The focus of this Alexandria shore trip is the sites in Alexandria, making it a nice option for those who don't want a long day of driving. You visit the Greco Roman Catacombs, the Alexandria Library, the Fort of Quitbay (the ancient site of the lighthouse), the Montazha Gardens and the beautiful Abu El Abass Mosque.
Alexandria is Egypt's largest port and second largest city with almost 4 million people. The city was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC and became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt. Today it is a thriving metropolis with many ancient sites which are sure to please you. After meeting your driver and Egyptologist guide at the port you depart for the Alexandria Library.
The Library of Alexandria was built in 295 BC and was considered one of the cultural wonders of the ancient world. The Library held copies of the most important books of the ancient world and great philosophers and scientists of the day came here to read and learn. In 48 BC the Library was burned down when Julius Caesar attacked the city. Recently, the Egyptian Government and UNESCO have revived the ancient library which now includes an excellent antiquities museum which showcases the history of Alexandria.
Your next stop is the Catacombs of Kom Es-Shouqafa which is the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt. The site began as a family crypt in the 2nd century AD but eventually was expanded into multiple chambers to hold more than 300 tombs. A winding stair case brings you almost 100 feet below ground. The funerary motifs are ancient Egyptian and many people feel this site alone is worth the visit to Alexandria.
Next you visit the beautiful Abu el Abbas Mosque with its 220 foot high minaret and four domes. The existing building dates back to 1943 but it sits on the site of a former mosque built by the Algerians in the 1760s. This site is one of Alexandria's largest and most important Islamic monuments.
Next is a stop for lunch (meal not included). A restaurant which serves international cuisine and also seafood (local specialties) will be chosen.
After lunch you visit the Fort of Qaitbey which sits on the site of the ancient lighthouse. The Ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria (Pharos) was one of the seven wonders of the ancient World. It was built in the third century BC with a height of approximately 400 feet, making it one of the tallest structure in the world, second only to the Great Pyramids. The lighthouse sat at the entrance of two large harbors but it was eventually destroyed by an earthquake. The current Fort was built in the 1480s by the Sultan Qaitbey and today it is an icon of the city. From the top of the fort you enjoy wonderful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city of Alexandria.
You end your day at the Montaza Gardens which are part of the larger Montaza Palace complex, built by the former royal family. The gardens are about 200 acres in size and are a lovely spot to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria and the sea.
Important Information about Tours in Egypt
Egyptologists - Your private tour includes a guide who speaks English and has graduated from the faculty of tourism and hotels and is licensed and authorized by the Ministry of Tourism.
Overnight Tours - Overnight tours are available from the ports of Alexandria and Port Said. It is possible to start an overnight tour in one port, and the next day, end in the other port. Many ships visit one port on day 1 and another port on day 2, these overnight tours are designed to accommodate this scenario. Please advise us at the time of reservation if you need to return to a different port.
Photography - Photography is prohibited inside most museums and inside the Pyramids of Giza. While it is possible to photograph the exterior of the Pyramids, it is not permitted in the interior. Some sites charge a fee for the use of video cameras.
Ramadan - During the Holy Month of Ramadan, sites and shops close earlier than normal. Because of this, the tour itineraries are changed so that you visit all sites and then end your day with a stop for lunch. Due to the late lunch, we recommend that you bring a snack box which you can eat at the typical lunch time.
Restaurants - In Egypt, many of the best restaurants are located in hotels. These restaurants are authorized by the Ministry of Tourism and provide international and local cuisine which is suitable for the Western diet.
Security - Tourism is very important to Egypt's economy. Because of this, tour coaches and vehicles typically travel in convoys with police security provided. With a private tour, you have your own vehicle, driver and Egyptologist guide but while traveling, you travel in convoys with other vehicles.
Shopping - Most shops are open daily, but some close on Sundays. On tours, guides typically only recommend government approved shops. Local bazaars can be found in downtown areas and at major ports. The local currency is the Egyptian Pound, however other major currencies are often accepted.
VISA Entry - Most visitors are required to have a VISA entry stamped in their passport to enter Egypt. These are provided on all major cruise ships by Egyptian government officials who board the ship upon arrival. Water- It is recommended that you only drink bottled water.
Mobility: Please inquire about tours with wheelchairs.
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