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

Cairo Citadel (Citadel of Saladin)

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1,525 Reviews
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
$20.00 per adult
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Great Tour with a great guide and driver!
This was an excellent tour! My guide Ahmed Jackson was very knowledgable about Egypt and very professional and courteous. He also took great photos so I didn’t have to even think about it which was nice! He spoke great English and was very transparent about what was coming next on the tour etc. He made it feel more like a friend who was showing you around rather than a tour guide. Our driver was great too and so fun! if you do this tour request Ahmed Jackson!
Julie_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

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Cairo day tour, Museum and Citadel
Erika_A, Jul 2021
Cairo Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum Citadel and Khan Khalili Bazaar
Thank you Ahmed, we had a great time at the Citadel and the Museum. We were picked up at our hotel on time and driven to the mentioned sites. Ahmed was very polite and knowledgeable. He is a great guide and he explained in very well detail the places that we visited. It was pleasure to have had him as our tour guide. We definitely recomend this activity, specially if you are with children. They will enjoy these sites.
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Frat guide who knows his history
Rob_M, Jun 2021
Private Tour To Egyptian Museum Citadel And Khan Khalili Bazaar
Ahmed was a great guide. He really knows his history abs that makes him ideally suited to a tour of the Egyptian museum.
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Great Day!
John_S, Nov 2020
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
Just perfect. Guide was interesting, professional and spoke excellent English. Our day was over all too soon, but the memories will be long lasting!
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Nice overview of Cairo's religious history.
dkass549, Feb 2020
Cairo Sightseeing Tour to Citadel & Old Cairo & Cave Church and Islamic Cairo
What a great tour and overview of Cairo's religious history. We visited Islamic temples, a Coptic church, and a Jewish synagogue. Our tour guide was great and gave our 6-person private tour the flexibility we wanted, including fulfilling our request for an unscheduled visit to the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar.
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The area around Coptic Cairo and Khan Al-Kahlil
wiserosa1932, Feb 2020
Cairo Museum, Coptic Cairo, Cairo Citadel, Islamic Cairo & Khan El-Khalili Tour
Hamada was a wonderful knowledgeable and friendly tour guide/driver. Since it was just my husband and I he made suggestions and we were able to extend times or choose too. A lot more to see than just the Pyramids. Greatly recommend it.
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Cairo & Giza tour
Camera2020, Jan 2020
Full Day tour to great pyramids Sphinx Citadel and Bazaar
What a great day! Ali was both punctual and courteous at pickup, and was knowledgeable and charming throughout the day. I highly recommend this tour with Ali!
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Thank you! - Great Tour
Elena B, Dec 2019
Private tour to the Citadel and tour to the old famous arts
Thank you to my tour guide, Hassan for the Wonderful day and a very interesting tour: A lot of information, excellent organization, very flexible, thoughtful, knowledgeable guide.
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Excellent guide and driver
carlosvu89, Nov 2019
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
Our guide Menna was extremely kind and knowledgeable and made a great tour, on of the best guides I’ve had! Mahmund was also a very friendly and responsible driver, 100% recommend them!
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Day Tour of Cairo
traveler2001074, Nov 2019
Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Old Cairo
Horus was an excellent service and the guide we had was outstanding. She was extremely knowledgeable and personable. My head was stuffed with information about Coptic Cairo, the Mosque, the old city and the museum. I highly recommend this tour.
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Joe Mas was great!
NDARICAN, Nov 2019
Cairo City Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old market of Khan Kkalili
He was very knowledgeable and helpful and always gave us ample time to go check things out on our own. We made it to all the spots and he always offered to take photos of us. I really liked how when we used words he wasn’t familiar with when we commented on something he explained or expressed our fascination, he wrote them down so he could learn the terminology later. So I was more than happy to offer assistance with the spelling and such. I also give high praises to the driver. He was friendly and he got us safely to all of our destinations. I absolutely recommend them. Tour day 11/16/19
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Very good
Luz Marina M, Oct 2019
Cairo Day Tour visit Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan Khalil Bazaar
This was a very intetesting tour, we enjoyed it a lot, the guide had a good knowledge of the places we visited, it seemed he was a bit in a hurry, but apart from that, everything was perfect

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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