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+ Optional Pre-Tour
Alexandria

Just a three-hour drive from Cairo rests the Mediterranean oasis of Alexandria. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BCE, the city was once a major intellectual center of the Greek and Roman empires and home to the rulers of the Ptolemaic dynasty—including Cleopatra. Explore the mythic vestiges of the ancient city, and enjoy leisure time to experience the modern charms along the Corniche, Alexandria's waterfront promenade.

Pre-Tour Rate**

Double: $1,899
Single: $2,599

Itinerary:

Day +1: En Route from U.S.

Day +2: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt
Settle into your first-class accommodations, and enjoy the first evening in Cairo at leisure.
Overnight: Marriott Mena House

Day +3: Cairo / Alexandria
After breakfast, set out on the pleasant three-hour drive to Alexandria, an important center of learning in the ancient world. Built under the reign of Alexander the Great, Alexandria is the playground for Egypt’s elite, enriched with a spirit that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. During a guided tour, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, the famous Catacombs, and the Citadel of Qaitbay.

The remainder of the day is free to explore the city and its life.
Overnight: Steigenberger Cecil Hotel (B,L)

Day +4: Alexandria
This morning, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, featuring exhibits covering prehistoric times to the present, a vast archaeological display, and a royal mummies gallery.

Afterward, explore the architecturally stunning Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a recently constructed, modern interpretation of its ancient predecessor. This structure is poised to become as famous an architectural monument as Sydney’s Opera House. Here, in addition to the innovative and imaginative building, discover extraordinary documents and artifacts.

The afternoon and evening are at leisure to relax at the property or venture into town.
Overnight: Steigenberger Cecil Hotel (B,L)

Day +5: Alexandria / Cairo
After breakfast, return to Cairo to join fellow travelers on the main program.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch

This pre-tour is not escorted by an Orbridge Travel Director. Included sightseeing is accompanied by a local guide. Although exclusive to Orbridge guests, space is limited, so it's recommended to reserve early for best availability.

(Itinerary subject to change.)
Activity Level:

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, but a fair amount of walking can be expected. Guests on this program should be able to follow a guide at an average pace for two hours through paved and unpaved streets, over even and uneven terrain, and up and down stairs without assistance. Due to the nature of some structures, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities may be limited. Participation in itinerary activities is up to the individual.


Accommodations:

Marriott Mena House – Cairo

While touring bustling Cairo, spend leisure time and evenings amidst the luxurious and modern comforts of Marriott Mena House, located just 45 minutes outside of the city. The property offers glorious panoramic views of the pyramids, 40 acres of lavish gardens, four restaurants and lounges, a heated outdoor pool, a health club, and a full-service spa (additional fees for services).

Originally built as a hunting lodge in 1869, Mena House served as a private residence until 1886, when it was opened to the public as a hotel. It has hosted a variety of visitors, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra, and Charlie Chaplin.

Room Amenities: Pyramid views, individual climate control, sofa and chair, cable/satellite LCD TV, complimentary high speed internet and Wi-Fi, phone, alarm clock, mini fridge, safe, complimentary bottled water, coffee maker, robes and slippers, and en suite marble bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Steigenberger Cecil Hotel – Alexandria

Known for its superb location directly on the Mediterranean harbor, the Cecil Hotel is a short walk to many of the city’s famous sights, such as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Alexandria National Museum. The historic property showcases classic, elegant architecture and welcomes guests with two stylish restaurants and a cozy bar.

Room Amenities: Sea views, balcony, individual climate control, work desk and chair, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, safe, complimentary bottled water upon arrival, coffee and tea maker, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
    • 3 nights luxury hotel accommodations
    • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches
    • Touring by an English-speaking guide
    • Admission to all sites listed in the itinerary
    • Guided Alexandria city tour, including the Roman Amphitheatre
    • All gratuities and porterage
    • All airport and hotel transfers

Pre-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy in U.S. dollars. Airfare not included.