Day trip

Cairo Citadel, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili: Private Tour

Activity provider: Paradise Travel - Egypt

Cairo Citadel, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili: Private Tour

Activity provider: Paradise Travel - Egypt

From US$ 95 per person

See all the major highlights of Cairo on a full-day sightseeing tour of the old and modern city, with visits to the Citadel of Salah al-Din and sites of Old Cairo. Then shop for souvenir bargains at the bustling and historic Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Pickup included
Pick-up from your hotel in Cairo or Giza

Experience

Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in Egyptian history with a sightseeing tour of Old Cairo's major sights
  • Visit the Cairo Citadel on the Moqattam Hills for grand views over the city
  • See the beautiful alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali, built for Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848
  • Discover the sights of Old Cairo, such as the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • Wander the alleys of the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar and try out your bargaining skills
Full description
Enjoy a fantastic orientation tour of Cairo on an 8-hour excursion that takes in the major monuments of Old Cairo and the maze of streets and stalls of the historic Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Following a hotel pick-up from Cairo or Giza, you will drive up to the Saladin Citadel, constructed by Salah al-Din on the Moqattam Hills in 1183 AD as a defence against Crusader armies. Known for its fresh air and sweeping views of Cairo, it is now a preserved historic site of mosques and museums, including the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha. Designed by the Turkish architect Yousif Boushnaq, who came to Cairo especially from Istanbul to build the great building, the mosque's alabaster structure stands in beautiful contrast to the sandstone city. Continue to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Discover a maze of alleys that has been at the center of Cairo’s trading activities since the 14th century. Then, visit Old Cairo to see major attractions such as the Hanging Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Church of Abu Serga, one of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo.
Includes
  • Egyptologist guide
  • Lunch
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Parking fees
  • Taxes and service charge
  • Tips and personal expenses

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  • Passport or ID card

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  • Smoking
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 153 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.2/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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The tour was really very interesting. The guide explained to us in great detail all the attractions we visited. She was very empathetic and kind. The driver, Mahmud, was exceptional and sharp. We lived and breathed a typical atmosphere of the daily life of the locals and we really appreciated their customs and traditions. Everything has been planned down to the smallest detail and without leaving anything out. Without this tour one cannot fully taste the real daily life and what is the real hub of the city Cairo. We were very satisfied!!!

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November 16, 2022

A well organized visit with a top driver and an excellent guide speaking very good French. We had plenty of time to sightsee at our own pace and take photos, then shop for souvenirs in the souk. On the other hand, we did not see the synagogue (under restoration?), nor the planned 3rd church (we noticed this on our return when re-reading the announcement of the tour). On the other hand, we had to go to a "factory" of papyrus and perfume when we already had these visits planned in our tour this week, and yet expressed our lack of enthusiasm for this activity not originally planned. . The meal was rather average, it felt a bit rushed (plate almost removed before finishing) and noisy when a monster group of tourists arrived (a bus?).

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October 22, 2022

It was a journey through time, with a very expert guide in the sector but above all with an excellent Italian linguistics, he fascinated us with his stories about Cairo. Punctual in the hotel we visited the old city, 2 of the most important mosques and some churches, we went shopping in the bazaar and enjoyed a good lunch !!! All fantastic ...

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July 18, 2022

Product ID: 12969