Best of Alexandria

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Alexandria
Set along the Mediterranean, Alexandria is steeped in history. Egypt’s second largest city was founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE and grew into an important center of Hellenistic civilization, and its architecture, wealth and civic life once rivaled that of Athens and Rome. While many travelers visit on day trips from Cairo (a 2.5-hour drive to the southeast), Alexandria has some excellent hotels (including historic and seaside options) and restaurants, as well as plenty of daytime activities (museums, beach walks, scuba diving.

You can see vestiges of the past on guided tours through Alexandria’s most important sites. Local Egyptologists lead enlightening excursions into the Catacombs of Kom Ash Shuqqafa, the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt. At the Alexandria National Museum, you can explore ancient artwork, mythology and spiritual beliefs amid exhibitions that date from the Pharaonic period through Greco-Roman times and up to the Byzantine era. There’s also a 15th-century defensive fortress known as Fort Qaitbay and the massive Bibliotheca Alexandrina, home to a modern library, several museums and a planetarium.
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A safari adventure in the Siwa Desert
Map of Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days
Ancient Egypt & Oasis Adventure: Cairo, Alexandria & Siwa - 10 days

Venture to some of Egypt's most intriguing destinations as you travel from Cairo to Alexandria to the western oasis of Siwa. In the first part of the trip, you'll marvel at pyramids and temples, see pharaohs' treasures in the Egyptian Museum, and visit one of the largest and most important intellectual centers in the ancient world. Then move on to Siwa for outdoor adventures, including a safari tour.

The Pyramids of Giza
Highlights of Cairo, Alexandria, and Hurghada - 6 Days

During this 6-day trip, you'll learn about the ancient history of Cairo and Alexandria as well as visit the old beach town of Hurghada, located on the coast of the Red Sea. Get to know Cairo's old streets with historic churches and the Khan El Khalili old market, and spend a day seeing the Egyptian Museum and Pyramids of Giza. Wander through Alexandria to see ancient artifacts and the Roman Amphitheater, and transfer to Hurghada for diving, a desert safari, and relaxation.

The Nile River
Map of Egypt Cultural Tour & Nile River Cruise: Cairo, Siwa & More - 14 days
Egypt Cultural Tour & Nile River Cruise: Cairo, Siwa & More - 14 days

Explore Egypt by water and land on this action-packed two-week tour of the country. After getting oriented in Cairo, you'll cruise along the Nile on a boat, stopping to visit the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor Temple, and the Valley of the Kings. Then you'll continue the trip overland, exploring antiquities in Alexandria before retreating to the Siwa Oasis, home to the fascinating Berber settlements of the Egyptian desert. 

The Valley of the Kings
Explore Egypt: Ancient Cairo, Nile Cruise & Red Sea Beaches - 14 Days

This two-week tour showcases the highlights and hidden gems of Egypt— from ancient temples to Red Sea resorts. Discover the iconic Great Pyramids and the lesser-known sites of Saqqara and Dahshour, cruise up the Nile River from Aswan to Luxor, and head to the coast for rest and relaxation on the beaches of Hurghada. End your journey by circling back to Cairo, where you'll tour historic mosques and markets and embark on day trips to Alexandria and Fayoum.

Sail the Nile in a luxurious dahabiya sailing boat
Egypt & Jordan Grand Tour: Cairo, Nile Sailing Trip, Hurghada, Bahariya & Petra - 20 Days

Enjoy culture, adventure, and relaxation on this unforgettable 20-day tour of Egypt and Jordan. See the iconic pyramids, temples, and tombs of the ancient world, explore otherworldly deserts and Red Sea beaches, and board a traditional dahabiya sailboat to cruise the Nile River in style. After discovering Egypt's many highlights and hidden gems, it's time to hop over to Jordan to camp among the red dunes of Wadi Rum and experience the "Lost City' of Petra by candlelight.

Other popular travel destinations in Egypt
Cairo · Luxor · Aswan · Edfu · Kom Ombo · Esna · Hurghada · Sharm El Sheikh · Siwa · Fayoum