Your Driver will pick you up at your Cairo hotel (overnight not included) at 9am and transfer you 220km across the desert to the city of Alexandria, a journey of approximately three hours by private vehicle. Egypt's only Mediterranean city has a European feel and refreshing sea breezes. Upon arrival you will meet up with your guide and visit the Roman theatre at Kom El Dikka, which is thought to have been a place more for public meetings than for performances. The theatre was recently discovered in 1967 when work was underway to construct modern building on its site. It is the only Roman theatre in Egypt and one of its kind. Later in the afternoon we visit the Montazah Summer Palace to spend a quiet afternoon in the gardens near the Mediterranean Sea. Khedive Abbas Hilmy (1892-1914) built Montazah as his summer palace, a place to retreat to when Cairo became too hot. Sited on a rocky bluff overlooking the sea, it's designed in a interesting mix of Moorish/Florentine style. It is now used by Egypt's president and off limits to the public, but the surrounding gardens are a great place to wander. By the sea, there is an unusual Victorian-style bridge running out to a small island. Later in the day you will check-in to your hotel for an evening at leisure. This evening, why not head to the bar at the famous Cecil hotel for a sunset drink. Your Alexandria hotel is a comfortable seaside property with all expected amenities. Guestrooms feature satellite television, minibars and air conditioning as well as an en-suite bathroom. There are two restaurants and two bars on site. Distance travelled: Cairo to Alexandria, approximately 3 hours by private vehicle
After an early breakfast, you will set out with your guide to the Fort and Citadel of Qaitbay. The Qaitbay Citadelis considered one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century A.D. The Citadel is situated at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of the Pharos Island. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the 14th century there was a very destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed and the fortification you see today built. Our next visit is to Pompey's Pillar. The name "Pompey's Pillar" is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus. We next head to the Catacomb of Komel-Shokafa. These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd Century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion. Our final stop is the new Alexandria Library. The Ancient Library of Alexandria, was probably the largest, and certainly the most famous, of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and functioned as a major center of scholarship, at least until the time of Rome's conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. It was destroyed by fire around the first century B.C. The magnificent new Library, opened in 2002 very near the site of the old library. In the late afternoon we transfer back to Cairo where your tour will finish on arrival with a transfer to your hotel (overnight not included) or the airport for your onward travel. We are able to organise post tour accommodation. Please ask at time of booking. Please do not book any international flights until after 9pm this evening.