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From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

1. From Cairo: Private Full-Day Tour of Historical Alexandria

Explore the rich history of Alexandria; tracing time from its ancient Egyptian roots, through the Classical period, to Roman times and beyond on an informative full-day guided tour from Cairo. Stop for a delicious local lunch and enjoy bottled water on your trip. Enjoy pick-up and drop off from your Cairo hotel and an airconditioned bus ride to the Roman theater in Kom El-Deka; a marble theater that once seated 800 spectators in its galleries. View sections of mosaic flooring and a pleasure garden which is surrounded by Roman baths and villas. Continue to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, a necropolis with 3 sublevels which dates back to the 2nd century AD. See the Roman triclinium, a banquet hall to honor the dead. Admire its statues, reliefs, and a pillared lobby featuring depictions of Egyptian gods in Roman armor. See the site of the Alexandria Library and walk the ramparts of the 15th century Qaitbay Citadel, which was built upon the ruins of the ancient Alexandria Lighthouse. End your day of discovery with a relaxed evening drive back to your hotel in Cairo.

From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

2. From Cairo: Alexandria Day Tour

Step back in time as you explore the history of Alexandria on a day trip from Cairo. Hop aboard an airconditioned car or van and visit top sights like the Church of St. Mark, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, a gold market and Quaitbay castle. Start your day trip to Alexandria with pick-up from your accommodation in a comfortable vehicle. The first stop on this full-day tour will be a visit to the Library of Alexandria (depending on the day), the biggest library in the world. Now housing 8 million books, you can visit its open court to see the statues of Alexander the Great and Ptolemy the First keeping watch over the library.    The car will then whisk you off to the Church of St. Mark, the oldest church in Africa. Then, continue on to the old downtown of Alexandria where you can walk through traditional markets where everything and anything is sold. Admire the downtown’s Baroque designs and Italian- and French-style properties. If you choose, have lunch in a famous restaurant called “Mohamed Ahmed’s” – the Queen of Spain has eaten here! Take a break in a coffee shop or shisha café before continuing on with your tour.   Continue your Alexandria adventure in the afternoon with a packed itinerary of sights. See the city’s oldest market area which contains both the women’s markets and the most spectacular gold market where everyone buys their wedding jewelry. See the prettiest and largest mosque in the city, the Abbo Elabbas Mosque, and the ancient fun-fair located just outside of it where children still play. Opposite is the corniche and old harbor where you can see fishing boats and traditional fishers making nets. From here, walk 5 minutes to see Quaitbay Castle. Admire the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier and marvel at the beautiful coastline on the way to Mamoura Beach Resort, located east of Montaza's royal gardens. Walk along the corniche of Maamourah. All of these will make for excellent photo opportunities, so don't forget your camera. Finally, cross over the modern Bridge of Stanley before traveling in comfort back to your hotel.

From Alexandria: Full-Day Guided Tour of Historical Sights

3. From Alexandria: Full-Day Guided Tour of Historical Sights

Follow your guide through the remnants of a bygone era in the historic city of Alexandria on this tour. Have the option of choosing a group option without entrance tickets, a private tour option with entrance tickets, and a private tour option with entrance tickets and a delicious lunch. Begin your tour with convenient pickup from your accommodation in Alexandria. Relax in an air-conditioned vehicle on the way to the marble Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka, which once accommodated over 800 visitors. Stroll through the garden and see the mosaic floors of the baths and villas. Visiting the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architectural excellence showcased at the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, which was one of the seven wonders of the Medieval Ages. Behold the catacombs which contain several Alexandrian tombs. Head to the Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Pompey's Pillar. Stop for a lunch break at a local restaurant. Snap some photos with an outside photo stop at the Library of Alexandria, one of the largest and most renowned archives in the ancient world. Continue to one of the longest surviving seven wonders of the ancient world, the Citadel of Qaitbay, a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean coast. Return to your accommodation in Alexandria.

From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

4. From Sharm: 2-Day Cairo and Alexandria Tour with Nile Cruise

Begin with an early morning pickup from your hotel in air-conditioned transportation heading to Cairo. Once you have arrived in Cairo, visit the Egyptian Museum, then stop for lunch at the Egyptian Restaurant. See the iconic Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. Travel to the River Nile for overnight accommodation on a Nile Cruise where you can enjoy the night show with dinner and a two hours cruise along the Nile. Relax and get ready for the Alexandria trip the next day. Take off early in the morning on the road to Alexandria. Visit old Alexandria the Romanian Museum and Alexandria Library. Enjoy a seafood lunch at a relaxing spot. See the old mosque of Abu el Abbas and the biggest church in Alexandria before traveling back to Sharm El-Sheikh.

From Cairo: El Alamein and Alexandria Guided Day Tour

5. From Cairo: El Alamein and Alexandria Guided Day Tour

Escape the hustle and bustle of Cairo for the day and immerse yourself in Egypt's history on this day trip. Get picked up from your hotel in Cairo in the morning and travel to El Alamein where you will discover World War II remains and cemeteries. Head to the Military Museum and admire a variety of weapons, military garbs, and tanks. Continue your tour with a visit to the WWII Cemeteries, located on the west of the town, on a small peninsula overlooking the sea. In the afternoon, drive to Alexandria where you will see Pompay’s Pillar. Next, head to Qaitbay Citadel and admire the impressive architecture of this 15th-century fortress.  Finish your tour with a visit to the catacombs, the largest Roman cemetery in existence. Get dropped off back at your hotel in the evening.

Alexandria: Self-guided Audio Tour on Your Phone

6. Alexandria: Self-guided Audio Tour on Your Phone

Waltz in the city of Alexandria with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain great insights into the most iconic landmarks of Alexandria. Start your tour from the Citadel of Qaitbay and continue to meet the Al Mursi Abu Al-Abbas Mosque, get acquainted with the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue, and be fascinated by Pompey's Pillar. This is an unmissable opportunity to experience at your own pace the city tour of Alexandria with a captivating audio tour on your phone.

From Cairo or Giza: Alexandria Day Tour with Tickets

7. From Cairo or Giza: Alexandria Day Tour with Tickets

Visit the Catacombs of Kom El-Shokafa, an underground necropolis, built by the Greeks and the Romans in Alexandria during the last century BC and the 1st century AD. The necropolis is of three levels all are found under the ground, and some of the sarcophaguses are decorated. Watch the carved walls and the mixed art that found nowhere in Egypt except in Alexandria. Discover the whole complete story with the guide and take the best photos. Discover Pompey's Pillar a triumphal column built at the 3rd century AD, to honor the name of the Roman Emperor Augustus Diocletian. Later on, a temple dedicated to the local God Serapis was built around the area. We can still see the remains of this temple all around the area. The Pillar found in the middle, is the tallest and the heaviest found in front of a Temple. Discover the whole complete story with the guide and take the best photos. Visit Alexandria Library, a huge modern construction inaugurated in 2002, that was built nearby the place of the famous original Alexandria library. In 1988 UNESCO and the UNDP have worked together until the inauguration day. It was inaugurated by the Egyptian former president Mubarak. The bibliotheque of Alexandria has the biggest reading library hall found in Egypt of seven levels plus four conference halls, planetarium, and seven modern art galleries. Discover the whole place with the guide and take the best photos. Visit Qaitbay Citadel, it was built by Sultan Qaitbay at the 15th century AD, to protect the country and the Muslim Mamluk dynasty from the Ottoman (Turkish) threaten. The Citadel was built at the same place of Alexandria famous Lighthouse. The Citadel have been totally restored. Enjoy the Mediterranean sea view from above the citadel. Discover the whole complete story with the guide and take the best photos.

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What people are saying about Qaitbay Citadel

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 366 reviews

I liked it. Overall excursion was fantastic. I was picked up in a very comfortable crossover. 3 hour drive to Alexandria. I met my guide John at catacombs location. Then we went to amphitheater, library, fortress and finished it at the fish restaurant on promenade. John was very knowledgeable and very pleasant guy. I did not have a feeling he was there just for money. Big plus. Our driver Ahmed was also very good. Good driving, no speeding, no crazy maneuvers. We stuck in traffic on the way back, but he was calm and very pleasant. The only downside of the whole experience i’ve asked to start tour at 7:15 instead of 6am, and waited inside lobby for 15 minutes while no one came after me. Had to call the organizer to find out the driver was outside hotel all this time. I highly recommend the tour. Thank you Emo for great memories.

Going to Alexandria for the first time, this 1-day tour was the perfect deal to discover the city's ancient history, with access to more recent monuments located on famous sites of the past (Alexandria's library, Lightouse - Citadel). A great opportunity to learn about egyptian past and contemporary history with a very passionate and knowledgeable guide. A great memory of the visit of St Mark's church and access to the Holy relics. One more amazing day in wonderful Egypt !

It was a loooooo g day but very worth it. My driver was nice and stopped for breaks so I could get food and use the bathroom. My tour guide was amazing (Rania). She was so sweet, knowledgeable, and flexible. She let me decide what we did next and even let me add on an activity. She was patient and kind. I really enjoyed my time with her in the city.

Today was really great! Our tour guide Mohammed Doma was very knowledgeable and he was very kind to us. He answered any questions we had and the tours were amazing! Thank you for such a great experience for my family

First time I bought an audio tour. She was very good and I saw the city at my own pace.