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Map of Alexandria Experience - Independent including Egypt

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.

Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Physical rating
Trip rating
9 reviews
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why you'll 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?

  • We recommend that you refer to your governments travel advisory before booking any tours to Egypt, as this may affect insurance policies.

  • 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. Where possible, sightseeing takes place in the morning before the heat becomes too intense.

  • Our Independent Experiences have been designed for just one to three people, departing every day of the week for most Experiences. You can mix and match to create your perfect trip combination, then we’ll arrange the transport between each experience for you. You will have local guides at most destinations and activities. It’s independent travel without the stress.


Your trip begins at 8am. 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 similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Alexandria - Alexandria National Museum-Entry Fee
  • Alexandria - 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 similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • El Alamein - War Museum
  • El Alamein - Commonwealth War Cemetery visit
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. Depending on traffic conditions, you should be back at your Cairo hotel at around 2 pm. Your trip comes to end on arrival into Cairo
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts, 1 lunch


Private vehicle


Comfortable hotel (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Alexandria - Alexandria National Museum-Entry Fee
  • Alexandria - Catacombs of Kom Ash-Suqqafa
  • El Alamein - War Museum
  • El Alamein - Commonwealth War Cemetery visit

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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.

Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page -

Essential trip information

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