A Panoramic Tour of Alexandria
- Fort Qaitbey: Capture the beauty and history of this defensive fortress on the waterfront that was built using the last stone from the Lighthouse of Alexandria.
- The Montazah Gardens: Take a page out of King Farouk's book and forget about the world as you walk along the gardens of the his peaceful summer retreat.
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Witness how history, science, art, and philosophy come together to create this awe-inspiring sequel to the great Library of Alexandria.
- Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque: Get a glimpse of the site where Egyptian and Moroccan Muslims make pilgrimages to honor this Spanish scholar and saint.
About This Alexandria Tour
Egypt was known for not only building beautiful and meaningful structures, but also for rebuilding them – and usually even more grand and awe-inspiring than before.
The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is the perfect example. Thought to be built on the grounds of its famous library that was destroyed by fire, this feat of contemporary architecture looks like a disc pointing out to the Mediterranean Sea. It houses one main library, six specialized libraries, a planetarium, several museums, a school for information science, a conference center and auditorium, and much more. With its state-of-the-art engineering and construction designed to mitigate the effects of natural disasters, this center of learning and culture will be around for a long, long time.
Another famous landmark that you'll get to experience was built on the site of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Fort Qaitbey was constructed around 1480 AD where the Lighthouse of Alexandria, also called the Pharos of Alexandria, once safely welcomed and guided visitors into the harbor. Upon first view, it looks like a fairy tale castle, but as you hear more about its history, you soon discover that it was a defensive stronghold that was home to some of the most modern weapons of its time. If you want something to remember it by, take pictures, as there is a warning above the entrance stating that anyone who takes items from the tower will be hanged.
Regardless of which landmark you're visiting, you'll have a rich understanding of Egypt's past and a good sense of its future at the completion of this tour.
Alexandria, the land down under?
Despite popular belief, it's still possible to visit the Lighthouse (Pharos) of Alexandria. You just have to put on scuba gear and go underwater to do so. The area where divers found the remains of the first and most famous lighthouse, which sank into the harbor during an earthquake in 1303 AD, is now an underwater archaeological park. It welcomes visitors to the bay much like the lighthouse welcomed ships thousands of years ago.
Please exit the port terminal building or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
This is a leisurely, panoramic tour of the city, ideal for those with limited mobility.
A minimal amount of walking only is needed. Wheelchair users must be able to transfer from their chair in/out of the vehicle and climb some steps. Bring a companion to offer any assistance. Folding wheelchairs only, please.
Cultural, Scenic, Bus Tour, Family Friendly
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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