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  • Location:Cairo, Egypt
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Best Alexandria Day Trip from Cairo

Behold historical Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city on this full-day tour from Cairo. Travel to this beautiful Mediterranean coastal city, founded by Alexander the Great in 312 BC, to learn more about how it served as Egypt’s capital for nearly 1,000 years. Explore the spooky Roman catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa; see medieval Fort Qaitbey where Alexandria’s fabled lighthouse once stood; and marvel at the new Alexandria Library, a disc-shaped wonder that honors the ancient library. Lastly, visit the National Museum, where Greek, Roman and medieval displays chart the city’s tumultuous past.


  • Full-day tour of Alexandria from Cairo, with an expert guide
  • Explore this laid-back Mediterranean city, founded by Alexandria the Great in the 4th century BC
  • Descend into the eerie Roman burial tunnels of Kom ash-Shuqqafa
  • Visit spectacular Alexandria Library, inspired by the city’s great ancient library and home to eight million books!
  • Walk the ramparts of Fort Qaitbey, built where Alexandria’s legendary lighthouse stood
  • Admire the Greek and Roman displays at Alexandria National Museum

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What You Can Expect

Best Alexandria Day Trip from Cairo

Admire the stunning new Alexandria library on your day trip from Cairo

Meet your guide in central Cairo and board your air-conditioned coach with your guide. Then, enjoy the views on your approximately 3-hour journey to Egypt’s second-largest city.

Fringing the Mediterranean, Alexandria was founded by Alexander the Great in 312 BC and is steeped in history. On arrival, head for the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa. Spread over three levels, these gloomy tunnels are the world’s largest known Roman burial site. Descend by spiral staircase to peer at their chambers, frescos and sculptures. You'll also see the triclinium, a banqueting room where relatives held feasts for the dead.

Back in daylight, visit the former site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the long-gone structure that was one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Walk the ramparts of Fort Qaitbey, the 15th-century citadel that stands on the lighthouse’s remains and absorb the ocean views.

Break for lunch (own expense) before your tour takes you to the new Alexandria Library. Inspired by the defunct ancient library, this 21st-century architectural wonder resembles a vast, sunlit disc. Head inside to marvel at its echoing reading rooms and chambers; the space houses around eight million books!

Finish at the impressive Alexandria National Museum. Here, stroll around the fascinating Greek and Roman relics, many recovered from under the sea, and the medieval and modern displays that tell the city's incredible story.

Afterward, return to your coach for your journey to Cairo and a drop-off at your original start point.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Long day, but worth every minute

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our tour guide (Hind) was friendly, knowledgeable and accomodating. Some of us had to be back in Cairo for train rides to Luxor and Aswan and she was able to get us to all of the fascinating sites and back in time for our departures. The day before the tour, my ATM card was swallowed by the ATM machine and she even contacted the bank to have them hold the card for me until I returned. 5 stars for Hind.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2015

Fun trip with a great guide. Drive was long but not bad at all. The tombs here were different than we saw anywhere else in Egypt, and the museum, while small, was incredibly informative and well designed. As long as you don't expect the grandeur of Giza pyramids this trip is definitely worth it.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This trip to Alexandria was great, the travel agency could not have done a better job. Dalia was a great guide and Farrak an excellent driver, kind and cool people. I was the only guest and they made a few changes to the plans for the day, no hassle. The Alexandria library is worth the trip, it is incredible.

It is however a VERY long trip (4 hours from Alexandria to Cairo...), on a very busy road, be ready for that!

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

First time to meet Hend and right from the start, we enjoyed her company. We visited all the places in our itinerary with complete narration. I forget the driver's name, but kudos to his pleasant personality.

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2015

Nice visit but hectic traffic

3 star rating: Worth doing February 2015

Interesting connection to the Greek and Roman rule, along with being beautiful along the Mediterranean. The round trip time in transport takes a while, so please be prepare to spend the majority of the day in transit.

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