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Islamic Cairo History Tour

  • Customizable private tour of historic Cairo
  • Visit sacred Islamic sites and landmarks
  • Learn about local history and culture
Islamic Cairo History Tour
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Islamic Cairo History Tour
Discover the mosques and madrasas of one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities on a customizable, private tour of the city with a local guide. Explore historic Cairo, a UNESCO site that was founded in the 10th century, and see how the city’s tradition, art and architecture braid together in the narrow streets. Learn about life in the city while taking in the rich scents, sights and sounds of the Egyptian capital.
What to Expect
Meet your guide at a centrally located park or mosque, and continue to an all-star list of Cairo’s remarkable historic landmarks. Step into the Circassian Mamluk period at Al-Ishaqi mosque, and learn about the 15th-century prince who built its intricate facades and tiered minaret. Enter the old city through Bab Zuweila gate, a stunning remnant of Fatimid Cairo, where you can listen to stories about the long (and sometimes bloody) history of the site. Explore the distinctive 12th-century architecture of Al-Salih Tala’I mosque, then continue to the Faraj ibn Barquq, a funerary complex that may have also been a traditional madrasa.

Visit a remarkable lineup of sites in the heart of the old city: Sabil-Kuttab, Al Kurdi mosque, Gani Bek mosque, Al Burdayni mosque, Saint Safiyya mosque and the Museum of Islamic Art, which has one of the world’s greatest collections of art and artifacts from around the Islamic world.

Continue through Cairo’s mosques, madrasas and mausoleums, and learn the remarkable history of Al Azhar University, among the oldest continually operating universities in the world.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
A kind, knowledgeable guide.

We met Muhammad by chance when we were wandering around near Al-Azhar in Islamic Cairo. We are very wary of scammers, but any doubts about Muhammad quickly dissipated. Muhammad is a very knowledgeable guide with a clear passion for his city and with a university...More

Thank RiversOfParadise
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile
Great tour!

Muhammad provided a great tour of the streets and alleys, mosques and sites of Islamic Cairo. He was knowledgeable, attentive to our needs, spoke first-rate English and gave us a great overview of the area. Highly recommended.

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 22 March 2018
An Unexpected Tour With A Passionate Guide

Thank you to Muhammad for a great time in Islamic Cairo. We learned so much in one evening. We not only explored the historical and religious landmarks but also the local stalls, artisan workshops, and the famous el Fishawi cafe. He was knowledgeable, accommodating, and...More

Thank Ellen T
Reviewed 5 March 2018
Off the (tourist) beaten path

Spent a great day with Muhammad walking through the old alley ways, streets, bazaars and mosques that make up old Islamic Cairo. Muhammad obviously loves this part of Cairo and enjoys sharing his passion and intimate knowledge of it with you. Visiting coffee shops, artisans...More

1  Thank charliemelb
Reviewed 31 January 2018
Amazing Tour of Cairo

Muhammad was a fantastic tour guide. His knowledge of historic Cairo was second to none. We touried all of the religious monuments in the old city. He was so kind and generous. We were with him for five hours and he didn’t try to rush...More

2  Thank Randall B
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