Silversea Luxury Cruises A Alexandria

Alexandria

There is a wonderful Italo Calvino story about a city so removed from its own history that it is as if the modern metropolis sits on the site of an unrelated ancient city that just happens to bear the same name. At times Alexandria, which Alexander the Great founded in the 4th century BC, feels like that. View more

Yet the fallen Alexandria of the ancient Greeks, of Ptolemy, Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, and the Romans, and of pagan cults and the Great Library is underfoot, quite literally, as all of modern Alexandria has been built on the ruins of the old, a city that was capital of Egypt from the 3rd century BC until AD 642, when the Arabs first arrived. Overlay a map of the contemporary city with one from antiquity, and you see that many of the streets have remained the same: Shar'a al-Horreya runs along the route of the ancient Canopic Way, and Shar'a Nabi Daniel follows the route of the ancient Street of the Soma. Near their intersection once stood the Mouseion, a Greek philosophic and scientific center that had at its heart the collection of the Great Library. Yet only fleeting glimpses of this ancient city peak through the modern crust. By the early 20th century, Alexandria was a wealthy trading port. The merchants were fantastically rich—cosmopolitan without beingintellectual—and they enjoyed the sort of idle existence that is born of privilege, a privilege not of high birth but rather of colonial rule, which shielded foreigners from Egyptian law. They lived in villas with extravagant gardens, frequented luxurious shops, gossiped over tea in grand cafés, and lounged on the beach in private resorts along the coast. The population was a multicultural mix of Greeks and Arabs, Turks and Armenians, French and Levantines, Jews and Christians, and this spawned a unique atmosphere. It was this city that belonged to Constantine Cavafy, now regarded as the greatest Greek poet of his era. It was this city to which the novelist E.M. Forster, author of A Passage to India, was posted during World War I. And it was this city that gave birth to Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, which captivated a generation of American readers when the books were published in the late 1950s. Then quite suddenly everything changed. The intellectuals and merchants fled, driven out of Egypt by the nationalist revolution of the 1950s, the wars with Israel, and the nationalization of their businesses. It's been five decades since most of the foreigners left—some Greeks and Armenians remained. But if you take the city as it is today and not as a faded version of what it once was, you will find that Alex (as it's affectionately known) remains an utterly charming place to visit. The Mediterranean laps at the seawall along the Corniche, and gentle sea breezes cool and refresh even in the dead of summer. Graceful old cafés continue to draw lovers and friends—Egyptians now, rather than foreigners—while the streets remain as lively and intriguing as ever. Alexandria is still a great city, even now, shorn of its many pasts.

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Excursiones en Alexandria

Old City Carriage Ride

Explore the long and rich legacy of Alexandria during this scenic, 3.5 hour excursion and carriage-ride along the Cornish of the old part of Alexandria city.

Depart the pier for the approximate 15-minute drive to the Citadel of Quait Bay.


The Citadel of Quait Bay

The island of Pharos was a major port having two huge harbours. The Fort was built in the 1480's by Sultan Qaitbey on the site of Alexandria ancient lighthouse. The entrance is through a gateway made of red Aswan granite. Inside a cistern was used to store water in case of a siege. Also located inside the fort is the Naval Museum which contains artefacts from the Roman and Napoleonic sea battles.


After the Citadel visit, embark your horse carriage for a 45-minutes ride along the coast of the Mediterranean toward the city centre. On the way, pass by the Abu El Abbas mosque and the Unknown Soldier.

At the city centre of Alexandria, free time is made to walk around the old part of the city and shop. Guests with limited mobility may chose to stay within the city at a local coffee shop overlooking the Mediterranean sea during free time. Following shopping time, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 250 metres (273 yards) with some stairs to negotiate inside the Citadel, plus walking at guests discretion during free time, and is not suitable for guests who are wheelchair bound. For guests with limited mobility, foldable wheelchair and walkers can be accommodated and guests may opt to stay near the city. We recommend guests wear light comfortable clothing and walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and water from the ship. Each horse carriage can accommodate 2 guests each and lasts 45-minutes.

Sakkara & Pyramids

Explore the most important treasures of ancient Egypt during this picturesque full-day journey to the oldest Pyramid of Egypt located in Sakkara and the Great Pyramids of Giza.


Depart the pier via coach for the approximate 2.5 to 3-hour drive to Cairo via the desert road where your guide will provide interesting facts about the sites you will be visiting.


Sakkara Pyramids

Dating from 2700 BC, the Step Pyramid is the oldest stone structure in the world, and was designed by Imhotep for King Djoser. In addition to Djoser's Step Pyramid, there are another 16 pyramids on the site in various states of preservation or decay. Sakkara is also home to an impressive number of mastaba tombs. Because the necropolis was lost beneath the sands for much of the past two millennia, even the sizable mortuary complex surrounding Djoser's pyramid was not unearthed until 1924. As a result, many of the mastaba tombs have been superbly-preserved, with both their structures and lavish internal decorations intact.


After your visit, depart for lunch (beer and wine included) in one of the local deluxe hotels before the short drive to your next destination.

The Great Pyramids

Considered the most famous of Egypt's attractions and the only monuments left of the ancient wonders, the three main Pyramids at Giza were built as tombs by Cheops, his son Chephren, and Chephren's son Mykiernus to preserve each of the pharaohs' mummified body for eternity. For centuries, these unique structures have intrigued the world while surviving the rise and fall of great dynasties.


The Western Plateau

A short drive takes you to the top of the plateau for a panoramic view across the desert and the pyramids. A string of camels usually provide great photo opportunities. (There is a fee to be paid to the owner.)


The Sphinx

Southeast of the great pyramid stands the sphinx carved out of solid rock around 2650 BC. Steeped in legend and superstition, the sphinx was a monument either to the sun god Ra or to Pharaoh Chephren. It has the head of a man and the body of a lion. The monument faces east, probably to greet the rising sun and the return of life each day.


At the conclusion of your visit, commence the return journey to Alexandria where you will enjoy some free time to shop before arriving at the ship.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking (over one mile or 1.6 kilometres) with steps to climb. The only restroom available in the area is located at the Sphinx area. Walking at the pyramids area is uneven, sandy and involves a cobbled surface and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however access to the Pyramids is not possible and guests may stay on board the coach. Guests must be able to get in/out of the vehicle on their own or with the assistance of their travelling companion. For liability reasons, our guides are not able to assist guests board the coach. Casual, lightweight clothing is recommended; wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The tour sequence may vary. At various tourist sites, you may encounter groups of vendors and youngsters, who are very persistent in trying to sell you their wares. USD, EURO, GBP cash and credit cards are accepted at most souvenir shops.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Alexandria at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour does not visit Cairo; guests interested in Private Arrangements to Cairo should e-mail ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Alexandria at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 4-6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Alexandria at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary. This tour does not visit Cairo; guests interested in Private Arrangements to Cairo should e-mail ShoreConcierge@Silversea.com.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Alexandria at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Classical Cairo

This full-day excursion provides a good introduction to some of Egypt's most outstanding attractions - The Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. During the journey to Cairo via the desert road, your guide will provide interesting facts about the sites you will be visiting.


Depart the pier via coach for the 2.5 to 3-hour drive to Cairo.


Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

Upon arrival in Cairo you will visit Egypt's renowned museum of Antiquities which consists of two floors, the ground floor follows the history of ancient Egypt and the second floor consist of thousands of smaller items from the span of Egyptian history. The Museum contains the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. Your guided visit of approximately two hours will allow you to see the most outstanding exhibits, including artefacts from the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods, the celebrated Mummies Room and the splendid treasures of King Tut.


Museum guests will proceed through x-ray machines at the entrance of the gate. The museum is not air-conditioned and there are stairs to climb between the two floors. There is only one elevator on site. Photography is not permitted within the Museum.


Next, reboard your vehicle en-route to a local deluxe hotel for a delicious lunch and refreshments (including local beer and wine and other assortments).


The Great Pyramids

Continue on to what is considered the most famous of Egypt's attractions and the only monuments left of the ancient wonders, the three main Pyramids at Giza were built as tombs by Cheops, his son Chephren, and Chephren's son Mykiernus to preserve each of the pharaohs' mummified body for eternity. For centuries, these unique structures have intrigued the world while surviving the rise and fall of great dynasties.


For guests who wish to visit the Pyramids from inside, our guides will assist in purchasing the tickets which are not included in the cost of the tour.


The Western Plateau

A short drive takes you to the top of the plateau for a panoramic view across the desert and the pyramids. A string of camels usually provide great photo opportunities. (There is a fee to be paid to the owner.)


The Sphinx

Southeast of the great pyramid stands the sphinx carved out of solid rock around 2650 BC. Steeped in legend and superstition, the sphinx was a monument either to the sun god Ra or to Pharaoh Chephren. It has the head of a man and the body of a lion. The monument faces east, probably to greet the rising sun and the return of life each day.


At the conclusion of your visit, commence the return journey to Alexandria where you will enjoy some free time to shop before arriving at the ship.


Please note: The duration of the drive between the pier and Cairo is 2.5 to 3 hours in each direction. This tour requires an extensive amount of walking over one mile (1.6 kilometres) with 35 steps to climb at the Egyptian Museum. The only restroom available in the area is located at the Sphinx area. Walking at the pyramids area is uneven, sandy and involves a cobbled surface and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however access to the Pyramids is not possible and guests may stay on board the coach. Guests must be able to get in/out of the vehicle on their own or with the assistance of their travelling companion. For liability reasons, our guides are not able to assist guests board the coach. Casual, lightweight clothing is recommended; wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The tour sequence may vary. At various tourist sites, you may encounter groups of vendors and youngsters, who are very persistent in trying to sell you their wares. USD, EURO, GBP cash and credit cards are accepted at most souvenir shops.

Cairo Pyramids & Sphinx

Experience the most important and celebrated Egyptian landmarks during this scenic, full-day excursion to the Great Pyramids of Giza, with a visit to see the Sphinx. Lunch, refreshments (including beer & wine) and some free time for shopping is included.


Depart the pier aboard an air-conditioned coach for the approximate 2.5 to 3-hour drive towards Cairo via the desert road. En route, learn interesting facts about the sites to be visited from your guide. Upon arrival at Giza, located approximately 9 miles (about 14 kilometres) west of Cairo, proceed to a desert plateau for a visit to the Great Pyramids and Sphinx.


The Great Pyramids

Considered the most famous of Egypt's attractions and the only monuments left of the ancient wonders, the three main Pyramids at Giza were built as tombs by Cheops, his son Chephren, and Chephren's son Mykiernus to preserve each of the pharaohs' mummified body for eternity. For centuries, these unique structures have intrigued the world while surviving the rise and fall of great dynasties


The Western Plateau

A short drive takes you to the top of the plateau for a panoramic view across the desert and the pyramids. A string of camels usually provide great photo opportunities. The fee for this is at guests own discretion and paid directly to the owner. This fee is not included in the cost of the tour.


The Sphinx

Southeast of the Great Pyramids stands the Sphinx, carved out of solid rock around 2650 B.C. Steeped in legend and superstition, the Sphinx was a monument either to the sun god Ra or to Pharaoh Chephren. It has the head of a man and the body of a lion. The monument faces east, presumably to greet the rising sun and each new day.


Following your visit, a brief stop is made for shopping before lunch at one of Cairo's leading hotels. After lunch, re-board your coach for the approximate 2.5 to 3-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking (over one mile or 1.6 kilometres) with steps to climb. The only restroom available in the area is located at the Sphinx area. Walking at the pyramids area is uneven, sandy and involves a cobbled surface and is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair however access to the Pyramids is not possible and guests may stay on board the coach. Guests must be able to get in/out of the vehicle on their own or with the assistance of their travelling companion. For liability reasons, our guides are not able to assist guests board the coach. Casual, lightweight clothing is recommended; wear flat, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The tour sequence may vary. At various tourist sites, you may encounter groups of vendors and youngsters, who are very persistent in trying to sell you their wares. USD, EURO, GBP cash and credit cards are accepted at most souvenir shops.

Explore one of the deadliest battles of World War II during this somber yet informative, full-day excursion El Alamein.


Depart the pier for the approximate 1.5-2-hour drive west to the village of El Alamein. This village, renowned for its tranquil, scenic beauty and soft, white-sand beaches, is also the site of one of the most decisive battles of World War II. Today, a museum and several war cemeteries commemorate those who died here in battle.


Commonwealth War Cemetery

Upon arrival, your first stop is the Commonwealth War Ceremony. This haunting locale is covered with more than 7,000 tombstones spread over a slope overlooking the desert battlefield. Soldiers from the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, France, Greece, South Africa, East and West Africa, Malaysia, and India who fought for the Allied cause were laid to rest here. The War Graves Commission maintains the cemetery.


El Alamein Museum

Continue with a visit to the historic El Alamein Museum. It features four main halls representing the countries that participated in the Battle of El Alamein, a joint hall exhibiting weapons and tanks, and a series of paintings representing the battle and Egypt's role during the war. Additional exhibits include busts of the generals who planned the battle, and maps and charts showing troop deployments. Camera fees may be applicable inside the museum to take pictures.


Next, proceed for lunch at a local hotel. After lunch, re-board your coach for a visit to the Italian and German war memorials.


Italian and German War Memorials

Approximately four miles (over six kilometres) outside of Alamein on a bluff overlooking the sea, a visit is made to what looks like a hermetically-sealed sandstone fortress. The tombs of German and Italian servicemen are enclosed within the walls of this imposing structure. In the centre stands a memorial obelisk.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1200 metres (.75 miles) over mostly unpaved surfaces and with approximately 8 steps throughout, and it is not suitable for guests who are wheelchair bound. Guests with limited mobility must be able to get in/out of the vehicle on their own or with the assistance from their travelling companion. Scooters, foldable wheelchairs and walkers can be accomodated. The tour sequence may vary. We recommend guests wear light, comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring water from the ship. Camera fees are not included in the cost of the tour. The order of sites visisted may vary.

Panoramic Alexandria

Explore Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, with a minimal amount of walking during this relaxing orientation tour of the city via coach.


Depart the pier aboard an air-conditioned coach for a sightseeing drive through Alexandria. Along the way, photo stops are made at the Medieval Fort Quait Bey, which stands on the site of the ancient Pharos Lighthouse and the Andalusian-style Abou Al Abbas Mosque.


Next, photo stops are made at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the new Alexandria Library. From here, travel along the scenic Cornish Road, en route to Montaza Park. Once the summer residence of the former royal family; the palace is comprised of a number of buildings and beautiful gardens.


Your sightseeing drive concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. The tour sequence may vary. Actual duration of tour may vary due to traffic congestion.

Alexandria Museum & Library

Embrace the spectacular art, culture and history of Alexandria during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Alexandria Museum and Library.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the Alexandria National Museum.


National Museum

This museum exhibits over 120,000 objects. During your guided walking tour, discover artefacts found at Dahshur in 1894, including the tombs of kings and members of the royal families of the Middle Kingdom. Next, view the contents of the royal tombs of Tuthmosis III, Tuthmosis IV, Amenhotep III and Horemheb, along with the tombs of Yuya and Thuya. In addition, see artefacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun that number more than 3,500 pieces; 1,700 objects are displayed in the museum, with the remainder in storage.


Next, proceed to the Alexandria library. Upon arrival, take a splendid look into Alexandria's famous past.


Alexandria Library

This modern structure was designed to symbolise the transgression from the old to new frontiers, whilst meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The location is the site of the ancient Royal Quarter, thought to be the place where Alexander the Great's Bibliotheca Alexandrina once stood. The new library is unique, as it is the first of its kind to be designed and constructed with the assistance of the international community via the United Nations. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the library complex, and the museums and galleries on different levels.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 30-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking however it is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. There is one (1) elevator available at the museum and library. A minimum number of participants per guide are required to operate this programme. The use of the museums guide is required for the inside visit and is not Silversea exclusive. Museum tour is approximately 1 hour in length followed by 30 minutes off free time in the library.

Roman Alexandria

Explore the long and rich legacy of Alexandria during this scenic, half-day excursion to some of the city's most interesting and historic sites.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the Catacombs of Kom al-Shoqafa. En route, pass by Pompey's Pillar.


Pompey's Pillar

Erected in 297 A.D., this massive column measures approximately 84 feet (about 26 metres) in height. Originally part of the Temple of Serapis, the pillar was made from a single slab of polished rose granite.


Catacombs Of Kom Al-Shoqafa

Discovered in 1900, the largest Roman cemetery in Alexandria is composed of three levels cut approximately 90 feet (about 27 metres) deep into the existing rock. The catacombs date from the beginning of the 2nd century A.D., and started out as a family crypt that was later extended to hold more than 300 dead. Upon arrival, take a guided tour through parts of this subterranean cemetery.


Roman Theatre

Your tour concludes with a visit to the Roman Theatre. Located in downtown Alexandria, this Roman theatre is considered unique in Egypt. The theatre was discovered in the early-1960s during the construction of a new building, and features 12 semi-circular marble tiers in remarkably good condition.


Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.2 kilometers (.75 miles) over sometimes unpaved surfaces, with approximately 130 steps to negotiate throughout. Please use caution inside the catacombs. A low ceiling in some places requires walking in a bent position; the ground may be slippery and uneven. Cameras and video cameras are not allowed inside the catacombs. This tour is not suitable for guests with claustrophobia, guests with limited mobility, or those who utilise a wheelchair. Wear flat, walking shoes with non-slip soles and bring a cardigan with sleeves to wear in the catacombs, as it may be cool.

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