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The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean",  has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern.  Its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country, although it is actually only 225km from Cairo.

Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, Alexandria became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, its status as a beacon of culture symbolized by Pharos, the legendary lighthouse, that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  The setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Alexandria was also the centre of learning in the ancient world. But over the years, ancient Alexandria declined and when Napoleon landed, he found a sparsely populated fishing village.

Alexandria is a city to explore at random; synonymous with commerce, cosmopolitanism and a bohemian culture, it is as important to enjoy the atmosphere as it is to see the sights.

Abercrombie & Kent's Alexandria holidays and Alexandria tours are the perfect way to explore this multicultural city.



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Luxury Small Group Journeys - Egypt & the Nile 2016

Nights: 9 | from £5,215pp

Cruise in luxury on Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III,' travelling to off-the-beaten-path Denderah, exploring Egypt's pyramids from the inside out and sailing the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Historical Footsteps

Nights: 9 | from £2,295pp

Explore majestic Egypt and revel in the majesty of the pyramids, Luxor, Cairo and the Nubian desert city of Aswan. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Nile and Luxor Experience

Nights: 11 | from £2,185pp

A relaxing yet thought-provoking 10-night Nile voyage taking in Aswan, Edfu and Luxor and classic sites like the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Egypt

Nights: 10 | from £2,195pp

Ever since there have been travellers, there have been travellers in Egypt. Its unparalleled ancient sites have drawn the curious for centuries – and... Find out more

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Egypt in depth

Nights: 11 | from £2,700pp

An Egyptian odyssey which encompasses some of the lesser-visited sites around Lake Nasser and Abu Simbel, as well as the key sites of Nile ancient Cairo. Find out more

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Four Seasons Alexandria

Four Seasons rekindles the glamour and prestige of San Stefano, Egypt's legendary Mediterranean resort. It's impossible not to be impressed with the sheer... Find out more

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From £2,595pp based on two people sharing, travelling between 1st October and 16th December 2016. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Egypt with Abercrombie & Kent

Best time to be there

Winter (October to April) for cultural trips, although May to September is great for the Red Sea. Ramadan is a particularly exciting time to be in Egypt - it is celebrated here with more exuberance than anywhere else in the world.

Fly to

Cairo, Luxor (British Airways, Egypt Air); Sharm el Sheikh (British from Sep 2015, Easyjet); Hurghada (Easyjet)

Flying time

4 hours 50 minutes direct

Time difference

GMT +2 hours

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Required - obtainable in advance or on arrival

Health Requirements

No mandatory vaccinations

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