• Alexandria

Although a three hour drive from Cairo, a visit to Alexandria is highly rewarding if you can spare the time.

Alexandria is a modern city on the Mediterranean with an important past. For many years it was one of the most important cities in the world, its great library the repository of a world of scientific knowledge and literary achievement. Alexandria’s historic remains include the fascinating catacombs which demonstrate the merging of Hellenic and Egyptian cultures and religions; Pompey’s Pillar which towers more than 25 meters high and provides access to an ancient library – appearing like a series of catacombs for manuscripts; the Roman amphitheatre of Kom El Dekka; and from the Mumluk period the impressive Citadel of Qaitbay which stands on the site of the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria. We will also visit the present-day great library of Alexandria which stands on the site of its famous antique predecessor which Caesar destroyed. The library is an architectural marvel, which echoes the niches of ancient libraries and arouses a poignant experience of being at a quasi-sacred ongoing site of knowledge and learning. Alexandria is a laid-back coastal city and we recommend enjoying a super fresh lunch at a local fish restaurant with views onto the sea.

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