Alexandria Independent Adventure

  • Egypt

Connect with history on the streets of Alexandria, visit the impressive Qaitbay Fort and look up at towering Pompey's Pillar, explore the underground Catacombs of Komel-Shokafa

Delve into legendary Alexandria, Egypt's capital for a millennium and once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Wander the Roman amphitheatres, palaces and catacombs of Egypt's gateway to the Mediterranean. Starting from Cairo, spend a day and a half exploring Alexandria's Greek, Roman and Byzantine history in one of the greatest cities of the Hellenic world. And with a top-notch CEO from door to door, you'll know you're in good hands the whole time.

2 days from €359

(€179.50 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
TDPAXN
Travel Style
Classic
Service Level
Standard
Physical Grading
1 - Easy
Trip Type
Independent Travel
Transport
Private car/van, walking
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night).
Meals
1 breakfast
Other
  • Transfer to/from Alexandria with a G Adventures CEO
  • Guided tour including the Roman Theatre, Montazah Summer Palace, Qaitbay Fort, Pompey's Pillar, the Alexandria Library, and Catacombs of Komel-Shokafa
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Day 1 Cairo / Alexandria

In the morning, travel from Cairo to Alexandria. Visit the Roman theatre of Kom el Dikka, as well as the Montazah Summer Palace. In the evening, opt to head to one of the city's seafood restaurants.

Explore Alexandria with an expert CEO. Its vast history, unique Mediterranean location and distinctly European feel set it apart from other Egyptian cities.

Visit the sights of Kom el Dikka, the only Roman theatre of its kind in Egypt, and the Montzah Summer Palace, known for its peaceful gardens.

Opt to wander the seaside corniche or stop to enjoy a coffee at one of the many European style cafés.

In the evening, opt to head to the bar at the famous Cecil Hotel for a sunset drink.

09:00

Private Vehicle

3h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

09:00

Roman Theatre Visit

1h

Visit the Roman theatre at Kom El Dikka, which is thought to have been a place more for public meetings than for performances. The theatre was discovered in 1967 when work was underway to construct a modern building on its site. It is the only Roman theatre in Egypt.

09:00

Montazah Summer Palace Visit

2h

Visit the Montazah Summer Palace to spend a quiet afternoon in the gardens near the Mediterranean Sea. Khedive Abbas Hilmy (1892-1914) built Montazah as his summer palace, to escape the Cairo heat. Located on a rocky bluff overlooking the sea, it's designed in a mix of Moorish and Florentine style. Now used by Egypt's president and off limits to the public, the surrounding gardens are a great place to wander. By the sea, there is an unusual Victorian-style bridge running out to a small island.

09:00

free time

evening

Explore this vibrant seaside town.

09:00

Meet and Greet Hotel Welcome Meeting

On Day 1 of the tour, a G Adventures representative will meet you at the hotel to go over the details of the tour, providing a schedule, documentation/vouchers, and pick-up times for all included activities. The representative can also answer any questions about the tour or the general area.

09:00

accommodation

Egypt Hotel

Day 2 Alexandria / Cairo

Enjoy a full-day of sightseeing, exploring this beautiful city. Wander the fort and citadel of Qaitbay, learn the history behind Pompey's Pillar and who is buried in the underground catacombs. Travel back to Cairo in the late afternoon where the tour ends on arrival.

Set out with your CEO to visit the fort and citadel of Qaitbay. The citadel was built on the spot of the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Visit Pompey's Pillar and the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, built for a single wealthy family. Finally, visit the new Alexandria Library.

In the late afternoon, travel back to Cairo where the tour ends on arrival. Opt to end at the airport for onward travel or at a hotel in the city (overnight not included).

Fort Qaitbay Visit

Enjoy a visit to Fort Qaitbay, once considered one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It was an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD. Located at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of Pharos Island, it was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the 14th century there was a destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed; the fortification you see today was built in its place.

Pompey's Pillar Visit

The name "Pompey's Pillar" is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus.

Catacomb of Kom ash-Shuqqafa Visit

These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion of Egypt. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion.

Alexandria Library Visit

1h

The Ancient Library of Alexandria was probably the largest and certainly the most famous of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and functioned as a major centre of scholarship, at least until the time of the Roman conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. The old library was destroyed in a fire around the 1st century BC. The magnificent new library was opened in 2002 very close to the site of the ancient one.

Private Vehicle

3h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Meals Included

  • breakfast

Please ask at time of booking if you would like to organize post-tour accommodation in Cairo. The driver can drop you at the airport or at a hotel in the city.

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