Discover the delights of Egypt’s second largest city on this private day trip to Alexandria from Cairo. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with your own private Egyptologist guide, uncover the Greco-Roman origins of this beautiful, laid-back Mediterranean city and see its stunning highlights. Descend into the eerie Roman catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa; see the Roman amphitheater and Pompey’s Pillar; and visit the awe-inspiring contemporary library: a spectacular, disc-shaped building that echoes its forerunner, the once-great ancient Library of Alexandria. Enjoy a flexible, personalized itinerary and an included lunch during your trip.
Centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels
7:00am (earlier or later departures are available until 7:30am if required, please advise at time of booking)
Approximately ~12 hours
Returns to original departure point
If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Depart your central Cairo or Giza hotel by air-conditioned minivan and travel north to the coastal city of Alexandria. On the way, let your Egyptologist guide know if there’s something you want to see more or less of: as this is a private tour, the itinerary can be tailored to suit you.
As you travel, hear the history of this lovely city, the second largest in Egypt. As well as its relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and setting, discover how it’s famous for its Greco-Roman ruins, having been founded by Alexander the Great in 312 BC.
On arrival, visit the Roman burial catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa. Descend into the eerie tunnels to see their carvings and sculptures — all displaying ancient Pharaonic and Roman influences — and visit the Hall of Caracalla, where the bones of massacred Christian soldier were found.
Emerge into the daylight to view Pompey’s Pillar, an 82-foot (25-meter) column dedicated to the Emperor Diocletian who freed the besieged city and brought food to its starving residents.
Then, stay on the Roman theme with a visit to the Roman amphitheater. Considered the best-preserved Roman site in Egypt, the relics here include the crumpled vestiges of Roman-era houses and roads.
After an included lunch, tour Alexandria’s must-see modern landmark — the spectacular city library. Shaped like a giant, angled disc, this incredible piece of architecture was completed in 2002, and commemorates its predecessor, the fabled Library of Alexandria, once the largest in the ancient world.
Look around the interior with your guide and learn how it has shelf space for a staggering eight million books. See the exhibitions on Egypt’s history and if you wish, view the displays of rare antique books (additional cost).
Afterward, relax on your ride back to Cairo where your trip ends at the original start point.