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Stop At: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Mohmad said Al halawane Mohmad said Al halawane, Alexandria 21599 Egypt
Start your lovely day by meeting your guide at your hotel; take your high way from Cairo (about 3 hours' drive each way), arrive in the famous city then you will start exploring the city with your tour guide who will explain for you the old history of Alexandria.
starting by necropolis consists of a series of Alexandrian tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult with Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman influences. Due to the time period, many of the features of the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa merge Roman, Greek and Egyptian cultural points; some statues are Egyptian in style, yet bear Roman clothes and hair style whilst other features share a similar style. A circular staircase, which was often used to transport deceased bodies down the middle of it, leads down into the tombs that were tunneled into the bedrock during the age of the Antonine emperors (2nd century AD)The facility was then used as a burial chamber from the 2nd century to the 4th century, before being rediscovered in 1900 when a donkey accidentally fell into the access shaft. To date, three sarcophagi have been found
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Pompey's Pillar, Al Karah WA at Toubageyah WA Kafr Al Ghates, Alexandria 21599 Egypt
will be second attraction Pompey pillar, Its name is misleading. This single column standing on a rocky hilltop in the middle of Alexandria has nothing to do with the Roman Consul and General Gaius Pompey who was Julius Caesar’s rival in a civil war and was murdered by a Ptolomaic pharaoh in 48 BC when he fled to Alexandria.
This legend was started by Crusaders, who thought the 100-foot (30 meter) red Aswan granite pillar marked his burial site. The pillar is instead the a triumphal monument erected around 300 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, but the true significance of this archeological site is what stood here before the pillar.
It is the site of the Serapeum, Alexandria’s acropolis.
In the first centuries AD, Christianity was introduced to Egypt and Alexandria developed into its stronghold. Gradually, Christianity became the dominant religion in Egypt, relegating adherents to the ancient traditions and pagan gods an irrelevant minority that became increasingly unpopular.
The Serapeum, dedicated to Alexandria’s patron god, Serapis, was a symbol of this ancient tradition, which conflicted with the increasingly popular ideas of Christianity.In 391 AD, patriarch Theophilus, leader of the Church of Alexandria, led a Christian mob to destroy the Serapeum and other symbols of paganism in the city. Some accounts even blame this mob for the destruction of the Great Library of Alexandria, although this is disputed.
Today the only single column marks the site of what was once a huge and elaborate temple, which was constructed of marble and decorated with precious metals on the interior. Some of the tunnels around the complex remain and are open for tourists to explore and some of the artifacts from the temple have been recovered. A life-size black basalt bull from the temple and a golden plaque marking the foundation of the Serapis are on display in the Greco-Roman Museum.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Fort Qaitbey, 29 88545 N 31. 21372 E, Alexandria 21599 Egypt
this will be the third stop he Citadel of Qaitbay (or the Fort of Qaitbay; Arabic: قلعة قايتباي) is a 15th-century defensive fortress located on the Mediterranean sea coast, in Alexandria, Egypt. It was established in 1477 AD (882 AH) by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay. The Citadel is situated on the eastern side of the northern tip of Pharos Island at the mouth of the Eastern Harbour
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, El Shatby, Alexandria 30100 Egypt
this will be the one of the famous library in Egypt,The Great Library of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. The Library was part of a larger research institution called the Mouseion, which was dedicated to the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts. The idea of a universal library in Alexandria may have been proposed by Demetrius of Phalerum, an exiled Athenian statesman living in Alexandria, to Ptolemy I Soter, who may have established plans for the Library, but the Library itself was probably not built until the reign of his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus. The Library quickly acquired many papyrus scrolls, due largely to the Ptolemaic kings' aggressive and well-funded policies for procuring texts. It is unknown precisely how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, but estimates range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its height.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Lighthouse of Alexandria, Alexandria Egypt
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom, during the reign of Ptolemy II ...
Duration: 1 hour
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Infant meals not included.
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Marwa our guide was a very pleasant and personable guide to have and easy to work with. Her knowledge and guiding could use a bit more indepth description of the areas and sites we visited.
The driver however has a lot to be desired. He was quite rash especially on the return trip. Many a times he was looking down to where his cell phone was and reading while driving in heavy traffic.
Lucnh was at a nice restaurant that had vegetarion food options as well.
Second ttempt with Let's Explore Eygpt and tbh, the only reason I booked with them again was because all the others were sold out. A good tour I guess if you're travelling with a group. I was solo so had to pay more and I don't feel like what I paid and what was offered matched. Like I didn't feel it was worth what I paid.
The tour guide was okay. The library was underwhelming-not sure why it's famous-it's nice yes, but it's a library for crying out loud. I felt like my guide was rushing or maybe not as knowledgeable as other guides, for example, we got to one site after a group and we left before the group- I could hear the other guide really going into detail and taking them all over, not just specific points of interest. I couldn't really understand my guide ( didn't even catch his name) due to his accent (not his problem but mine) and he stayed in Alexandria afterwards and had the driver drive me back to Cairo which I thought was odd. No snacks or water provided like the tour mentioned, definitely no wifi. Not sure why they are presenting the tour with these additions if they are not certain every tour guide is equipped with these niceties.
Pick up from Cairo by guide with air-con comfy vehicle and driver.. straight to Alexandria 2-1/2hrs. Guide Medhat lovely man, English speaking, historical info for sites visited (Library, citadel, temple, harbour, city). Great meal in restaurant overlooking harbour. Should probably have stayed overnight to experience a bit more of city (but my time schedule did not allow) Well organised Let's Explore Egypt...more than happy with your. Next time I would come when it's a bit cooler though... Phew!!!
This was the worst tour guide I’ve ever experienced! I think his name is MetAhmed (sp). First of all, he slept almost the whole way from Cairo to Alexandria. We spent no more than 20 minutes at each sight and the worst thing was that he made me pay for all of the entrance fees, even though it is included. At lunch, he got into an argument with the waiter because he wanted to take his lunch to go. He kept asking me to post my review and to make sure I included that we were finished at 7, even though that was clearly not the case, as we were done with the whole tour by 1pm. We spent more time in the car than in the actual sites. And then, after visting the library he said he was going home (in Alexandria) and that the driver would be taking me back. The driver Kareem (sp) was incredibly nice and attentive. I only wish I could say the same for the guide. What a complete disappointment, DO NOT waste your money!!
Totally fantastic. Mawra from Let's Explore Egypt made the trip to Alexandria wonderful! Although a long ride from Cairo it went by so fast as we discussed many topics. Once we got to Alexandria explored catacombs, pillar, fortress and library where Mawra's expertise and professionalism shone.
Okay so how should I put this..the experience was made worse by our guide. Alexandria seems to be a beautiful, wonderful place but you need the proper guide. Our guide was late, didn't apologize for it but also the driver was late because he was sent to the wrong hotel. The tour guide apologized for that but proceeded to try to hook up me and my brother with Egyptians. Hey, if we had spent an hour or two getting to know each other this could be funny and fine but within 5 minutes you ask our relationship status...huge flag. Our tour started 45min late, our guide was a script and the only time he became animated was when trying to set up dates. Multiple time throughout the tour he got sidetracked by staring at women or trying to talk to them. We found it mostly funny except that he was inpatient and rushing along. He also seem to not be as knowledgeable about certain things or as caring about things that do not involving finding a girlfriend. During the ride to Alexandria he did very little explaining and even fell asleep, the driver woke him..in fact the driver seem to be incredulous to his behavior the entire trip. I don't do anything I don't want to do or well with underground, tight spaces and heights. So I went as high as I wanted on the citadel and as low as I could in the catacombs but what I saw was beautiful. He kept trying to make me do things or take certain pictures instead of asking if I would like too. Unlike other guides he didn't ask if he could sit with us and instead brought his awkwardness to lunch. I was highly uncomfortable with this trip and confused by some of his actions. Also traffic was horrendous coming back to Cairo and when we were almost there, he told us were going to stop at a perfume and oil place...not "hey would you like to go"...I felt like it was a ruse to get us there to sell us stuff so I told him I wanted to go back to my hotel. It wasn't an okay, instead he said we can get drinks and if you see something you buy it. So we had to tell him no again take us to the hotel. Maybe we had been spoiled but I found this to be my almost worst experience in Egypt.
A truly amazing tour. I got to check a ton of my bucket list with this tour. Catacombs, the pillar, the fort and a big one for me, the library of Alexandria. All this topped off with a delicious lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean and all the wonderful sites of the city. I felt like a Pharaoh or Roman emperor with such an amazing experience.
My guide, Eraky is a very knowledgeable and interesting man. He has extensive knowledge of the region and its history, while also being able to build up the excitement of the tour over the entire day. I had a fantastic tour and I highly recommend this to anyone looking to check out this amazing city and its sites!
The tour was excellent and my tour guide Khaled was amazing. He was highly knowledgeable and was able to answer all my questions. He took his time at each place we stopped to discuss the history and significance. He also provided a great deal of information throughout the drive which i really appreciated.
The only negative is that when I signed up it said I would be picked up by a minivan and that I would have internet access in the minivan which is one of the reasons I chose this over other tours. I was picked up in a normal 4-door car, which had a good amount of room, but there was no internet access in the car. This was the only misrepresentation.
It would be good to know if a site is going to be closed on the day of the tour. Unfortunately, we went on their x-mas, January 7th. Manar was great and allowed us to visit the local mall since we had extra time.
Khaled Mamdoh was my wonderful tour guide for the day. He was fantastic. An endless amount of knowledge on all things Egypt. Khaled and our driver always made an effort to ensure my comfort, never rushed me, and always made me feel safe. This is a must see city when in Egypt.
Had a fabulous day !! Thank you for the wonderful tour guide and driver
This tour was amazing!
I highly recommend this tour. I had a fantastic time with Manar. She was very knowledgeable and a lot of fun to be with. She taught me so much about Alexandria and we had a fantastic lunch with a gorgeous view. Made my experience incredible. Manar is definitely the guide you should ask for!
alexandria was a great stop about 3 hours from cario drive time. Mohammed was my tour guide he was an expert, spoke great english, and knew what he was talking about alexandria is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean. the catacombs, citadel, alexandria library, and the pillar of Pompei were good stops. my lunch was a restaurant called the fish market it overlooked the the coast line of alexandria.
If you have time while in Cairo, I would recommend taking a day trip to Alexandria. It was very safe and a great way to see the main points of the city. Our guide provided us with a ton of history and great explanations of each site we visited.
Migo was our guide and I would recommend him for this trip. He is very knowledgeable and helpful. He made suggestions about the sites and what would work for us. The picture suggestions were good too!
I was first impressed that our guide found me because I was staying with a friend in her neighborhood in Cairo. The tour was pleasant and the guide was great and funny. The driver was also very awesome. Where we had lunch in Alexandria, the food was wonderful, and the owner of the restaurant taught us how to make arabic bread and perfected his selfie skills. Overall, a great day out!
We had a wonderful day touring Alexandria with our guide Souzy Adell. We were treated to many sites and much information from our guide. I would recommend this day tour as you get the feel of Alexandria. The tour made us want to go back and spend more time in Alexandria.
Our driver Hassim and guide Sharif were incredibly friendly and helpful. They made us feel very safe and welcome. We had an amazing day exploring Alexandria and Sharif was very informative, by far the best guide we had during our stay in Egypt. We felt perfectly safe the whole time we were travelling around Egypt and would recommend to anyone.
Great day! Smiley, our guide was knowledgeable and fun company. Our driver maneuvered both the Cairo and Alexandria traffic like a pro. The tasty Egyptian lunch was in a beautiful white-linen waterfront restaurant. Smiley was eager to accommodate a special request and cheerfully made an extra stop on our return to Cairo. The rest stop along the highway was pleasant and clean. Definitely one of our highlights in our 2 weeks in Egypt.