Landmarks of AlexandriaLying northwest of the Nile Delta, Alexandria is the largest port in the Arab republic of Egypt and one of the major summer resorts on the Mediterranean Sea. Depart from the pier for a drive through the colorful streets of Alexandria. View the unique architecture and experience the charming nostalgia of yesteryear. In Mansheya Square, see the bronze statue of Mohamed Ali, founder of modern Egypt. Just a few steps away is the elegant marble edifice dedicated to the Unknown Soldier with its guards of honor at attention on either side. Visit the intriguing Catacombs of Kom el Shoqfa, an extensive three level funerary complex dating from the 2nd century A.D. Afterwards stop for a photo opportunity at the Qait Bey Fort built on the original site of the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the nearby Mosque of Abu El Abbas, one of Alexandria’s Islamic landmarks. Next, proceed to the Bibliotheca Alexandria, one of the most unusual architectural masterpieces of the 21st century. Marvel at the ultra modern interiors as a library guide takes you through Alexandria’s crown jewel. Admire the Scrolls and the Antiquities Museum of the Library and continue to Montaza Gardens to see the summer palace of the former king of Egypt. Drive along the beachfront boulevard on the return trip to the ship, followed by a visit to a Papyrus Institute where the procedure of manufacturing the oldest paper in the world, an art discovered by the Ancient Egyptians, will be demonstrated for you.

Note: Access to the Catacombs of Shawqafa is through a spiral staircase around an open central well with approximately 100 wide steps. Due to the musty and humid conditions in the catacombs, guests suffering from asthma and/or claustrophobia may experience discomfort on this tour and should take this into consideration. Conservative attire (no tank tops or shorts) is suggested for this tour. Tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestion but always covering the mentioned sites.

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