Old Islamic Cairo Tour

$90.00
Duration
8 hours
Max People
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Min Age
2+
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In the heart of Cairo, Egypt, lies a district that is a living testament to the city's rich Islamic history and heritage—Old Islamic Cairo. This enchanting neighborhood, also known as Historic Cairo or Islamic Cairo, is a treasure trove of ancient mosques, historic streets, bustling bazaars, and architectural wonders that transport visitors to a bygone era.

Mosques and Religious Wonders: One cannot embark on an Old Islamic Cairo tour without delving into its remarkable mosques. The district is home to some of the most architecturally significant Islamic structures in the world. The Sultan Hassan Mosque and the Al-Rifa'i Mosque stand side by side, showcasing stunning Mamluk-era architecture. The Ibn Tulun Mosque, one of the oldest and largest mosques in Cairo, boasts a unique spiral minaret that beckons visitors to explore its intricately designed interior. Each mosque tells a story of faith, craftsmanship, and historical significance.

Historical Streets and Architecture: Wandering through the labyrinthine alleyways of Old Islamic Cairo, you'll encounter ancient houses with beautifully carved wooden screens, ornate balconies, and elaborately decorated doors. The historic Darb al-Ahmar neighborhood, with its colorful buildings and restored architectural gems, is a true highlight. The streets themselves are like an open-air museum, showcasing the evolution of Islamic architecture over the centuries.

Khan El Khalili Bazaar: No visit to Old Islamic Cairo would be complete without a trip to the bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar. This vibrant marketplace has been a center of trade and commerce for centuries. Here, you can shop for intricate handcrafted jewelry, textiles, ceramics, spices, and countless other treasures. The market's lively atmosphere, fragrant aromas, and the friendly banter of shopkeepers create an unforgettable sensory experience.

Historical Tales and Culture: Old Islamic Cairo isn't just about architecture and markets; it's also a place where history and culture converge. You can explore the historic house-museum of Gayer-Anderson, which offers a glimpse into the life of a 17th-century Cairo resident. Additionally, the district is home to many traditional workshops where craftsmen practice their ancient trades, such as brass and copper work, calligraphy, and carpet weaving.

Visiting Old Islamic Cairo is like stepping back in time to a period when Islamic civilization flourished. It's a journey that invites you to not only admire stunning architecture but also to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and rich history of this remarkable neighborhood. A tour of Old Islamic Cairo is a captivating exploration of Egypt's enduring Islamic legacy, where each street and monument whispers tales of a glorious past.

Includes:

  • Pickup from your hotel and return
  • Expert English speaking tour guide
  • All transfers by modern air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned sites
  • All services charges and taxes

Excludes:

  • Tipping
  • Any extras not mentioned in the Itinerary

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  • Old Islamic Cairo Tour

Tour Plan

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Old Islamic Cairo Tour

Morning: Exploration of Historic Mosques

  • 8:00 AM: Start your day with a traditional Egyptian breakfast at your accommodation in Cairo.
  • 9:00 AM: Depart for Old Islamic Cairo, a short drive from most city hotels.
  • 9:30 AM: Begin your tour at the Sultan Hassan Mosque and Al-Rifa'i Mosque complex.

Activities in the Mosque Complex:

  • Explore the stunning architecture and intricate details of the Sultan Hassan Mosque.
  • Visit the nearby Al-Rifa'i Mosque, known for its elegant design and historical significance.
  • Learn about the history and cultural significance of these mosques from your guide.

Late Morning: Ibn Tulun Mosque

  • 11:00 AM: Proceed to the Ibn Tulun Mosque, a short walk from the mosque complex.
  • 11:30 AM: Explore the mosque's unique architecture, including its spiral minaret.
  • Enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the mosque's courtyard.

Lunch: Traditional Egyptian Cuisine

  • 12:30 PM: Head to a local restaurant in the Old Islamic Cairo district for a delicious Egyptian lunch.
  • Savor traditional dishes such as koshari, falafel, or grilled kebabs.

Afternoon: Darb al-Ahmar and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

  • 2:00 PM: Stroll through the historic streets of Darb al-Ahmar, admiring the charming architecture and vibrant colors.
  • 3:00 PM: Explore the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where you can shop for souvenirs, jewelry, spices, and more.
  • Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, and don't forget to haggle for the best deals.

Late Afternoon: Gayer-Anderson Museum and Craft Workshops

  • 4:30 PM: Visit the Gayer-Anderson Museum, a well-preserved historic house that provides insight into Cairo's past.
  • 5:30 PM: Explore the nearby traditional craft workshops, where artisans demonstrate their skills in calligraphy, brasswork, and other crafts.

Evening: Return to Accommodation

  • 6:30 PM: Head back to your accommodation in Cairo.
  • Rest and unwind after a day of exploration.
  • Consider dining at a local restaurant to enjoy more Egyptian cuisine or relax at your hotel.

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