Stanly Bridge Harbor Aerial, Alexandria City, Egypt
Alexandria the Great Destination

Cruise to Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city, offers something for every history-loving traveler: ancient temples covered in millennia-old hieroglyphics, museums filled with priceless treasures and artifacts, and a vibrant history colored by a mosaic of cultures and peoples, including Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and more. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 B.C., the city was once home to the famed Library of Alexandria, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and renowned for its vast collection of written knowledge. Today, you'll feel like you've been transported to the past as you wander Alexandria's bustling, colorful souks, soak up views of the Mediterranean Sea from the Stanley Bridge, or dive beneath the waves on a scuba tour to explore the ruins of Cleopatra's Palace. These are just some of the many experiences that await in this ancient capital.
National Language Arabic
Currency Accepted Egyptian pound (EGP)

Things To Do in Alexandria

Alexandria's museums house many priceless artifacts from ancient times.

Cultural Collections

Alexandria's museums house many priceless artifacts from ancient times.

Alexandria's museums house many priceless artifacts from ancient times.

Cultural Collections

Alexandria, Egypt, has a rich and complex history. To get a sense of it, make sure you visit at least one of the city's many museums. The Alexandria National Museum and the Antiquities Museum are heavy hitters, but there's also the Royal Jewelry Museum, a stately manor that harbors a vast collection of awe-inspiring jewels — from priceless diamonds and rubies to rarely seen stones from far-flung places.

The catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa are a showcase of ancient culture

Adventure Underground

The catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa are a showcase of ancient culture

The catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa are a showcase of ancient culture

Adventure Underground

Archaeologists will tell you that an entire world can be buried just beneath your feet. This is true in Alexandria, where impressive tombs and temples have been discovered underground. The catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa are a great example. They form a maze of subterranean burial chambers dating to the Roman era, and taking a tour of these catacombs is one of the best things to do in Alexandria, Egypt. They contain all kinds of spectacular relics that showcase a combination of Egyptian, Roman and Greek cultures.

Alexandria, Egypt, is also home to stunning shorelines sure to please beach lovers.
Alexandria, Egypt, is also home to stunning shorelines sure to please beach lovers.

Shore Up on Beach Vibes

Alexandria sits along the northern coast of Egypt. The city has beautiful golden-sand beaches kissed by the sapphire-blue waters of the Mediterranean fit for sunseekers. One of the prettiest and cleanest beaches is Mamoura Beach, beloved by locals looking to take a break from the bustle of the city. Ice cream and food stands line the quaint cobblestone boardwalk that runs along the beach, and you'll find ample options to rent loungers and umbrellas.

Don't miss Alexandria's fusion cuisine.
Don't miss Alexandria's fusion cuisine.

LOCAL CUISINE

You'll find delicious food throughout Egypt, but cities along the northern coast — like Alexandria — offer a unique and flavorful fusion of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean flavors. Snack on some crispy falafel, foul fava bean dip, and warm Baladi bread. You'll find this fare at cafes throughout the city. Or head to Alexandria's seafood market for some amazing catches — shop owners will cook them for you on-site for a small fee. And if you're craving something hearty, try some of Alexandria's famous fondue, typically made from seven kinds of cheese and paired with different meats.

Alexandria's souk district is a treasure trove of unique finds
Alexandria's souk district is a treasure trove of unique finds

SHOPPING

The best places to shop during cruises to Alexandria, Egypt, are traditional souks — labyrinthine bazaars where artisans, spice traders, jewelers and more display and sell their wares. Alexandria's souk district is located at the westernmost point of Midan Tahrir. This area is always bustling. Its cafes, bakeries and stalls buzz with energy around the clock, especially at night. You'll find everything here including beautifully woven cloth, bangles, souvenirs and sundries.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Egypt is a conservative country. Dress modestly to show respect for the local culture.
2 It's customary to tip for services. Keep some Egyptian pounds on hand for shop attendants, porters and guides.
3 Getting around Alexandria is easy with trams, public buses and taxis. Just make sure you negotiate your fare upfront to avoid misunderstandings.

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