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Islamic Cairo

Islamic Cairo

Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo, Egypt

The Basics

The terms “Islamic Cairo,” “Old Cairo,” and “Coptic Cairo” can seem confusing. Islamic Cairo—like Coptic Cairo—forms part of Old Cairo, although—unlike compact Coptic Cairo—it’s scattered across different districts. Mosques are a centerpiece of any visit to Islamic Cairo, from Ibn Tulun Mosque, built more than 1,000 years ago, to Alabaster Mosque, atop the Citadel. You can also enjoy fountains, ancient Islamic schools, ornate city gates, bustling markets, and more. Tours generally combine vehicle transfers with walking.

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Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour
Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour
$20.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great service
The Islamic Cairo and Coptic Cairo are the best, however I’m expecting a Synagogue Ben Ezra and khan Al Khalili but we never been there. The driver Hassan was very good and kind, although he speaks no English but he’s the best driver. I recommend him. Can I join with any group to see the Synagogue and Khan Al Khalili for free as it was missed on my tour.
Eduardo_P, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Khan Elkhalili & Islamic Cairo Tour
simonandsadie, Jun 2022
Half Day Tour to Khan Elkhalili & Islamic Cairo
We really enjoyed this tour. Our guide Hamada picked us up from our hotel, he took us around Kahn Elkhalili and Islamic Cairo, giving lots of interesting information about the districts. He asked what sort of shops we wanted to go to and helped us find good quality shops with fixed prices. We tried to do Khan Elkhalili without a guide at the start of our holiday, but would recommend going with someone who knows the area well.
star-5
Amazing one day layover tour in Cairo
ChengWu_X, Apr 2022
Cairo Stopover Tour Visit Giza Pyramids Egyptian Museum & Old Cairo
Totally a private tour, feel bad that two persons (driver and guide) to serve myself only with a clean car. Visited every places as indicated when I did booking. The extra two shopping trips were not too bad, I bought some stuff without any pushes. The guide is good in English and Japanese, he introduced the places we visited with lot of histrionic stories. I would like to thank EMO Tour to make my day enjoyable.
star-4
Tour of Cairo city
Malcolm_H, May 2022
Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour
Excellent guide who showed me the important sites in. Islamic and Christian Cairo very knowledgeable and helpful and a good safe and competent driver in the hectic Cairo traffic
star-5
I will recommend others to book this trip.
Rizwanullah_K, May 2022
Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo
Our guide was Mr. Imam. He was a knowledgeable person. He was very cooperative and helpful. He was fluent in English.
star-5
Exceptional
maria_s, May 2022
Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour
The pyramids trip was the best trip ever with Mimo and Gabrielle. Wonderful experience. All the tours are very correct, on time and the minivan is amazing. Highly recommended
star-5
Cairo City Tour
Cayce_C, Apr 2022
Half Day Tour to Khan Elkhalili & Islamic Cairo
We had a wonderful experience with Mohammed. He was a wealth of information and guided us all through the city. He was very helpful with taking pictures and answering any questions we had. We felt like we were walking through the city with a friend and not just a guide. He would give us time to walk around by our self but he was always near by. He was very knowledgeable of Egyptian history and we felt like we learned things we have not heard otherwise.
star-5
Highly recommended
Ahmed_E, Apr 2022
Day Tour To The Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Christian Coptic Cairo
Really i have enjoyed this tour although I'm a japanese tourist & my English is not good,but my guide he explained everything thing very simple.I recommend this company for anyone who is visiting Egypt.
star-4
Interesting but brief
Annette_H, Apr 2022
Full-Day Egyptian Museum ,Coptic Cairo ,Islamic Mosque from Cairo or Giza hotels
Very interesting to see and hear about the various episodes of history. Sadly, due to Ramadan, my tour was cut from 8 hours, to a little over 4 hours.
star-5
What a fun day
Marcusperez4, Apr 2022
4-Hour Islamic Cairo Private Tour with Al-Azhar, Khan Al-Khalili
Had a great experience, the guide was very knowledgeable about the surrounding mosques and market. It was so fun wondering around the market making deals!!
star-5
Great guide and driver
Etoile_G, Apr 2022
Cairo City Tour Coptic Christian Cairo ,Islamic Mosque and old Market with Lunch
My guide Abla was amazing; very knowledgeable and patient. Knew all the right spots to capture photos and shared them with me so I only had to focus on the tour. The driver was also great and safe, something you really appreciate when riding in the busy streets of Cairo. I would surely recommend this tour versus a group tour. So much bang for your buck!
star-5
Very good
Reomn_R, Apr 2022
Day Tour To The Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Christian Coptic Cairo
I had nice time with the professional tour guide,he told me a lot about the Egyptian history and civilization.
star-5
Great time
JUDY_Y, Mar 2022
Private 4-Hours hanging church Coptic Cairo castle of Saladin & lunch include
Our tour guide was very professional and very friendly. He explained everything very clearly. He took us to a local restaurant and the food was delicious. I highly recommend him.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Islamic Cairo is a must for architecture fans and anyone with an interest in Islamic art.

  • Women, particularly solo travelers, will feel more comfortable in Cairo wearing loose clothing that cover shoulders, arms, and legs. Modest gear is essential when visiting mosques.

  • Islamic Cairo is a challenging destination for travelers who rely on wheelchairs, but some sites do have ramps and road access.

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How to Get There

Cairo developed from a number of different cities, so Islamic Cairo’s sights are scattered over a large area. The walled city at the core of Islamic Cairo is best reached from Bab El Shaariya metro station (Line 1), but to see the highlights of the different areas in a day you need to take a tour or book a driver.

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When to Get There

Most mosques are closed for part or all of Friday for Friday prayers, making it a bad day to visit. Be aware that Islamic Cairo can be hectic on Saturdays. Most sights are open until mid-afternoon, but the area can be fascinating after dark.

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Things to Do in Islamic Cairo That Aren’t Mosques

There’s more to Islamic Cairo than mosques. Soak up the atmosphere in the warren of shops and stalls that make up the historic Khan Al-Khalili bazaar; catch a whirling dervish performance in Wekalet El Ghouri Arts Center, a 16th-century inn; sip cardamom coffee or sweet tea in El Fishawi, a heritage cafe; or snap photos on the historic street known as Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah.

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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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