Discover the heritage of Alexander the Great’s seaside metropolis by exploring the collections of the Alexandria National Museum. Visit the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Alexandria lighthouse. Learn more about an important WWII battle at one of Egypt’s best museums, the El Alamein War Museum. Enjoy plenty of free time taking in the romance of Alexandria’s waterfront
Soak up the seaside ambience and ancient heritage of Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city. Travelling via Cairo on this short independent trip, you’ll have the chance to see some of the country’s most compelling sights, from the Italianate architecture and Greco-Roman statues of the Alexandria National Museum to the 15th-century Qaitbay Fort by the harbour.
Breakfast Included: 2 Lunches Included: 1 Dinner Included:
Cairo – Alexandria
Your trip begins at 8am. You will be picked up from the Novotel Cairo El Borg (or your hotel of choice, if advised prior to departure). Please be ready and waiting in the hotel foyer at 7.50 am. You will then drive out towards the pyramids before following the 'desert road' to the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria (approximately 3 hours). Along the way there will be a short stop at a cafeteria. You will be taken to your hotel in Alexandria on arrival. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided exploration of the new Alexandria Museum. It contains a fine display of Ancient Egyptian, Hellenistic and Muslim artefacts and statues. Then it's off to visit the Roman Catacombs.
You will be collected from your hotel this morning for the 105-kilometre drive west to El Alamein (approximately 1.5 hours). On arrival you will visit the small but excellent museum, containing a substantial collection of wartime memorabilia. Continue then to the Commonwealth Cemetery, where you can pay your respects to the fallen. Australian visitors here will also be interested in the small, separate memorial to the Australian contingent. In the summer months, there is usually the chance to have a swim on the way back to Alexandria. Lunch is included today.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Cairo. Please be ready to be collected by 10.30 am. The morning is yours to explore the city as you please. Depending on traffic conditions, you should be back at your Cairo hotel at around 2 pm. Your trip comes to end on arrival into Cairo