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Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great — and later, Mark Antony and Cleopatra — with a visit to the great port city he founded in 331 BC. Often called the “Pearl of the Mediterranean,” both its coastal and cultural climate set it apart from the Egyptian destinations you’ve visited thus far. And thanks to its storied past, Alexandria boasts a wealth of cultural and historic sites — many of which you’ll tour during your time here. Explore its rich past as a center of learning at the celebrated Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Discover the mysterious underground world of its ancient Greco-Roman catacombs and enjoy visits to the Alexandria National Museum, Roman Amphitheater, and Pompey’s Pillar.
Panoramic tour of Alexandria and visit to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Today, after an early breakfast at the hotel, we continue our journey to a city with a location and cultural climate unlike any other destination we’ve visited in Egypt so far. To reach Alexandria, the great Mediterranean port city founded by Alexander the Great, we’ll transfer by motorcoach to the coast.
On arrival, we’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant: the perfect opportunity to indulge in some of the city’s famous seafood. Then, you’ll visit the world-renowned Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Built in 2002 as a worthy successor to the lost Ancient Wonder of the Great Library of Alexandria, the extraordinary library and cultural center contains millions of books in English, French and classical Arabic, as well as four museums. After checking in to our sumptuous shorefront hotel, we’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour showcasing its highlights. Your evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own.
Walk in Cleopatra’s footsteps as you explore Greco-Roman Alexandria
This morning we continue to explore Alexandria. We’ll descend the ancient staircase to the underground catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, an extensive subterranean burial site that dates to the Greco-Roman era of the 2nd century AD. Many of the features of the catacombs merge Roman, Greek, and Egyptian cultures; for example, some statues are Egyptian in style, yet bear Roman clothes and hairstyles. The location of the site had long been lost, and was only rediscovered in 1900 when an unfortunate donkey stumbled into one of the shafts.
You’ll also visit Alexandria’s tallest monument, Pompey’s Pillar. Dating back to the 4th century, it stands 90 feet tall and 30 feet wide, and was hewn from a single block of red granite brought all the way from Aswan, almost 700 miles away. Following lunch at a local restaurant, your tour of Alexandrine history and culture continues with a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre and the National Museum of Alexandria. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight.
Return to Cairo and enjoy a local lunch
This morning, we transfer back to Cairo by motorcoach. After enjoying a last lunch together at a local restaurant, we’ll check into our hotel, conveniently close to the airport. Spend your final evening in Egypt at leisure, and enjoy dinner on your own.
Depart Cairo and fly home
After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll transfer to Cairo airport for your flight home to the U.S.