Alexandria Short Break

There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2014 to Dec 31, 2015. View later Alexandria Short Break.

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Discover books, mosques and beaches in lovely Alexandria

Travel in the footsteps of Alexander the Great in Alexandria, Egypt's modern beach city that was once the pearl of the Mediterranean. Venture underground to explore atmospheric Roman catacombs and marvel at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a great feat of architecture built to house eight million books. Walk through spice-laden souqs, admire an incredible mosque and visit the medieval Fort Qaitbey, built on the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Short and sweet, this trip to Alexandria provides an insight into thousands of years of conquest and civilisation.

  • Admire a beautiful mosque
  • Stroll through Alexandria's atmospheric souqs
  • Check out a defensive fortress on the Mediterranean coast
  • Travel from Cairo's hectic streets to Alexandria's ancient icons
  • Walk through the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre
  • Marvel at the enormous Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Day 1 Cairo/Alexandria

Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo's dazzling array of museums, mosques and markets are a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria is packed with architectural and cultural wonders, both ancient and modern.

Day 2 Alexandria/Cairo

With such iconic sights as the Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx to explore, Cairo offers a visual masterclass of ancient Egyptian architecture.