Embark on a captivating journey to the historical city of Alexandria with the “From Cairo: Full-Day Historical Alexandria Tour.” Rated 4.7/5 from 495 reviews, this tour offers a unique opportunity to explore the remnants of ancient civilizations. From the grand Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka to the mysterious Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa and the imposing Citadel of Qaitbay, this 10-11 hour excursion provides a comprehensive look into Alexandria’s rich past. Accompanied by an expert Egyptologist guide, you’ll dive deep into the history and cultural heritage of one of Egypt’s most fascinating cities, making this tour a must-do for anyone visiting Cairo.
Exploring Alexandria's Ancient Wonders: A Journey Through Time
🏛️ Roman Amphitheater of Kom El-Deka: Discover the ancient Roman theater with its well-preserved marble stone, showcasing the architectural prowess of the time.
⚰️ Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa: Marvel at this unique blend of Pharaonic and Greco-Roman architecture, regarded as one of the seven wonders of the middle ages.
🗿 Pompey’s Pillar: Witness this famous Roman triumphal column and its surrounding artifacts, offering insights into Alexandria’s rich history.
📚 Iconic Library of Alexandria: Although a photo stop, this location embodies the intellectual and cultural significance of ancient Alexandria.
🏰 Citadel of Qaitbay: Stroll along the ancient ramparts of this 15th-century fortress, built on the site of the legendary Alexandria Lighthouse.
Beginning with the Majestic Roman Amphitheater: A Glimpse into Alexandria’s Roman Past
Your tour starts with a visit to the Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka, a remarkable example of Roman architectural excellence. As you explore this historic site, which could once accommodate over 800 spectators, you’ll get a sense of the cultural and social life in ancient Roman Alexandria. The pleasure gardens, Roman baths, and villas surrounding the theater further add to the understanding of the daily lives of its ancient inhabitants.
Unveiling the Secrets of the Catacombs: An Underground Journey into Ancient Tombs
Next, delve into the depths of the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, a fascinating underground necropolis that blends Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artistic traditions. This multi-level labyrinth, dating back to the 2nd century AD, offers a unique insight into the burial practices and artistic expressions of the period. The catacombs represent a significant historical and architectural wonder, providing a captivating experience for history enthusiasts.
Standing Tall: A Symbol of Alexandria’s Roman Heritage
Visit Pompey’s Pillar, an ancient Roman triumphal column that stands as a testament to Alexandria’s rich past. This towering structure, made of red granite, is a significant landmark and offers a glimpse into the Roman architectural and sculptural skills. Your guide will share stories and historical contexts that bring this site to life, making it a memorable part of your tour.
Exploring a Fortified Piece of Alexandria’s Maritime History
Your journey continues at the Citadel of Qaitbay, a defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean seafront. Built on the site of the ancient Alexandria Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the citadel provides a scenic view of the sea and the city. Walking through its ramparts, you’ll learn about its strategic importance throughout history and its role in protecting Alexandria from naval invasions.
Concluding with a Scenic Return to Cairo: Reflecting on a Day of Historical Immersion and Discovery
As your tour concludes, you’ll be driven back to Cairo, reflecting on the rich tapestry of history and culture you’ve experienced in Alexandria. From the grand Roman amphitheater to the mysterious catacombs and the imposing Citadel of Qaitbay, this tour offers a comprehensive look into the historical significance of one of Egypt’s most important cities. The return journey to Cairo gives you time to process the day’s explorations and to appreciate the blend of ancient civilizations that have shaped Alexandria.
Booking this full-day historical tour from Cairo to Alexandria in advance is essential for those looking to explore the depth of Egypt’s rich cultural and historical heritage. This tour is not just a sightseeing trip; it’s an educational journey that takes you through the annals of time, uncovering the secrets of ancient civilizations that once thrived in Alexandria. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this captivating exploration of one of Egypt’s most historically significant cities.
Our Experience visiting Alexandria in 2022
A few years back, we embarked on a full-day historical tour to Alexandria from Cairo, and our journey was a mixed bag. Alexandria’s ancient marvels, steeped in Greco-Roman and Egyptian history, offer a vivid contrast to Cairo and Giza’s Pharaonic sites. Yet, our guide’s unprofessional behavior cast a shadow over the city’s enchanting tales. Places like the Roman amphitheater of Kom El-Deka, the enigmatic Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, and the grandiose Pompey’s Pillar, though profound, were somewhat overshadowed by our guide’s discourtesy.
The tour, inclusive of the Citadel of Qaitbay—a testament to Alexandria’s bygone era—sits on the ancient Lighthouse’s foundations, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But let’s be frank, the lengthy commute from Cairo, potentially a 3-hour affair each way, demands a chunk of time you might regret not spending within Cairo’s own historic embrace—amidst treasures like the Egyptian Museum, the vibrant Khan El Khalili Bazaar, or the city’s Coptic and Islamic hallmarks.
The Alexandria excursion is a treasure trove for history aficionados or those who’ve ticked off Cairo’s main attractions. It’s a journey back to the less accentuated Hellenistic and Roman epochs of Egypt’s long narrative. However, it’s crucial to have ample time at your disposal to appreciate the historical depth Alexandria offers genuinely. If pressed for time in Cairo, you might find more joy in the plethora of wonders Cairo itself has in store, rather than risking a day with a less-than-stellar guide in Alexandria.