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Discover the delights of cosmopolitan, history-rich Alexandria

Soak up the seaside ambience and ancient heritage of Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city. Travelling via Cairo on this short independent trip, you’ll have the chance to see some of the country’s most compelling sights, from the Italianate architecture and Greco-Roman statues of the Alexandria National Museum to the 15th-century Qaitbay Fort by the harbour.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

Before booking on this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section in the trip notes regarding special safety considerations for Egypt trips.

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
(2 reviews)
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 6

Why we love this trip

  • Discover the heritage of Alexander the Great's seaside metropolis by exploring the collections of the Alexandria National Museum

  • Visit the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – the Alexandria lighthouse

  • Learn more about an important WWII battle at one of Egypt's best museums, the El Alamein War Museum

  • Enjoy plenty of free time taking in the romance of Alexandria's waterfront

Is this trip right for you?

  • The length of the drive from Cairo to Alexandria can depend on the traffic. Your departure will be early, but this is to beat as much of the traffic as possible and make for a more enjoyable trip.

  • Sturdy, comfortable walking shoes are essential, as there will be a fair amount of exploring done on foot.

  • Egypt can get hot in the summer months of July and August. However, the heat is usually dry and easier to cope with than humidity. Where possible, sightseeing takes place in the morning before the heat becomes too intense.


Your trip begins at 8 am. You will be picked up from the Novotel Cairo El Borg (or your hotel of choice, if advised prior to departure). Please be ready and waiting in the hotel foyer at 7.50 am. You will then drive out towards the pyramids before following the 'desert road' to the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria (approximately 3 hours). Along the way there will be a short stop at a cafeteria. You will be taken to your hotel in Alexandria on arrival. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided exploration of the new Alexandria Museum. It contains a fine display of Ancient Egyptian, Hellenistic and Muslim artefacts and statues. Then it's off to visit the Roman Catacombs.
  • Mediterranean Azur Hotel or simialr (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alexandria National Museum
  • Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
You will be collected from your hotel this morning for the 105-kilometre drive west to El Alamein (approximately 1.5 hours). On arrival you will visit the small but excellent museum, containing a substantial collection of wartime memorabilia. Continue then to the Commonwealth Cemetery, where you can pay your respects to the fallen. Australian visitors here will also be interested in the small, separate memorial to the Australian contingent. In the summer months, there is usually the chance to have a swim on the way back to Alexandria. Lunch is included today.
  • Mediterranean Azur Hotel or simialr (1 night)
Included Activities
  • War Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast you will be transferred back to Cairo. Please be ready to be collected by 10.30 am. The morning is yours to explore the city as you please. The Qaitbey Fort, built on the site of the legendary 'Pharos', is well worth a visit. Another good option is to visit the lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You can also stroll along the beach front, or perhaps enjoy a drink in one of the celebrated coffee-houses in the centre of town. Depending on traffic conditions, you should be back at your Cairo hotel at around 2 pm. Your trip comes to an end here.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 lunch


Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Alexandria National Museum
  • Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa
  • War Museum


Our Alexandria Experience - Independent trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Alexandria Experience - Independent, November 2015

Catherine Alvisio

Alexandria Experience - Independent, March 2015

Patricia Brose

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Important notes

1. This Independent Experience starts at 8am on Day 1 and finishes at approximately 2pm on Day 3.
2. You will be picked up on Day 1 from the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
3. If you require pick up from another centrally-located hotel in Cairo, please inform your booking agent at least 14 days prior to departure.

Essential Trip Information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.