Citadel of Saladin (Al-Qalaa) Tours

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Sprawling over a limestone spur on the eastern edge of the city, the Citadel of Saladin (or Al-Qalaa) was home to Egypt's rulers for some 700 years. Their legacy is a collection of three very different mosques, including the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, several palaces (housing some underwhelming museums such as the police and military museums) and a couple of terraces with city views. 

The area was fortified around 1180 to protect it from the Crusaders. In the 1860s, ruler Khedive Ismail moved to newly built Abdin Palace, ending the citadel's role as the seat of government.

Practical Info

Catch bus 174 from Midan Ramses or 173 from Midan Falaki, or grab a taxi which is cheap in Cairo. Admission to the Citadel of Saladin includes entry to all the museums within the Citadel. Though this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cairo (particularly for Egyptians), it is relatively unimpressive and decidedly overpriced.

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Address: Midan al-Qala'a, Cairo, Egypt
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Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm
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Admission: 35 L.E.
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Highlights of Cairo Sightseeing Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and khan khalili Bazaar

Experience Cairo’s highlights on a full-day sightseeing tour to the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin, Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaar, and immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and vibrant culture. Discover Pharaohs’ hordes, crumbling mummies and gleaming antiquities as you visit the museum with a local guide, then take in the views from the Citadel’s medieval fortifications. Pause for lunch at a restaurant, see the soaring architecture of an iconic mosques and browse for souvenirs and spices in the colorful stalls of a bustling souk.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$74.00 USD
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Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

Customize a private tour to Saqqara, Giza or Cairo on this full-day adventure. Choose from a wide variety of possibilities, like the many fascinating pyramids, including the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Djoser and the Red Pyramid, to name a few. See the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Cairo Tower, the Citadel, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and much more. All necessary entrance fees, plus lunch and a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$38.00 USD
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Private Guided Cairo Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Coptic Cairo

Already seen the pyramids and want to delve deeper into Cairo? Discover some of the Egyptian capital’s other famous and lesser-known sights on a private tour with an Egyptologist guide. Your trip starts at the Egyptian Museum, the world’s largest repository of age-old Egyptian artifacts. See Tutankhamun’s treasures, including his death mask, and view other highlights such as ancient mummified animals. Visit the Citadel of Saladin to admire the Mohammed Ali Pasha mosque, and stroll around Coptic Cairo, seeing the 3rd-century Hanging Church and other fabled religious monuments and sites.
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
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$35.00 USD
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Full-Day Private Tour to the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

See one of the seven wonders of the ancient world on this guided, private, full-day tour. Marvel at the Great Sphinx, a large half-human, half-lion statue, and the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. Also, visit the medieval Islamic fortification known as the Saladin Citadel of Cairo. Of course, no visit to Cairo is complete with seeing the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, an Arab souk, or marketplace. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Islamic Sites Walking Tour of Cairo

Explore Cairo’s most iconic Islamic sites on a 4-hour walking tour through the city, then visit Khan el-Khalili market. Walk alongside your local guide as you climb Mokattam Hill to the Citadel of Saladin, and take in sweeping views from the fortifications. Enter the Mamluk-era Sultan Hassan Mosque to see soaring chambers and elegant courtyards; discover intricate artwork and learn of the four historic madrassas inside the house of worship. Leave the serenity of the mosque for a bustling market, and practice your bargaining skills as you shop for souvenirs. 
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Layover Day Tour of Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Airport

Make the most of your time in Cairo with a fully-customizable layover tour of the city’s historic sites. Simply meet your guide at Cairo International Airport, and visit the iconic pyramids at Giza and the nearby Sphinx and Valley Temple. See the mummies and relics at the Egyptian Museum, and take in the gleaming funerary mask of King Tutankhamun. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, then walk the medieval walls of the Cairo Citadel and shop for souvenirs at Khan el-Khalili bazaar before returning to the airport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead and the Alabaster Mosque

Visit the City of the Dead and the Alabaster Mosque with a private guide on a 4-hour tour that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel, entrance fees, and transport in a Wi-Fi equipped minivan. Explore an ancient burial ground filled with mausoleums, mosques, and modern homes, then enter the Citadel of Cairo to see an Ottoman-style mosque commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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7-Night Classical Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise

Explore the monuments and mysteries of ancient Egypt on a 7-night tour that includes a three-night Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor. You’ll follow the ‘classical’ itinerary that has enchanted travelers for centuries, visiting Cairo’s pyramids and antiquities, the Philae temple to Isis, the Valley of the Kings, and more. This 7-night tour includes all travel and accommodations with meals and entrance fees per itinerary, and it’s the perfect introduction to the world of pharaohs and ancient gods.
  • Duration: 8 days
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Private Day Tour: Cairo City

Explore Cairo’s churches, mosques, markets, and antiquities on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit the Egyptian Museum and check out the King Tut exhibit and other important artifacts. Explore the 12th century citadel and marvel at historic religious sites like the Hanging Church, the synagogue of Ben Ezra, and the Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-As. Finish at the famed Khan el Khalili bazaar, Cairo’s sprawling 700-year-old market.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Full Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Citadel and Old Cairo

Discover the ancient monuments of Giza and Cairo on a private full-day tour from Cairo. Alongside your guide, you’ll marvel at the magnificence of the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx before visiting the historical highlights of Coptic Old Cairo. See, too, the citadel of Saladin, home to a 12th-century mosque, and enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch. Round-trip transportation from your Cairo hotel is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Old Cairo Highlights Private Tour with Lunch

Full day tour visiting the old Cairo, which is known as the Cairo Coptic (Christian and Islamic). Highlights include Citadel of Saladin, Alabaster Mosque, Mohamed Ali Pasha Palace, Mosques of Sultan Hassan, Al-Rifai, Churches of Hanging, St Sergio's, St. Barbara; Ben Ezra and Lunch included in the price.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Guided Day Tour of Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Alabaster Mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

If you’re wondering how to navigate the maze of shops at Khan El Khalili Bazaar,  this full-day tour has you covered. The comprehensive itinerary offers the benefit of a personal guide to accompany you to some of Cairo’s hot spots, such as the Egyptian Museum and the Citadel of Salah El-Din. Included round-trip hotel transport, all entrance fees, plus lunch make for a seamless experience.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour to Giza pyramids Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque and Khan Market from Cairo

Uncover the ancient mysteries of the pyramids on an unforgettable full-day trip to Giza and the Egyptian Museum from Cairo. In the midst of the Egyptian desert, you’ll marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza and see the iconic golden death mask of Tutankhamen in the Egyptian Museum. Gaze at the colossal dome of the Alabaster and Silver Mosque and immerse yourself in the bustle of Khan El Khalil market. Round-trip transportation from your Cairo hotel and lunch are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Day Tour of the Giza Pyramids Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church

Cast your flashlight into Cairo’s ancient, medieval and late Ottoman eras on a private, full-day tour to the Giza pyramids, Hanging Church and Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. With an Egyptologist guide, explore the 4,500-year-old pyramids, Great Sphinx and Valley Temple at the Giza Plateau. After lunch at a local restaurant, fast-forward to early medieval times at the Hanging Church, one of Egypt’s oldest Coptic churches, famously built above a Roman fortress. Finish at the hilltop Citadel of Saladin to admire the magnificent, 19th-century Alabaster Mosque, a symbol of Ottoman-ruled Cairo.
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Giza Pyramids, Alabaster Mosque, Hanging Church Private Tour

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Private Guided Tour around Islamic Cairo Mosques Gates and Bazaar including Lunch

Lovers of Islamic architecture won’t want to miss this comprehensive private tour of Islamic Cairo, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Tour the Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Mosque, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, and the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, then enjoy a typical Egyptian “koshary” lunch. After lunch, explore the city walls and gates, the Al-Hakim Mosque, Al-Muizz Street, and Khan al-Khalili bazaar as your guide explains the city’s rich heritage.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo Citadel of Saladin - Sultan Hassan and Khan el Khalili Bazaars

Look beyond the pyramids and pharaohs, and discover the Citadel of Salah el Din, Sultan Hassan and Khan el-Khalili Bazaars.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin and Old Cairo Churches

Enjoy a full-day private tour of some of Egypt's most-famous religious monuments and museums with this popular tour that's perfect for both first-time visitors and returning travelers. Tour the Egypt Museum and the Citadel, then follow your private guide to the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque and Old Cairo churches. You'll make stops at St Sergio's and Hanging Church as part of this memorable tour that includes round-trip air-conditioned minivan transportation and a knowledgeable private guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Guided Day Tour to the Giza Pyramids Alabaster Mosque and Khan El khaili Bazaar in Cairo

Make the most of even limited time in Cairo on this door-to-door private tour that checks off key city highlights in just one day. See the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, and ride a camel across the desert; next, experience Old Cairo with a tour of the Alabaster Mosque and the Citadel of Saladin. After a typical Egyptian lunch, shop for souvenirs at Khan Al-Khalili bazaar.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Madrassa of Sultan Hassa, and Gayer Anderson Art Museum

Explore ancient treasures and Cairo’s Islamic heritage on a full-day, private tour of the city that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel and all entrance fees. Visit the Egyptian Museum to see the world’s largest collection of Egyptian artifacts, then tour the Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, the Gayer Anderson Museum, and the Blue Mosque near Cairo’s medieval Citadel of Saladin.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Stopover Tour from Cairo to Pyramids Sphinx - Citadel Alabaster Mosque Egypt Museum and Khan el Khalili with Lunch

Be prepared for a unforgettable evening of entertainment in Cairo. Tour the world famous Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Mosque, and Khan el-Khalili with lunch provided to you. Before the tour, your driver/guide will meet you at your hotel or the airport and return you to your hotel or airport.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Discover Cairo: Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel, Khan El Khalili Bazaar Including Lunch

Take a personalized trip through the history of Egypt and Cairo during this 8-hour private tour of Cairo’s best museums, mosques and markets. Explore the startling array of antiquities on display at the Egyptian Museum, covering more than 250,000 items and 5,000 years of history. After lunch, spend your afternoon discovering the Saladin Citadel of Cairo and the Alabaster Mosque, before doing some souvenir shopping at the sprawling Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Your trip includes a private Egyptologist guide and vehicle, lunch, all entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Private Tour: Giza, Cairo, and Alexandria with Airport Transfers

Hit three of Egypt’s top locations on this in-depth, multi-day private tour to Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria. Cover history-packed attractions spanning thousands of years, from the world-famous ancient pyramids to bustling medieval markets, and get personalized attention from your Egyptologist guide. Tours include a desert camel ride, admission tickets, and door-to-door hotel transfers.
  • Duration: 5 days
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4 days in Cairo Giza Luxor and Alexandria

Explore ancient Giza, Luxor, Cairo, and Alexandria—the seaside city built by Alexander the Great—on a convenient and cost-effective four-day tour package. After hotel pickup, travel with your Egyptologist guide to the Great Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, the Citadel, and the historic Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Enjoy a felucca ride on the Nile, meals, and airline travel included in the tour price.
  • Duration: 4 days
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