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National museum, Coptic Cairo and citadel of Saladin day tour

mosque of Mohamed Ali
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Interior of Mohamed Ali mosque
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mosque of Mohamed Ali
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Interior of Mohamed Ali mosque
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TOUR OVERVIEW

  • Stare at the wonderful treasures of Egypt in the different historical periods in the National Museum of Egyptian civilization during your Cairo day tour.
  • Look at the mummies of the great pharaohs that once upon a time ruled the world.
  • Enjoy the citadel of Saladin and Alabaster walls of the 19th century mosque that give it its name (the Alabaster Mosque).
  • Learn about the history and the basics of Islam through direct interaction with your own private tour guide.
  • Enrich your knowledge about the history of Christianity and Judaism in Egypt on visiting Old Coptic Cairo.
  • Tour includes private guiding and transport and entrance fees.

Once you meet your guide in the hotel, you will start your tour with one of the important museum in Cairo. The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is a large museum located in the ancient city of Fustat (the first Islamic capital built by the Arabs in Egypt 641 A.D) now part of Cairo. The museum partially opened in February 2017 and will display a collection of 50,000 artefacts, presenting Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.

The permanent collection is divided into two separate regions, one chronological the other thematic. The chronological areas will be the following, Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, modern and contemporary. The thematic areas will be the following: Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking and the Gallery of Royal Mummies.

The Museum’s collections will be displayed in a core permanent exhibition of the principle achievements of Egyptian civilization, with six thematic galleries covering the Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking and the Gallery of Royal Mummies.

After this visit, you will feel the relaxation of your soul when you go to Old Coptic Cairo. It is a very sacred and holy area as it contains 14 churches and a Jewish synagogue. The tour starts with a visit to the Hanging church, one of the most beautiful churches that was built in the 5th century. Consecrated to Virgin Mary, The church was built above one of the towers of the fort of Babylon. It has 110 beautiful icons and once was the seat of the Patriarch. Your guide will explain to you all about the church before moving the Cavern church or the church of St Sergious and Bacchus. Thousands of visitors come annually to this church to visit the cave where Jesus the baby and Virgin Mary were hiding for 3 months during the journey of escape in Egypt. The religious tolerance in Egypt is embodied by your visit to the oldest Jewish temple in Cairo. This temple is one among many other synagogues in Egypt and named after a merchant from Jerusalem called Ben Ezra. You will be given full history of the synagogue and the position of the Jewish community in Egypt.

Following the visit to the museum, you will go to the citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster mosque. Drive to the old section of Cairo where you will pass by the highest mountain in Cairo. The fort of Saladin was built on a cliff of this mount for protecting the city against the Crusaders.

In 1830 Mohamed Ali, the king of Egypt ordered to build the Alabaster Mosque inside the citadel. You will go inside the mosque to see its main components and learn about the Islamic basics. Aside from its huge size and exquisite beauty, one of the beautiful elements of this mosque is that it has two identical slim minarets, top-covered with lead as the mosque domes and semi-domes. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the mosque, where you can see the Giza pyramids in clear days.

At the end of the tour, you will be taken back to the hotel.

NOTE : Till November 2020 the National museum has not been opened yet.Our website will update information about opening date.

Number of persons 1- person 2-4 person 5-8 person 9-16 person
Prices per person $ 150 $ 99 $ 80 $ 65

PRICES POLICY

Price quotes are in US dollars per person per trip and are valid until April 30th, 2023. Please inquire for pricing over Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter holidays.

Reservations should be made as early as possible to book the desired holiday. Space on a given tour will be secured upon receipt a deposit of 25% of the full price. This payment will be 50% during the Christmas and New Year holidays and on packages including airfare. This deposit counts as part of your final payment. Deposits can be made by bank wire transfer or sent via Western Union or paid using a credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Payment should be received within 7 days of booking.

CHILD POLICY

  • p to 2 years: FREE
  • Age from 2 and below 6 years: 25% of adult price
  • Age from 6 up to 11 years: 50% of adult price
  • Ages 12 and up: adult price.

Notes:

  • Children policy is applied to children who share rooms with their parents (Maximum 1 Child sharing parent's room).
  • If your tour includes airfare, additional charges for your children may apply.

what's include

departure location
Centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels
Return Location
Same departure point
price includes
  • Qualified Egyptologist guide.
  • Entrance to the National Museum.
  • Entrance to Citadel of Salah el-Din and mosque of Mohamed Ali.
  • Hotel pickup and drop off.
  • Transportation by air- conditioned vehicle.
  • Bottled water during the tour
Price does not include
  • Gratuities (recommended).
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.

additional

  • Please note that the tour itinerary and order may change.
  • This Cairo tour must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of your travel date.
  • Confirmation of this tour will be received at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking.
  • The duration of the tours are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions.

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