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How to Spend 1 Day in Alexandria

How to Spend 1 Day in Alexandria

Founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was one of the ancient world’s centers of learning. Today, Egypt’s second city combines Mediterranean charm with a wealth of Greek and Roman ruins. With one day in Alexandria, you can take in the city’s essential ancient sights, savor delicious seafood, stroll royal gardens, and more. Here’s how.

Morning: Roaming Ruins

Start the day off right by discovering Alexandria’s essential ancient attractions. Tour the Serapeum, a Greco-Egyptian temple dedicated to the god Serapis. On the same site, don’t miss Pompey’s Pillar, a 100-foot (30-meter) red-granite column that’s an icon of the city. Next, descend into the mysterious Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, home to three stories of underground tombs and chambers dating back to Roman times. Admire the beautifully preserved Roman amphitheater with its white-marble seats (don’t miss the mosaics at the villas on the site), then journey to the waterfront corniche for a Mediterranean seafood lunch.

Afternoon: Seaside Strolls

In ancient times, the Lighthouse of Alexandria was one of the wonders of the world, towering 328 feet (100 meters) above the Mediterranean. After it finally collapsed, during the 14th century AD, many of its stones were used to create the pretty sea fort that occupies its site: the Citadel of Qaitbay. Tour the fort (a guide can point out the pillars that once formed part of the lighthouse), then ride along the corniche and across the Stanley Bridge to the Montazah Palace Gardens. Follow in the footsteps of modern Egyptian kings as you stroll these lush waterfront grounds.

Night: Bright Lights, Big City

Just as the Nile corniche forms a centerpiece of Cairo, Alexandria’s corniche is a focal point of the city. As the sun sets, enjoy a traditional Egyptian experience—a horse-and-carriage ride along the waterfront. Next, travel back to the bohemian days of the 1940s and the world of novelist Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet, with dinner at Abou el Sid, a stylish Egyptian restaurant kitted out with pieces from the iconic Pastroudis Café. Wrap up the night by returning to the waterfront, and raise a glass to the city of Alexander from a rooftop bar at a luxury hotel.

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El Alamein Private Day Trip from Alexandria

El Alamein Private Day Trip from Alexandria

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Step back in time to the battle of El Alamein of World War II on a private day trip from Alexandria. Enjoy a scenic drive west to El Alamein on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, and hear about the Western Desert campaign fought by Allied and Axis forces in 1942 from your knowledgeable guide. Visit the El Alamein War Museum to chart the background, strategies and weaponry used in the battle. Then, pay poignant visits to the Commonwealth, German and Italian cemeteries, where some of the approximately 75,000 men killed are laid to rest.
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  • 6 hours
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$79.49
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$79.49
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Private Transfer from Borg El Arab Airport to Alexandria Hotels

Private Transfer from Borg El Arab Airport to Alexandria Hotels

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Your  private airport transfer service between Borg El Arab airport  and all hotels in Alexandria .
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  • 1 hour
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$20.00
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Alexandria Walking Tour-Walk Like Egyptian

Alexandria Walking Tour-Walk Like Egyptian

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Many people find it more fun to walk rather than being inside a vehicle. Walking in a foreign country is even much more fun as to be inside the picture not just watching it. For this kind of tours, Travelish Tours got a full team of professional local guides' specialists in walking tours in Egypt, all for your full excitement and joy. 3-hour insider walking tour with private local guide in Alexandria Visit synagogues & Saint Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral Visit  St. Catherine's Cathedral . See Maronite Church Alexandria. Then Visit The church of Evangelismos Souq Turk Market  Abu al abbas Mosque Refreshment with sea view In Local Old Café.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$22.57
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Private Day Tour National Museum & Roman Theater & Catacomb In Alexandria

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Private Day Tour National Museum & Roman Theater & Catacomb In Alexandria

Enjoy a day to in Alexandria exploring the historic attactions of the beautiful city by the Mediterranean Sea and learn about the historical sites from your Egyptologist tour guide. Ancient Egypt Tours representative will pick you up from your hotel in Alexandria. First visit the largest Roman Cemetery consisting of three levels cut in the rock, a private tomb, then we proceed to see The Roman Theatre was discovered at Kom El Dekka area by the polish expedition in 1960 when they were removing the remains of the old Napoleonic fort. Then you drive to Then you drive to visit the Alexandria National Museum, Considered one of Egypt’s finest museum. back to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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$21.60
$27.00
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$5.40 savings
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Private Day Tour from Alexandria to Highlights of Alexandria

Private Day Tour from Alexandria to Highlights of Alexandria

Get a comprehensive tour of Alexandria combined with personalized attention on this private excursion. Your guide will tailor the itinerary to your interests, and you can travel at your own pace. This tour is perfect for first-time visitors or those short on time, allowing you to see the important landmarks of Alexandria in just one day.
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  • 6 hours
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Archaeological Alexandria Experience

Archaeological Alexandria Experience

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Explore the many archaeological wonders of Alexandria and enjoy the full attention of your Egyptologist guide on this private tour. Highlights include visiting the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa, the Roman Amphitheater, and the library of Alexandria.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$80.00
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$80.00
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Alexandria Food Tour

Alexandria Food Tour

Eat your way through Alexandria with this guided food tour. Your guide will pick you up right from the airport and take you off the beaten path, leading you to restaurants frequented by locals, where you'll get to try out all sorts of Egyptian food while learning about local culture and history.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$60.00
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$60.00
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