The Library, Fort Qaitbay, and the Roman Theater
Via the Corniche, you first visit Fort Qaitbay, a Medieval fort built in the 1400's, which now houses the naval museum. You then tour the Roman Amphitheater, which was discovered in 1967 and is one of a kind in Egypt! At the amphitheater, you'll see marble seating and green marble columns. Your final tour stop is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which also includes museums, exhibits, educational centers, and a planetarium. This modern library was built in the order of the famous ancient library, which was destroyed in 1100 AD.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $60 for this half day (4.5 hour) tour.
Booking Advice: Due to the walking involved, this tour is rated as moderately physically taxing. Cruise line prices appear to be quite competitive. This is a very popular shore excursion, so we do suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Egyptian Museum
These tours feature highlights that may include the Great Pyramid of Cheops, which was the largest structure made by man for almost 4,000 years, the Pyramid of Chephren, the Step Pyramid of Sakkara, and the amazing Sphinx. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which has 107 halls and artifacts that date back to Egypt's prehistoric times, is also include. While all of these cruise line tours typically advertise lunch included, the $220 tour also adds a cruise on the Nile!
Price: Adults expect to pay from $180 to $220 for 12 hour tours that include lunch.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as moderate in terms of physical exercise. Cruise line prices seem high, but as you do cost comparisons with online 3rd party vendors, it will be important to factor in transportation. The trip back to the port from this tour takes 3.5 hours. While lunch is typically included, admission prices to the pyramids (about 6 USD per adult) are not.
The Catacombs, Pompey's Pillar, and the Alexandria National Museum
You first visit the Catacombs of Kom El Shugafa, which are three levels of burial ground carved from solid rock back in the 1st century. This amazing construction has Egyptian motifs wrought by artisans of Greco-Roman tutelage, and also has a mourner's banquet hall and sprial staircase. Pompey's Pillar, constructed to honor Emporer Diocletain, is 99 ft. high and the tallest ancient monument left! You'll then visit the Alexandria National Museum, housed in a restored Italianate palace. This museum has 2,000 artifacts from the Pharaonic Era to modern day Egypt!
Price: Adults expect to pay around $60 for this 5 hour tour.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as moderate in terms of physical exercise, but it's important to bear in mind that there are 83 spiral steps to navigate in the Catacombs. This tour is also not recommended for anyone dealing with claustrophobia. Cruise line prices appear to be competitive.
City Tours of Alexandria, Egypt
Two great advantages of coach tours are air conditioning, and the fact that you're not on your feet! Highlights of Alexandria on this tour include seeing the main square, the bazaar, the Montazah Palace Gardens, the Mursi Abu al-Abbas Mosque, the scenic Corniche seaside drive, and Fort Qaitbey.
Price: Adults expect to pay around $50 for 3 hour coach tours.
Booking Advice: These tours are rated as easy in terms of physical exercise. Cruise line prices appear to be competitive.