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Old Cairo (Misr Al-Qadima) Tours and Activities

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Old Cairo (Misr Al-Qadima)
Located in south Cairo on the Nile’s east bank, Old Cairo, also known as Misr Al-Qadima, dates to the sixth century BC and occupies the sites of several early Egyptian capitals, including Fustat. Merging into Islamic Cairo to the east, its heart is Coptic Cairo—home to a crumbled Roman fortress and numerous early medieval Coptic churches.

The Basics
Old Cairo will attract visitors wanting to immerse themselves in the city’s classical and medieval history. At its core is the complex of Coptic Cairo, whose sites include the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Abu Serga Church and the Coptic Museum, and Roman fortress.

Many Cairo city tours concentrate solely on the Coptic quarter, sometimes teaming it with outlying Christian sites such the Cave Church at Mokattam. Most focus on landmarks such as the Hanging Church, Abu Serga, and Ben Ezra, Cairo’s oldest synagogue. To see Old Cairo and widen your net further on the same day, pick a tour that also covers Islamic Cairo’s sights, such as the Citadel and Khan El-Khalili bazaar, or modern Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Other options include Old Cairo tours that add a visit to the Egyptian Museum or a Nile dinner cruise.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Old Cairo is a must-see for history and culture buffs and first-time visitors to Cairo.
  • Choose to go on a tour with a guide to help you navigate and cover the must-sees.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for lots of steps and uneven surfaces.
  • Wear sunscreen: Some of the sights are outdoors and unshaded.
 
How to Get There
Old Cairo is located in the southeastern part of town and is best reached by cab or on a tour that provides transport between the sights. Alternatively, take the metro to the Mar Girgis stop, just across the road from the Hanging Church and Coptic Museum.
 
When to Get There
Old Cairo is perfect for exploring year-round, although it’s wise to visit early for the cooler morning temperatures—the sites are generally open from morning to afternoon, with some open from early morning. While the area is less hectic than other parts of the city, going early will also help beat any buildup of crowds.

Things Not to Miss in Old Cairo
Coptic Cairo’s sights lie close to each other, inside what was once the Roman fortress of Babylon and framed by palm-dotted walkways. This means you can hop between them with ease, seeing everything from the Hanging Church—named for being built atop the fortress—Abu Serga, the Coptic Museum, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue back-to-back.
Address: Old Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Admission: Free
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Best Private 9 Days 8 Nights Cairo Luxor Aswan 5* hotelsNile Cruise Abu Simble

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Best Private 9 Days 8 Nights Cairo Luxor Aswan 5* hotelsNile Cruise Abu Simble

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Spare yourself the hassle of itinerary planning and arranging transfers, and experience Egypt in style on this 8-night 5-star private package that’s tailor-made for history buffs. See the ancient highlights of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel, cross the desert by sleeper, and indulge in a 3-night full-board Nile cruise with stops in Kom Ombo and Edfu. Throughout, your Egyptologist guide will help you make the most of the monuments.
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Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids & Nile Cruise with Flights from Cairo

Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids & Nile Cruise with Flights from Cairo

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Take a relaxed Nile River cruise between Luxor and Aswan on this 8-day tour. Start from either city and see key landmarks such as the Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Horus Temple, the Kom Ombo Temple, and much more. Enjoy a relaxed pace with plenty of time to revel in the 5-star luxury ship and its many amenities.
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Egypt Short trip :4 Days Guided tours Cairo, Giza and Alexandria & 4 Stars Hotel

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Egypt Short trip :4 Days Guided tours Cairo, Giza and Alexandria & 4 Stars Hotel

-Enjoy a comfortable pick up from Cairo airport to your hotel -Marvel at the famous Great Pyramids of Giza with your expert guide -See the ancient Step Pyramid of Djoser at the Sakkara archaeological site -Visit Saladin Citadel, constructed in 1183 AD, and Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque -Experience the Greek Roman sightseeing in Alexandria on the Mediterranean Sea -Adventure all of your tours and transfers in a comfortable way
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Cairo Highlights: 3-Day Guided Tour with Dinner Cruise and Camel Ride

Cairo Highlights: 3-Day Guided Tour with Dinner Cruise and Camel Ride

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Capture the spirit of ancient Egypt on a private 3-day tour of Cairo and Alexandria with a professional guide. Gaze in wonder at the Giza pyramids; take an exhilarating camel ride through the desert; and descend to the atmospheric tombs of the Sakkara step pyramids. Immerse yourself in Cairo’s lively culture during a visit to the Khan Al-Kahlili market and the Mosque of Mohamed Ali and see the splendid sights of Alexandria on a guided tour. Receive the undivided attention of your Egyptologist guide on this private tour.
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4-hours private Tour to Islamic Mosque and Coptic Cairo

4-hours private Tour to Islamic Mosque and Coptic Cairo

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See the magnificent religious architecture of Old Cairo on a 4-hour, private tour that takes the stress out of navigating Cairo’s chaotic streets. Visit the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, the Citadel of Saladin, and the Alabaster Mosque without the hassle of finding a series of taxis between destinations, and a flexible departure time means the tour can be tailored to your schedule.
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3 Days Tour Package Covering all Cairo and Giza all included

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3 Days Tour Package Covering all Cairo and Giza all included

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See the best of Cairo and the vicinity with this three-day package. You'll visit the world-famous Giza Pyramids, the ancient city of Memphis, the pyramids of Sakkara and Dashur, and go on a camel ride: and that's just on day one! Other highlights include a visit to the Egyptian Museum, shopping in local souks, and tours of Coptic and Islamic Cairo.
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Saladin Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Coptic Cairo Hanging Church

Saladin Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Coptic Cairo Hanging Church

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Combine the Saladin Citadel with the treasures of Islamic and Christian Cairo on this convenient private tour. Skip having to organize your own transport and itinerary, and tour with a guide to ensure you view the main sights. See the 12th-century Citadel and Muhammad Ali Mosque, and explore the Khan El Khalili bazaar, Hanging Church, and more with your guide providing detail that you might not otherwise hear.
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Private Full day to Coptic Cairo -Cave Church- Coptic Museum

Private Full day to Coptic Cairo -Cave Church- Coptic Museum

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Egypt comprises of some of the most beautiful holy Coptic sites visit the magnificent Saint Simon Church (Cave Church) visit the "Hanging Church" visiting "Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church" visit The Church of St. George the Martyr visit to the "Jewish Synagogue of Ben Ezra" visit the Coptic Museum.
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2-Day Private Guided Tour to Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur and Cairo and 2 evenings

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2-Day Private Guided Tour to Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur and Cairo and 2 evenings

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Get up close to the major pyramids of Dahshur, Saqqara and Giza on this private 2-day tour, led by a qualified Egyptologist. Then see the sights of Cairo, including the antiquities of the Egyptian Museum, atmospheric mosques and churches in the Citadel, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. You’ll dine in a restaurant overlooking the Great Sphinx of Giza and ride a camel on the Giza plateau; watch a light and sound show; and join a Nile dinner cruise featuring belly dance and whirling dervishes.
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2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour

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Pushed for time in Egypt’s capital? Then, see all Cairo’s top attractions in two action-packed days on this private tour, with an Egyptologist guide. Experience the stunning Giza pyramids and Great Sphinx; and visit the ancient pyramid fields of Sakkara and open-air museum of Memphis. Gaze at Tutankhamun’s golden treasures at the Egyptian Museum, and explore the highlights of Old Cairo, Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church. While lunches, entrance fees, and air-conditioned transport are included, your Cairo accommodation is not included on this tour.
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Best of Egypt: 1, 2 or 3-Day Private Guided Tour

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1 Day- The pyramids of Giza, the statue of sphinx, Saqqara and Memphis. No accommodation included on this day. 2 Day- The Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, the mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. 3 Day- Alexandria ( the Catacomas, Pompy`s Pilar, the citadel de Quit Bay & the Alexandria`s Bibliotheca ) No accommodation included on those days.
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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra Synagogue

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This informative tour of Coptic Cairo provides a peek into two of the oldest and most revered Christian churches in the city. Tour both Abu Serga and Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church (also known as the “Hanging Church” due to its location above a Roman fortress). Then visit Ben Ezra Synagogue to learn about its storied history as well.
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Golden 5 days Cairo Tour

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Beginning and ending with airport transfer, every detail of your 5-day Egyptian adventure is ready to go when you are. Enjoy complimentary admission to all attractions in both Cairo and Alexandria. Private guided visits at each location ensure a personalized and immersive experience. After each day of sightseeing, rest easy in a 4-star or higher hotel and have complimentary breakfast each morning.
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Cairo city tour Museum ,Coptic Cairo ,Cairo Citadel and Old Bazaar Private tour

Cairo city tour Museum ,Coptic Cairo ,Cairo Citadel and Old Bazaar Private tour

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In one day tour you will move around Egypt history since pharaohs with The Egyptian Museum with more than 125.000 artifacts , Greek Roman and Christianity period you will visit the Babylon Fortress ,Then finish your experience between Islamic architectures by visiting Salah El-Din Citadel and Muhammad Ali alabaster mosque and , and Cairo local life in Khan Elkhalili bazaar.
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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Visit Cairo’s religious landmarks on a private tour to the city’s most important Coptic, Islamic, and Jewish places. Learn how the Christian Holy Family took shelter on the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, explore the Church of Saint Barbara, and see the gilded icons that adorn the Hanging Church. Enter a synagogue built where baby Moses was found and eat lunch at a local restaurant; see Cairo’s most important mosques then take in sweeping views of the city from Saladin’s 15th-century citadel. 
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Day Tour of Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo

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Day Tour of Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo

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Visit Cairo’s essential historic destinations on a full-day tour with an experienced guide. Browse the vast collections at the Egyptian Museum, and learn the stories behind the royal mummies, gilded masks and exquisite artifacts, including Tutankhamun's treasures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then explore the Coptic and Jewish landmarks of old Cairo, from the crypt below Abu Serga to the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Finish your tour in Cairo’s vibrant present, browsing the bright displays of handicrafts, perfumes and souvenirs at Khan El Khalili bazaar.
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Cairo City Tour ( Coptic, Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Market )

Cairo City Tour ( Coptic, Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Market )

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Discover the cultural and religious sites within Islamic Cairo and Coptic Cairo on this half-day tour. Visit significant churches and mosques such as the Hanging Church, St. Sergius, Ben Ezra Jewish Synagogue, and the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, the first mosque in Africa. Plus, browse Cairo's largest market, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.
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Egyptian Museum, Isalmic & Coptic Cairo Full Day Tour

Egyptian Museum, Isalmic & Coptic Cairo Full Day Tour

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Tour The Oldest Museum in the world which accommodates the collection of king Tut, the Royal mummies of the great kings, as well as more than 120000 artifacts from ancient Egypt. Tour Islamic & Coptic Cairo, the oldest church, synagoge, and mosque, and tour Khan Elkhalili tourist bazaar.
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Cairo: Old Coptic City Tour

Cairo: Old Coptic City Tour

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Between the time of the pharaohs and the arrival of Islam, Egypt was a center for Christian worship. History buffs can revisit those times on a private guided tour of Coptic Cairo, covering around five ancient churches. Visit the Hanging Church, built atop a Roman fortress, the Church of Abu Serga, where some believe the Holy Family sheltered while in Egypt, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, and more.
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Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids and Nile Cruise by Air from Cairo

Private Tour: 8 Days 7 Nights Pyramids and Nile Cruise by Air from Cairo

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Combine the rich heritage of Cairo with the magic of a 5-day, 4-night Nile cruise on this comprehensive Egypt vacation package—a must for any lover of history. In Cairo, discover the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, and Coptic Cairo. Then fly to Luxor to see the temples of Karnak, Luxor, and Hatshepsut, and stroll the Valley of the Kings, before cruising to Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan. Tour includes flights, private hotel and airport transfers, and most meals.
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Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum, Coptic, Islamic Cairo and Bazaar

Private Day Tour to Egyptian Museum, Coptic, Islamic Cairo and Bazaar

Have day tour to Egyptian museum, Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque and Citadel of Salah El Din. And Old Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, Abu Sirga Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue.Then to khan el khalili bazaar.
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3-Day Private Guided Tour for Families around Giza, Cairo, Alexandria, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

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3-Day Private Guided Tour for Families around Giza, Cairo, Alexandria, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

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Discover the best of northern Egypt on this 3-day private tour. Learn about ancient Egypt from an Egyptologist as you visit famous monuments such as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Step Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and much more. See the evolution of the royal tombs, take a camel ride adventure through the desert, see some of King Tut’s treasures, and explore Greek and Roman ruins in Alexandria.
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Cairo Day Tour Visiting Coptic Cairo: Abu Serga Church, Islamic Citadel and Mosques Lunch Included

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Cairo Day Tour Visiting Coptic Cairo: Abu Serga Church, Islamic Citadel and Mosques Lunch Included

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Discover Cairo’s Coptic, Jewish and Islamic traditions on a full-day cultural tour that includes Abu Serga Church and the Citadel of Cairo. Step into the sanctuaries of the city’s most important Coptic churches, from the 4th-century Abu Serga to the elegant Hanging Church, visit a synagogue built where baby Moses was purportedly found and see celebrated mosques and madrassas. Finish your tour on the medieval fortifications of Saladin’s Citadel of Cairo, which protect the graceful domes and minarets of the Alabaster Mosque. 
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Day Tour To The Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Christian Coptic Cairo

Day Tour To The Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Christian Coptic Cairo

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Get an in-depth overview of Egypt’s rich history on a private tour of Cairo. Visit the Egyptian Museum and discover one of the most important collections of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world including the treasures of King Tutankhamen. Then learn about Egypt’s religions as you visit sites such as the Islamic Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the Coptic Hanging Church from the 3rd century.
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  • 8 hours
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