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.

Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Countries
Egypt
Themes
Short Breaks
Code
XEAA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
65kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Travel from Cairo to Alexandria, Egypt's fascinating seaside city. Explore the Roman catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa - one of the world's largest Roman burial sites - then head to Kom al-Dikka to admire Roman ruins and beautiful mosaics. In the evening, visit Alexandria's atmospheric souqs to admire jewellery, art and handicrafts, or perhaps sit back in a restaurant and watch the hum of nocturnal life go by.
In the morning, pay a visit to the impressive mosque of Abu Abbas al-Mursi, and then appreciate the fresh, Mediterranean air at Fort Qaitbey, which rests on the remains of the legendary Pharos Lighthouse. Visit the world-renowned and extremely impressive Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built to hold a staggering eight million books. Soak up the atmosphere of study, literature and scholarship at this inspirational building which also features museums, art galleries, a planetarium and laboratory. In the afternoon, travel back across the Egyptian sands to busy Cairo where this short but sweet trip comes to an end.
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Inclusions

Meals
1 breakfast
Transport
Private vehicle
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included activities
  • Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa
  • Qaitbay fortress
  • Roman Amphitheatre

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Important notes

1. This trip is available in Original and Comfort style accommodation levels
2. This is a join-in trip so you will likely share included activities with other travellers

Trip notes

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