Day-Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Private Car

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Day Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Car including Lunch

From $55.00

Price varies by group size

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


This full-day private tour to Alexandria begins at the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages. Beat the crowds with admission included. Journey to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina where you can examine the history of the region in this major cultural center, located next to the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. Finally, visit the popular Amphitheatre of Alexandria before traveling in comfort back to Cairo.
  • Convenient pickup from your hotel in Cairo or Giza
  • Stay hydrated with bottled water provided
  • Learn in-depth knowledge from a local guide
  • Enjoy comfortable, air-conditioned private transportation between sites

What's Included

  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Private Tour
  • Hotel Pickup And Drop Off
  • Bottle Water
  • Tipping
  • Lunch at Local restaurant (Optional)
  • Share guide in Alexandria (optional)
  • Entry Fees (Optional)

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

At 7 am our tour guide will be waiting inside the lobby area and he will be holding a sign showing our company name Emo Tours

What To Expect

This private tour of Alexandria starts with a pickup at a designated meeting spot in Cairo. Once you’re picked up, get your journey started with your own private guide who focuses their attention solely on your own group.

Highlights of this tour include stops at the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, the Alexandria Library, the Citadel of Qaitbay, the Ancient Roman Theater of Alexandria, and the Sidi Morsi Abu al-Abbas Mosque. Your guide tells you about the history of each attraction as you explore.

After your Alexandria private tour, enjoy a provided bottled water while you make your way back to the original pickup location for drop-off.


3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

2 hours Admission Ticket Free

Fort Qaitbey

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Ancient Roman Amphitheater

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa

1 hour Admission Ticket Free

Mosque of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi

1 hour Admission Ticket Included


3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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This was a great tour. I saw all the major sights in Alexandria and got a good feel for the history and culture of the area. The pace of the tour was perfect - not rushed or lagging. Heba, my tour guide, was wonderful. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and polite. She provided thorough answers to all of my questions. Her restaurant recommendation for lunch was spot-on, as the fish meal was fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this tour and guide for anyone seeking to explore Alexandria in a day.


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murgesh_m, Apr 2024
we would like to inform you that the tour guide which you sent for us in Alexandria cheated us. he showed us the pictures of good restaurant where we could get good food including fish,shrimps.calamari.The guide asked us to pay 800pounds for each person in advance in the morning itself. we told him we will pay at the restaurant but he insisted we have to pay and book early as it our company we paid him 4000pounds in advance but when we reached there he took us to different restaurant where he got is 1 small fish and 1 small bowl of rice. that's it even water we ordered and paid by our self.when we asked him where is shrimp and calamari he told its not fresh so he didn't order.when we argued with him and told him we will report this matter then he told us sorry and told don't complain as he has family.if we complain he might lose his job.when we checked with the restaurant they told the fish and rice which we ate was 200 pounds each person so total will be 1000pounds for 5 guests. but the guide took 4000pounds from us which is too much. kindly look in this matter as he took car parking charges also from us . one place told us to pay 50 pounds to security for no reason . we told him we buyed ticket why should we pay him . then he told ok leave it. we were not even given a bottle of water in this trip. kindly investigate this matter and take proper action so in the future no other traveller should be cheated, Thanks Murgesh Konar *971501502353
Sanjeev_V, Apr 2024
Great trip. Lady guide was excellent, extremely polite, very knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed. Driver was wonderful. Excellent driving and behaviour
Bad bad bad
Cath_O, Apr 2024
Good evening Today we went on your tour to Alexandria. Unfortunately, it was not a good experience. Our guide was very rushed not giving us time to appreciate what we were viewing. We also only saw 3 our of the 7 or so sites that were described in the intinary. This was very disappointing. Our guide was constantly telling me to give him a large tip at the end of the tour. He also said that it was best for him to make purchases for us, as he would get a better price. In fact, he purchased 2 drinks for us which totalled 150.00. I gave him 200.00 and he only returned 20.00 to me instead of 50.00. this is totally unacceptable. I hope you will action the information that I have given you. I will also advise Viator of our very bad experience
Oscar_R, Mar 2024
The driver, the Gide are so friendly, all I can say is that everything was amazing!!!!! “I could not be happier with my results…
Amazing, informative and great fun!
Patrycja_N, Mar 2024
Amazing trip. It takes about 3hrs to get there. We had a nice driver, who even stopped, so we could get some coffee (it was early morning). Just after picking us up we had a phone call from our guide. What a lovely woman she is! So informative, extra nice and made sure we had enough of pictures 😂 Small by body, but mighty in knowledge (turned out that she studied on the University of Alexandria). Can't recommend her enough. Thank you so much!
Excellent vehicle. Get your own guide
Sangita_K, Mar 2024
Excellent vehicle sent!! a really nice Minivan with good driver… could use a better guide - guide added very little value to our trip - she mostly just dropped us at venues and then we were on our own …
Alexandria Day Trip
Kenny_O, Mar 2024
Alexandria, Egypt day tour was very on topic. The ride there and the return was good. The tour guide explained some interesting facts during the itinerary. It is an interesting city with good local food.
Mireya_R, Mar 2024
I wanted to share my feedback on the recent tour I took with your company. Overall, the tour itself was amazing - all the sites were lovely and well worth visiting. Our driver Ahmes was excellent too. However, I must mention an unpleasant experience during the tour. I felt uncomfortable when we were taken shopping and pressured to make a purchase. Despite politely declining multiple times and leaving the store, I was guilt-tripped by the guide Waleid and felt compelled to buy an item I did not intend to. This situation made the rest of the ride with the tour guide rather unpleasant. We paid $200 for the full-day tour and, while we had a good experience overall, feeling intimidated to make a purchase was not something we expected. I believe there is room for improvement in ensuring customers feel secure and not pressured during such shopping stops. Despite the incident, we still tipped our driver and guide generously. However, I wanted to highlight this issue as it impacted the enjoyment of the remainder of the tour. I hope that future tours will be more considerate of customers' comfort.
A rather disappointing city
Paul_H, Feb 2024
I was a little disappointed with the tour. It was a long drive from Cairo to a city that isn’t that interesting The catacombs were a bit underwhelming, the library is just a library (albeit very large and swanky) and the citadel was great outside but there’s nothing to see inside. We didn’t want to go to the museum. Our guide was very friendly and enthusiastic but his English wasn’t that good. So sadly not quite the day I was hoping for.
Not worth the price.
Anna_Y, Jan 2024
The driver was great. The sights were great. The “tour guide” talked very little about anything. Could have just read the descriptions given. The lunch was poor. We had to order extras to satisfy ourselves. I would have picked the option without included lunch and ordered everything ourselves.
Amazing experience highly recommend.
Saleh_A, Jan 2024
A day to remember, combined with beautiful weather and the sea it was refreshing. One of the highlights was that we got to see the library and the Pompey’s pillars. We also got to try out some very unique places such as an ice cream shop that sells fresh gelato one of the best I’ve tried highly recommended. Our tour guide thankfully was amazingly and we got to have a great time with her.
Visiting the catacombs...
Victor_T, Jan 2024
Visiting the catacombs was the highlight for us, although the Citadel, library (which unfortunately was closed on Sunday) and the Roman amphitheater and baths were fascinating as well.
Samhita_B, Jan 2024
Beware of scamming with this tour. Firstly the car driver showed up late without any prior notification. In addition given the language being a huge problem, we weren’t able to communicate with the driver effectively. The tour guide then forced us to eat at the restaurant they had tie up with and we ended up paying $50 for food that was not even worth $10. We dint have any choice in this matter. Then obviously the tie up with local shops , that we had to oblige to buy something. Overall experience was really bad.
Exceptional tour
Ralph_J, Dec 2023
We were very lucky to have Ahmed Bakar, the driver, and Mahmoud Abd El-rahman, the guide, for this tour. Ahmed is a very pleasant and excellent driver who made us feel very comfortable on the long round trip journey. Mahmoud is a university trained archeologist who also works as a guide. His encyclopedic knowledge of archaeology, sites, and history was only surpassed by his enthusiasm for the subjects. It became apparent why some people at the sites called him “Mr. Egypt.” My advice is to not trust to luck that you get them, rather to request their services.
Excellent driver and guide
Manikandan_B, Dec 2023
We had a excellent guide Mustafa with lot of knowledge about Egypt and the sites in particular. One thing we didn’t like or found surprised is the lunch which was $15 and if we add a single beverage it went up to $20… other than this everything else was awesome
Do NOT go on a Friday: The Library of Alexandria is closed! Poor customer service.
Timothy_N, Dec 2023
I bought my ticket on a Thursday but then had to change the date to Friday. I didn't realize by then that the library was closed on a Friday, which they hide as a little note at the end of the library part in the trip itinerary rather than in clear notification at the front. I asked for a partial refund and got an insulting 5 dollars back out of 170 (the cost of going to the library) rather than a more commensurate refund given the library is advertised as being 2 out of the 6 hours of the trip. I recommend going with a more honest venue and one that costs cheaper.
A memorable trip
dinesh_s, Dec 2023
a very well organised tour. I was provided with excellent guide MR. Mehmood he was expert in his field. H took care of all the details of trip
Great trip
Virginia_M, Dec 2023
Mahmoud, our guide, was super knowledgeable. He made the trip super enjoyable. We also had a great driver, Chadi!
A day in Alexandria
Ral_L, Dec 2023
We enjoyed the visit to the Library and to the catacombe. Our guide was wonderful. The choice of restaurant was great.
Make sure you check the fine print or just don’t do it
Barbara_P, Dec 2023
The pick up at the hotel was a small car that was maybe 25 years old with had balled tires. I contacted the tour company immediately to complain and their response was that was what we paid for. A car that can take 2 people. The end. Safety and comfort were not on the drop down box I guess. It was as though someone in the tour company sent their cousin to drive us 2 1/2 hours in a car that didn’t look like it could make it to the corner. Imagine 2 almost 6 ft persons folded into a car for 2 1/2 hours, actually it was longer because the roads were closed because of fog, so we sat for over 2 hours on the side of the road until it reopened. (In fairness, that is not their fault) The driver was nice, but he did not speak English, so we sat in silence, passing several landmarks, because we couldn’t ask him what they were. Then when we arrived to Alexandria, our tour guide; again nice; but his English was limited to 1 year of studies. Every word we used that he did understand, he asked us to spell on our phone and give the definition so that he can practice and use later. We became the guides teaching English. We paid for an English speaking guide, we received an Arabic speaking guide that spent the day telling us how sick is father was and how he was poor and needed to work. That was the plug for a tip I guess, which we give him in spit of it all. We paid for car, tour and entry into all venues. After tour guide paid for entry, he asked for the tickets. We gave it to him at first and finally said no, since we collect them for my memory book. The last straw was the guide kept asking us “where do you want to go” and our response was “we want to go on the tour we paid for”. He promised to take us to the bazaar and he took us to one store that only sold perfume and painting, in a remote location, clearly where he would get a commission if we bought something. We got out the car, realized what he had done and got back in the car. It’s time to contacted the credit card company. This is no me being a difficult customer, we have been in several tours for the week. No issues at all, but this is unacceptable.

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