Alexandria Short Break

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Travel in the footsteps of Alexander the Great in this modern Egyptian beach city that was once the pearl of the ancient Mediterranean. Venture underground to explore atmospheric Roman catacombs and marvel at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a great feat of architecture built to house eight million books. Stroll through souqs, admire an incredible mosque and visit the medieval Fort Qaitbey, built on the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Short and sweet, this adventure provides an insight into thousands of years of conquest and civilisation.

Itinerary

Day 1 Cairo/Alexandria

Transfer from Egypt's vibrant capital to the seaside city of Alexandria. Explore the Roman catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa - one of the world's largest Roman burial sites - then head to Kom el-Dikka to admire Roman ruins and beautiful mosaics. In the evening stroll through atmospheric souqs to admire jewellery, art and handicrafts.

Day 2 Alexandria/Cairo

In the morning visit the impressive mosque of Abu Abbas al-Mursi, then appreciate the fresh, Mediterranean air at Fort Qaitbey, which rests on the remains of the legendary Pharos lighthouse. Visit the impressive Bibliotheca Alexandrina, built to hold a staggering eight million books. Soak up the atmosphere of study and scholarship at this inspirational building which also features museums, art galleries, a planetarium and laboratory. In the afternoon, return to the busy streets of Cairo.

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