Take a fascinating private tour of Alexandria with an Egyptologist tour guide. Starting from Cairo, the tour takes you to the former capital of Greco-Roman Egypt in the time of Alexander the Great. Visit the catacombs, Pompey’s pillar, and more.
What to Expect
A local tour guide will be glad to pick you up from your hotel in Cairo and accompany you on an unforgettable tour to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt. You’ll travel in an air-conditioned comfort vehicle as making way to this historical city, founded by Alexander the Great in 332 B.C.
Upon arrival to Alexandria, start your tour to the catacombs of Kom El-Shuqqafa, which is a necropolis of 3 sub-levels dating from the 2nd century AD merges aspects of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman culture in its features. See the Roman triclinium – a banquet hall to honor the dead, as well as statues, reliefs, and a pillared lobby featuring depictions of Egyptian gods in Roman armor. You’ll go below ground to visit the tomb and Caracalla hall.
Proceed to visit Pompey’s Pillar, one of the largest monolithic columns ever erected, The column is 26.85 m. high including its base and its capital. The column shaft 2.71m. Diameter at its base. It is one single piece of Aswan red granite. The weight is estimated at 285 t.
Continue to the Roman amphitheater, this well-preserved marble theater that once seated 800 spectators with galleries, sections of mosaic flooring, and a pleasure garden, all surrounded by Roman baths and villas. The remains of a Roman street and homes can also be seen here.
Then, your guide will take you to the world-renowned Alexandria library. This Norwegian-designed building is a striking piece of modern design that stands in contrast to the ancient architecture found throughout Egypt. The ancient library contained a copy of every book published in the world, making it one of the greatest literary sites on earth. It flourished under the patronage of the ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century B.C until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC.
You will have free time to enter the library of Alexandria (additional cost), though local guide will show you the library.
Continue to stroll the ramparts of the 15th century Qaitbay citadel, built upon the ruins of the ancient Alexandria lighthouse.
End this day of Alexandria discovery with a relaxed drive back to Cairo hotel.
- Pick-up and drop off from your Cairo hotel
- All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle
- Entrance fees to all mentioned sightseeing
- Qualified Egyptologist tour guide
- Lunch in a good quality local restaurant
- All service charges and taxes
- Assistance of staff during the tour
What's Not Included
- Any optional tours
- Personal expenses
Know Before You Go
• What To Bring?
Passport valid for More than 6 months
Warm clothes in winter
Cotton clothes in summer
Hat, Sun block, Sunglasses, Light torch
Photo / Video Camera