The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria seems more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. Although only a three-hour drive from Cairo, its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country.
Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt and was the setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony. It was a center for learning and enlightenment in the ancient world and has been immortalized by writers such as E.M Forster and Cavafy among others. Explore the wonders of Alexandria's past and present on this tour with your private Escapologist.
Cairo to Alexandria
This morning drive from Cairo to Alexandria, a journey of approximately 3 hours. On arrival check in to your seaside hotel. This afternoon begin your sightseeing of Alexandria with a visit to its Roman highlights of the catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar and the Roman Theater. End your day at the Qaitbay Fort with spectacular views of the city and Corniche. Evening at leisure. Four Seasons San Stefano, Seaview room
Begin your day with a visit to the Royal Jewelry Museum, housed in the former palace of the Royal Family. The jewels and the palace are a dazzling experience. From here visit the Alexandria National Museum with its small but excellent collection containing about 1,800 artifacts narrating the history of Alexandria throughout the ages, including the Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras. Enjoy lunch at a seaside restaurant before continuing to the recently built architectural gem, Biblioteca Alexandrina. This imposing building overlooking the Corniche houses not only a library but museums focusing on Manuscripts & rare books, Antiquities collection, Lithographs, Engravings & early photographs, and the Sadat Collection. (B, L)
Alexandria to Cairo Airport
Morning at leisure. This afternoon drive back to Cairo’s International Airport in time to board your homeward bound flight. (B)
All hotel accommodations as noted. Lunch at Fish Market Restaurant All transfers by private car and driver. Services of an experienced Egyptologist throughout. Baggage assistance at all airports and hotels. Egyptian Visas for American/Canadian passport holders.
International Airfare Extras at hotels and aboard (additional meals, drinks, laundry...etc) Tipping Kitty