I am thinking of taking a day trip up to Alexandria from Cairo during my trip to Egypt in February. I am already spending quite a bit of money (and being guided around alot) on a 13-day organized tour and a day tour of Cairo, so I would really, really like to do Alex on my own.
I would also like to see as much as possible on foot as I really just like to wander around cities to get a feel for them - I find that's the best way usually. It's not unusual for me on a trip to spend an entire day on my feet walking around from sight to sight in a city.
Three questions: one, as a single American woman, is it safe for me to be walking around Alex on my own, assuming I am dressed appropriately, etc? And are there any parts of town I should avoid?
Second, how much can I get to within a walk from the train station? I hear the Greco-Roman and Jewelry Museums are currently closed, so those are out. I definitely want to see the Catacombs and walk around Anfushi and see the Necropolis of Anfushi. Perhaps see the National Museum or Bibliotheca as well?
Third, does it matter what train I take back to Cairo? Looking at the train schedules, it appears the last express train to Cairo leaves at 3:30 in the afternoon and I think I'd rather have more time there. Are there any safety issues with taking an evening train back, either with the train itself or arriving at the Cairo train station late in the evening?
Thanks in advance for any advice!