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Islamic Cairo Private History Tour

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Discover the mosques and madrasas of one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities on a customizable, private tour of the city with a local guide. Explore historic Cairo, a UNESCO site that was founded in the 10th century, and see how the city’s tradition, art and architecture braid together in the narrow streets. Learn about life in the city while taking in the rich scents, sights and sounds of the Egyptian capital.
  • Customizable private tour of historic Cairo
  • Visit sacred Islamic sites and landmarks
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
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Private tour
Air-conditioned vehicle
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Just in front of the entrance of your hotel.


  • Cairo Intl Airport, Cairo Egypt


  • Torgoman port

Departure Time

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2/10/2020 - 9/21/2022
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Meet your guide at a centrally located park or mosque, and continue to an all-star list of Cairo’s remarkable historic landmarks. Step into the Circassian Mamluk period at Al-Ishaqi mosque, and learn about the 15th-century prince who built its intricate facades and tiered minaret. Enter the old city through Bab Zuweila gate, a stunning remnant of Fatimid Cairo, where you can listen to stories about the long (and sometimes bloody) history of the site. Explore the distinctive 12th-century architecture of Al-Salih Tala’I mosque, then continue to the Faraj ibn Barquq, a funerary complex that may have also been a traditional madrasa.

Visit a remarkable lineup of sites in the heart of the old city: Sabil-Kuttab, Al Kurdi mosque, Gani Bek mosque, Al Burdayni mosque, Saint Safiyya mosque and the Museum of Islamic Art, which has one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artifacts from around the Islamic world.

Continue through Cairo’s mosques, madrasas and mausoleums, and learn the remarkable history of Al Azhar University, among the oldest continually operating universities in the world.
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Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas
Crown of Mosques'), or Masjid Ahl ar-Rayah (lit. 'Mosque of the Banner Bearers'), or Jame’ al-Ateeq (lit. 'the Old Mosque'), was originally built in 641–642 AD, as the center of the newly founded capital of Egypt, Fustat. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt and the whole of Africa. For 600 years, the mosque was also an important center of Islamic learning until Al-Muizz's Al-Azhar Mosque in Islamic Cairo replaced it. Through the twentieth century, it was the fourth largest mosque in the Islamic world. The location for the mosque was the site of the tent of the commander of the Muslim army, general Amr ibn al-As. One corner of the mosque contains the tomb of his son, 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As. Due to extensive reconstruction over the centuries nothing of the original building remains, but the rebuilt Mosque is a prominent landmark and can be seen in what today is known as Old Cairo. It is an active mosque with a devout congregation...
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, also known as the Hanging Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the third century. It belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Coptic Cairo
Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. It is believed in Christian tradition that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga). Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt both before and during the Islamic era, as most of its churches were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in the 7th century.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Ben Ezra Synagogue
Ben Ezra Synagogue, sometimes referred to as the El-Geniza Synagogue or the Synagogue of the Levantines, is situated in the Fustat part of Old Cairo, Egypt. According to local folklore, it is located on the site where baby Moses was found.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Mosque of Ibn Tulun
It is one of the oldest mosques in Egypt as well as the whole of Africa surviving in its full original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area. Since Ibn Tulun Mosque has much open space, it boasts both sunlight and shadows. It is built around an open square courtyard which allows natural light to travel through. Ibn Tulun Mosque features ancient architecture styles of Egypt, its decorations being created from carved stucco and wood. This mosque has one of a kind twisted minaret style and depicted on the Egyptian 5-pound bill. The mosque is admission free but you pay for the tip for the door keepers and shoe keepers.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Cairo Citadel
The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Mosque of Muhammad Ali
The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo. The mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's oldest son, who died in 1816. This mosque, along with the citadel, is one of the landmarks and tourist attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when approaching the city from any direction.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
The Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hassan is a monumental mosque and madrasa located in the historic district of Cairo, Egypt. It 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.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Al-Azhar Park
Al Azhar Park, located by the Old City of Cairo, offers a 30-hectare expanse of greenery on what was dust and rubble for over two centuries. Offering a contemporary design inspired by historic Islamic gardens, the spine is a formal axis with a water channel leading in the direction of a small lake, with accompanying alleyways, and pointing towards the Citadel. Gardens and pavilions enhance the arrival point on the edge of the lake. Al Azhar Park attracts over 2 million visitors annually and provides a much needed green space in one of the densest cities in the world.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)
The City of the Dead, or Cairo Necropolis, also referred to as the Qarafa (Arabic: القرافة‎, romanized: al-Qarafa), is a series of vast Islamic-era necropolises and cemeteries on the edges of Historic Cairo, in Egypt. They extend to the north and to the south of the Cairo Citadel, below the Mokattam Hills and outside the historic city walls, covering an area roughly 4 miles long. They are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of "Historic Cairo".
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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St Simon the Tanner Monastery
The massive cave church of Cairo's Zabbaleen community is one of the largest Christian churches in the Middle East. Simon the Tanner was a craftsman saint who lived during the 10th century and the cave church that was dedicated to him seems as though it might last for 10 more. Using a pre-existing cave and the slope that led into it, the current monastery seats 2,000 people around a central pulpit. Other nearby caves have also been built into separate church spaces and all of them have been linked to create a massive Christian complex in the heart of garbage city. Since tourism through the scavenger’s village is not a thriving industry, reaching the Monastery of Saint Simon is no small feat, yet as the largest Christian church within a handful of countries, hundreds of thousands of people make the pilgrimage each year.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Cairo Trips

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Islamic Cairo Private History Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Islamic Cairo Private History Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Islamic Cairo Private History Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Islamic Cairo Private History Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Islamic Cairo Private History Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

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Muhammad Swefy is a guide who has a...
Jeffrey W
, Mar 2016
Muhammad Swefy is a guide who has a lot passion for his job. He really wanted to show me the highlights, and the places that he knows as 'hidden secrets,' but actually available to anyone. However, he knows them in depth, and is happy to share his knowledge. My tour lasted three hours, yet if I could have stayed longer, he was willing to carry on because we had only seen a fraction of the main sites on his list. I learned a lot and truly enjoyed the tour with Muhammad. Best with a few people.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2021
Dear valued customer, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a good review and thank you for all your kind words. I hope to see you again in Egypt. Stay safe, Kind regards, Mo

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