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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 BCE. Known as the "Pearl of the Mediterranean," Alexandria’s coastal climate and cultural flavor set it apart from the Egyptian destinations you’ve visited so far. Thanks to its storied past, Alexandria boasts a wealth of cultural and historic sites, many of which you’ll tour during your stay.
Explore the city’s rich past as a center of learning at the celebrated Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Discover the mysterious underground world of its ancient Greco-Roman catacombs. Confront more recent history at the solemn El Alamein War Cemetery. You’ll also enjoy visits to the Alexandria National Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, and Pompey’s Pillar.
Explore the world-renowned Bibliotheca Alexandrina
After an early breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Alexandria by motorcoach. On arrival in Alexandria, enjoy lunch at one of the city’s local restaurants. Afterwards, you’ll visit the world-renowned Bibliotheca Alexandrina — a discus-shaped, contemporary library, cultural center, and museum complex built to reincarnate what was once among the ancient world’s most important libraries. Check into your hotel for an evening at leisure and dinner is on your own.
Alexandria’s ancient architectural marvels
This morning, embark on a panoramic city tour of Alexandrai’s highlights before visiting the ancient Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, an extensive underground burial site from the Greco-Roman era that’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. According to legend, the great archaeological site was discovered in 1900 when a donkey working the farmland above fell into one of the shafts. You’ll also visit Alexandria’s tallest monument — Pompey’s Pillar. Constructed from a single block of red granite from Aswan, this massive Romanesque column is the largest of its kind ever found outside of ancient Roman and Constantinople. Following lunch at a local dining establishment, your tour continues at the Roman Amphitheatre and National Museum. Your evening is at leisure and dinner is on your own.
Explore the Mediterranean town of El Alamein
This morning, we transfer west of Alexandria to El Alamein, a town on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast and the site of the El Alamein War Cemetery. After the WWII Battle of El Alamein in 1942, more than 8,000 Allied soldiers were laid to rest here. After our visit to this solemn locale, we’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Cairo and our hotel there.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Cairo airport for your flight home to the U.S.