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 A full-day tour to Islamic Cairo starting with the Citadel of Saladin; a spectacular medieval fortress built by the Ayyubid ruler Saladin in the twelfth century AD., as part of his fortification plan against the Crusaders. Its setting on a promontory beneath the Muqattam Hills made it difficult to attack. Such efficacy of the Citadel's location is further demonstrated by the fact that it remained the heart of Egyptian government until the nineteenth century. The site is also famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city of Cairo. Inside the Citadel, we will visit the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha built between 1828 and 1848. The Mosque perches on the summit of the Citadel, and is famous for its large dome and overtly Ottoman influenced architecture.
Al-Hakim Mosque

 From the Citadel, we will head down hill for a walk through Medieval Islamic Cairo; a maze of over 30 mosques, old houses, and other monuments that span some 800 years. A chance to explore the graceful architecture of Medieval Islamic Cairo.

 

 

 

 Our walking tour will take us through one of the surviving gates of Medieval Cairo, to Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar; a trade market since the 14th century. There, we will have lunch at Naguib Mahfouz restaurant and Café, an Arabian style restaurant named after the Nobel Prize winner Egyptian novelist. Located in the heart of Khan-el-Khalili, the Naguib Mahfouz restaurant and Café is such a pleasant lunch venue with its arabesque décor, comfortable seating areas, and wide selection of oriental gourmet dishes. It is at Khan-el-Khalili where you can test your bargaining skills while shopping for Egyptian souvenirs.


Trip duration: Approx. 4-5hrs..
Start from/Return to:Guest hotel.
Sites visited:Citadel of Saladin/Alabaster Mosque/Khan-el-Khalili.
Trip essentials:Light cotton clothing-comfortable walking shoes-bottled mineral water-sunglasses-eye drops for the dust-hats-sunblock.
Included:
  • Transfer in A/C vehicle to the above sites.
  • Certified tour guide.
  • One bottled mineral water per guest.
Not included:
  • Entrance fees.
  • Camera or video charge when applicable.
  • Lunch/Drinks.
  • Tipping.
***Please dress conservatively when visiting churches and mosques. Gentlemen should avoid shorts and ladies should avoid mini-skirts, shorts, transparent (see-through) or tight clothing, and tank tops. Also, please be aware that intimate behavior; i.e. holding hands or kissing is not acceptable inside churches and mosques. Photography is restricted inside some churches, so please consult your guide first. Should you wish to photograph people then please ask for permission.
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