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Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)
Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)

Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)

Midan al-Qala'a, Cairo

The Basics

There’s a significant charge to enter the Cairo Citadel, often known simply as the Citadel. Admission covers access to all the sights inside, including the Alabaster Mosque, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Mosque, the Suleiman Pasha Mosque, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Carriage Museum.

Most travelers visit the Citadel as part of an Old Cairo tour, many of which include such Islamic Cairo highlights as the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, and the Mosque of Ibn Tulun. Many also add Coptic Cairo signature sights, such as the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

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Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
$25.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The best Khalili Market tour in Egypt
Fantastic tour, both Essam and Mohammed were great. Essam is a encyclopaedia of knowledge in the Museum and the Citadel. Highly recommend this tour if you doing the markets as they don’t take you from friends stalls to stall and most importantly you are taken to the Main Street with the mosques and they are explained in detail.
Enzo_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Just amazing!
petruta_i, Jun 2022
Cairo City Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old market of Khan Kkalili
This tour had us speechless! Would highly recommend; Nahed, our tour guide, was amazing and ready to answer all our questions!
star-5
The trip was very...
Sharon_R, Jun 2022
Cairo day tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old Cairo
The trip was very informative. Akmed Jackson was really knowledgeable and respectful. This is a must do trip.
star-5
Can’t go wrong with Emo Tours
Wendy_C, Jun 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
We went with EMO Tours and Ahmed Jackson was our tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and made our day. So much so we request him for every tour. Every driver that we had was awesome. The food for lunch was perfect. You can’t wrong booking with Emo tours especially with Ahmed Jackson as your guide.
star-5
Nice tour
Raychel_H, May 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
This was a nice tour of some sights in Cairo. Our guide Khalid was nice and knowledgeable. Worth it if you want to learn about some background about items in the museum and to visit the market. The lunch was tasty and in a nice restaurant.
star-4
Recommend
yrnzyvcfvb, May 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
Good trip for first day through Cairo. Gets you to all the interesting spots and must sees in the city.
star-5
Citadele,al halili,and egyptian museum
Ioanna_T, May 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
We are completely satisfied with the tour.the places were really intresting and worth visiting. our guide, Sameh, was punctual really kind ,helpful ,and well educated. He answered patiently to our many questions about modern egypt, islam and ancient ageptian civilization.he left us with the best impressions.we highly recommend him the driver and the tour.
star-5
Excellent service
Lubomir_P, Apr 2022
Cairo City Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old market of Khan Kkalili
Mohamed was very knowledgeable on all Egyptian history facts. He spent enough time to provide the details we wanted to know. I highly recommend him.
star-5
Highly recommended
Tmea_T, Mar 2022
Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Old Cairo Tour
It was a nice trip with a very professional guide. He thought us a lot about the history of Egyipt and about islamic and coptic cairo. He also gave us shopping advice and added a stop to the tour upon request. Highly recommended.
star-5
Awesome Citadel Tour
Dennis_M, Feb 2022
Private Tour in Cairo Citadel
The Citadel is really awesome (in the true sense of the word) and a sight that really should not be missed while in Cairo. The Mohammad Ali mosque (also called the Alabaster Mosque) is fabulous and the views from the hilltop are great. Nour gave us a wonderful tour, providing a lot of terrific history and stories along the way. She was punctual and the driver was very good. Really glad we went on this tour!
star-5
Geat tour and tour guide!
Maria_M, May 2022
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
I would definitely recommend this tour. Ahmed was the best! He is very knowledgeable and passionate with his job. He really cared and made his best to create a great overall experience for us.
star-5
Amazing day trip!
DIMITRAEVANTHI_L, May 2022
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Our initial booking was for the Egyptian museum but then we changed our minds and wanted to visit the Civilization museum instead. Our tour guide was really flexible with that and we visited the Civilization museum, the Citadel and khan khalili. He was extremely polite and could explain the history in a simple and interesting way. He also gave us some really good tips about the market. We are pleased by the tour and we definitely recommend it.
star-5
awesome lesson and experience!!!
PatriciaStrasser, Jun 2021
Cairo day tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old Cairo
awesome experience w ayman and soulean. we covered a lot of history and it was a very pleasant tour. we even stopped by papyrus factory which was the cherry on top. very complete tour even in the heat. they really take care of you and go with your pace. i very much recommend this. it will immediately submerge u in the culture! a must!
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Cairo Citadel is a must for history buffs and architecture fans.

  • Military-minded kids will love the cannons, planes, and tanks on display at the Egyptian Military Museum.

  • On a clear day, views stretch across Cairo as far as the Giza pyramids.

  • It’s possible to visit the Citadel in a wheelchair and look at the exteriors of the buildings. Most attractions are not accessible, and curbs generally lack ramps.

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How to Get There

The Cairo Citadel stands atop Mokattam Hill in Old Cairo, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) southeast of Tahrir Square. It’s a long way from the nearest metro station, and Cairo’s bus network is hard to use unless you speak and read Arabic, so many travelers visit on a tour that includes transport.

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When to Get There

The Citadel is open from morning to late afternoon seven days a week. Note that the mosques close for prayers at Friday lunchtime, and museums may not always be open. Visit outside the Islamic weekend (Friday and Saturday) for a less crowded experience, and avoid the main Islamic holidays.

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Who Was Saladin Al-Ayubbi?

Born in Tikrit, in modern-day Iraq, Saladin Al-Ayubbi was a 12th-century Muslim general and political leader who founded the Ayubbid dynasty. He captured Jerusalem from Christian Crusaders, ruled justly and fairly, and enjoyed a chivalric rivalry with Richard the Lionheart, king of England. Many Middle Eastern Muslims still consider him a hero today.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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