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Islamic Cairo Tour and Historic Cairo

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Duration

Full Day

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

6 people

Languages

English

Overview

Join our Historic Cairo and Islamic Cairo Tour

Islamic Quarter Cairo, also known as Historic Cairo, awaits you on this special Islamic Cairo tour. Discover together with Sempre Travel Egypt during your stay in Cairo some of the most impressive Cairo sights. The Saladin Citadel, the Museum of Islamic Art Cairo, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Ibn Tulun Mosque and the historic Cairo city walls are waiting for you. 

Price per Person

1 Person: 175.00€
from 2 People: 112.00€
from 3 People: 91.00€
from 4 People: 78.75€
from 5 People: 71.75€
from 6 People: 68.25€
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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Saladin Citadel – Alabaster Mosque
  • Museum of Islamic Art Cairo
  • Sultan Hassan Mosque
  • Ibn Tulun Mosque
  • Cairo City Walls
  • Bab al-Futuh
  • Bab El Nasr
  • Bab al Zuwayla

Itinerary

Tour Program

After breakfast, we start our detailed tour to the Islamic Cairo with the pick-up from your accommodation in Cairo. Our first attractive destination of this Cairo Tours in the Islamic Quarter Cairo is the impressive 

Saladin Citadel – Alabaster Mosque 


Saladin Citadel, one of the best-preserved fortresses, was built on a hill, the so-called Mokkatam Plateau and offers you an overview of a large part of the city. With good visibility, you can sometimes even see the Pyramids of Giza. Located below the fortress are the Sultan Hassan Mosque and the Ibn Tulun Mosque, also parts of the Cairo Islamic Center. 

Mosque of Muhammad Ali (Alabaster Mosque) 


After an explosion in the ammunition dump in 1824 destroyed parts of the citadel, Muhammad Ali built a large Mosque in the destroyed area of the citadel. His son Said Pasha completed the construction until completion in 1857. Not far from the Saladin Citadel is something that no one in the metropolis of Cairo would suspect, the “Green Lung” of Cairo, the Al Azhar Park, where the residents of Cairo try to escape the hustle and bustle of the city at the weekends.  

After taking in the beautiful view over Cairo, we leave the Mokkatam Plateau to visit the Museum of Islamic Art Cairo.   

Museum of Islamic Art Cairo 


This Museum is famous for its collection of rare manuscripts of the Quran with wonderfully calligraphies and a wide variety of rare artefacts made out of materials like wood or metal and textile objects from all over the Islamic world. After a complete restoration for around $ 10 Million in 2010, the Museum of Islamic Art Cairo shines in new splendour. After visiting the Museum, we will take a lunch break in one of Cairo's traditional restaurants before we continue our Cairo tours to the unique 

Sultan Hassan Mosque 


The Sultan Hassan Mosque, also known as the Madrasa Mosque, stands in the shadow of the impressive Saladin Citadel. But with its architecture based on the model of the Mamluks (Sultan Hassan was the son of the Mamluk Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun), it's an imposing building. 

To this day, the Sultan Hassan Mosque is considered one of the most valuable monuments in Egypt and is, next to the Pyramids of Giza as witnesses of the pharaonic times, a witness of ancient Islamic Egypt. 

It received the name Madrasa Mosque (school mosque) from the teaching areas divided into 4 schools of Sunni Islam (Hanafi, Malaki, Hanbali and Shafi'i). The Mosque also offers accommodation for 500 students and teachers.  

Ibn Tulun Mosque 


The Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest mosques and in terms of the area the largest in Africa. To this day it has been preserved in its original form and was built in this size to accommodate the entire troops of Ibn Tulun for Friday Prayer. Its Minaret, one of the famous Cairo landmarks has a special feature, it is surrounded by a spiral staircase that winds on the outer walls up to the top. We leave the Ibn Tulun Mosque for the drive to the 

Cairo City Walls 


The historic Cairo city walls were built to protect against the growing threat from the Ottoman Empire. It contains three famous gates, 

the Bab al-Futuh city gate and the Bab El Nasr city gate, both built in 1087 and the Bab Zuwayla gate, built-in 1092. The Bab al-Futuh and the Bab Zuwayla gate form the end of the famous Al Muizz street, which connects the northern and southern border of Cairo. You will notice that the construction with the semicircular arches is very unusual compared to buildings from the same period and only reappears two centuries later due to the influence of Syrians. The Al Hakim Mosque, which was originally built outside the city walls, is now enclosed by the walls that extend between Bab al-Futuh and Bab al Nasr.   

With a visit at the historical Cairo city walls you will see one of the largest fortifications that was built in the time of the Crusades. We have reached the end of our Islamic Quarter Cairo tour and from here we will accompany you back to your accommodation in Cairo.

Everything about the excursion

TOUR TYPE: Culture  

TOUR LENGTH: Full Day 

 VISIT: according to the itinerary 

PICK-UP POINT: Your accommodation in Cairo 

PICK-UP TIME: around 08:00 a.m.    

RETURN: Your accommodation in Cairo  

General information:      


Travel Guide:  

All our guides are experienced Egyptologists with at least 5 years of experience.    

Vehicles:  

All our vehicles are have modern equipment and air-condition.      

Payment:   


To secure the booking, a 25 % deposit of the travel price is due, this can be done online by credit card, Visa and Master or bank transfer.      

The remaining amount of 75 % must be paid before the start of the excursion on the day of travel and can be paid with credit card or cash.      

The booking of your trip is considered complete and confirmed by your tour operator, as soon as we have received the 25 % deposit.     

Children's prices:   


Children from 0 - 2 years free of charge (except for flight excursions)      

Children from 3 to 11 years of age receive a 50 % discount      

Children from 12 years old are considered an adult

Included/Excluded

  • Transfer from and to your accommodation
  • All transfers with modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees for visits according to the itinerary
  • Professional Egyptologist during the privately guided tour
  • Lunch
  • Assistance from travel agents with pick-up and return
  • Personal Expenses during the tour

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