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Old Cairo (Misr Al-Qadima) Tours

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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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Old Cairo and Citadel Tour

Old Cairo and Citadel Tour

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Visit Salah El DinCitadel, constructed in 1183 AD, and Mohamed Ali Mosque, built inside the castle in the 19th century. Tour Old Cairo, the site of a city that pre-dated Cairo with many historic churches and a Roman fort.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
Price varies by group size
From
$70.00
Price varies by group size

2-Day Ancient Egypt and Old Cairo Highlights Tour

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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  • 2 days
  • Taking safety measures
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$208.97
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$208.97
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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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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra Synagogue

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
Price varies by group size
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$48.00
Price varies by group size
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Half-Day Tour to Islamic Mosque and Coptic Cairo

Half-Day 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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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$65.00
Price varies by group size
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Islamic and Coptic Cairo Private Tour with Lunch

Islamic and Coptic Cairo Private Tour with Lunch

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See the Islamic and Coptic landmarks at the heart of historic Cairo on a full-day, private tour of Egypt's fascinating capital. You'll travel in the comfort of a climate-controlled vehicle as you visit the Citadel, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, the Gayer-Anderson Museum, the Hanging Church, and the Church of St Sergius and Bacchus, some of Cairo's most important religious sites. Throughout the tour, take advantage of your day with a private guide to explore at your own pace, with time to see the things that interest you most.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
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Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo

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Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo

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Marvel at Cairo’s UNESCO-listed treasures on a small-group tour of the city’s historic churches. Explore Coptic Cairo and the famous Hanging Church; visit the Cave Church, the Church of Santa Barbara, and Church of Saint Sergius; and learn more about Cairo’s rich religious history and heritage.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$33.84
$36.00
$2.16 savings
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$33.84
$36.00
$2.16 savings
Price varies by group size
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2-Day Private Guided Tour to Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur and Cairo including Camel Ride, Felucca Sailing, Dinner Cruise and Sound and Light Show

2-Day Private Guided Tour to Giza, Saqqara, Dahshur and Cairo including Camel Ride, Felucca Sailing, Dinner Cruise and Sound and Light Show

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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 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$299.99
Price varies by group size
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$299.99
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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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  • 7 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.00
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$89.00
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Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour including Lunch

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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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.73
From
$36.73
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Cairo Day Tour Visiting Coptic Cairo: Abu Serga Church, Islamic Citadel and Mosques Lunch Included

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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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$71.43
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$71.43
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Saladin Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Coptic Cairo Hanging Church

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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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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$47.85
$55.00
$7.15 savings
Price varies by group size
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$47.85
$55.00
$7.15 savings
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

 Old Cairo and Citadel

Old Cairo and Citadel

Visit Salah El DinCitadel, constructed in 1183 AD, and Mohamed Ali Mosque, built inside the castle in the 19th century. Tour Old Cairo, the site of a city that pre-dated Cairo with many historic churches and a Roman fort.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.93
Price varies by group size
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$78.93
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Day Tour To Coptic Cairo, Cave Crash & Virgin Mary Tree

Day Tour To Coptic Cairo, Cave Crash & Virgin Mary Tree

visit Christiansites in Cairo and Churches in Cairo, the Church of Abu-Sergah and St. Barbara, the hanging church, and the old jewish synagogue Ben Ezra Synagogue , visit The Famous Cave Church ,then go to Virgin Mary Tree.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
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Walking tour Hanging church and old Cairo

Walking tour Hanging church and old Cairo

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At this tour you are going to discover the old part from the city , you will back by the history about 1800 years ago. you will meet your guide at Down Town Cairo , or Metro station then you will start to Explore the ancient part from the city. Old Cairo is a relatively small area but it is rich with history. Also known as Coptic Cairo, and Masr al-Qadima to the locals, it has been inhabited since the 6th century BC. It has been a Roman fort protecting trade routes, a Christian city from around the 5th century AD, a Muslim army camp from 641 AD, then Egypt's capital city until yet another conquest in the 10th century. The main interest these days is in its role as Coptic Cairo. The narrow cobbled streets contain the Religious Compound, full of churches including the Hanging Church, the oldest synagogue in Egypt, the remains of the Roman fortress, and the Coptic Museum. Just northeast is the site of ancient Fustat which contains the oldest mosque, Amr Ibn al-Aas
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.58
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$48.58
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 Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili bazaar

Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili bazaar

Visit Old Cairo, the site of a city that pre-dated Cairo with many historic churches and a Roman fort. then move to Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.29
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$74.29
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Half day tour to Old Cairo Coptic Orthodox churches

Half day tour to Old Cairo Coptic Orthodox churches

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Half day tour to Old Cairo Coptic churches 8 , 9 10 11 12 pm pick you time from your hotel in cairo or giza , First, a drive to the Coptic Cairo that contains a collection of rare antiquities from the earliest Christian communities in the world. Second, a visit to the Church of Abou Serga which dates back to the beginning of the 15th century AD it was built in the Basilica style above the cave in which the Holy Family took refuge. Finally, a visit to the Hanging Church that was built in the 3 th century also in the Basilica style. optional additional tour if would like , check with your guide  to visit  cave church st Simon monastery and to know the miracle of movement the mountain 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$54.00
Price varies by group size
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$54.00
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Islamic Cairo old mosque &Coptic Cairo old church tour from cairo giza hotels

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Islamic Cairo old mosque &Coptic Cairo old church tour from cairo giza hotels

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private pick up from cairo or giza hotels with private car adn guide 9 am or any time you request us Day Tour Islamic & Coptic Cairo the most famous attractions: Citadel to see Mohammed Ali Mosque (the alabaster mosque). Coptic Cairo to see Hanging Church, Greek Church of St. George, Church of St. Sergius .
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.32
$64.00
$7.68 savings
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$56.32
$64.00
$7.68 savings
Price varies by group size
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Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo

Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo

visit Islamic and Christian Cairo Where you can visit the historical mosques, Islamic, El Moez street & Christian sites in Cairo and Churches in Cairo, the Church of Abu-Sergah and St. Barbara, the hanging church, and the old Jewish synagogue – Ben Ezra Synagogue.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.15
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$80.15
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Day tour Coptic Cairo hanging church Cave church garbage city Cairo Giza hotel

Day tour Coptic Cairo hanging church Cave church garbage city Cairo Giza hotel

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Spend time learning about the Coptic era on a privately guided tour in Cairo. With a personalized full-day itinerary you can explore each magnificent building at your own pace. Visits include Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church (aka the Hanging Church), Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, and the Monastery of Saint Simon (aka the Cave Church).
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$72.00
Price varies by group size
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$72.00
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Half-Day Private Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo with Lunch

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Half-Day Private Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo with Lunch

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Navigating Old Cairo without a guide can be hectic. Soak up the atmosphere without the hassle on this door-to-door private tour that focuses on Cairo’s Christian heritage. Visit the 7th-century Hanging Church then tour the crypt where some believe Mary, Joseph, and Jesus rested below the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus. Finally, explore the Ben Ezra Synagogue before enjoying a local restaurant lunch.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$57.00
$60.00
$3.00 savings
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$57.00
$60.00
$3.00 savings
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Citadel, Coptic, Islamic aree from Cairo

Citadel, Coptic, Islamic aree from Cairo

Combine some of Cairo’s most iconic religious sites—from an Ottoman mosque to Coptic Christian churches—on a full-day tour of Islamic Cairo and Old Cairo. Navigating the city’s chaotic traffic can take up precious sightseeing time, but coordinating transport and tours means you can see the Citadel of Saladin (Al-Qalaa), the Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque), Khan al-Khalili, and a series of historic churches in one day of exploring.
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  • 6 hours
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$97.15
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$97.15
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8-Hour Private Guided City Tour of Cairo

8-Hour Private Guided City Tour of Cairo

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Discover Cairo’s ancient history and highlights on a full-day, private tour with an experienced guide. Browse mummies, jewels and priceless relics at the Egyptian Museum, and see the gleaming funerary treasures of King Tutankhamun. After a traditional Egyptian lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue, and learn about the Cairo's historic Christian and Jewish communities. Finish your tour at Khan el-Khalili bazaar, where vendors create vibrant displays of rich textiles, handicrafts and souvenirs from around the country.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.40
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$64.40
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