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Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa Tours

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Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa
Built between 1356 and 1363 by Cairo’s Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, the Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa was designed as a place of worship and madrassa (Islamic school). Visitors can admire its scale and beauty, see its teaching areas (liwans), and view its other highlight: the mausoleum of Sultan Hassan himself.

The Basics
A masterpiece of early Mamluk architecture, the Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa was built at huge expense by its namesake sultan, who was assassinated before its completion. After passing through a richly decorated portal, visitors enter a courtyard with an ablutions foundation and four lantern-hung liwans—each adjoining a madrassa. A bronze door from the courtyard leads to the sultan’s tomb.
 
The Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa can be visited independently or on tours of Cairo’s Islamic quarter. These typically private tours, which include a guide to detail the mosque’s history and design, also visit nearby sites such as the Citadel of Saladin and Al-Rifai Mosque. Other options include multi-day tours that span all Cairo’s highlights, including Islamic Cairo, the pyramids, and the Egyptian Museum—an ideal choice for first-time visitors.
 
Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Sultan Hassan Mosque will appeal to history and religious buffs.
  • Dress respectfully to go inside, with shoulders and knees fully covered.
  • Be prepared to remove your shoes and leave them at the entrance.
  • Women should wear a headscarf and a long skirt or long pants.
  • Restrooms are located behind the mosque.
 
How to Get There
The Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa is in the El-Darb El-Ahmar district southeast of central Cairo, just below the Citadel of Saladin. Parking is difficult, so the easiest options are cabs or guided tours. If you’re going by cab and want to visit both the citadel and Sultan Hassan Mosque, explore the citadel first, as it’s then a downhill walk to the mosque.

When to Get There
The Sultan Hassan Mosque is open daily from 9am to 5pm, but generally closed during daily prayers within these hours—at around midday and 3pm. Try to avoid Fridays, the Islamic holy day, when the mosque is packed with worshippers.
 
Saladin’s Citadel and Al-Rifai Mosque
Make the most of a visit to the Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa by exploring its two nearby attractions. Visit the 12th-century Citadel of Saladin and its stunning Mohammed Ali Mosque—nicknamed the Alabaster Mosque—before strolling down to the Sultan Hassan Mosque and the 19th-century Al-Rifai Mosque. The latter contains the tombs of Egypt’s last king and the last Shah of Iran, who died in exile in Cairo in 1980.
Address: El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt
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Half Day to Citadel Salah Eldin, El Refaay and Sultan Hassan Mosque

Half Day to Citadel Salah Eldin, El Refaay and Sultan Hassan Mosque

Our guide will pick up you from hotel for your full day visit to Old Cairo, Start wwith visit The Saladin Citadel of Cairo which is a medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo, Egypt. The location, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. stop for lunch and then continue with visiting Al-Rifa'i Mosque ,adjacent to Cairo Castle. The building is located opposite the Mosque-Madrassa in Sultan Hassan, built around 1361 and is considered a complement to the old building. The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a massive mosque and madrassa located in the Old city of Cairo, it was built during the Mamluk Islamic era in Egypt. At the time of construction the mosque was considered remarkable for its fantastic size and innovative architectural components. Commissioned by an-Nasir Hasan, a sultan of a short and relatively unimpressive profile, al-Maqrizi noted that within the mosque were several "wonders of construction".
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  • 5 hours
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$92.00
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$92.00

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
Taking safety measures

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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Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a monumental mosque and madrassa 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 Explore Sultan Hassana historic mosque on a private tour . Learn about the history and architecture of the sprawling complex as you walk the medieval fortifications with your guide, after that we will continue for a full day tour showing the old Egyptian artifacts from the beginning of history. Then enjoy and Egyptian cuisine at a nearby restaurant before finishing the tour at your hotel.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.15
Price varies by group size
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$39.15
Price varies by group size

Sultan Hassan Mosque, Nilometer and Mohamed Ali Palace

Sultan Hassan Mosque, Nilometer and Mohamed Ali Palace

In this tour our guide will show you the public art and history museum, with historical gardens, forested nature park and the forth pyramid of Egypt.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
Price varies by group size
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$72.00
Price varies by group size

Half Day to Citadel Salah Eldin, El Refaay and Sultan Hassan Mosque

Half Day to Citadel Salah Eldin, El Refaay and Sultan Hassan Mosque

we will pick up you from hotel for your full day visit to Old Cairo, Start with visit The Salah eldin Citadel of Cairo which is a medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo, Egypt. The location, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. stop for lunch and then continue with visiting Al-Rifai Mosque ,adjacent to Cairo Castle. The building is located opposite the Mosque-Madrassa in Sultan Hassan, built around 1361 and is considered a complement to the old building. The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a massive mosque and madrassa located in the Old city of Cairo, it was built during the Mamluk Islamic era in Egypt. At the time of construction the mosque was considered remarkable for its fantastic size and innovative architectural components. Commissioned by an-Nasir Hasan, a sultan of a short and relatively unimpressive profile, al-Maqrizi noted that within the mosque were several "wonders of construction"
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
From
$80.00
Price varies by group size

Private Walking Tour to Khan el-Khalili and Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

Private Walking Tour to Khan el-Khalili and Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

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Visit Khan el-Khalili bazaar and the Madrassa of Sultan Hassan on a private walking tour that includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in Cairo or Giza. Walk through an Old City gate to the colorful, historic market, then see a 14th-century mosque and madrassa, or school, that is a landmark of Cairo’s Mamluk era.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.75
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$21.75
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Cairo Combo tour: Egyptian museum, Sultan Hassan mosque, Hanging church and souq

Cairo Combo tour: Egyptian museum, Sultan Hassan mosque, Hanging church and souq

Visit Cairo’s historical highlights on a full-day priority tour that combines entrance to the Egyptian Museum. Guided by a knowledgeable Egyptologist guide, you will enter the Museum to explore its renowned collection of art masterpieces, including the world known and famous treasures of king Tut. Then visit the mosque and madrasa of Sultan Hassan before spending the afternoon at the Hanging church and Coptic area ,where you’ll learn about the fascinating ruin Roman fortress of Babylon and the history of Christianity in Egypt. You will have free time in the market to explore this medieval market with its colors and narrow lanes and old coffee shops
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Guided Tour to the Mosques of Sultan Hassan, Al-Rifa'i, and Ibn Tulun in Cairo

Private Guided Tour to the Mosques of Sultan Hassan, Al-Rifa'i, and Ibn Tulun in Cairo

Visit the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, Al-Rifa'i Mosque, and the Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo on this private 4-hour tour. You'll compare and contrast the different Islamic architectural styles of the three mosques with a private Egyptologist guide. Select the option that corresponds with the number of people in your group when booking.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.86
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$22.86
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Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo Citadel of Saladin - Sultan Hassan and Khan el Khalili Bazaars

Private Half Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo Citadel of Saladin - Sultan Hassan and Khan el Khalili Bazaars

Explore some of Cairo’s less-visited sites—the Citadel of Salah el-Din, the Khan el Khalili bazaar, and the Mosque and Madrassa of Sultan Hassan—on this private tour. You’ll enjoy personalized attention from your guide as you explore, listening to commentary tailored to your interests. Learn about the history, architecture, and culture of Cairo, and try your luck at bargaining with the vendors in the bazaar.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.91
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Tour to Islamic Cairo -Ahmed ibn Tulun- Gayer Anderson Museum-Sultan hassan

Tour to Islamic Cairo -Ahmed ibn Tulun- Gayer Anderson Museum-Sultan hassan

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Visit the historical mosques of Cairo mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas. The oldest mosque in Egypt. Visit Ahmed Ibn Tulun mosque (the third oldest mosque in Egypt. Visit Gayer-Anderson Museum Visit the Mosque & Madrasah of Sultan Hassan,Then moving on to visit al Refai Mosque Walking tour To 1000 years old Al-Moez Street.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.72
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$85.72
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Half Day Tours to Al’Moez Street (From Sultan Qalawoon Madrasa to Alfutuh Gate )

Half Day Tours to Al’Moez Street (From Sultan Qalawoon Madrasa to Alfutuh Gate )

Highlights: -        Half-day tour of Islamic Cairo -        Explore the city with an experienced guide -        Visit mosques, religious schools and work shops -        Get an insider's look at Cairo's atmospheric neighborhoods -        Learn about the city's history and culture -        Unusual Islamic Cairo day tour is a cultural trip where you will see not just mosques but also places, streets and neighborhoods.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Private Tour: Islamic Cairo including Amr Ibn-AlAs-Ibn Tulun, Sultan Hassa and El Refaa Mosques

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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.43
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$51.43
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Half day tour to great Islamic heritage and mosques

Half day tour to great Islamic heritage and mosques

Immerse yourself in the Islamic heritage of Cairo on this private tour with an Egyptologist guide. You'll get personalized attention and enjoy asking plenty of questions of Islam in Egypt as you visit the local mosques, madrasas, and mansions not often visited on traditional tours of Cairo. Highlights include El Moez Street, the old city walls, the Ibn Tulun Mosque, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, and a climb up one of the city's minarets.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Private Half-Day Tour to Islamic Sights in Cairo

Private Half-Day Tour to Islamic Sights in Cairo

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Check out Cairo’s greatest Islamic monuments on this private half-day tour, accompanied by an Egyptologist guide. Travel into Old Cairo, the city’s oldest quarter, and visit the medieval Citadel of Saladin, built by Saladin to stave off the Crusaders. Admire the city views and Mohammad Ali Mosque here before visiting two of Cairo's most magnificent mosques. Behold the 14th-century Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the world’s largest and most extravagant; and visit the Al-Rifai Mosque, a stunning 19th-century sanctuary housing several Egyptian royal tombs. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.00
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$72.00
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Private Islamic Cairo and Tannoura Sufi Dance Show In Wekalet el Ghouri

Private Islamic Cairo and Tannoura Sufi Dance Show In Wekalet el Ghouri

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Dive into old, Islamic Cairo on a private full-day tour, including lunch, dinner and a ‘tannoura’ whirling dervish show. Exploring by air-conditioned minivan and foot with an expert guide, discover this medieval city-within-a-city, Cairo’s oldest quarter, as you hear about its rich history. Visit the Ottoman-style Muhammad Ali Mosque at Saladin’s Citadel, and see the Sultan Hassan, Ibn Tulun and other mosques. After lunch, stroll through markets to three of Cairo’s medieval gates, and enjoy an Egyptian dinner and hypnotic evening courtyard ‘tannoura’ show at the Wekalet el Ghouri center.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$68.02
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$68.02
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Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo

Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo

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Explore the remarkable architecture and history of Islamic Cairo with a private-full day tour of the city’s most important sites in a comfortable van. See the oldest intact mosque in Egypt, and stroll past the 11th-century buildings that line Al Muezz Street. Stand at the foot of an original gate to old Cairo, then walk the medieval walls at Saladin’s 12th-century citadel. See the elegant domes of the alabaster mosque before continuing to the mosque of Sultan Hassan and Rifai, where the evolution of Islamic architecture comes to vivid life.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.88
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$22.88
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Day Tour to Islamic Cairo and the Museum of Islamic Art

Day Tour to Islamic Cairo and the Museum of Islamic Art

Enjoy and Explore Islamic Cairo which includes Citadel of Salah el-Din, Muhamed Ali mosque, Al Rifai Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque, experience the Museum of Islamic arts, and Khan El Khalili which is the most famous street consists of bazaars, restaurants, and cafes and also the oldest in Egypt.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$83.00
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$83.00
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Half Day Tour Islamic Cairo

Half Day Tour Islamic Cairo

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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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Islamic Cairo Tour

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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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.93
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$78.93
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Visit Khan el Khalily Bazar Old Cairo and The Egyptian Museum

Visit Khan el Khalily Bazar Old Cairo and The Egyptian Museum

See many of Cairo's most interesting and important sights with this tour. You'll start with the Egyptian Museum, home to a huge collection of artifacts from the Ancient World, followed by visits to some of Cairo's most important mosques, including the Sultan Hassan Mosque and Al Refahi Mosque. You'll then head to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, followed with a shopping trip to the enormous El Khalili Bazaar.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.00
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$49.00

Islamic Cairo History Tour IV

Islamic Cairo History Tour IV

Travel back in time to the glory days of Islamic Cairo, and see some of the medieval and Ottoman city's greatest religious monuments, on this 4-hour private guided tour. Admire ancient mosques and madrasa, medieval Citadel's walls and gates, and a lot more. .Greet your private guide at the main gate of your hotel or accommodation at a time of your choosing: any time between 9am and 11am. Islamic Cairo Major Mosques list: Mosque of Muhammed Ali Al-Nasir Muhammad mosque Mosque of Ibn Tulun Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan Al-Rifa'i Mosque Mosque of Amr Ibn As For further additional in-depth visits please see our best seller product the "Islamic Cairo History Tour" which has the rest of the following great mosques among its itinerary: Aqsunqur (the Blue) mosque Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque Al Azhar mosque
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$45.00
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$45.00
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Old Islamic Cairo Tour

Old Islamic Cairo Tour

From the moment your tour starts, your guide will give you full attention. Once in the car, your guide will talk to you about all the things on the way as well as other aspects of your tour that will interest you. Start your tour to the Citadel of Salah El Din which was constructed by Salah El Din on the Moqattam hills in 1183 AD to defend Cairo from the armies of Crusaders. After that visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque which was designed by the architect Yousif Boushnaq, a Turkish man who came specially from Istanbul and built this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled Over 45 years. Then move to visit Sultan Hassan & El-Refaie Mosques. Then proceed to Ibn Tulun Mosque, And then to Al-Azhar famous mosque and the first Islamic university.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$109.32
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$109.32
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Full-Day Tour to Citadel, Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Full-Day Tour to Citadel, Coptic and Islamic Cairo

This full day private guided tour will take you to various Islamic and Christian sites in Cairo. Learn about Egypt's Christian history and discover Church of Abu Serga (St. Sergious) and Fort of Babylon. Visit St. Barbara, the hanging church and old Jewish Synagogue -Ben Ezra . Tour Islamic Cairo and pay a visit to Amr Ibn Elas Mosque, Ibn Tulun Mosque and the stunning Salah El Din Citadel. Step inside the beautiful Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali; built inside the castle in the 19th century. Take special photos from the Citadel panorama. With door-to-door transport by an air-conditioned car and lunch at a local restaurant included but beverages are not included
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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$110.00
Price varies by group size
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Cairo Day Tour to Islamic, Christian and Jewish Heritage

Cairo Day Tour to Islamic, Christian and Jewish Heritage

Discover the great religious heritage of Cairo through touring the holy churches of the Coptic area and the oldest synagogue in Cairo known as Ben Ezra. Have the pleasure of learning about the Jewish and Christian history of Egypt Visit the 9th century mosque of Ibn Tulun with its unique minaret and the impressive gigantic mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan. Enjoy discussing with your Egyptologist guide all about the basic pillars of Islam and its principles Then, enjoy some free time at Khan El Khalili, the biggest market in Cairo, and try a local drink at El Fishawy, the oldest coffee shop in Cairo
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
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$100.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 73 Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa costs USD 92.00. Guided Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa tours start around USD 92.00 per person. See all 73 Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa tickets and tours on Viator.
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