Your Chamber is heading to Egypt March 20-29, 2019 and we want you to join us! As seen in previous posts, there is a whole treasure trove of places, experiences, and memories in store in Egypt’s capital city of Cairo and the river cruise up the Nile. But, for extra hungry travelers, your ten-day excursion can be extended to 13 days, through an optional extension into the Hellenic city of Alexandria.
Founded in 332 BCE by Alexander the Great, Alexandria is Egypt’s most important port city and has been a major epicenter of trade for its entire existence. At one point of time, Alexandria was home to both the eponymous Lighthouse and Great Library — two of the most impressive Mediterranean works of architecture in their day. To this day, Alexandria still welcomes countless seafaring vessels and fosters a strong studious tradition, both domestically and internationally.
As an optional extension, we hope Alexandria can be the perfect conclusion to a vacation to Egypt, especially with all the excitement and direction present in the previous two legs of the trip. On Day 10, most travelers will be returning to the United States in the morning, but should you stay in the Land of the Pharaohs with us, the day will take an adventurous turn in a scenic drive to the port city. Cairo and Alexandria are only a several hours’ drive apart, arriving just in time to have an authentic Egyptian lunch at a local eatery. For the rest of this day, Alexandria is yours to explore.
The following day, the official tours begin. We will start the day with a visit to one of Alexandria’s most revered surviving monuments: Pompey’s Pillar, which is located in the city’s original Acropolis. The pillar is one of the largest ancient monoliths ever erected, standing over 20 meters high. Below, three levels of catacombs give way to rooms and passages cut directly into the rock from the location’s previous life as a temple — now only recognizable by the lone pillar.
Next, the party will travel to the Royal Library of Alexandria, which was once the largest library in the world — followed by the Qaitbay Citadel, one of the most important defensive strongholds on the Mediterranean coast. The citadel was constructed on the former sight of the Lighthouse, which damaged by earthquakes in the centuries beforehand.
This will conclude our stay in Alexandria, as the journey will return to Cairo briefly before departing for San Antonio on the morning of Day 13.
Now that you know what each stretch of the trip entails, don’t forget to register for your place in Egypt 2020. For more information, visit our Egypt 2020 event page, the rest of our blog series, and sign up for our next info session on Tuesday, September 24. Individuals who sign up before October 23 will receive a free ticket to the sound and light show at the Great Pyramids! There has never been a better time to visit Egypt than 2020, and there has never been a better group to share the experience with than your Chamber.