will be taken back to your hotel, where you will have the option to enjoy either a fabulous Dinner Cruise or see the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza. This fascinating day of discovery is a wonderful addition to your holiday in Egypt.
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