City of Alexandria
Founded by Alexander the Great, ruled by Cleopatra and once rivalling Rome, the city has been a stage for eternal love stories, a shore for reunions and a port for departure. Alexandria is a showcase of Egypt's Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic civilizations, a living symbol of interaction between these civilizations and the Greek and Roman civilizations. The charm, wisdom and passion of this city by the sea has inspired civilizations throughout history, and today more than 55 cities around the world bear the name of Alexandria but there is only one original, the one that we will visit.
On the way to Alexandria
We do pick up from any hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. Pick up from your hotel as per the time stated in your invoice and transfer by a/c van to Sharm el Sheikh International Airport. Flight to Cairo will take 50 minutes. Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you upon arrival outside the main arrival hall of Cairo airport with the sign "Sharm-club.com". From the airport we will go to Alexandria by fast Cairo-Alexandria desert road, so it will take up to 2,5 hours to reach the city. The distance between Cairo and Alexandria 220 km, so on the way you will enjoy with the views of the desert as well as different plants which farmers grow in the desert: banana, peaches, and oranges, strawberries etc.
We will visit the only Roman amphitheatre in Egypt, dating back to the second century AD, discovered by chance in 1960 by Egyptian-polish expedition in Kom el-Dekka. Then move to Pompey pillar which was constructed in honour of Diocletian in 292 AD. Crusaders gave the name to this pillar "Pompey's" because they wrongly thought that the head of Pompey was buried on the top of the pillar. Originally this column was taken from a magnificent temple of Serapis. It's made of rose granite, has a Corinthian style capital and it was with its base 26,85 meters high.
Catacombs of Kom-al-Shukafa were discovered by chance in Karmoz aria in 1900 after 12 years of searching. The tomb dated back to the 1st or 2nd century and consists of 4 underground floors. The 1st and the 3rd floors are completely under the water. The most significant feature of this tomb is the existence of paintings on its walls that represent the overlap of three different kinds of art: Egyptian, Greek and Roman. Taking pictures inside the catacombs are not allowed.
National Museum of Alexandria
Lunch will be offered in a local restaurant. Then we will visit National Museum of Alexandria which is situated in the palace of Bassil Pasha, the museum has 1,800 objects on display now.
At the end of the day we will drive back to Cairo by a/c van to catch your flight back to Sharm el Sheikh. In Sharm el Sheikh our rep will meet you and transfer to your hotel.