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Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Private Half-Day Tour

1. Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Private Half-Day Tour

Spend a half day seeing important cultural and historical sites in Cairo when you travel to Old Cairo and the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. The bazaar is one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in all of the Middle East, dating back to 1382. After spending time walking around the bazaar or shopping, continue to Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church, which dates back to the 3rd century AD. Then see the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is, according to a local tradition, located on the site where Moses was found when he was a baby. Continue on to see the Church of St. Barbara and the Church of Abu Serga, two of the oldest churches in Cairo.

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.

Cairo: Private Guided Day Tour of Ancient Egyptian Churches

3. Cairo: Private Guided Day Tour of Ancient Egyptian Churches

After pickup from your hotel in Cairo, begin your guided tour of Ancient Egyptian churches in the important archaeological area of Coptic Cairo. Visit The Hanging Church first, perhaps the most famous and oldest surviving church in Old Cairo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Next, head to the Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, also known as Abu Serga, which is believed to have been built above the site where the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus Christ resided after their trip to Egypt. Move on to the Church of St. George, one of the oldest Christian and Egyptian churches dating back to the first Christian era. Then, take a short break for lunch in a local restaurant before resuming your church visits at the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary. Continue to the Church of Saint Barbara, well-known for its precious items, before exploring the Church of St. Mercurius in the Abu Sayfayn Cloister. Lastly, visit the St. Tadros Church inside the Monastery of Prince Tadros. Discover a blessed water well believed to cure diseases, and admire the church’s 250 archaeological icons, more than any of the other churches. At the end of your tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Church of St. Barbara

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 188 reviews

An awesome experience. It was really beyond my expectations. Omar, the guide, was incredibly friendly with a lot of knowledge of ancient and modern Egypt. I learned so much on this tour about Egypt. Omar even offered me to experience some Egyptian daily life. This kind of experience lets you love Egypt and its people. Also, the driver was really good and nice. One more thing, at no moment, there is any pressure to buy anything which is very rarely in any touristic tour. Merci beaucoup Omar :)

You are very lucky if you get Abu as your guide!! He was our favorite! He put so much effort into our tour with making sure we got great photos for our memories and was very upbeat and friendly. He was very knowledgable, answered questions, and funny and easy to chat with! I strongly suggest requesting him! He made our trip one to remember. Paula and Dan

Yasser was great!! He was responsible, knowledgeable, friendly and went out of his way to makes us feel happy. We had a wonderful experience! Thank you for your service Yasser!

very good friendly guide and churches were cool to visit and learn the history. the bazaar is fantastic and I could have spent a lot more money than I did

Very nice and informative tour with very friendly guide!