Treasures of Alexandria
On this fascinating, half-day excursion, visit three of Alexandria’s most significant treasures.Price TBD
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Your first stop will be the Alexandria National Museum, which contains 1,800 pieces of art, none of which have ever been exhibited before. A highlight of the museum is a display of artifacts raised during underwater excavations around Alexandria in recent years.
Proceed to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, or Alexandria Library. The original library was built in 283 BC by Alexander the Great as part of a quest for universal knowledge, and was not only a repository of books, but also a museum, a school and a center of scholarly research. During its 600 years of existence, it was the world’s center of learning.
In the 4th century, however, disaster struck. The library and its museum, along with half-a-million volumes, were destroyed by fire – a terrible loss for all humanity.
The Egyptian Government and UNESCO were keen on reviving the role that the Ancient Library of Alexandria played in advancing knowledge, scholarship and the cultural development of Egypt and the Mediterranean region.
Construction began in 1995 and today, apart from the main library, the complex includes the Library for the Blind, Young People’s Library, Alexandria Conference Center, Science Museum, Planetarium, International School of Information Studies, Calligraphy Museum, Restoration and Conservation Laboratory and Hall of Fame.
Following your visit to this incredible complex, continue with photo stops made at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Abou Al Abbas Mosque. The mosque dominates the main square and is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture. Next, drive past the 15th-century Fort Quait Bey that guards the eastern entrance of the harbor.
Your excursion concludes back at the pier.