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Old Cairo

Old Cairo is a relatively small area but it is rich with history. Also known as Coptic Cairo, Fustat (in reference to the first Muslim city established there), 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 (dedicated to the Virgin Mary and still in use), 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. The rest of the area is interesting for the Zabaleen, people who live in a shanty town and sift through Cairo's huge amount of garbage to reuse and recycle it.

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The easiest way to get to Old Cairo is by taxi, cheap if adventurous - the cars can be old and the driving is crazy! There is also a new metro system in Cairo. So far it is limited in area but signage is in English and the stop Mar Girgis will get you to Old Cairo.

Address: Sharia Mar Girgis, Cairo, Egypt
Admission: Free
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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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
  • Duration: 6 to 9 hrs
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Day Tour of Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar in Cairo

Visit Cairo’s essential historic destinations on a full-day tour with an experienced guide. Browse the vast collections at the Egyptian Museum, and learn the stories behind the royal mummies, gilded masks and exquisite artifacts, including Tutankhamun's treasures. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then explore the Coptic and Jewish landmarks of old Cairo, from the crypt below Abu Serga to the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Finish your tour in Cairo’s vibrant present, browsing the bright displays of handicrafts, perfumes and souvenirs at Khan El Khalili bazaar.
  • Duration: Flexible
  • Duration: Flexible
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Full Day Tour to The Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old Cairo from Giza

Experience the many historical faces of Cairo on this revealing full-day tour. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, visit the Egyptian Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of pharaonic treasures. Admire star attractions such as Tutankhamun’s funerary artifacts and gold death mask; and then explore the hilltop Citadel of Saladin, built in 1183 to defend against Crusader armies. View the fortifications and buildings, including the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Finally, dive into Old Cairo to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and explore its famous churches and Synagogue of Ben Ezra.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half-Day Private Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo with Lunch

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.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Coptic Cairo and Coptic Museum: Guided Private Day Tour in Cairo

Enhance your sightseeing experience of Cairo’s ancient Old Town on a private full-day tour led by an expert Egyptologist guide. Journey by luxury vehicle to Cairo Old Town and visit prominent attractions like the Hanging Church and the Crypt of the Holy Family. Travel back in time as you listen to illuminating commentary from your knowledgeable guide and visit ancient structures like the Jewish Temple of Prophet Moses and the Abu Serga Church. Receive undivided attention from your expert guide on this private tour.  
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Egyptian Museum Tour Plus a Visit to Old Cairo

Visit the Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo’s Coptic and Islamic landmarks and a renowned public market on a full-day tour through Egypt’s history and culture. Explore the vast museum with your guide, and discover Pharaonic treasures, mummies and precious stones. Get a glimpse of gilded icons inside the ‘Hanging Church,’ step into the hushed sanctuary of Saint Sergius’ Church then pause for an Egyptian lunch at a nearby restaurant. Finish your tour with a visit to the old bazaar, a bustling souk filled with brilliant cloth, aromatic spices and souvenirs from around the country, and a visit to the Alabaster Mosque.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Discover Cairo: Coptic Islamic Tour, Christian Churches and Babylon Fortress

Retrace the steps taken by the Holy Family thousands of years ago on this private, 4-hour tour of some of the oldest Christian churches in the world. Visit the Coptic Cairo museum, featuring a collection of ancient Egyptian Christian artwork, objects and manuscripts. See the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of Saint George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. Also, explore Islamic Cairo, known for its world-famous mosques and monuments. All necessary entrance fees, plus a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Tour to Giza, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Perfect for first time visitors or travelers who are short on time, this three-part tour offers an excellent overview of Cairo. First, visit the Giza pyramid complex, Valley Temple, and the Great Sphinx. Then head into Old Cairo to tour notable religious sites. Finally, explore the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar, one of the largest and busiest souks in the city.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 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
  • Duration: 8 hours
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8-Day Best of Egypt Tour: Discover Cairo, Nile Cruise, Abu Simbel With Flights

Discover the highlights of ancient Egypt—without skimping on service or comfort. On this luxury-filled VIP tour, you’ll embark on a relaxing, multi-day excursion through the country’s top attractions in Karnak and Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel, and Cairo and Giza. Tours include five-star accommodation, a deluxe Nile river cruise, and personalized attention from your Egyptologist guide.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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3 Days 2 Nights Travel Package to Aswan & Luxor from Cairo by Flights

See the highlights of Aswan and Luxor during a 3-day trip that includes airfare, 4-star hotel accommodation in both cities, transfers by private vehicle, and sightseeing with an Egyptologist guide. Visit the two temples of Abu Simbel plus much more. You’ll fly from Cairo to Aswan, ride a 1st-class train to Luxor, then return to Cairo, making this comprehensive package hassle-free for travelers, as all the details are worked out.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Egypt 9 Days- Cairo Pyramids and Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel

This 9-day Egypt tour is perfect for visitors who want to see it all. The tour covers all the major attractions like the Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, a Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan, and the beautiful Abu Simbel temples. Immerse yourself in the ancient history of the country and its culture with guided tours, trips to the bazaar, and desert camel rides.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Duration: 9 days
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Golden 6 Days Tour Egypt

Start and end in Cairo! With the sightseeing tour Golden Egypt 6 days, you have a 6 day tour package taking you through Cairo, Egypt and 2 other destinations in Egypt. Golden Egypt 6 days is a tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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3-Day Tour around Cairo and to Alexandria from Cairo

Take the strain out of itinerary planning on this action-packed 3-day private tour of Cairo and Alexandria. See the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur, and ride a camel across the desert; explore the Egyptian Museum, the Alabaster Mosque, and the Khan Al-Khalili bazaar, and ride a felucca on the Nile; admire the library, the catacombs, the Citadel of Qaitbay, and Pompey’s Pillar. Tour includes lunch and door-to-door round-trip transfers.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Discover Egypt 8 days - 7 nights

With this 8-day Egypt tour from Cairo, you can visit must-see attractions around Egypt with a single booking that covers hotels, meals, transportation, and activities—all completed with the benefit of a guide. The itinerary packs in sights such as the Giza Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple, and a multi-day Nile River cruise.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Duration: 8 days
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6-Day Tour of Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum

Set out on a grand 5-night tour of Egypt’s history and heritage, and discover Cairo, Alexandria and Fayoum’s most iconic sites. See in the Great Pyramid and Sphinx at Giza then explore the sprawling Sakkara necropolis. Travel to the legendary city of Alexandria to visit Roman catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar and the 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel. Walk the bustling streets of Egypt’s oldest city and finish your tour with an in-depth trip through the capital’s landmark churches, a renowned mosque and Saladin’s fortified citadel.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Duration: 6 days
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Private Tour: Pyramids,Saqqara,Memphis,Egyptian Museum,Old Cairo,Khan El Khalili

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, including the Mohammed Ali Pasha Mosque and Khan El Khalili bazaar.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Tour From Cairo: Bazaar of Cairo, Islamic and Old Cairo

Explore Old Cairo’s Coptic and Islamic landmarks then tour a celebrated bazaar on a full-day trip through Egypt’s vibrant, historic capital. See the ‘Hanging Church’ and the Church of Saint Sergius and Bacchus, then visit a synagogue on the legendary spot where baby Moses was found. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense), and take a walking tour along a mosque-lined street. Finish your tour at Cairo’s famous old bazaar, where vendors hawk vibrant displays of spices, perfume and souvenirs from around the country.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2 days tour with pyramids sound and light show

Discover the Egyptian pyramids at a more relaxed pace on a 2-day tour from Cairo, the ideal choice for history buffs and first-time visitors. Let a guide take care of arranging all activities, admission tickets, and transfers, while you sit back, relax, and travel between world-famous attraction such as the Egyptian Museum and the Giza Pyramids with ease. Plus, unlike many other pyramid tours, your excursion includes a sound and light show at the Giza Pyramids.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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Cairo: Old Coptic City Tour

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.
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 6 hours
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8-Hour Private Guided City Tour of Cairo

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.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Half-day Churches of Cairo Tour with Cave Church, Coptic Cairo, Hanging Church

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.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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