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Islamic Cairo Tour

  • When does it run?
    Daily
  • Start time
    1:00pm
  • Duration
    4 hours
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
  • English, French, Italian & German speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
COVID-19 Safety guidelines

Key Highlights

  • Appreciate works of Islamic architecture
  • Ahmad-Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the largest mosques built in Islamic Egypt
  • Entrance to all sites is included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off and round trip transport are included
  • See the influence which Islam had had on Cairo - which stretches far wider than just the Mosques

Overview

Tour around Cairo and admire the artistic beauty of Islamic monuments in the mosques, houses, fortresses and many other buildings influenced by the religion and culture of Islam. Explore the Ahmad-Ibn Tulun Mosque, one of the earliest and the largest mosques built in Islamic Egypt. Admire its gypsum ornamentation and religious Islamic engravings.

Explore the two lavish houses from the 16th and 17th centuries that were once occupied and restored by John Gayer-Anderson, who renovated and furnished the houses with antiques, artwork and oriental artefacts which he acquired during his travels. This unique museum was used as a location in the James Bond film, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’.

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Start time

    1:00pm

  • Meeting Point

    Pick up from your hotel. (Please mention your hotel name and address at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, our customer service executives will get in touch and confirm the details)

  • Ending Point

    Tour returns to the original departure point

Itinerary

  • In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the Islamic monuments of the city. You will visit the following sites:

    Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque: It is the third mosque built in Islamic Egypt. It was completed in 878 AD by Al Amir Ahmed Ibn Tulun, founder of the Tulunid Dynasty. The mosque is known for its varied gypsum ornamentations and engravings. It has a unique minaret with staircase from the outside.

    Al Azhar: It is the first mosque of Fatimide Cairo, built by Jawhar Al-Sekelli, commander of the armies of Al-Mo’ez le Din Allah. The mosque has three minarets, one if which is a twin minaret from the age of Sultan Al Gohari.

    Sultan Hassan School and Mosques: It is regarded as the pearl of Islamic architecture. It was set up by sultan Hassan Ibn Mohammed Ibn Qalawoun in the 14th century as a mosque and school for the four Islamic doctrines. It covers an area of 7,906 metre square, with a 38-metre high entrance - the most splendid entrance of Islamic monuments in Egypt.

    Gayer-Anderson Museum: The museum was founded in 1937 in two ancient residences, the Beit el-Kiridiliya from 1632 and the Beit Amna Bent Salim from 1540. In the museum, you will come across the private collection of Major Gayer-Anderson besides furniture, glassware, crystal, carpets, silks and embroidered Arab costumes. Several rooms on the third floor have been reconstructed to house the collections.

    After exploring the Islamic monuments, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairo.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off in air-conditioned vehicle
  • English, French, Italian & German speaking guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Any Meal
  • Gratuities

Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.

Additional info

In most temples and museums in Egypt, an additional fee for photo and video cameras is requested. The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

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