PRIVATE TOUR: Discover more of Egypt on this 4 day Alexandria City break, starting in Cairo. Visit the portside city of Alexandria, explore its thrilling Roman Catacombs and connect with history at the illustrious Library of Alexandria. Enjoy a free day in Alexandria or visit the chilling War Graves of El Alamein, before ending the tour back in Cairo.
Welcome to Egypt and the start of your city stay! Arrival Cairo and included transfer to your hotel. The remainder of today is at your leisure to relax or explore Cairo your way.
Cairo - Alexandria. Departing at approximately 7am this morning we drive to the port side city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Coast. Known for its broad beaches and seafront corniche dotted with sun loungers, amusements and cafes, we embark on a guided tour of the Roman catacombs. Heading underground, we view the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt that is complete with burial chambers, labyrinth alleyways, and entertainment rooms for families who seek to visit the dead.
From the catacombs we visit Pompey's Pillar. The modest 25m tower is all that remains of an ancient column from the ruined Temple of Serapis.
Our next stop is the impressive Library of Alexandria, where free time will be offered for photos of the exterior. If we are fortunate, and it is open to the public during our stop here, those who are interested can go inside.
Afterwards, we take a leisurely stroll along the corniche to the Citadel of Qaitbey. We explore this attractive fortress, which was built on the site of the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Devastatingly, the once glorious lighthouse was destroyed by a powerful earthquake in 1323AD.
After hotel check in, take time to freshen up before heading out for a drive along the corniche followed by dinner (included).
Overnight: Alexandria | Breakfast, Dinner
Alexandria - El Alamein (optional) - Cairo. Today is a day at leisure, feel free to explore Alexandria at your own pace or opt to join our day trip to El Alamein.
If choosing to visit El Alamein, we will visit the Commonwealth War Graves of El Alamein. It is here where two extended battles were fought during World War II. The first began on the 1st of July 1942, lasted for 27 days and ended as a stalemate. After 3 months of holding back the enemy, the Allies launched a second attack which lasted for 13 days. This saw the Allied forces (including British, Australian and New Zealand soldiers) push back the Axis powers for ultimate defeat in Tunisia. Some 13,000 Allied soldiers were killed and 70,000 were wounded in the battle.
Later, we tour the compact El Alamein military museum that acts as a memorial for the battle and houses original war vehicles, weapons, uniforms and records. The displays in the museum detail the complete history of World War II in North Africa. It is shown from all sides and stands on the site where the actual battle took place.
This afternoon we return to Cairo, arriving back early evening.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast, Lunch
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply, contact us for details.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, Cairo
Overlooking the Nile and offering distant views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, this Holiday Inn provides the perfect location for your stay in Cairo. Each guestroom features a balcony (not Nile View as standard) and is well-equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi. Evenings can be spent enjoying international or Egyptian cuisine and unwinding with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s bars. Thanks to the friendly hotel staff, you’ll soon feel at home. And with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop lounge and pool, there’s no better place to base yourself for exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders.
Sonesta Hotel Cairo, Cairo
The Sonesta Hotel & Casino is a sophisticated and luxurious hotel offering spacious, en-suit rooms with opulent furnishings. Enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar or indulge in a relaxing massage or Turkish steam bath at the full-service spa. With 5 restaurants located within the hotel you'll be spoilt for choice over dining options.
Steigenberger Hotel el Tahrir, Cairo
Ideally located in the heart of downtown Cairo, the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir is right by the lively Tahrir Square. Guestrooms offer peace and quiet away from the high-energy of the city, with contemporary decor and sound-proofed windows overlooking views of Cairo. The wellness facilities are state-of-the-art, including a fitness centre, outdoor pool and sauna and massage rooms. Be sure to take advantage of the poolside bar and delicious hotel restaurant, or enjoy the option of 24-hour in-room dining.