Take in more of the sweetness of Cairo and Alexandria on this one day tour. Enjoy a visit to the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Explore Pompey’s Pillar. the list goes on and on for this short yet majestic tour.
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Explore Alexandria and leave all the hustle and the logistics to the experts. Visit the underground catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Pompey’s Pillar, the Quitbay fort, and the new library of Alexandria.
Alexandria which was founded by Alexander the Great around 331BC is Egypt’s only Mediterranean city with a distinctly European atmosphere. After you arrive head to the The underground Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa.
The underground Catacombs
The fort of Qaitbay
Alexandria Library Tour
Lunch at a seafood restaurant
The ancient Roman theatre
Visit the underground catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. the Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa are the largest and most important burial archeological site in Egypt. They date back to the Greco-Roman period. The site was discovered accidentally at the beginning of the 20th century.
Being the most important Greco Roman necropolis in Egypt, The burials have a mixture of Pharaonic, Hellenistic, and Roman ornamental art, basics that were all common during this period in Alexandria.
Next to the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa is located Pompay’s pillar. The only known free-standing column in Roman Egypt is one of the largest ancient monolithic columns ever erected. The column is a pink granite cut from the ancient quarries at Aswan. The weight of the column shaft, a single piece of red granite, is estimated to be 285 tonnes. The column is 26.85 m high including its base and capital.
Enjoy a visit to Fort Qaitbay, once considered one of the foremost important self-protective forts along the Mediterranean coast. It was a vital part of the fortification system of Alexandria within the 15th century AD.
The fort was built in front of the eastern harbor on the eastern side of Pharos Island, it was erected on the exact spot of the well-known Lighthouse of Alexandria. In the 14th century, there was a destructive earthquake and the whole structure was fully destroyed; the citadel you see now was constructed in its place.
The Ancient Library of Alexandria was probably the foremost important and clearly the most big-name of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and acted as a major center of knowledge, at least until the time of the Roman conquest of Egypt, and probably for multiple centuries subsequently. The old library was destroyed during a fire around the 1st century BC. The majestic new library was opened in 2002 genuinely near to the spot of the ancient one.
Enjoy your lunch in one of the amazing seafood restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean sea. If you are that type of seafood person, there are many options are available. Just ask your guide to recommend you other options.
After your lunch, head to the ancient Roman theatre in the center of the city. It was discovered during the 1960s when a government structure was planned for this site over the remains of a Napoleonic fort that had before been destroyed. nevertheless, during excavation, the remains of the Roman theatre were found. A Polish crew was responsible for its excavation. It was the first, and so far only one discovered in a town which, according to an ancient source, formerly had four hundred of them. It’s in a general area called Kom el Dikka now, which has become the city’s largest archaeological site.
Take in more of the sweetness of Cairo and Alexandria on this one-day tour. Enjoy a visit to the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Explore Pompey’s Pillar. the list goes on and on for this short yet majestic tour.
- Enjoy a seafood meal
- Explore the underground Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Pompay's pillar, and the second biggest library in the world, Alexandria Bibliotheca
- Delve into Alexandria streets and enjoy a walk along the coast
- Explore the fort of Qaitbay
- Duration: 1 day
- Start/Finish City: Cairo
- Service Level: Standard
- Fitness level: 1 – light
- Trip Type: Classic
- Transportation in/out of Cairo
- The Roman Theatre
- Montazah gardens
- Qaitbay Fort
- Pompey's Pillar
- the Alexandria Library
- The Catacombs of Komel-Shokafa
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- Guide fees
- Sites are not mentioned in the trip itinerary
- Tipping (Restaurants, Hotels, drivers, The local guide)
Visit the underground catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Pompey’s Pillar, the Quitbay fort, and the new library of Alexandria.
The information in this trip details document has been collected with care and is handed in straightness. Still, it’s subject to change. Sometimes our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from other travelers, comments, and our own research. Our goal is to deliver you with the foremost satisfying experience.
There’s a relatively amount of inflexibility built into the itinerary and formerly in a while, it’s going to be required, or desirable to form differences. The itinerary is brief, as we never know precisely where our journey will take us. Due to our style of trip and the areas we visit, travel can be changeable. Our tour details are only a general guide to your journey and therefore the visited regions and any mention of specific destinations is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Any of the travel times listed within the itinerary are approximations only and will be subject to vary because of regional circumstances.
On this trip, we will use an air-conditioned private vehicle. Please remember that on this tour are some long driving hours. The estimated driving time from Cairo to Alexandria is 3 hours, without toilet stops and coffee breaks. Please note that any times mentioned are approximations only to offer you a thought of the journey lengths and therefore the actual time taken will depend upon factors like public transport timetables and road conditions, or even region circumstances.
Please note that Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the globe, during which period the followers of Islam shouldn’t eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. during Ramadan, there could also be disruptions to schedules and some limitations to services, but generally, our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is out there to non-Muslims throughout the day. It is vital to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose-fitting clothes, that cover knees, and shoulders, and check out to avoid eating, drinking, or smoking publicly out of respect for those that can’t at that point.
US Dollars that are series 1996 or earlier are not accepted and are very difficult to change in Egypt.
The main goal of our tour guide is to take the hassle out of your trip and to assist you to have the best holiday possible. He will provide information on the places, and the sites you are traveling through. Offers suggestions for activities to do and things to see. Also, recommends great local eating venues, and introduces you to our local friends. Also, you’ll expect our guides to possess a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including cultural, historical, religious, and social aspects. Additionally, we work with local guides where we expect more specific knowledge will increase the enjoyment of the places we are visiting.
Max 12 in each group.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with Egyptiva you witness the vast array of amazing food that’s available out in the world. Lunch is included in the trip cost, however, there’s a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in choosing where what and with whom to eat. Food is inexpensive. Your tour guide will be qualified to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip.
Every tourist is different and thus spending money requirements will vary. Some tourists may drink more than others while other tourists wish to purchase more souvenirs than most. Consider your own spending habits when it involves allowing drinks, shopping, and tipping. Please also remember the subsequent specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Tipping may be a way of life within the Middle East. Please note that the majority of locals will usually tip anyone who provides them with services. In many cases, people depend upon the ideas they receive to supplement the low salary and wages of the center East region.
While on the tour, it’s customary and even expected to tip small service providers like local guides, restaurants, and van drivers. Tips are considered an important means of supplementing income for those working within the tourism industry.
A guideline for tipping is about $5-10 USD per day, counting on the standard of the service. you’ll pay in US dollars or the equivalent Egyptian pound, most of the locals prefer Egyptian pounds!
ATMs are found within main cities in Egypt and can generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. it’s an excellent idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard if, in the least possible as while there’s no hard and fast rule, some banks seem to only work with one brand of card. Please consider, your bank will charge a fee for overseas withdrawals.
Cash is suggested for times when ATMs aren’t accessible. Euros, US Dollars, and British Pounds are all easy to exchange for the Egyptian pound. Please note that you simply should bring some cash with you for emergency situations but carrying only cash may be a high safety risk. ATM card/s and a few cash is that the ideal mix.
If you’re bringing US Dollars, please confirm that the notes are new and in good shape. mank Notes older than 1996, or with any tears or blemishes might not be accepted. Be fussy together with your bank when buying cash!
- Local Currency: Original Currency The authorized unit of currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP).
- Electricity: Please note that Egypt uses 220V, 50Hz and plugs are two-pronged rounded.
- Language: Arabic (in Egyptian slang) is the official language of Egypt.
- Climate: The winter months are from October to March and are characterized by cold nights and nice days. Summer is from April to September and is characterized by accelerating dry heat and dust. It rains generally only briefly bursts within the period from the start of November until March.
While visiting mosques and other religious monuments you ought to dress modestly, cover your shoulders and you should not wear short shorts or skirts. Outside of capital cities and therefore the more touristic centers, local dress is usually more conservative and as a matter of respect, we ask that both men and ladies are conscious of this and recommend loose-fitting clothes together with your shoulders covered. Ask your tour guide for more specific advice.
DRINKING WATER: it’s advisable to drink bottled water in Egypt.
Please note inoculations could also be required for the country visited. it’s your responsibility to consult your travel doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure.
There are not any specific health requirements for this trip. However, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A, and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt, it’s not normally found within the areas where we travel. you ought to consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure. We recommend that you simply carry a primary Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes, also as any personal medical requirements. Please remember that we are in remote areas and far away from medical facilities a few times during this trip, and for legal reasons, our leaders are prohibited from administering any sort of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.
Like anywhere within the world, major towns have areas safer than others, use sense, be aware of your surroundings and mind your personal stuff.
Many national governments provide a frequently updated advice service on questions of safety involved in international travel. We recommend that you simply check your government’s advice for his or her latest travel information before departure. It’s recommended to use a belt or neck wallet while traveling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers’ cheques, cash, and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelry reception – you will not need it while traveling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is that the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is suggested to keep your luggage secured. When traveling on a group trip, please note that your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it’s deemed necessary thanks to safety concerns. Your guide will be with you on all included activities. During your tour, you’ll have some extra time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. Please note that any optional activities you undertake aren’t part of your itinerary and that we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the quality of the operators running them. Please use your own logic when selecting an activity in your free time. The cities visited on the road are generally safe during the day. However, there are often risks to wandering throughout any major city in the dark. it’s our recommendation to remain in small groups and to require taxis to and from restaurants, or during nighttime excursions.
Protests and Demonstrations: Protests and demonstrations, even people who are well intended, have the potential to show violence with no warning. Counter protests also can turn violent and security forces may disperse demonstrators and protesters at any time. If you’re in a neighborhood where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo op and leave the place immediately.
Water-based activities have a component of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water-based activities when amid a guide(s). We do our best to make sure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. it’s our policy to not allow our tour guides to form arrangements on your behalf for water-based activities that aren’t amid guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is usually at your own risk.
Illegal drugs won’t be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group in danger. Smoking marijuana and opium may be a part of local culture in some parts of the planet but isn’t acceptable for our travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and especially the local people that make the planet the special place it is. The exploitation of individuals within the sex trade is totally contrary to the present philosophy. Our guide has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.
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For this trip and all our trips, the minimum age is 18 years.
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0–05.99 Totally free
6-11+ Pay 50% of the tour charge.
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If your package includes flying, you may be charged an additional fee for the kid rate.
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Egyptiva does not charge a cancellation fee for cancellations caused by “force majeure” factors such as volcanoes, earthquakes, or circumstances beyond its control.
Domestic flights, trains, and air-conditioned cars via road are all included in the transportation for all excursions. When driving by car, Wi-Fi, bottled water, and an ice box are all provided. All of the cars are brand new, with the most up-to-date design and technology.
Egyptiva Experience Leaders
Egyptiva Experience Leaders are always on hand to meet and greet you at your pick-up and drop-off locations. All tours of Egypt’s attractions, both included and optional, feature the continual instruction of a highly certified Egyptologist tour guide.
Traveling with Children
Traveling with Children in Egypt- Children like seeing Egypt’s Pyramids, Temples, and Tombs since it is frequently part of their school curriculum. Egyptiva has packages for people of all ages that include outstanding multi-location sites like Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, the Nile Cruise, and Red Sea Resorts.