Alexandria is an ancient city and a gateway for cruises to the Great Pyramids. While the cruise terminal is nicely upgraded and modern, the real draw of this city is the well-preserved historical sites that make Alexandria one of the most magnificent coastal cities of Egypt. Five cruise ships are able to dock at a time, turning Alexandria into a hub for Egyptian cruise tourism.
The most notable attraction on a stop in Alexandria would be the great Pyramids of Giza. These famed structures are monuments to Egypt’s remarkable history. Three main pyramids and several smaller structures are guarded by the equally famous Sphinx. These architectural marvels are the highlight of any trip to Egypt and a call into Alexandria makes discovering the pyramids easy for passengers. More Egyptian history can be discovered on an excursion to Thebes. The modern city fits in with the ancient structures and ruins like a beautifully made puzzle, making this destination completely unique. From here, visitors can spend time in the Valley of the Kings, exploring the uncovered resting places of the ancient pharaohs. There are so many tombs in this area that archaeologists are still uncovering new tombs.
Within the confines of Alexandria proper, there is even more to explore. The Montazah Palace, originally built in 1892, is known for its surrounding gardens that span 150 acres. Nearby, two more pieces of historical architecture can be found. Original construction of the Abu Al-Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque started in 1929 and was completed in 1945 and it’s one of the most famous mosques in the world. Both the interior and exterior are a sight to behold. The Alexandria Opera House was built in 1918 and is another architectural treasure. Today, it still hosts operas as well as an assortment of events that have made it an important cultural center.
Whether discovering historical architecture or simply taking a walk along the Corniche and enjoying the ocean view while shopping and sampling local food, cruise passengers will have an unforgettable experience.
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