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Full Day Private Tour in Cairo Citadel and Islamic Cairo

5 (8)
Cairo, EG
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Full Day Private Tour in Cairo Citadel and Islamic Cairo

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Cairo, EG
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Experience the fascinating history and architecture of Cairo's Citadel and Islamic Cairo with this full-day private tour. Start your journey at the iconic Cairo Citadel, perched on a promontory beneath the Muqattam Hills. Marvel at the Citadel's imposing structures that have stood the test of time, built by kings and rulers from different eras. Step inside the magnificent Mosque of Muhammad Ali, with its striking resemblance to Istanbul's Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Discover the vast Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, a masterpiece of Mamluk architecture, known for its size and innovative design components. Visit the Al Rifai Mosque, a beautiful construction that pays tribute to Egypt's rich history. Lastly, explore the enchanting Gayer-Anderson Museum, filled with antiquities and stunning architectural details. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories of Cairo's past and be amazed by the grandeur of these historic sites. Don't miss the chance to book this unforgettable private tour and embark on a truly extraordinary journey through time.

About this experience

  • Admission Not Included
  • 6 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Visit the historic Cairo Citadel
  • Explore the magnificent Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  • Marvel at the grand Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
  • Admire the beautiful Al Rifai Mosque
  • Discover the ancient artifacts at the Gayer-Anderson Museum
  • Private transportation
  • Bottled water
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

  • Mobile

Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Cairo Citadel

The Citadel was built on a promontory beneath the Muqattam Hills, a setting that made it difficult to attack. There have been three major construction periods leading to the Citadel's current form: 12th-century Ayyubid (starting with Saladin), 14th-century Mamluk (under al-Nasir Muhammad), and in the 19th century under Muhammad Ali

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Mosque of Muhammad Ali

he mosque was built on the site of old Mamluk buildings in Cairo's Citadel between 1830 and 1848, although not completed until the reign of Said Pasha in 1857. The architect was Yusuf Bushnak from Istanbul and its model was the Sultan Ahmed Mosque[1][2] in that city. The ground on which the mosque was erected was built with debris from the earlier buildings of the Citadel. Before completion of the mosque, the alabastered panels from the upper walls were taken away and used for the palaces of Abbas I. The stripped walls were clad with wood painted to look like marble. In 1899, the mosque showed signs of cracking and some inadequate repairs were undertaken. The condition of the mosque became so dangerous that a complete scheme of restoration was ordered by King Fuad in 1931 and was finally completed under King Farouk in 1939. Muhammad Ali Pasha was buried in a tomb carved from Carrara marble, in the courtyard of the mosque. His body was transferred here from Hosh al-Basha in 1857.

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Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan

The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a monumental mosque and madrassa Cairo, Egypt was built between 1356 and 1363 during the Bahri Mamluk period, commissioned by Sultan an-Nasir Hasan. The mosque was considered remarkable for its massive size and innovative architectural components, and is still considered one of the most impressive historic monuments in Cairo today. This mosque is stunning and impressive from outside and inside. The mosque occupies almost 8000 square meters and the building is about 500 meters long, 68 meters wide, and 36 meters high. The massive main doorway at the north corner is almost 26 meters high and the minaret at the south corner is the tallest in Cairo at 81.5 meters. The mosque is an active place of worship. At the time of visiting the mosque women need to cover their heads; arms and legs and all visitors will need to leave their shoes prior to entering the mosque.

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Al Rifai Mosque

A beautiful construction that was built to link 19th century Egypt with its glorious past by resembling the neighboring Sultan Hasan Mosque. This is a beautiful Mosque and school housing the tomb of Imam Rifai along with latter members of the Mohammed Ali dynasty - Sultan Hussein Kamel, King Fuad and King Farouk - as well as the last Shah of Iran. Essential for anyone intrigued with 19th & 20th century politics.

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Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya)

This museum features the items of antiquity collected by John Gayer-Anderson, a British member of the Egyptian civil service in the 1930s and ‘40s, who restored two adjacent 16th- and 17th-century houses decorated with mashrabiyya screens and marble inlays.

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More about this experience

Introduction

Discover the mesmerizing beauty of Cairo's ancient architecture and immerse yourself in the rich Islamic heritage with the Full Day Private Tour in Cairo Citadel and Islamic Cairo. This tour will take you on a journey through time as you explore the historical treasures of Islamic Cairo, including the Citadel of Saladin and iconic mosques.

What to expect?

During this full-day tour, get ready for an awe-inspiring adventure filled with captivating architectural wonders. Marvel at the grandeur of the Citadel of Saladin, a fortress built in the 12th century to protect Cairo from invaders. Explore the magnificent Mosque of Muhammad Ali, known for its striking design inspired by the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul. Admire the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, a stunning landmark showcasing the innovative architectural components of the Bahri Mamluk period. Visit the Al Rifai Mosque, a masterpiece that pays homage to Egypt's illustrious past and houses the tombs of important historical figures.

Who is this for?

This tour is perfect for anyone with a passion for history and architecture. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a group of friends, this experience will leave you in awe of Egypt's cultural heritage. The tour is suitable for all ages, making it a great option for families and history enthusiasts alike.

Why book this?

Embark on this one-of-a-kind tour and delve into the rich history of Islamic Cairo. Immerse yourself in the captivating stories behind each architectural marvel and gain a deeper understanding of the significance of these landmarks. With a private guide by your side, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, learn fascinating anecdotes, and truly appreciate the intricate details of these historical sites. This tour offers a unique chance to witness firsthand the beauty and grandeur of Islamic architecture while discovering the cultural heritage that makes Cairo such a remarkable destination.

Good to know

Please note that women visiting the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan are required to cover their heads, arms, and legs. Additionally, all visitors must remove their shoes before entering the mosque. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes as there will be quite a bit of walking involved throughout the tour. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the stunning beauty of these architectural gems.

Reviews

Travelers who have embarked on this tour have been amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the Citadel of Saladin and the exquisite mosques in Islamic Cairo. They praise the knowledgeable guides who provided interesting insights into the historical significance of each site. Visitors have described the experience as a journey through time, leaving them with a deeper appreciation for Egypt's rich cultural heritage. Overall, reviewers highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to explore the architectural wonders of Cairo's Islamic quarter.

Reviews

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5 (8)

949cindyf

This was our second outing with Dina and this company. Our trip to the NMEC was very thorough and we appreciated Diana's patience in answering all our questions and really giving us the time to examine all the exhibits. She gave us an overview of the hall of mummies since no guiding is allowed there and waited as we leisurely worked our way through. We wrapped up this part of the tour with a photo op at the beautiful lake. Next up was the Coptic area with the Hanging Church and the Cavern church. Dina is very knowledgeable and set the context well. This was a very relaxing area to walk through and seemingly out of the crowds. We appreciated the flexibility and professionalism of our guide and will use this company again!

Passenger18717248022

First of all, My husband and I love the hotel, We stayed at the Steigenburger Pyramids in Cairo. Isaac was our tour Coordinator and he was very efficient and got back to me as quickly as he could when it came to asking questions about certain things and then we met Dina she is a fantastic tour guide she is knowledgeable, she is sweet, pleasant and patient She was always checking to make sure that we were happy with everything. She and Mario (our driver) were great and on time and we love them both!❤

Annabel_L

The guide was knowledgable and friendly. The organiser Isaac was very easy to contact and helpful throughout. I highly recommend using this company

stevenmG7348JT

The tour of Islamic Cairo is very interesting. Ibn Tulun and Muhammed Ali mosque are very interesting. I recommend also requesting to go see Al Azhar mosque as well, in order to see an actual functioning mosque that is in daily use. Our tour guide Micheal was friendly and tried his best.

Emad F

The tour was fabulous,our guide was a lovely person who explained to us every detail in Egyptian history,our car driver was a kind person too!this trip really works your money!

docdoris

I enjoyed Islamic Cairo tour the most. It was casual, but very informative. You get the real vibe of old Cairo, yet you also get a taste of the present day Cairo esp. at Al Moez St (my favorite). Don’t forget to get a taste of all the street food in Al Moez St.

Donna_in_India

This was the perfect day in Cairo! Our guide, Hany was awesome. He is so knowledgeable and we learned so much from him. He took us to several historically important mosques, the Citadel, the Gayer Anderson Museum, and the endlessly fascinating Khan el-Khalili market. We also had our first taste of delicious koshary outside the market. We finished up our long, amazing day with coffee/tea at the famous El Feshawi coffeehouse in the market. Highly recommend!

kbeckett6

This company organized a private tour for us at the last minute when another operator couldn't provide our tour as planned. They took us to the places we wanted to go, and the owner even showed up at the last stop to ensure we were satisfied with the tour. We had used them for a VIP Meet & Assist at the airport (recommended!), so I had their contact info and they worked hard to get us a guide within an hour, which was much appreciated.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-02-22 22:06
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