Islamic & Coptic Cairo Tour
Historical tour of two major cultures the Islamic and Coptic one
80 USD Per person in double
About this tour
The Islamic and Coptic Cairo tour is a great choice for any individual interested in having an insight on the cultural and religious history of Egypt. Come explore Islamic Cairo and all its historically important mosques and other Islamic monuments.
After enjoying your breakfast, one of Cairo Airport Transfer crew members will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable air conditioned vehicle for this historical tour of two religions that have continued to shape Egypt’s two major cultures- the Islamic and Coptic one.
The Citadel of Cairo, built by King Saladin Ayuobi during the end of 12th century, is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Cairo. It is a medieval Islamic fortification that was used as a seat for the king and his government for centuries in Egyptian dynasties including the Ayyubis, Mamluks and even some Ottomans. This tour will take you to this historical landmark in Cairo that is worth visiting.
Mohamed Ali Mosque
The Citadel lies on the Mokattam Hill in central Cairo and is surrounded by mosques and museum. In this tour, we will take you to one of these magnificent mosque commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848, known as the Muhammad Ali mosque or the Alabaster Mosque. The mosque was initially built as a memorial structure for Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali’s eldest son, and is known to be one of the greatest mosques of Ottoman Empire that is most visibly seen in Cairo because of its animated silhouette and prominent twin minarets.
Sultan Hassan Mosque
On this religious tour, the first stop will be Sultan Hassan Mosque, a massive mosque and madrassa erected during the Era of Mamluk located near Cairo’s landmark Citadel. You will be able to discover the mosque’s interesting history one of which during its construction the cost of the project was so high that it was never fully completed, with the Sultan himself being murdered.
The El Refaay Mosque
On this stop, you will see one of Cairo’s last monumental buildings, the El-Refaay Mosque, left by the legacy of Salah El Din and Sultan Hassan. The El Refaay Mosque is an imposing royal-era mosque that occupies Cairo’s Salah El Din landmark Square.
Ibn Tulun Mosque
The oldest and the biggest mosque of them all. Once you get inside, you will feel very peaceful & spiritual. The minaret is a very unique place cause it is the only one which have external spiral stars in Egypt. From there you will get a very good panoramic view for the whole Islamic area.
Coptic Cairo Sightseeing
The Hanging Church
The second stop will be the Hanging Church also referred to as the Suspended Church or Al-Moallaqa. It is an old Christian Church with great history and it serves as the residence of the Coptic Patriarch. You will be able to discover that the church is situated on two bastions of the Roman fortress with its nave being suspended over a passageway literally!
The tour will also unveil to you the Coptic Museum where you will be able to see an extensive collection of intriguing Coptic art and artifacts. You will discover some late antiquities dating back from the late Roman Empire right through the Islamic era and even beyond.
You will also be able to see some early monasteries and other several frescoes on display.
The Ben Ezra Synagogue
On this spiritual and cultural journey, the third stop will be the Ben Ezra Synagogue where you will be able to see one of Egypt’s oldest surviving synagogues dating back to the 9th century! The famed Documents of Geniza first discovered the synagogue’s basement that up to date remains to be of great interest and intrigue to modern scholars of medieval Egypt.
The Church of St. Barbara and the Church of St. Sergius
The final stop on this enchanting tour will be the Church of St. Barbara and the Church of St. Sergius (Abu Serga) near Mari Gurgis St. You will see one of Egypt’s oldest Christian churches in Cairo- St. Sergius that was first built in the 4th Century!
You will also discover how remarkably the church has managed to maintain its authentic ancient beauty despite being destroyed and renovated many times over.
St. George church
It was build in a circle shape at the 10th century over one of the roman towers. It is Greek Orthodox Church and contains a lot of tools which used during the persecution of St. George and imitation for his prison.
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- Our drivers are instructed to only pick up guests from the predestinated addresses, which they provided.
- We’ll confirm with you by email or phone the pickup time from your hotel.
- In case you’ll not be available for the tour, you can still cancel your booking by following the link provided in the confirmation email. You can also contact us directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone.
- We only charge 10% cancellation fee for bookings cancelled at least 3 days before the tour date.
- For bookings cancelled in less than 3 days prior to the tour date we charge 50% cancellation fee.
- We don’t make refunds in case you don’t show up on the designated tour date without prior notice.
80 USD Per person in double
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