Alexandria Itinerary 4 Days
4 Days in Alexandria - Perfect Holiday Guide
Step into Alexandria and you will be breathing historical air at every stop in the city. Home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the glorious past of this city is visible at its many attractions that also include numerous museums. 4 days in Alexandria will be just right to do justice to the charming city. Take a look at this ideal itinerary which will let you explore every nook and corner of Alexandria and take all in that it has up its sleeve.
How to see Alexandria in 4 days?
Start of your first day in Alexandria by visiting the the Citadel of Qaitbay. Dating back to the 15th century, this is a defensive fortress built by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa'it Bay. The magnificent fortress built in granite stone makes for a spectacular sight to behold. What is even better are the breathtaking views as seen from the top. Let your next stop be Alexandria Aquarium. Although this is a small aquarium, you will be able to see many marine species that belong to the Mediterranean and Red Seas, as well as Nile and Amazon rivers. After a quick lunch, head towards the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque. This is a beautiful whitewashed ancient mosque, dedicated to saint Abul Abbas al-Mursi from 13th century. The architecture of the mosque is stunning and leaves every visitor visibly awestruck. Later, you can spend your remaining time of the day at El Manshya - a bustling souk (market) in Alexandria. Wandering through this market, you will be able to soak in the local goodness of the city.
On your second day in Alexandria, first head towards the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. This site has multiple Alexandrian tombs, statues, and objects. It is considered to be one of the seven wonders of the middle ages. Next, make your way towards Pompey’s Pillar. Upon visiting this place, you will be able to admire the largest monolithic column and the largest ancient monolith. The gigantic structures are quite intimidating to look at.Later, head towards Roman Auditorium ("Theatre") and Bathhouse. Located around 2.5 kilometer away from Pompey’s Pillar, you can easily reach there within 10 minutes by car. This is an archaeological site featuring ruins of an auditorium and bathhouse dating back to the Roman era. Have a quick lunch and then head towards Saint Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral. The architecture of this church is quite peculiar. It is also a peaceful place to visit in the afternoon. There are a few small museums surrounding the church that are worth visiting. As the sun starts setting in the west, make your way to El Gondy El Maghool Square. This is a seaside historical memorial erected to pay respect for the Egyptian soldiers who laid their lives during wars of all ages.
Start off your third day in Alexandria by visiting the Graeco-Roman Museum. Established in 19892, this archaeological museum gives you an insight into the Graeco-Roman era through its extensive collection. Later, hop on to another museum called Alexandria National Museum. Visiting this museum will let you know about the history of Alexandria and Egypt through a collection of around 1,800 artifacts. Have lunch at one of the fine dining restaurant in the city and then head towards the Alexandria Zoo. Spread over a vast land of 24 acre, the zoo is home to a large number of wildlife species. It is a great place to visit if you are vacationing with your kids and family. Spend your evening in the Antoniades Garden. This is a botanical garden housing a variety of plants and trees. The green oasis is a perfect place to have a leisurely stroll and relax after a hectic day of attraction hopping.
Start off your last day in Alexandria by making your way up to the Stanley neighborhood. This is a well-known area in Alexandria and is home to the popular Stanley Bridge. Cross the bridge and then head towards the Royal Jewelry Museum. This museum is housed in the ancient palace of Princess Fatma Al-Zahra'. It has historical paintings, statues, and artworks that belong to the 19th century. As the name suggests, you will also be able to see the jewelry pieces of Muhammad Ali’s dynasty. Have lunch at a nearby restaurant and then head towards the Montaza Palace. This spectacular piece of architecture dates back to the 1930s and exhibit different styles of architecture. Touring the palace will give you a glimpse of the grandeur enjoyed in the olden days by the royalty. The estates of the palace are well maintained and free to tour. Spend your evening by wandering through the Elmontaza Garden which is now turned into a public park.
This Alexandria itinerary of 4 days is the right way to thoroughly explore the historically rich city. The estimated budget of 4 days and 3 nights in Alexandria is 14,204 Egyptian Pound per person. This is roughly calculated for a luxury trip in Alexandria. If you plan a mid-range or budget trip, it would cost you even lesser.
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