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Islamic Cairo Tours

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Islamic Cairo
Cairo is known as the "city of a thousand minarets," and that's reflected in its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A journey into Islamic Cairo is a journey into the city’s past, from Fustat, Egypt’s first Muslim capital, to the 1,000-year-old walled city, the Cairo Citadel, founded by 12th-century leader Saladin, and beyond.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic CairoCity Tours

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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Private Guided Full-Day Tour: 8-Hour Islamic Cairo from Cairo or Giza HotelsFull-day Tours

Private Guided Full-Day Tour: 8-Hour Islamic Cairo from Cairo or Giza Hotels

Follow winding streets into Islamic Cairo to find treasures of medieval architecture, soaring mosques, and madrasas. Navigating the maze of narrow alleys and markets can be overwhelming for anyone who doesn't know the area well, but exploring with a personal guide on this private, full-day tour means you’ll find your way straight to Islamic Cairo’s magnificent highlights, from Al-Azhar Mosque to landmarks of Al Moez Street.
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Private Day Trip To Islamic CairoHalf-day Tours

Private Day Trip To Islamic Cairo

Starts At 10:00 am Pickup from your hotel by our expert tour guide and transfer to the Citadel of Salah El Din in Cairo Where you visit Mohamed Ali Mosque that has been considered one of the most beautful mosque in Cairo it also know as the Alabaster Mosque because its outer walls has been Covered by Alabaster Stone Then Followed by another big famous Mosque Which is Al-Rifa’i Mosque The building is located opposite the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, which dates from around 1361, and was architecturally conceived as a complement to the older structure. This was part of a vast campaign by the 19th century rulers of Egypt to both associate themselves with the perceived glory of earlier periods in Egypt‘s Islamic history and modernize the city.
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Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour including LunchDay Trips

Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour including Lunch

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Explore Cairo’s dynamic Christian and Islamic history on a walking day tour of the old city. The outing is divided into two segments. First you’ll visit Christian Coptic Cairo—among the most important locations for Christians in Egypt—and visit a church and a synagogue. After a lunch break at a local restaurant, continue on to learn about Islamic Cairo, where you’ll have the opportunity to enter two mosques.
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Cairo City Tour ( Coptic, Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Market )Day Trips

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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Day Tour To The Egyptian Museum Islamic Cairo Christian Coptic CairoFull-day Tours

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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Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo day tourBus Tours

Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo day tour

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Pick up from your hotel by Cecilia Egypt tour guide visiting Coptic Cairo ,the oldest churches,oldest synagogue(bin Ezra),and the so-called hanging up church and church for virgin marry .Coptic Cairo is an old area of around 1700 years old. then transfer to Islamic Cairo to the old gate of bab zwaila to see the mosque of al muaiad shaikh , al azhar mosque which the most important mosque of all Egypt finishing this by a visiting to the tourist bazaar at khan el khailiy, then transfer you back to your hotel
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Islamic Cairo TourHalf-day Tours

Islamic Cairo Tour

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Visit Islamic Sites in Cairo Such as the Citadel of Salah El Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, El Rifai Mosque, El Sultan Hassan Mosque, Al-Azhar and El Hussein Mosques and visit Khan Khalili Bazaar in Cairo.
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Egyptian museum Coptic Cairo and Islamic CairoFull-day Tours

Egyptian museum Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo

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Discover the impact of three faiths—Islam, Christianity, and Judaism—on the bustling Egyptian capital during this full-day, Egyptologist-led private tour of Islamic and Coptic Cairo. See highlights like the hilltop citadel of Salah El Din and the iconic Hanging Church. Tours also include a visit to the antiquity-filled Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo.
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Saladin citadel, Mohamed Ali mosque, Coptic Cairo hanging churchBus Tours

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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Islamic and Coptic Cairo day tour from cairo or gizaHalf-day Tours

Islamic and Coptic Cairo day tour from cairo or giza

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This is a great choice for travelers interested in religious sites and historic monuments. Spend a day discovering the wonders of Islamic and Coptic Cairo with the company of an Egyptologist guide. You won’t have to worry about figuring out local public transport schedules, as hotel pickup, drop-off, and transfers are included. Highlights include Salah El Din Citadel, Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, The Hanging Church, and Ben Ezra Synagogue.
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Private Guided Tour around Islamic Cairo Mosques Gates & Bazaar including LunchFull-day Tours

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

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Start your tour from your hotel by your private tour guide (licensed with a degree in Egyptology) in a private, modern a/c van with free WiFi, and explore the history of Islamic Cairo since its foundation. Start by visiting the Citadel of Saladin with its massive walls and towers. The complex includes mosque of Mohamed Ali (Alabaster Mosque), representing the Ottoman style of architecture, and the mosque of Ibn Qalaoun, representing the Mameluk style of architecture. Then move to the mosque of Sultan Hassan with its beautiful minarets and decorations along with the Mausoleum of the Sultan.Then visit the oldest mosque still intact in Egypt, the mosque of Ibn Tulun with its unique minaret Next, you can enjoy your lunch of local Egyptian food (koshary). Afterwards, move on to see the original walls and gates of Cairo dating back to the 10th century, namely Bab el Fotouh and Bab el Nasr (Gate of Victory), and visit the beautiful Fatimid mosque of Al Hakim.
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Private Unusual day trip to Islamic CairoFull-day Tours

Private Unusual day trip to Islamic Cairo

at 10:00 am Emo Tours guide will pick you up from your Hotel at 10:00 am and transfer you to the Most Famous mosque in Egypt which is Al Azhar Mosque if it`s Friday you will attend Jumm'ah`s Prayer then Followed by another Visit to another Famous mosque Calls Al Hussien Mosque. Over there you can do your Islamic clothing shopping as the area itself Full of Shops that sells all kind of Islamic Clothes and more Then lunch at Local Restaurant where you eat one of the most Common meal for Egyptian that Calls `Kosharii`. After Lunch continue your day Tour to some other Historical untouristic mosques that belongs to El Sayeda Zeinab Mosque in Cairo the grand daughter of the Prophet Mohamed,` May Prayers and Peace be upon him`Her Mosque stands in the heart of the square named after Al Sayeda Zeinab . Al Sayeda Zeinab is Also the youngest daughter of both Al Sayeda Fatima, the Prophet's daughter and his cousin Ali Ibn Abi Taleb and the sister of the two Imams Al Hassan and Al Hussein.
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Islamic Cairo full day old mosquesHalf-day Tours

Islamic Cairo full day old mosques

Pair the flexibility of independent travel with the expertise of your own personal guide on this private door-to-door tour of Islamic Cairo. Stroll the medieval Citadel of Saladin; learn about Islam’s core beliefs at the Alabaster Mosque; shop till you drop in the notorious Khan al-Khalili bazaar; explore the vast Sultan Hassan Mosque; and discover the art of papyrus (if you wish). Please note: tour excludes entrance fees.
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Half Day Trip To Islamic CairoDay Trips

Half Day Trip To Islamic Cairo

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They don’t call Cairo the “City of 1,000 Minarets” for nothing. Experience the majestic Islamic architecture of this ancient Muslim city with an Egyptologist guide to unpick their rich history. Explore the Citadel, the Alabaster Mosque, the Al-Rifa’i Mosque, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Al-Azhar Mosque, and (for Muslims only) the Mosque of Sayyidna Al Hussein. This half-day tour includes door-to-door transfers but excludes any entrance fees.
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 Islamic Cairo TourHalf-day Tours

Islamic Cairo Tour

Visit Islamic Sites in Cairo Such as the Citadel of Salah El Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, El Rifai Mosque, El Sultan Hassan Mosque, Al-Azhar and El Hussein Mosques and visit Khan Khalili Bazaar in Cairo.
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Half day tour in Islamic CairoHalf-day Tours

Half day tour in Islamic Cairo

witness the Islamic civilization
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Coptic old churches and Islamic old mosque history day tourFull-day Tours

Coptic old churches and Islamic old mosque history day tour

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private day tour from your hotel in cairo or Giza to enjoy your half day tour with our private guide and car   to visit, Coptic Cairo, Islamic Cairo and local bazaars
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Full-Day Islamic Cairo: Citadel & old Mosques Half-day Tours

Full-Day Islamic Cairo: Citadel & old Mosques

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See the Islamic sights of Cairo on a day tour with a guide educated in Egyptology. You'll check out landmarks such as the Citadel (Al-Qalaa); the Mosques of Al-Azhar, Sultan Hassan, Amr ibn al-As, and Ibn Tulun; and Khan Al-Khalili bazaar, all with a private vehicle and guide.
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Private tour Islamic Cairo Full-day Tours

Private tour Islamic Cairo

Discover the best mosques in Cairo and spend the finest spiritual times in Islamic Cairo as well as enjoy the beauty and splendor of Islamic architecture. Cairo is called the city of a thousand minarets because it is the major Islamic capital, home of such a large number of God’s houses.
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full-day Islamic Cairo tour from Cairo Giza hotelsHalf-day Tours

full-day Islamic Cairo tour from Cairo Giza hotels

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Cairo is home to one of the largest concentrations of mosques and Islamic sites on earth, and with this tour you can see some of the finest. With a local guide by your side, visit the Citadel, (home of the beautiful Alabaster Mosque), the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, and the Refa’i Masjid. After a stop for lunch (own expense), take the time to see the Masjid of Ahmed Ibn Tulunall which is one of the oldest Islamic monuments in Cairo before returning to your hotel.
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Cairo layover to Giza pyramids and Islamic old CairoDay Trips

Cairo layover to Giza pyramids and Islamic old Cairo

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Make the most of your layover in Cairo with this tour, designed especially for air passengers. Your guide will pick you up at Cairo Airport and take you to Giza, the site of the Ancient Pyramids, not far from the airport. You'll then continue to the 12th-century Castle of Saladin and the Mohamed Ali Mosque before heading back to the airport for your onward flight.
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Private Tour: Islamic Cairo including Amr Ibn-AlAs-Ibn Tulun, Sultan Hassa and El Refaa MosquesPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Islamic Cairo including Amr Ibn-AlAs-Ibn Tulun, Sultan Hassa and El Refaa Mosques

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Check out some of Cairo’s most beautiful mosques, illustrating a range of Islamic architectural styles and fascinating history, during this 5-hour private tour. During your trip you’ll explore these buildings’ connection to city history and spiritual life at three locations. Visit the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-As, built in 642 AD around the time of Cairo’s founding. You’ll also see the Ibn-Tulun mosque, commissioned in the 870s AD, and explore the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, located near Cairo’s Citadel. Your visit also covers a private guide and vehicle, lunch, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo day tour form cairoHalf-day Tours

Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo day tour form cairo

Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo day tour form Cairo our guide will pick you up from your hotel by our private vehicle then transfer to Coptic Cairo to visit hanging church ,then Islamic Cairo to visit caslte of Saladin and Mohamed ali mosque then transfer back to your hotel
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