Nile Holiday Egyptologist guide will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy a fantastic tour to Islamic and Coptic Cairo. Start at the famous Cairo Citadel of Saladin, one of the world’s greatest monuments to medieval warfare with large imposing gateways, towers and high defending walls, the Citadel is one of Cairo’s main attractions and probably the most popular non-Pharaonic monument in the Egyptian capital. Discover the prominent Mohamed Ali Mosque, was built between 1830 and 1848 by the architect Yousef Bushnak.
Proceed to visit the Mosque and Madrasa of sultan Hassan was built between 1356 and 1363 during the Bahri Mamluk period, commissioned by Sultan an-Nasir Hasan. The mosque was considered remarkable for its massive size and innovative architectural components. Explore the opposite Al-Rifa’i Mosque is a beautiful Mosque and school housing the tomb of Imam Rifai along with Members of Mohammed Ali dynasty – Sultan Hussein Kamel, king Fuad and king Farouk as well as the last Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.
Move on to visit the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosque built in the city and the largest mosque in terms of land area. It was built by Ibn Tulun between 876 AD & 879 Ad.
Proceed to the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As was originally built in 641–642 AD. The original structure was the first mosque in Egypt and the whole of Africa.
Continue to Christian Coptic Cairo to visit the famed Hanging Church, a place of Orthodox worship and one of the oldest churches in Egypt. Next, walk to Abu Serga, known formally as Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. This place has great significance as it is believed to be the spot where the Holy Family spent time during their journey in Egypt. Continue towards Ben Ezra synagogue, which is the reputed location of Moses’ discovery as a baby.
Enjoy Lunch at a quality local restaurant and then drive to Al-Muizz Street, one of Cairo’s oldest streets as it dates back to the foundation of the city. Al-Muizz street runs from the city gate of Bab al-Futuh in the north to the gate of Bab Zuweila in the south, both entrances in the stone walls built by the vizier Badr al-Jamali in the 11th century.
Later on, visit Khan Al-Khalili, the bazaar is loud, crowded, colorful, and exciting. It is full of all kinds of goods and shiny baubles. The market has several restaurants and cafés spread throughout where you can take a break from shopping. Even if you are not looking to buy, taking a walk through the winding alleys of this labyrinthine district, you are sure to find something that will catch your eye. After finished, you will be transferred back to your Hotel