Alexandria, Egypt

Citadel of Qaitbay and its main entrance yard, Alexandria, Egypt

Introduction to Alexandria, Egypt

In Alexandria and the surrounding area, the Roman amphitheatre, ancient catacombs and the site of the great Pharos Lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – recall distant glories, while the 19th century Montazah Palace and seafront boulevards reflect a more recent era.

Once Egypt's greatest city and the birthplace of Cleopatra VII, magnificent Alexandria is the cultural hub of the Mediterranean. Home to one of the best ancient libraries in the world, a roman amphitheatre and site of the great Pharaohs lighthouse, there is always something new to discover. Alexandria is also a gateway to the Giza pyramids and the River Nile.

Alexandria is a sparkling gem in the Mediterranean coastline, drenched in history, birth place of Cleopatra VII and home to one of the most resourceful and greatest libraries in the ancient world. The hazy heat tumbles over the coast and laps at the many modern infrastructures, if you venture far enough you will encounter the Citadel of Qaitbay that teeters on the Mediterranean Sea coast.

There is so much to see and do here, including a Roman amphitheatre, ancient catacombs and the site of the great Pharaohs lighthouse recall distant glories, while the 19th century Montazah Palace - a former royal residence - and seafront boulevards reflect a more recent era. Alexandria exists in the land that gave birth to the first great civilisation.

Alexandria's location in northern Egypt also acts as a gateway to great spectacles of the ancient world, including the sultry pyramids of Giza, the River Nile and a full day trip to Cairo.

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ALEXANDRIA - IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria – known as ‘The Pearl of the Mediterranean’ – has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country although it is actually only 225 kilometres (140 miles) from Cairo.

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt. It was the site of the legendary lighthouse (Pharos) that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and also the setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony.

Generations of immigrants from Greece, Italy and the Levant settled here, making today’s city synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and bohemian culture; it is as important to enjoy the atmosphere as it is to see the sights.

Alexandria is home to the only known Roman amphitheatre in Egypt. Marvel at the well-preserved structure and also enjoy a visit to the famous Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa on Tour D – Roman Alexandria.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALEXANDRIA

  • As a mark of respect to Egyptian customs and religions, shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting holy or historic sites. 
  • All tours will be escorted by members of the Egyptian Tourist Police. 
  • Guests must carry their passport at all times. When leaving the ship for tours, you will have to pass through Immigration (and on your return). 
  • Photography and the use of video cameras is totally prohibited in some areas. 
  • Toilet facilities may be limited on tours, and therefore queues should be expected. 
  • The attractions and historical sites can be very busy. Tour guides do their best to keep groups of guests together, and give a commentary that is audible to all. Please note that queues are inevitable and unavoidable at every venue. 

For reference, the currency is the Egyptian pound (LE).

The national language in Egypt is Arabic.


Alexandria, Egypt

ALEXANDRIA CITY TOUR (TOUR B)

  • Enjoy a tour of the city showcasing the main highlights of Alexandria
  • Visit Fort Qaitbey for splendid views of the harbour
  • Discover the history behind the Roman Amphitheatre
Price£60.00-£70.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking

Take in the highlights of Alexandria, also known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’.

Begin with a drive to Fort Qaitbey - 15th century Mumluk Fort overlooks the entrance to the eastern harbour in Alexandria. Built on the foundations of the Pharos lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the World – it incorporates both a castle and a mosque within its walls. Just north of Qaitbey lies the site of the famous underwater excavation where hundreds of pillars, statues and sphinxes were found.

Next proceed to the Roman Amphitheatre, the only one in Egypt. It was discovered quite recently, during the foundation digging for a new apartment building. The well-preserved theatre once stood with 13 semi-circular tiers of white marble imported from Europe. It contains galleries, sections of mosaic flooring and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. At one point, it may have even been roofed over to serve as an Odeon for musical performances, and some inscriptions suggest that it was sometimes used for wrestling contests.

Your final visit is to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria), which is not only a library, but an integrated cultural complex with museums, exhibition areas, educational centres and an international conference centre.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a total of approximately three hours of walking and standing, and there are approximately 50 steps to negotiate at the Amphitheatre, therefore it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Children under six years old will not be permitted to visit the Library of Alexandria. Please note that the Library of Alexandria is closed on National Holidays, in which case you would visit the National Museum instead. Large bags are not allowed inside the library. Photography is also not permitted inside the library.


PYRAMIDS OF GIZA & LUNCH ON THE RIVER NILE - TOUR G

  • Be intrigued by the stark and lonely sentinels of the desert – the Great Pyramids
  • Wonder at the mythical creature that is the Sphinx
  • Enjoy a memorable meal as you cruise along the Nile
Price£160.00 - £170.00
DurationApproximately 12 ½ hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy a visit to the impressive Pyramids of Giza and the magnificent Sphinx before relaxing on board a traditional riverboat for lunch.

An approximate three and a half hour drive along the scenic desert road will take you to Cairo, the capital of Egypt, where upon arrival you proceed to the site of the magnificent Pyramids of Giza.

These stark and lonely sentinels in the desert are an awesome sight, with the Great Pyramid of Cheops considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is said to be constructed of over two million stone blocks, each one weighing two and a half tons. These astonishing achievements of the ancient world were built in approximately 2000 BC, with no assistance from modern equipment.

After your time at the pyramids, proceed to the magnificent Sphinx. With the face of a man and the body of a lion, the Sphinx has puzzled travellers for centuries. It looks to the rising sun in the east, is carved from natural rock and measures 57 metres (approximately 190 feet) long and 20 metres (approximately 66 feet) tall. Time permitting, you can visit a local souvenir shop before continuing to your lunch venue.

The River Nile is regarded as one of the longest rivers in the world, and it is here that you board your traditional riverboat. Whilst dining at one of Egypt’s finest floating restaurants, relax and enjoy the surroundings and reflect on the day.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves just less than one and a half kilometres (one mile) of compulsory walking, some of which will be over uneven and sandy terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. To reach the Nile restaurant, there are approximately 25 steps to negotiate, plus extra steps inside the restaurant. Please note that photography is strictly prohibited inside the Pyramids of Giza site, however it is permitted outside the boundaries. Comfortable, casual clothes are recommended as well as sun protection and comfortable walking shoes. The drive between Alexandria and Cairo takes approximately three and a half hours each way. Your lunch will be buffet style and one glass of wine or one bottle of local beer, mineral water, soft drink or tea and coffee will be included. If a vegetarian option is required please request at the time of booking this tour. Please note that lunch on the River Nile is dependent upon favourable weather conditions – in the event of adverse weather, lunch will be served at a leading hotel in Giza.


Pyramids of Giza

PYRAMIDS OF GIZA (TOUR C)

  • Be intrigued by the stark and lonely sentinels of the desert – the Great Pyramids
  • Wonder at the mythical creature that is the Sphinx
Price£70.00-£80.00
DurationApproximately 7.5-8 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

On this tour, enjoy a visit to the impressive Pyramids of Giza and the magnificent Sphinx.

An approximate three hour drive will take you to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Upon arrival at this vast city, you proceed to the site of the magnificent Pyramids of Giza.

These stark and lonely sentinels in the desert are an awesome sight, with The Great Pyramid of Cheops considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It is said to be constructed from over two million stone blocks, each one weighing two and a half tons. These astonishing achievements of the ancient world were built in approximately 2000 BC, with no assistance from modern equipment.

After your time at the pyramids, proceed to the magnificent Sphinx. With the face of a man and the body of a lion, the Sphinx has puzzled travellers for centuries. It looks to the rising sun in the east, is carved from natural rock and measures 190 feet (approximately 57 metres) long and 66 feet (approximately 20 metres) in height.

Following your tour, you re-board your tour coach for the return drive to the quayside and your awaiting ship.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves approximately one and a half hours of standing and walking at the Pyramids of Giza, some of which may be over uneven ground. A packed lunch with one soft drink will be provided for guests to eat enroute on the coach. For reference, the drive from the quayside to the Pyramids takes approximately three hours each way. 

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ROSETTA (TOUR K)

  • Admire the city of Rosetta
  • Enjoy a stroll through the local markets and colourful neighbourhoods
  • Marvel at the houses dating back to the ottoman period
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Step away from the hustle and bustle of Alexandria as you explore Rosetta – a city where the souk maintains an atmosphere of centuries past, with basket weavers, blacksmiths and cobblers all artfully working away.

An approximate one hour journey will take you to Rosetta, where upon arrival you proceed to the Rashid Museum. Here you will be invited to explore the museum and discover more about the fascinating exhibits as well as a replica of the Rosetta Stone, whose hieroglyphic, demotic, and Ancient Greek inscriptions unlocked the secrets of ancient Egyptian writing.

Following your time at the museum, stretch your legs on a walking tour of the city’s winding streets and colorful markets, where locals sell fresh produce, fish, and breads. As you walk, you will find a series of beautifully-preserved Ottoman homes with distinctive style and architecture, including the House of Amasyali and the House  of Abu Shaheen.

Admire the unique design of Rosetta’s ’Hanging Mosque,’ a distinctive construction, which is only one of  few mosques in Egypt that has been built on an upper level.

Your concluding stop will be to the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th century fortification built at the edge of the Nile River. Climb to the top of the citadel walls, which stand on the site of the former Lighthouse of Alexandria, a wonder of the ancient world that was destroyed in the 14th  century, before you join your transport for the return journey.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? You will spend approximately three hours in Rosetta where your time will predominantly be spent walking and/or standing. The terrain is mostly flat however there will be steps to negotiate at the museum. Unfortunately the transport used for this tour is not able to accommodate walking aids or wheelchairs. Guests are advised to wear conservative attire, which covers both your shoulders and your knees, as you will be visiting a mosque. Comfortable shoes, adequate sun protection and a bottle of water are also recommended. Toilet facilities will not be available during your time in Rosetta. A snack box will be provided during your coach journey.


Montazah Palace

TOUR A - PANORAMIC ALEXANDRIA

  • Discover the highlights of Egypt’s second largest city – Alexandria
  • Admire some of the city’s most memorable buildings
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 3 ½ hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Alexandria is a true waterfront city where the desert meets the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a drive through Alexandria, passing some of the city’s highlights.

Travelling along the corniche (seafront road) – which is nearly 20 kilometres (12 miles) long – you will pass by the main square and the city centre before pausing for photos at Montazah Palace, built by Khedive Abbas II. This was the summer residence of the Royal Family before the 1952 revolution and King Farouk’s abdication. It overlooks magnificent gardens and groves. The grounds, which once featured a menagerie of lions, tigers and bears, include Palestine Hotel, which is a little west of the Salamlek.

Driving back towards the eastern harbour, along the front of the corniche, you will see that the area is mostly used by fishing boats and pleasure crafts. Pass by Abu-Al Abbas Mursi Mosque, a modern but impressive example of Islamic architecture. Algerians built the original mosque on this site in 1767, over the tomb of a 13th century Muslim saint. The present structure was erected in 1943 when the largely decayed original building was demolished.

Continuing to Fort Qaitbey, you stop for photos at the 15th century Mamluk Fort which overlooks the entrance to the eastern harbour. It was built on the foundations of the Pharos Lighthouse – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World — and incorporates both a castle and a mosque within its walls (no inside visit will be made). Just North of Qaitbey lies the site of the famous underwater excavation where hundreds of pillars, statues and sphinxes have been found.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that there is a small amount of walking involved at the Montazah Palace Gardens (there is no visit to the palace itself or hotels), and at the photo stop at Fort Qaitbey, where some steps will be encountered. Guests may stay on the coach at the photo stops if they wish. The transport used on this tour is not wheelchair accessible. For your reference, traffic may be heavy in some areas of Alexandria.


Pompey

TOUR D - ROMAN ALEXANDRIA

  • Visit the famous Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa – the largest burial site discovered in Egypt
  • Admire Pompey’s Pillar – the largest memorial column in the country
  • Discover several thousands of years of Alexandria’s history in the National Museum
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 5 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Discover the history of Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt, as you visit its famous catacombs, the Roman Amphitheatre and the National Museum.

Travel to the famous Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, the largest Roman burial site discovered in Egypt to date, consisting of three tiers of tombs and chambers cut into the bedrock to a depth of approximately 35 metres (114 feet). Constructed in the 2nd century AD as a single-family crypt, these tombs represent the last existing major construction for the sake of the old Egyptian religion. They were later expanded to hold more than 300 individual tombs. There is even a banquet hall where grieving relatives paid respects with a funeral feast. Though the motifs are pure ancient Egyptian, the architects and artists were schooled in the Graeco-Roman style, resulting in an amazingly integrated art quite unlike anything else in the world.

Next proceed to Pompey’s Pillar. It is a 27 metre (88 feet) high and two metre (six feet) thick column of polished Aswan rose granite, which stands before the scant remains of the splendid Temple of Serapis, one of ancient Alexandria’s most important buildings.

Continuing, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, a well-preserved theatre which once stood with 13 semi-circular tiers of white marble imported from Europe. At one point it may have even been roofed over to serve as an Odeon for musical performances, and some inscriptions suggest that it was sometimes also used for wrestling contests.

Your final stop will be at the National Museum. The collection in this museum includes thousands of items spanning from the Pharaonic Era, through Graeco-Roman times, to the modern era. Papyrus scrolls, ancient perfume bottles and painted mummy cases are tastefully displayed as well as classic Greek statues showing the physical beauty that represent the ideals of that culture.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please be aware that the Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa are not wheelchair accessible and involve negotiating three levels, with approximately 86 steps on a spiral staircase. Approximately 15 steps will be encountered at the Roman Amphitheatre and a further 60 at the National Museum. Uneven and sometimes hilly ground will be encountered. Photography is totally prohibited inside the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa and the National Museum of Alexandria. Please note that this tour may operate in a different order to that described. There will be toilets on board the coach and at the Roman Amphitheatre and National Museum.


Commonwealth War Cemetery

TOUR E - EL ALAMEIN

  • Visit the El Alamein War Museum and discover more about the battle of El Alamein
  • Spend time at the Commonwealth War Cemetery
Price£80.00-£90.00
DurationApproximately 6 hours
LimitationLimited to 80
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Pay a fascinating visit to El Alamein, most famous for being the scene of a decisive Allied victory over the Axis power during World War II.

An approximate two hour drive will take you to the small coastal village of El Alamein, over 90 kilometres (60 miles) west of Alexandria. Upon arrival, proceed to El Alamein War Museum, located on the western side of town. The museum contains a collection of uniforms, memorabilia and pictorial material relating to the Battle of El Alamein and the North Africa campaigns in general. There is also a diorama display which, in conjunction with a short tape, illuminates to show the main paths of advance and retreat until the Axis forces surrendered to the Allies in Tunis in 1943. Outside the museum, you can see a collection of tanks, artillery and hardware from the battlefield.

Your tour continues to the Commonwealth War Cemetery. Here you will find more than 7,000 tombstones, which overlook the desert battlefield of El Alamein. Soldiers from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, France and India, who fought and died for the Allied cause, are all buried here. Outside of the cemetery is a small separate memorial to the Australian contingent and a little further east is a Greek War Memorial.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves approximately two hours of standing and walking, some of which will be over uneven, sandy ground. There are approximately six steps to negotiate. Unfortunately it is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. A bottle of mineral water will be supplied on the coach, and a light snack will also be served on the tour (this will typically consist of a soft drink, crisps and cookies). For reference, the cost of this tour includes the movement of coaches and guides from Cairo, in order to guarantee the highest quality.


TOUR F - DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF CAIRO

  • A fantastic opportunity to marvel at Egypt’s most notable attractions
  • Be intrigued by the last surviving member of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World – the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Admire the impressive Sphinx, constructed during the fourth dynasty of Egypt’s old kingdom
Price£165.00 - £175.00
DurationApproximately 12½ -13 hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Experience the wonders of Cairo as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World, the Pyramids of Giza, the magnificent Sphinx and the fascinating Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.

A drive of approximately three and a half hours will take you to Cairo, the capital of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. More than 16 million people live here alongside some of the most astonishing masterpieces of the ancient world.

First visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, located in the heart of Cairo. Completed in 1902, the museum is considered to house the world’s finest collection of Pharaonic artefacts. View objects d’art dating back to 4,000 BC, including the palette of King Narmer, the New Kingdom Hathor Shrine of Tuthmosis III, and over 1,700 delicate treasures from the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun.

A stop will then be made for lunch. Should time permit you will also be able to browse for souvenirs.

After lunch, proceed to the unforgettable Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. As you stand beside these incredible Egyptian monuments, marvel at the sheer size of them and the enormity of their construction. The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) rightly deserves its place as one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. For literally thousands of years it was the tallest structure on earth.

Carved from a natural rock, the Sphinx – which has the body of a lion and the face of a man – is 58 metres (190 feet) long and 20 metres (66 feet) tall at its highest point. The face, which is approximately five metres (16 feet) high, looks towards the rising sun in the east, symbolising the return of life each day.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a lot of walking around the Egyptian Museum, and uneven, sandy ground will be encountered near the Pyramids. There are steps leading up to the museum and also inside, therefore this tour is not recommended for wheelchair users. The drive from Alexandria to Cairo takes approximately three and a half hours each way.

There will be an opportunity to enter one of the Pyramids (not the Great Pyramid), however, this experience is not recommended for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia, a heart condition or breathing problems.

At the panoramic viewpoint of Giza, there may be a chance for a short camel ride, but this isn’t included in the tour price and participation will be at guests’ own risk. The price is US $7.00 per person, to be paid directly to the camel owner. Should you only wish to sit on the camel, to have your photo taken, it will cost you US $5.00 per person (prices correct at the time of printing).

PHOTOGRAPHY FEES:

The use of still cameras and video cameras is free within the open area of the Pyramids and Sphinx, but the use of either inside the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum is strictly prohibited.

Regulations are correct at the time of printing, but are subject to alteration without notice.

Refreshments are served with lunch, including a glass of local wine or a bottle of local beer.


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