The city of Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city, Stretching 20 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It was founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great. It remained the capital of Ptolemaic Egypt & Roman Byzantine Egypt for almost 1,000 years. Today , It is an important industrial center because of its natural gas & oil pipelines from Suez. It is also a popular tourist destination. It was best known for its famous Lighthouse , one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Its great Library was the largest in the ancient world , now replaced by a modern one.
Our tour guide will pick you up from Alexandria Port ( by the Cruise Exit Door) for a wonderful day tour in Alexandria to visit Pompay’s Column, 27 m (89ft) high, which was a Roman triumphal column and the only known free-standing column that was not composed of drums. It is made of red granite and was part of the Serapeum complex.
Then you drive to visit the Catacombs of kom El-Shoqafa (mound of shards), which consists of a series of tombs of the pharaonic funeral cult with Greek and Roman influence consisting of three levels dug into the rock to a depth of 35m (115ft). It is the largest Greek-Roman necropolis in Egypt from the 2nd century AD.
Then , We proceed to see Qaitbey Fort, situated on the tip of the eastern harbor as a defensive fortress on the sea cost. It was erected in 1480 AD on the exact site of the famous lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Afterwards , we head to the Library of Alexandria located on the shore of the sea. It was inaugurated in 2002, more than 2000 years after the ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina was destroyed by fire. It was the Greatest Library in the ancient world. Finally you will transferred back to your cruise ship at Alexandria Port.
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