Alexandria's Library & Museum
Duration: 4 hours
Tour Code: alx-002
Egypt's rich and varied history is yours to discover during this informative visit to the Alexandria Library and National Museum.
Depart the pier for the drive to Alexandria's National Museum. Each of the museum's three floors depicts a different period of Egyptian history, including the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman Periods, the Coptic Era, and Islamic times. During your walking tour, you will also have an opportunity to view artifacts retrieved from the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea.
Next, your drive will continue on for a visit to the Alexandria Library, or Bibliotheca Alexandrina, as it was known in ancient times. Built at the beginning of the 3rd century BC, the library was not only a repository of books; it was also a museum, school and the world's foremost center for learning and scholarly research. In the 4th century AD, a fire destroyed both the library and museum.
Your tour will conclude with a visit to the new library, where you will learn about its architecture, background and development. You will also take a walking tour of the grounds, which feature a museum, galleries and planetarium.
Following your tour, you will re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.
Please note: This tour involves moderate walking, and steps to climb at the museum and library.