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Where in the world: Africa  /  Egypt  /  Alexandria Governorate  /  Alexandria

Top 15 things to do in Alexandria

1. Pompey's Pillar

Marvel at the skill of ancient stonemasons at Pompey's Pillar, one of the largest monolith columns ever erected. Constructed in honor of the Emperor Diocletian in 297, this 26 m (88 ft) tall granite column is the largest Roman triumphal arch built outside Roman imperial cities, the tallest free-standing column not composed of drums. Commemorating a victory over a revolt in Alexandria, the Corinthian capped pillar is made of red granite from Aswan on a 20.5 m (67 ft) wide shaft having a diameter of 2.71 m (8.9 ft) at the base. With an estimated 285 tones, this is one of the largest ancient monuments. Explore statues of sphinx around the monument.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Pompey's Pillar

2. Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

Wander the somber halls of Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, a set of underground chambers that house the tombs of ancient Romans, some dating back to the 2nd century. You'll need to descend a long spiral staircase to enter the catacombs featuring a distinct blend of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian styles of architecture and decor, with statues and inscriptions portraying deities from all three cultures.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

3. Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Absorb the blend of ancient history and modern knowledge at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an important library and strikingly designed cultural complex. Built in honor of the historically significant 3rd-century BCE library of the same name--whose burning represents an immense loss to contemporary cultural knowledge--the modern institution was inaugurated in 2002 with backing from UNESCO. Designed to resemble a rising sun, the library complex aspires to be a bastion of knowledge and learning like its ancient predecessor. Explore the entire complex, which includes four museums, gallery spaces for permanent and temporary exhibits, and a planetarium.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Bibliotheca Alexandrina

4. Best Alexandria Day Tour from Cairo

FROM $70
Enjoy your full-day trip to Alexandria city from Cairo.explore Alexandria with your guide who will talk about the history of Romans in Egypt Dating back to the Roman period in Egypt, the cities history starts from 332 B.C. Alexandria was Egypt’s second-largest city situated on the Mediterranean Sea. Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC, explore all corners of the city to experience how this city has been formed over hundreds of years!
Suggested duration: 12h
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5. Fort Qaitbey

An impressive example of medieval military architecture, Fort Qaitbey overlooks the city's harbor. Built in the 1480s, the fortress was designed to provide protection from crusaders arriving by sea--today it offers extensive views of the Mediterranean and the city it was built to defend. The fort allegedly stands on the site of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the now-gone Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $21 › Learn more about Fort Qaitbey

6. Ancient Roman Amphitheater

Once a place of leisure for residents of Alexandria, Ancient Roman Amphitheater stands as a small but well preserved bit of evidence that an ancient culture once thrived in this area. The only Roman amphitheater in the country, the site features 13 terraces made of white marble, upon which the spectators sat cheering on various ancient events.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $30 › Learn more about Ancient Roman Amphitheater

7. Stanley Bridge

The first bridge in Egypt constructed on the sea, Stanley Bridge connects two edges of the Alexandrian Corniche, featuring the coastline on one side and an endless view of the Mediterranean Sea on the other. You can admire the 400 m (1,300 ft) bridge from the beach below, perhaps take a swim underneath, or relax in one of the many cafes around the area.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $17 › Learn more about Stanley Bridge

8. Private Guided Full-Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo

FROM $75
This is a private tour to Alexandria - City of Alexander the Great, and now the biggest seaport in Egypt, and the second biggest city in Egypt after Cairo. Enjoy your tour with in your private, air-conditioned minivan with free WiFi, and listen to the explanations of your private qualified Egyptologist tour guide.
Suggested duration: 12h
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9. Corniche

Corniche is a scenic seaside promenade that stretches for 16 km (10 mi),linking Qaitbay Citadel with the Montaza Palace. Designed by Italian architect Pietro Avoscani, the promenade offers stunning sea views and access to a staggering variety of shops, hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Take a break from walking with a picnic on the beach, or get some snacks and drinks from the street vendors and spend some time observing the locals going about their business.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $100 › Learn more about Corniche

10. Royal Jewelry Museum

Learn about the Muhammad Ali Dynasty and the glory of its 150-year rule at Royal Jewelry Museum. Situated in the princess' palace, the museum showcases a priceless collection of exquisite royal jewelry across multiple rooms and levels. Several exhibits display decorative art, such as paintings and sculptures created by national and international artists.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $87 › Learn more about Royal Jewelry Museum

11. El Alamein War Cemetery, El Alamein

Imagine the tragedy of desert warfare and pay tribute to the dead at El Alamein War Cemetery, a Commonwealth cemetery built near the site of the famous World War II tank battle. Designed by a British architect and unveiled in 1954, the memorial commemorates 11,866 Commonwealth forces members who perished during war. Most of them died in the Western Desert Campaign and in Syria, and have no marked graves. The cemetery particularly focuses on those who died during the Battle of El Alamein. Climb the central stairway leading to a tall elevated stone cross and a terrace for an overview of the area.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $79 › Learn more about El Alamein War Cemetery

12. Private 3 Days to the best 11 sightseeing Giza Cairo Alexandria

FROM $160
Discover the best places in Cairo, Giza and Alexandria. Can't miss, such as the pyramids, the Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo. Unique Experince for all sightseeing places Daily Lunch
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13. Lighthouse of Alexandria

Suggested duration: 3 hours
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14. Montazah Gardens

Once a royal retreat, Montazah Gardens are now a landscaped public park and forest reserve. The two summer palaces on the grounds display contrasting architectural styles, one influenced by the Moorish traditions, the other with a distinctly Florentine and Turkish look to it. The parkland around the structures features wilder, open spaces of greenery, as well as artfully arranged garden areas. A small cove offers a secluded strip of sand by the sea, with extensive views along the Mediterranean coast.
Suggested duration: 3 hours
Tours from $29 › Learn more about Montazah Gardens

15. Top Rated Private Customizable Day Tour to Alexandria from Cairo

FROM $135
Customize your tour to Alexandria, City of Alexander the Great, the way you like. Choose as many as four options from a list of the seven most interesting places in the city. Simply tell your guide at the start of the tour.
Suggested duration: 12h
Tours from $135 › More about this tour at viator.com ›