Cruises to Alexandria Egypt

Jump on board on one of MSC's Mediterranean Cruises to Egypt and discover the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Alexandria's charm presents to every visitor the fragrance of the past rich in history, civilization and culture. Find the perfect cruise to egypt with MSC Cruises .

Alexandria: The Pearl of the Mediterranean

With a population of 4.1 million, Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt.

A key holiday destination, Alexandria, known as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’ is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Historically, Alexandria was one of the most famous cities in the world, immortalized by Cleopatra.

A stopover to this ancient city provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this important cultural, intellectual, political and economic metropolis famous for its temperate winters, white sand beaches and magnificent scenery.  There is so much to see in Alexandria that we invite guests to join one of our excursions to enjoy the best deals on outings and day trips: we offer a host of ways to spend your day away from your luxury cruise ship!

Just some of the fantastic itineraries include a desert trip to Gizah, Sakkara and Mephis where you will see the Cheops, Chefren and Mykerino pyramids. You will also take in the Valley Temple and the Sphinx and can practice your bargaining skills in a local bazaar.  For a not-to-be-missed day out, choose the Nile cruise combined with a visit to the ancient city of Cairo.

History buffs will love the guided heritage tour of Alexandria and a chance to journey back to Roman times. Or you could opt to walk the historic streets of Alexandria, relaxing in the shady palm-filled Montazah Park, rounding off the day with a visit to the summer residence of the former king of Egypt.

We guarantee you will return to the ship fulfilled and thrilled, with wonderful souvenirs to add to your MSC cruise vacation.

Cruise to Alexandria - Egypt - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

Directions


The cruise terminal is far away from the city centre. We recommend you choose one of or Excursion packages.

Port average temperature

Alexandria has an arid desert climate, but the prevailing north wind, blowing across the Mediterranean, gives the city a different climate from the desert hinterland. The city's climate shows Mediterranean characteristics, namely mild, variably rainy winters and hot, dry summers which, at times, can be very humid. January and February are the coolest months with daily maximum temperatures typically ranging from 12°C to 18°C.

Alexandria experiences violent storms, rain and sometimes hail during the cooler months. July and August are the hottest and most humid months of the year with an average daily maximum temperature of 30°C. Autumn and spring are the ideal seasons to visit Alexandria, with temperatures averaging about 22°C.

The temperate figures shown are based on monthly average weather conditions for the selected port. Weather data is not real-time, and sometimes no data is shown for a specific date, month or port in general.

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 ALE01 - CAIRO (full day with lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Take some time off the ship to discover the splendour of this ancient civilisation and go Egyptian for a day on this luxury tour to Cairo. Starting with a 3-hour coach drive through amazing landscapes, you will first head for what is one of the world's largest cities with a population of some 16 million people in its greater metropolitan area. And since no visit to Cairo would be complete without seeing the famous pyramids, a visit to the sizeable archaeological site at Giza then follows. In addition to an outside viewing of the pyramids of Khufu, Khafra and Menkaure, you will also have a chance to see the incredible Valley Temple and the world-famous Sphinx. Next up is a visit to the fascinating Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, a vast repository of artefacts that includes the treasure of Tutenkhamun. After some time to browse through the museum at your leisure, your Cairo experience is rounded off with a delicious lunch and an opportunity to haggle your way to a souvenir at a vibrant Egyptian bazaar and in a Papyrus Institute. Your tour comes to a leisurely close with your return drive to the port and your ship.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair as it involves walking on uneven ground. You will not be permitted to take cameras or camcorders inside the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

Price per person $162.00 Adults $113.00 Children

   


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 ALE02 - GIZAH, SAKKARA AND MEMPHIS (full day with lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Give yourself a chance to make some lasting memories of your stay in Egypt on this tour to the ancient pyramids of Giza and Saqqara, which form an important part of Egypt's rich cultural heritage. A comfortable 3-hour coach journey through the Egyptian countryside to Cairo begins your tour, after which you will be taken for an external viewing of the magnificent pyramids of Giza, including the pyramids of Khufu, Khafra and Menkaure, the Valley Temple and the much-fêted Sphinx. The tour then continues on to Saqqara, a vast ancient burial ground that once served as the necropolis of the capital of ancient Egypt, the town of Memphis, and is also home to various pyramids, including the famous stepped pyramid of Djoser. Before stopping for lunch you will break at Memphis to admire the huge statue of Ramesses II. After a delicious lunch, you will also have some time to shop for souvenirs in a typical Egyptian bazaar before you begin to head back to your port and your ship.
Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or in a wheelchair as it involves walking on uneven ground.

Price per person $147.00 Adults $103.00 Children

   


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 ALE04 - THE CITADEL, THE PYRAMIDS AND NILE RIVER CRUISE (full day with lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  Leave the port of Alexandria, board a coach and get set to discover some of Egypt's most iconic sights on this tailor-made guided tour that teams visits to Saladin's Citadel, the Alabaster Mosque and the ancient pyramids with a leisurely lunchtime cruise on the River Nile. Starting with an enjoyable 3-hour coach ride, the tour first heads for Cairo, which is not just Egypt's largest city, but one of the largest in the world with nearly 16 million inhabitants in its greater metropolitan area. Your first stop gives you a chance to see the medieval Islamic fortification of Saladin's Citadel and the co-located Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali, whose elevated location near the centre of Cairo ensures wonderful views of the city below. A pleasure cruise down the Nile will then provide the perfect setting for a leisurely lunch, after which the coach will take you to the famous plateau from which you will be able to see the Great Pyramid of Giza. Also on the itinerary are outside viewings of the pyramid of Khafra and the Sphinx, time to take photos as well as a stop to shop for souvenirs at the nearby Papyrus Institute. Your guide, your tour ends with the return journey to the port and your ship.
Please note: as this tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Cameras in the Citadel are prohibited.

Price per person $162.00 Adults $113.00 Children

   


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 ALE05 - ROMAN HERITAGE OF ALEXANDRIA (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Cultural  Shopping  Leave the port for a fascinating journey back in time, discovering the marvels of Alexandria. Our first stop will be the Catacombs of Kom El Shokafa. Originally a private crypt, it was later extended due to more Roman burials and you can travel 80 feet underground to discover the eerie see tombs that date back to the 2nd century AD. Our next visit will be to Pompeii Pillar, a 27-metre tall column; with a confusing name, the pillar was raised in honour of Emperor Diocletian in 300 AD., who saved the city of Alexandria from a devastating famine. The excursion will continue with a sightseeing tour of Alexandria with panoramic views of the city's key sites, including the Citadel. Short stop for shopping before returning to the port.
Please note: accessing the Catacombs requires descending many metres below ground via a spiral staircase and on slippery, often wet steps. Excursion not recommended for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 ALE06 - HISTORY AND BEAUTY OF ALEXANDRIA (approx. 5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Limited seat  Cultural  Shopping  Discover the diverse beauty of Alexandria, from her museums to monuments, parks and palaces. We'll leave the port and head to the National Museum where you can admire historic artefacts dating back to Greek and Roman times. Our next stop will take in the small Roman amphitheatre, built to accommodate 800 people. The tour continues in the beautiful Montazah Palace and Gardens where you can take a relaxing walk under the pines and palm trees. We may have time to see an exterior view of the summer residence of the former king, Farouk of Egypt. Short stop for shopping before returning to the port.
Please note: this excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $76.00 Adults $53.00 Children

   


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 ALE07 - THE PYRAMIDS AND SAKKARA DESERT SAFARI (full day with lunch) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Lunch or dinner included  Cultural  Shopping  This day-long excursion takes you on a 3-hour drive to Cairo and to Giza Plateau. You will enjoy an outside viewing of the pyramids of Khufu, Khafra and Menkaure, from the Western Plateau. Continue down the valley to admire the many burial monuments and the enigmatic Sphinx. Don't forget your camera; this is a world-class destination with opportunities for super pictures that capture the unique atmosphere of grandeur and antiquity that pervade this special place. After enjoying some time for free exploration at the site you will proceed to a local Country Club where you will take a 4-wheel, air-conditioned jeep to continue your adventure across the desert and reach a camp. Enjoy transport of an altogether different kind on the back of a camel as you travel by camel convoy to learn about the traditions of the native desert communities. We will have time for a delicious buffet lunch at Sakkara Country Club before continuing our tour at the imposing stepped pyramid of Sakkara. Next you will visit a Papyrus Institute for an opportunity to learn the process of paper-making from reeds. A short stop for shopping to haggle your way to a souvenir at a vibrant Egyptian bazaar is also foreseen before returning to Alexandria.
Please note: this tour is not recommended for guests with mobility, neck or back problems, for pregnant women and for guests using a wheelchair.

Price per person $194.00 Adults $136.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.