Historic Alexandria
Historic Alexandria
Historic Alexandria

Historic Alexandria

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This compact exploration of Alexandria is tailored for those with an interest in the historically significant events at El Alamein. A perfect addition to other Egyptian or Middle Eastern tours, this package takes in the highlights of the city founded by Alexander the Great blending the best of Egypt and the Mediterranean.

Highlights

  • Reflect on those who came before at the sobering Allied Cemetery of El Alamein
  • Discover why Alexander the Great decided to create a city in his name at this confluence of Egypt and the Mediterranean
  • Explore the merging of two great civilisations through the architecture flavours and atmosphere of this great city

Please note: The Single Room price displayed above is for a single room in conjunction with other travellers. A solo traveller may incur a supplement

  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Important Information

Day 1: Cairo - Alexandria

Today you will be transferred to the train station to board a train (First Class) to Alexandria where Cleopatra rolled herself into a rug to be smuggled into Julius Caesar’s Palace. The city is also famed for its lighthouse from antiquity, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the historic Library which was destroyed by fire but in more modern times reconstructed.

Note: This is a first class Egyptian Rail Train. The standard of service and facilities may not be in keeping with European trains.

On arrival by train into Alexandria you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel. Your accommodation in Alexandria has been reserved for two nights.  

Day 2: Alexandria (B)

This morning you will depart on a full day tour to El Alamein located 105kms to the west of Alexandria and site of one of the most decisive battles of World War II. It was here that 200,000 Allied soldiers under the command of Bernard Montgomery finally defeated Erwin Rommel – known as the Desert Fox. This battle which cost many lives on both sides is credited with leading to the surrender of the Axis forces in North Africa. The Allied Cemetery and museum are sober places to reflect on this significant WWII campaign. Also visit the El Alamein museum which holds many fascinating exhibits relating to the period. Return to Alexandria late afternoon.

Day 3: Alexandria – Cairo (B)

Today you will be picked up from your hotel for your half day tour of Alexandria.
Start with a visit of Pompeii's Pillar, a column of red Aswan granite standing some 90 feet high with a circumference of 27 feet. The pillar was erected in honour of the Emperor Diocletian. Continue with the Catacombs of Kom El-Shouqafa. These tombs were tunnelled into bedrock at the time of the Antonine emperors in the 2nd century AD for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion. Although the funerary motifs are purely ancient Egyptian, the architects and artists were schooled in the Greco-Roman style. Finally visit Alexandria National Museum. The museum comprises more than 1800 archaeological pieces that narrate the Pharaonic Greek Roman Coptic Islamic and modern history of Egypt. One display features pieces picked up from the seabed at Abu Ker Bay and the eastern harbour near the Qaitbay Citadel.

Later you will be transferred from your hotel to the station for your train from Alexandria to Cairo.

Note: This is a first class Egyptian Rail Train. The standard of service and facilities may not be in keeping with European trains.

On arrival by train into Cairo at you will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

TOUR INCLUSIONS:

  • Private airport transfers
  • Accommodation including daily buffet breakfasts
  • Return rail trip Cairo/Alexandria x Alexandria/Cairo
  • Private transfers in A/C transportation
  • Sightseeing with Private Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees as applicable

TOUR EXCLUSIONS:

  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Accommodation based on the following or similar

Alexandria

Tourist Class - Hotel Windsor or Metropole (side sea view deluxe room)

First Class - Sofitel Cecil (Classic room)

Deluxe Class - Helnan Palestine (Standard room)

Super Deluxe Class - Four Seasons (Superior City View)

Cruising the Nile
Please use cruise itineraries as a guideline only. The order of sightseeing and overnight destinations may vary and are subject to change due to the operation of Esna Lock, or at the discretion of the of the cruise company. Should a change of boat be required due to any unforeseen circumstances prior to departure, an alternative of the same standard or better will be offered if available

There are many river boats that cruise between Luxor and Aswan. They provide accommodation and transportation for the majority of tourists travelling to Egypt. Each night and whilst moored for sightseeing, it is common for 4-5 cruise boats to be parked abreast of each other. The location of your boat will vary from port to port however in many cases your view from your cabin will be restricted to cruising periods only.

Sightseeing on Nile Cruise boats is operated by the cruise company. You will be allocated an English speaking guide and small group of other English speaking tourists for sightseeing upon embarkation. The order of sightseeing may vary depending on the local port authorities. If a tomb or temple is unable to be visited an alternative will be provided where possible.

Sightseeing (non cruise)
All sightseeing unless specified is on a private basis with a driver and guide. Sightseeing generally takes place in the cooler periods of the day ie early morning or late afternoon therefore on occasion some early starts may be necessary to avoid the heat

Valley of the Kings: Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation (Entrance fees to three tombs is included in tour packages. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).

Ramadan
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain eating in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and Cafes in Hotels and Cruise boats will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 5 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.

Domestic Flights in Egypt
Flight times will reconfirmed by the local operator upon arrival in Egypt.
Note, Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor generally involve early morning starts due to flight schedules in the summer season. For flights to Abu Simbel certain flights are allocated to clients travelling for day trips from Cairo and overnight programmes. These flights are set by Egypt air and are outside of the operators control

Dress Codes 
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

Hotels
Hotels in regional areas (i.e Abu Simbel/ Siwa/ St Catherine ) can be of a lower standard than the properties in the main tourist centres., with more basic/ less developed infrastructure due to location and surrounding conditions. The options chosen are the best available.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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