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 Enjoy a full day trip to Rosetta, a tranquil Egyptian town with vast gardens, orchards and date-palm plantations. Rosetta, also known as “Rashid”, is located 65 Km. east of Alexandria. It occupies a strategic location between the Mediterranean and the western branch of the Nile and has, therefore, been a very important military site since early times. The city is more like an open museum featuring a multitude of beautiful historical houses, inns, castles, public baths, and mosques adorned with exquisite decorative inscriptions and woodworks.

 In the 18th century, Rosetta attracted the attention of both Britain and France, the two major colonial powers at the time. Britain wanted to protect its trade route for coffee shipped from Yemen to Europe across the Red Sea and the Mediterranean via Suez and Cairo. Rosetta then flourished as a Mediterranean harbour. It became replete with trading commodities, such as grains, coffee, silk, and its markets were bustling with merchants of different nationalities. Rich merchants and European consuls who visited the town erected a unique collection of monumental residences built with a rare type of brown, well-trimmed and pointed bricks.

 The historical houses of Rosetta reflect a unique style of Islamic architecture with their Mushrabiyyas (oriels) made of geometrically shaped woodworks, vast reception rooms, exquisite decorations, domes, ornamented doors, and drinking fountains (sabeels). An outstanding landmark of Rosetta is Abu Madour, a tower wherefrom the French historian Vivien Dinon was able to monitor the famous Abu-Qir naval battle between the British and the French.

 Closely associated with Rosetta is the discovery of the Rosetta Stone; a 2nd B.C. stela, which contributed greatly to the deciphering of the principles of hieroglyphic writing in 1822 by the British scientist Thomas Young and the French scholar Jean-François Champollion. The Rosetta stone was discovered by a French contingent during the French expedition of Napoleon to Egypt, and is now on display at British Museum.

Trip duration: Approx. 6-8hrs.
Start from/Return to:Guest hotel.
Trip essentials:Light cotton clothing-comfortable walking shoes-bottled mineral water-sunblock-sunglasses-eyedrops for the dust-hat.
  • Transfer in A/C vehicle to Rosetta.
  • Certified tour guide.
  • One bottled mineral water per guest.
Not included:
  • Entrance fees.
  • Camera or video charge when applicable.
  • Lunch/Drinks.
  • Tipping.
 ***Please dress conservatively especially when visiting churches and mosques. Gentlemen should avoid shorts and ladies should avoid mini-skirts, shorts, transparent (see-through) or tight clothing, and tank tops. Also, please be aware that intimate behavior; i.e. holding hands or kissing is not acceptable inside churches and mosques. Photography is restricted inside some churches, so please consult your guide first. Should you wish to photograph people then please ask for permission.

For reservations or inquiries, please contact us.