Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha

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Old Cairo: Full-Day Islamic and Coptic Cairo Private Tour

1. Old Cairo: Full-Day Islamic and Coptic Cairo Private Tour

Meet your professional tour guide in your hotel lobby. Then, head off to the first stop of the private tour in an air-conditioned vehicle, one of the most famous sightseeing stops of Islamic and Coptic Cairo. Visit the Citadel of Salah al-Din and El Moez Street to admire the architectural beauty of Islamic tradition.  After that, proceed to a local restaurant for lunch to sample traditional cuisine. Next, drive toward Old Cairo's main attractions, including the Hanging Church, also referred to as Al-Muallaqa Church. Check out the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. Later on, visit the old market and Bazaar of Cairo called Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Prepare to be amazed by the local, handmade items. After enjoying your time wandering through the market, your full-day tour will end with a drop-off back at your hotel.

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

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

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.

From Hurghada: 2-Day Cairo and Giza Highlights Tour

3. From Hurghada: 2-Day Cairo and Giza Highlights Tour

Discover Cairo on this overnight tour which includes accommodation and transfers form Hurghada. Start with a visit to the Egyptian Museum. During the visit your guide will answer all your questions about the exhibits. Afterwards you can enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch and visit Alabaster Mosque, a landmark of Cairo. At Khan el-Khalili bazaar, the largest bazaar in the Arab world, you will encounter people of all social classes and religions. Spend an hour browsing through the bazaar before heading to your hotel in Cairo.  The next morning you will be driven to the famous pyramids and the sphinx. Here you will have three hours to admire these fantastic ancient structures. Afterwards you will head towards Saqqara, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch before visiting the step pyramid of Saqqara.

From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

4. From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

Day 1: Start the tour at 8:30 AM when you will be picked up from your hotel or any point in Eilat. Set off for the Arava Border and pass over to the Jordan side. Meet your representative there and continue the drive to the Petra site. The drive takes about 2 hours in total.  When you arrive, enjoy a tour of this iconic archaeological site with your guide. Visit the famous Treasury, the Amphitheater, and much more. After this, have lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Israel and set off on an overnight 10-hour drive to Cairo making a short procedural stop at the Egyptian border. Day 2: When you arrive in Cairo, visit the pyramids, the sphinx, the market, and the museum. Then, eat lunch and go to your 4-star hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Saqqara and Memphis area, about 27 km south-west of Cairo. Learn about how Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt and Saqqara was its necropolis. Hear stories about how the deceased pharaohs and sacred animals were ceremoniously transported from Memphis to be permanently enshrined in one of the many temples on the site. Then, stop for lunch before continuing the tour to Old Cairo. See the Church of St-Sergius, a 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. Admire the spectacular Citadel of Saladin, built-in 1183 in the medieval stronghold tradition. Also, marvel at the Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster mosque. Finally, transfer to the Taba Border, where your tour concludes.

Cairo: Private Half-Day Islamic Cairo-in-Depth Tour

5. Cairo: Private Half-Day Islamic Cairo-in-Depth Tour

Get to know Cairo from the perspective of the Islam world on this half-day tour centered around the Islamic culture and influence in the city. Begin your tour with a visit to the Citadel of Salah Ed-Din. Located high atop Cairo, the Citadel boasts magnificent views of the city. Built by the Arab hero Salah ad-Din, the Citadel primarily functioned as a military garrison, as well as serving as a royal residence for over 700 years. Continuing in the historical traditions of Islamic Cairo, head to the famous Sultan Hassan Mosque, which dates back to the 13th century. Considered to be one of the masterpieces of Islamic art and architecture, its history also includes time spent as a school. Equally as impressive, the Mohamed Ali Mosque is one of Cairo’s most visible landmarks, with its twin minarets rising high atop the Citadel. Shifting gears, your Cairo tour heads back to the streets and toward a famous local bazaar, Khan el-Khalili. A labyrinth of narrow streets and passageways, Khan el-Khalili is one of the world’s largest bazaars, and offers a truly authentic local Cairo experience. Among the world’s oldest bazaars, dating back to 1382, Khan el-Khalili offers an experience unique to the old streets of Islamic Cairo, and affords the opportunity to engage with locals, as locals do, hunting for bargains and relaxing with a coffee as the hustle of the bazaar passes you by.

From Dahab: 2-Day Guided Tour of Cairo with Hotel Stay

6. From Dahab: 2-Day Guided Tour of Cairo with Hotel Stay

Go back to ancient times on a 2-day trip, staying overnight in Cairo. See the major sites including the Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx, the Alabaster Mosque and Saqqara Necropolis. Bargain like a local at Khan EL-Khalili and explore the impressive Egyptian Museum. Start your Egyptian adventure with a visit to the Egyptian Museum. This world-famous museum contains a huge array of artefacts from Egypt's expansive history. During the visit, your guide will be on-hand to answer your questions and help you navigate the immense collection.  Amongst the thousands of artefacts on display at the Egyptian Museum you can find Tutankhamun’s treasures, including his iconic golden death mask. You can also see Khufu’s boat, royal and common mummies and ancient papyrus scrolls. After your museum visit, enjoy a traditional Egyptian BBQ lunch before continuing your Cairo tour at the Alabaster Mosque inside the Cairo Citadel. With a long history, towering minarets and ornate decoration throughout, the Alabaster Mosque is a must-see for visitors to Cairo. Next you can test your bargaining skills with the locals at Khan El-Khalili bazaar, the largest bazaar in the Arab world. You will encounter people of all social classes and religions. Spend an hour browsing the bazaar before heading to your Cairo hotel for the night.  On day two after breakfast, your guide will meet you to travel to the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza and Great Sphinx, on the outskirts of Cairo. You have three hours to explore these epic ancient structures and learn how the ancient Egyptians achieved such amazing feats of engineering. There are a number of optional activities available around the pyramid complex including camel rides, horse and carriage rides and entrance to the interior of the pyramids. These activities are optional and incur additional fees to be paid on the day. Departing Giza, you head to Saqqara, home to the step pyramid of Djoser. Built in the 27th century BC for Pharaoh Djoser by famed architect Imhotep, this unique structure is the oldest discovered complete pyramid in the world. Saqqara has more to offer than just the famed step pyramid. Around the necropolis lie other ancient remains of mastabas (tombs), temples and courtyards which offer a unique insight into life in ancient Egypt. Concluding your 2-day tour after your visit to Saqqara, your tour guide will bid you farewell as you head back to Dahab.

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What people are saying about Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 185 reviews

Great time spent with our guide Nasser, elusive, unspeakable, unbeatable, unforgettable and so on. A true expert in ancient Egypt (and even in the history of France), he is unbeatable on all subjects. We spent a very beautiful morning, steeped in history: He took us to discover magnificent holy places, with a special mention for the Mohammed Ali Mosque which is of great beauty, the souk, to finish with a lunch on board of a Nile cruise ship. A big thank you to him and the driver!

Fantastic experience! I spent the day with Sherif and she is a truly extraordinary person, very kind and helpful. He explains everything very well in perfect Italian. For whatever there is. Very nice driver too :) I want to add that I traveled as a single woman and alone. For this I can say that I felt perfectly comfortable and safe. If there are other girls who want to do this experience like me ... here you will find the right people :)

This tour was amazing!! We had to book last minute due to another tour canceling. Margaret was so nice and knowledgeable when it came to the tour! She did a really good job making us feel safe while wondering through the Bazaar! Highly recommend this tour!

We had a great day with our guide Ayman. He was very nice. He took the time to introduce us to his city and a typical restaurant in old Cairo. Thank you again for this day.

This was a great tour and very informative tour guide. Easy to understand and full of Egyptian history. Highly recommended