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Discover the mosques and madrasas of one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities on a customizable, private tour of the city with a local guide. Explore historic Cairo, a UNESCO site that was founded in the 10th century, and see how the city’s tradition, art and architecture braid together in the narrow streets. Learn about life in the city while taking in the rich scents, sights and sounds of the Egyptian capital.

Highlights

  • Customizable private tour of historic Cairo
  • Visit sacred Islamic sites and landmarks
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure

What You Can Expect

Islamic Cairo History Tour

A fabulous driving tour of al-Azhar park

Meet your guide at a centrally located park or mosque, and continue to an all-star list of Cairo’s remarkable historic landmarks. Step into the Circassian Mamluk period at Al-Ishaqi mosque, and learn about the 15th-century prince who built its intricate facades and tiered minaret. Enter the old city through Bab Zuweila gate, a stunning remnant of Fatimid Cairo, where you can listen to stories about the long (and sometimes bloody) history of the site. Explore the distinctive 12th-century architecture of Al-Salih Tala’I mosque, then continue to the Faraj ibn Barquq, a funerary complex that may have also been a traditional madrasa.

Visit a remarkable lineup of sites in the heart of the old city: Sabil-Kuttab, Al Kurdi mosque, Gani Bek mosque, Al Burdayni mosque, Saint Safiyya mosque and the Museum of Islamic Art, which has one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artifacts from around the Islamic world.

Continue through Cairo’s mosques, madrasas and mausoleums, and learn the remarkable history of Al Azhar University, among the oldest continually operating universities in the world.

Customer Reviews

Jeffrey W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Muhammad Swefy is a guide who has a lot passion for his job. He really wanted to show me
the highlights, and the places that he knows as 'hidden secrets,' but actually available to anyone.
However, he knows them in depth, and is happy to share his knowledge. My tour lasted three hours,
yet if I could have stayed longer, he was willing to carry on because we had only seen a fraction of the
main sites on his list. I learned a lot and truly enjoyed the tour with Muhammad. Best with a few people.

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