Best Alexandria Day Tour from Cairo

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Stop At: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Mohmad said Al halawane Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599 Egypt

Start your lovely day by meeting your guide at your hotel; take your high way from Cairo (about 3 hours' drive each way), arrive in the famous city then you will start exploring the city with your tour guide who will explain for you the old history of...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Mohmad said Al halawane Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599 Egypt

Start your lovely day by meeting your guide at your hotel; take your high way from Cairo (about 3 hours' drive each way), arrive in the famous city then you will start exploring the city with your tour guide who will explain for you the old history of Alexandria.
starting by necropolis consists of a series of Alexandrian tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult with Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman influences. Due to the time period, many of the features of the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa merge Roman, Greek and Egyptian cultural points; some statues are Egyptian in style, yet bear Roman clothes and hair style whilst other features share a similar style. A circular staircase, which was often used to transport deceased bodies down the middle of it, leads down into the tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock during the age of the Antonine emperors (2nd century AD)The facility was then used as a burial chamber from the 2nd century to the 4th century, before being rediscovered in 1900 when a donkey accidentally fell into the access shaft. To date, three sarcophagi have been found

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Pompey's Pillar, Al Karah WA at Toubageyah WA Kafr Al Ghates, Alexandria 21599 Egypt

will be second attraction Pompey pillar, Its name is misleading. This single column standing on a rocky hilltop in the middle of Alexandria has nothing to do with the Roman Consul and General Gaius Pompey who was Julius Caesar’s rival in a civil war and was murdered by a Ptolomaic pharaoh in 48 BC when he fled to Alexandria.

This legend was started by Crusaders, who thought the 100-foot (30 meter) red Aswan granite pillar marked his burial site. The pillar is instead the a triumphal monument erected around 300 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, but the true significance of this archeological site is what stood here before the pillar.
It is the site of the Serapeum, Alexandria’s acropolis.
In the first centuries AD, Christianity was introduced to Egypt and Alexandria developed into its stronghold. Gradually, Christianity became the dominant religion in Egypt, relegating adherents to the ancient traditions and pagan gods an irrelevant minority that became increasingly unpopular.

The Serapeum, dedicated to Alexandria’s patron god, Serapis, was a symbol of this ancient tradition, which conflicted with the increasingly popular ideas of Christianity.In 391 AD, patriarch Theophilus, leader of the Church of Alexandria, led a Christian mob to destroy the Serapeum and other symbols of paganism in the city. Some accounts even blame this mob for the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, although this is disputed.

Today the only single column marks the site of what was once a huge and elaborate temple, which was constructed of marble and decorated with precious metals on the interior. Some of the tunnels around the complex remain and are open for tourists to explore and some of the artifacts from the temple have been recovered. A life-size black basalt bull from the temple and a golden plaque marking the foundation of the Serapis are on display in the Greco-Roman Museum.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Fort Qaitbey, 29 88545 N 31. 21372 E, Alexandria 21599 Egypt

this will be the third stop he Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay; Arabic: قلعة قايتباي‎) is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, in Alexandria, Egypt. It was established in 1477 AD (882 AH) by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay. The Citadel is situated on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, El Shatby, Alexandria 30100 Egypt

this will be the one of the famous library in Egypt,The Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. The Library was part of a larger research institution called the Mouseion, which was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts.[10] The idea of a universal library in Alexandria may have been proposed by Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled Athenian statesman living in Alexandria, to Ptolemy I Soter, who may have established plans for the Library, but the Library itself was probably not built until the reign of his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The Library quickly acquired many papyrus scrolls, due largely to the Ptolemaic kings' aggressive and well-funded policies for procuring texts. It is unknown precisely how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, but estimates range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its height.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Lighthouse of Alexandria, Alexandria Egypt

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom, during the reign of Ptolemy II ...

Duration: 1 hour

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Important Details

Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch at a good quality seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Lighthouse of Alexandria
  • Entry/Admission - Pompey's Pillar
  • Private tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • Entry/Admission - Fort Qaitbey
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Entry/Admission - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Not Included
  • Drinks
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Customer location

7:00 AM
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Voucher Requirements

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

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Based on 20 reviews

Reviewed: January 9, 2020

anandnra

Marwa our guide was a very pleasant and personable guide to have and easy to work with. Her knowledge and guiding could use a bit more indepth description of the areas and sites we visited.
The driver however has a lot to be desired. He was quite rash especially on the return trip. Many a times he was looking down to where his cell phone was and reading while driving in heavy traffic.

Lucnh was at a nice restaurant that had vegetarion food options as well.


Reviewed: November 1, 2019

TaShawndra G

Second ttempt with Let's Explore Eygpt and tbh, the only reason I booked with them again was because all the others were sold out. A good tour I guess if you're travelling with a group. I was solo so had to pay more and I don't feel like what I paid and what was offered matched. Like I didn't feel it was worth what I paid.
The tour guide was okay. The library was underwhelming-not sure why it's famous-it's nice yes, but it's a library for crying out loud. I felt like my guide was rushing or maybe not as knowledgeable as other guides, for example, we got to one site after a group and we left before the group- I could hear the other guide really going into detail and taking them all over, not just specific points of interest. I couldn't really understand my guide ( didn't even catch his name) due to his accent (not his problem but mine) and he stayed in Alexandria afterwards and had the driver drive me back to Cairo which I thought was odd. No snacks or water provided like the tour mentioned, definitely no wifi. Not sure why they are presenting the tour with these additions if they are not certain every tour guide is equipped with these niceties.


Reviewed: September 16, 2019

Janette M

Pick up from Cairo by guide with air-con comfy vehicle and driver.. straight to Alexandria 2-1/2hrs. Guide Medhat lovely man, English speaking, historical info for sites visited (Library, citadel, temple, harbour, city). Great meal in restaurant overlooking harbour. Should probably have stayed overnight to experience a bit more of city (but my time schedule did not allow) Well organised Let's Explore Egypt...more than happy with your. Next time I would come when it's a bit cooler though... Phew!!!


Reviewed: July 3, 2019

Vi

This was the worst tour guide I’ve ever experienced! I think his name is MetAhmed (sp). First of all, he slept almost the whole way from Cairo to Alexandria. We spent no more than 20 minutes at each sight and the worst thing was that he made me pay for all of the entrance fees, even though it is included. At lunch, he got into an argument with the waiter because he wanted to take his lunch to go. He kept asking me to post my review and to make sure I included that we were finished at 7, even though that was clearly not the case, as we were done with the whole tour by 1pm. We spent more time in the car than in the actual sites. And then, after visting the library he said he was going home (in Alexandria) and that the driver would be taking me back. The driver Kareem (sp) was incredibly nice and attentive. I only wish I could say the same for the guide. What a complete disappointment, DO NOT waste your money!!


Reviewed: February 22, 2019

Larry K

Totally fantastic. Mawra from Let's Explore Egypt made the trip to Alexandria wonderful! Although a long ride from Cairo it went by so fast as we discussed many topics. Once we got to Alexandria explored catacombs, pillar, fortress and library where Mawra's expertise and professionalism shone.