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Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city overlooking the Mediteranean Sea. Its pleasant weather, amazing beaches and various attractions makes it target for most Egyptian as well as tourists to enjoy the many attractions Alexandria has to offer. If you are visiting Cairo you can add to your visit a day tour to Alexandria which is only 2:30 hours away from Cairo and enjoy the pleasant weather and Alexandria’s main land marks of Roman Amphitheatre, Pombay pillar, Bibloteque Alexandria, Catacomb of Kom El Shouqafa, Citadel of Quitbay from Outside and Alexandria National museum. Lunch will be served at Saint Giovanni one of Alexandria’s best local restaurants. Alexandria day tour from Cairo is one of the main activities you can enjoy if you are visiting Egypt.
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Meet your guide at 7:00 am to start your full day tour to Alexandria the second largest city and the main port of Egypt with a population of 3.5 to 5 million. The city was built on a small village by the orders of Alexander the great whom the city immortalize his name. the city flourished to be a main cultural, political and economic metropolis in the Mediterranean sea. Alexandria extends about 20 miles along the coast of the Mediterranean sea in north central Egypt. Today the city became an important industrial centre due to the natural gas and oil pipes that extends from Suez as well as the city is a centre for many industrial factories. Alexandria is the main summer resort for most Egyptians due to its pleasant weather in the summer.
The catacomb of Kom El Shoukfa:
the largest roman burial place in all of Egypt. It consist of a multi-level labyrinth, reached via a large spiral staircase, and featuring dozens of chambers adorned with sculpted pillars, statues, and other syncretic Romano-Egyptian religious symbols, burial niches and sarcophagi, as well as a large Roman-style banquet room, where memorial meals were conducted by relatives of the deceased. The catacombs were long forgotten by the citizens until they were discovered by accident in the 1800s. North East of the catacomb stands the Pompay Pillar was orginally a part of a temple colonnade.
is a massive 25m (82ft) pink granite monument measuring 9m (30ft) around its girth. The pillar should rightfully called Diocletian’s Pillar, as it was built for the emperor in AD 297, and was the only monument left standing following the violent arrival of the Crusaders around 1000 years later.
The Roman Amphitheatre:
also known as the roman theatre located near the Greco Roman museum. It consists of semicircle marble terraces. The theatre was discovered when digging for a new apartment building and it is very well preserved.
The Citadel of Qaitbay:
Is a defensive fort overlooking the Mediterranean sea. It is said to be built upon the ruins of the ancient light house of Alexandria which was considered one of the wonders of ancient world.
The new Biblotequa Alexandria:
was inaugurated in 2003 to replace the old Royal Alexandria library that was considered the largest in the world but was destroyed in a fire.
Abu Abbas al-Mursi Mosque:
In the center of Alexandria lies Abu El Abbas Mosque. The mosque is a shrine for a wholly suffi and beside it some other shrines for other wholly muslims. The main dome of the mosque is well decorated and its main highlight. The exterior of the mosque has a panorama appearance. It is a place of Muslim worship, therefore you should show respect to the place, getting of your shoes and men should not wear shorts while women should be veiled and wearing long clothes.
Lunch will be served during the tour in a local restaurant .
At the end of the day return to Cairo.