About ALEXANDRIA HOLIDAYS
Alexandria lies North-West of the Nile delta. Conquered and designed by Alexander the Great. Egypt’s second largest city and less chaotic than Cairo and home to the Pharos Lighthouse one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World. Bibliotheka Alexandria, the newly constructed library, is the greatest in the ancient world with relics from the third century BC. The original library held the greatest collection of human knowledge at the time and is believed to have been burned down during the 7th century. There are many beaches stretching east to west and they are popular for swimming and diving; beaches outside the city tend to be less crowded. The downtown Roman Amphitheatre is considered unique in Egypt and was only discovered in the early 1960’s laying on the foundations of a new building.
When To Go
The climate in Egypt is generally hot all year. Travel is possible throughout the year though winter and spring are the most popular times to travel. Cairo and Lower Egypt has cool temperatures however it can sometimes rain lightly but not often, Upper Egypt around Luxor is slightly warmer. The summer can get quite hot and dry with temperatures reaching into 50s; fewer visitors during this season may make it ideal for a less crowded visit in Upper Egypt.
Classical sight of Alexandria
fr. £57 per person
The Classical full day tour starting at the National Museum and following by the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, largest known Roman burial site in Egypt. Visit Pompey’s Pillar, which stands before the scant remains of the splendid Temple of Serapis.
Bibliotheca Alexandria & Museums
fr. £56 per person
The new Alexandria Library is a cultural complex, housed in a spectacular building of disc-like design overlooking the sea and partly submerged in a pool of water. Visit the Military Museum and the National Museum. Half day excursion.
fr. £65 per person
On the north coast, Alamein was the site of one of the Second World War’s most significant encounters between Rommel and General Montgomery halting the assault on Alexandria and the Suez Canal. The graves bear witness to the intensity of the fighting. Full day excursion.
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The town of Rashid came to be known as Rosetta, so named by the French during Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt. It is where the ‘Pierre de Rosette’ (Rosetta Stone was found by French soldiers in 1799.
Montazah Palace Gardens
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The one-time summer residence of the royal family and current residence of the President of Egypt. The main building is closed to the public but the gardens and beach are often frequented by locals on the weekend.
Orientation Tour of Alexandria
fr. £47 per person
Take in the magnificent Montazah Park, originally the summer residence of the royal family. A short visit to the Aquarium and then onto 15th century Mamluk Fortress, which overlooks the Eastern Harbour, and the Mosque of Abu Al-Abbas Mursi. Full day excursion.