Alexandria Highlights Tour
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Explore the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa – Fort Qaitbey from Outside – Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) – Abbo Elabbas Mosque – Roman Amphitheatre – Pompey’s Pillar – Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.
>> Tour Description
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, Alexandria is a port city on the Egyptian Mediterranean coast, once an ancient center of learning. Skip the hassle of arranging your own transportation and get an in-depth peek at the storied seaside city on this private day tour from Cairo or Giza, which covers ruins, such as the Roman Theater, as well as the 21st-century Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is a complex of underground tombs dating back to the 2nd century. It features a mix of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architectural styles and was rediscovered in the early 20th century.
Fort Qaitbey is a 15th-century fortress built by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria. It offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and showcases Ottoman-era military architecture.
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a modern library and cultural center inspired by the ancient Library of Alexandria. It contains millions of books, manuscripts, and digital resources, as well as museums, galleries, and theaters.
Abbo Elabbas Mosque is an elegant mosque built in the 19th century. It features intricate Islamic architecture, including a large dome and minaret, and is a popular destination for prayer and meditation.
Roman Amphitheatre is a well-preserved ancient amphitheater built in the 4th century. It was used for gladiatorial contests and other spectacles in Roman times and is now a popular tourist attraction.
Pompey’s Pillar is a 30-meter-high granite column erected in honor of the Roman emperor Diocletian. It is located on the site of the Serapeum temple and is one of the most famous landmarks of Alexandria.
- Transfers & tours all over Egypt are operated in an A/C van
- Guiding fees for English (Or other languages) speaking Egyptologist guide
- Entrance Fees
- Gratuities (recommended)Food and drinks, unless specified
- Anything not mentioned above
>> Tour Availability
Days ->> Available all days.
Locations ->> Available from Alexandria, Cairo & Giza.
- Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel by a private, modern a/c van. Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C and remained the capital of Egypt for about 1,000 years. Now it is the second biggest city and the biggest seaport in Egypt. Choose your favorite four items out of this list for a customized tour – simply tell your private tour guide at the start of the tour what you would like to see: Catacombs The catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa (meaning “Mound of Shards”) is a historical archaeological site located in Alexandria
- Pompey’s Pillar
Then you will drive to Pompey’s Pillar, constructed in honor of Emperor Diocletian, & the Temple of Serapeum.
- Roman Amphitheatre
Then proceed to the Roman Amphitheater of Alexandria with the display of the sunken monuments of Alexandria which were discovered under the East harbor of Alexandria. Roman amphitheaters are large, circular, or oval open-air venues with raised seating – built by the ancient Romans. They were used for events such as gladiator combats, venationes (animal slayings), and executions. About 230 Roman amphitheaters have been found across the area of the Roman Empire. Early amphitheaters date from the republican period, though they became more monumental during the imperial era.
- Fort Qaitbey from Outside
Resembling an imposing castle fortress, this citadel was built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of the Pharos Lighthouse, to protect the city from the crusaders who used to attack the city by the sea.
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria)
Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A re-imagining of Alexandria’s ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world’s most ambitious libraries. Its architecture – a giant sun disk – presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below the main library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. the manuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children.
- Abbo Elabbas Mosque
The car will then take you to visit the prettiest and biggest mosque in the city: the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, and the strangest sight outside it: an old funfair where children play on very antique funfair rides and eat candy floss. The opposite is the corniche and the old harbor where you can see the old fishing boats, men fishing, and traditional fishermen making nets. The photos taken here are amazing. The opposite is the corniche and the old harbor where you can see the old fishing boats, men fishing, and traditional fishermen making nets. The photos taken here are amazing. Continue to see the outside of Quaitbay Fortress which was built on the same site as the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. A most spectacular castle which is a great photo stop. Alexandria has so much to see, feel, eat and buy so if you have time and want to add more to your itinerary – just let us know what you are interested in and we will arrange it for you.