Rashid city day tour including Alexandria itinerary
Rashid city day tour will start by meeting our representative and guide. He will pick you up from Alexandria port (in front of cruise exit door). And then we will start the tour by visiting Qaitbay Fort. In fact, the fort is indeed one of the most important defensive strongholds. It is not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. Qaitbay Fort is the first stop in Rashid city day tour. The fort formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria. It was in the 15th century AC. Moreover, the Citadel situated at the entrance of the eastern harbor on the eastern point of the Pharos Island.
Qaitbay Fort erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria. Morover, the lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It continued to function until the time of the Arab conquest. And then several disasters occurred. The shape of the lighthouse changed to some extent, but it still continued to function. Restoration began in the period of Ahmed Ibn Tulun (about 880 AC).
And then, we will drive to Rashid city which is the second stop in Rashid city day tour. Over there, we will also visit Rosetta National Museum. The museum is indeed one of the landmark of this eternal town. The Rashid (Rosetta) National Museum is 65 km east of Alexandria. It stands waiting for visitors after restored and returned to its original pristine condition. The museum installed in one of Rashid’s famous stately Ottoman houses. It is the Arab Killy house.
The house named after a Turkish trader called Hussein Arab Kulli. He lived there in the early 18th Century. It was the largest house in Rosetta. The first floor used for receptions. The second floor was where the family lived. It is where Kulli had his office. The third floor contained the haramlik (women’s quarters). Restoration of the museum led to the discovery of a small gravure and a fine piece of Kufic calligraphy.
The museum’s exhibits relate the history of Rashid. They are from the town’s construction in ancient times right through to the modern era. Furthermore, on display are 600 artifacts carefully selected from the Islamic and Coptic museums. They are also from Gayer Anderson house in Cairo. There are also another 200 objects unearthed from archaeological sites around Rashid. These include a collection of Omayyad and Ottoman gold and bronze coins. Moreover, They also include pots, pans, versions of the holy Quran. They also include a collection of 18th and 19th century weapons. They weapons are such as arrows, swords, knives and pistols. Tapestry, military and national Ottoman and Mameluk costumes are also exhibited.
In fact, some halls of the museum have furnished with complete sets of Ottoman furniture. It is to give visitors an idea of what an Ottoman house looked liked. The highlight of the museum is a life size replica of the Rosetta stone. It offered by the British Museum. It was in response to an official request to Egyptian museum for return of the original. The replica stone is on display at the foyer of the museum. At the end of the tour we will stop at The Nile Mouth to enjoy watching the end of Nile River. And then we take a Felucca on the Nile. And then we will drive back to cruise ship for your departure.