Another Egyptian city with a long history is Alexandria. Set on a Mediterranean bay, definitely closer to Europe, the influences of the Greeks and Romans is ever more apparent.
It is a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive from Cairo and so if you decide to do it in a day trip from Cairo, then an early start is vital as to see the main sights will fill a busy day. Some can spend that time in the new Biblioteca alone, which is a library and cultural center today on the site of the ancient library. If you wish to spend a night or two in Alexandria there are several good hotels that we offer and this will enable a more leisurely opportunity to see the many things in greater detail. In addition their are several interesting Museums to visit too.
The city is set on a large bay and the buildings fronting the water must have been quite a sight when they they were in their full glory. Now unfortunately, many are quite tough on the eyes. Neverthless, a meal overlooking the bay at one of the nice restaurants, with The Citadel at one end is still quite an occasion to remember!
Also on the north coast and 1 to 2 hrs west of Alexandria is the El Alamein Cemetery and the nearby Museum. This location saw a pivotal battle in World War 2 and there is an opportunity to learn about this costly encounter. If you do this then an overnight is needed.
As you battle the traffic in the city center watch out for the old trams. The system was first built n 1860 and much seems to be of that era!