Come discover the beauty of Alexandria, the gem of the Mediterranean. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable journey that takes you to the Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the picturesque Montaza Palace & gardens, as well as iconic landmarks like the Citadel of Quait Bay, Abu El Abbass Mosque, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this historic city in all its glory!
Duration : Day trip 8 hours
Tour type: Shore excursion | Sightseen tour
Tour location: Alexandria
Tour availability: Daily, all year-round
Pick up – Drop off: Alexandria Port | Your hotel
Highlights of Alexandria 8-h tour to Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and more
- Your round-trip transfers to and from Alexandria Port are taken care of.
- A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on your journey.
- This is a private tour tailored specifically for you and your companions.
- You will be transported in the comfort of air-conditioned vehicles.
- Explore the renowned Bibliotheca Alexandrina and be amazed by the maze-like allure of the Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa.
Description of the tour | Tour itinerary
1. Alexandria Port | The Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa
Embark on a journey from the bustling Port of Alexandria to the grand Catacombs of Kom El Shuquafa, a true marvel of the Middle Ages. Unearthed by a serendipitous donkey in 1900, these catacombs boast the title of the largest Roman burial site in Egypt, with over 300 tombs preserved within its walls. Dating back to the 2nd century A.D., these elaborate caverns were originally thought to be created for a single family, yet they were later expanded to three levels, plunging a staggering 90 feet deep into the solid rock. Rich in a fusion of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian influences, the catacombs impress with their intricate design and ornate decorations. One must descend a winding staircase to enter this subterranean world, adding to the mystique and wonder of this remarkable site.
2. The Citadel of Quait Bay
Embark on a journey to the Citadel of Quait Bay, a breathtaking spot for capturing stunning photos. This iconic site was once home to the magnificent lighthouse of Ancient Alexandria, hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Constructed in the 3rd century B.C., it boasted an impressive height of 380 to 440 ft and boasted a staggering three hundred rooms for laborers in its lower section. At its core, a mesmerizing double spiral ascent and advanced hydraulics system lifted fuel to the top, where a mysterious lantern stirred much debate. Some sources suggest a steel mirror that reflected sunlight during the day and fire at night, while others claim it was crafted from glass.
In 956 A.D, an earthquake shook the land and brought about the downfall of the lantern and top two levels of the lighthouse. Sadly, this was not the end of its misfortunes as more earthquakes in 1303 and 1323 ravaged the tower, leaving it in ruins. However, in the late 15th century, Sultan Qaitbey took the initiative to reconstruct the tower and created a new fort using some parts of the original structure. The ingenious use of these blocks is evident in their noticeably larger size compared to the rest of the fortifications.
3. The Abu El Abbass Mosque
During our tour, we will make a captivating pit stop at the magnificent Abu El Abbass Mosque. As the biggest mosque in Alexandria, it serves as a shining example of stunning Islamic architecture. While the current structure was built in 1775, parts of it date all the way back to 1286 A.D., adding to its rich history and significance.
4. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
As we continue our journey, I’m excited to announce that we will also have the chance to make a photo stop at the historic Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, dating all the way back to 1915.
5. Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Your next stop will be the magnificent Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a modern marvel constructed on or near the location of the legendary ancient Library of Alexandria. Combining a stunning architectural design with a rich history, the original library was established in the 3rd century BC and served as much more than just a repository for books. It was a renowned hub of intellectual activity, housing a museum, school, and serving as a world-renowned center for scholarship. Sadly, in the 4th century AD, a devastating fire claimed both the library and adjacent museum.
However, our tour will grant you exclusive access to the new library, as well as a leisurely walk through the premises, featuring additional attractions such as a museum, galleries, and a planetarium. Get ready to be immersed in the world of architecture as your knowledgeable guide takes you through its history, development, and the crucial role played by UNESCO in its creation.
5. The Montaza Gardens
Experience the captivating world of architecture firsthand as your expert guide leads you on a journey through its rich history, evolution, and the vital role UNESCO has played in shaping its development.
- Pick up from Alexandria Port.
- Air-conditioned Private Vehicle
- 1 Day tour in Alexandria as mentioned in the program
- Entrance fees to the above mentioned sites
- English speaking guide
- One bottle of Mineral water to each person
- All service charges & tax
- Assist & transfer to Alexandria Port to catch your Cruise
- Any other optional tours if required
What do you have to take with
- Warm clothes in winter
- Light clothes in the summer
- Solid shoes
- Headgear | Hat
- The terrain may be uneven or steep cameras, bags & smoking are not permitted inside the Egyptian Museum, Egyptian museum is not air-conditioned, there is elevator inside the Egyptian Museum for wheelchair guests.
- The Alexandria Library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and will be replaced by a visit to the Citadel of Quait.