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Cairo: Best Kept Secrets Night Tour

1. Cairo: Best Kept Secrets Night Tour

Your tour will start at 7:00PM, at which point your tour guide will pick you up from you hotel by air conditioned van to explore the Old Cairo streets. Your guide will then indulge you into the beauty of the city and into a whirlwind of anecdotes, history, legends and intrigue. During your 4.5-hour tour, all of your senses will be engaged. You will hear and learn a motley of amazing stories about Cairo as you ride and walk through secret doors and enjoy a wonderful walking tour of Islamic Cairo and Al Moez Street. El Moez Street in Old Cairo stretches for almost 1 kilometer, and branches into long quiet streets and alleys. Your historic tour of Old Town will take you along all of the lesser-known must-see local spots, such as the Old Market, Old Cairo hidden galleries, and a local food market only for locals that no tourist know about. At the conclusion of your tour, your guide will return you to your hotel in Cairo.

Sharm El-Sheikh: Petra Temple Day Trip with Lunch by Ferry

2. Sharm El-Sheikh: Petra Temple Day Trip with Lunch by Ferry

Visit the world-famous Petra, Jordan’s most visited attraction, and learn more about the lost city of the Nabateans. Start your journey to Petra with a pickup from Sharm El Sheikh in a modern air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to the border crossing at Taba. Be met and assisted at the border, and once in Jordan, travel to the port of Aqaba. Hop on the ferry and sail directly towards Jordan’s "Rose City", known worldwide as Petra. Explore the lost city of the Nabataeans, which was carved into the mountains many centuries ago. go to the Siq (canyon) which is a natural crack in the rocks. Follow the trail which leads to the city and discover the beautiful carvings of statues, idols, and various structures. At the end of the canyon, you'll be able to see the famous “Al Khazneh” which has been standing for more than 2000 years. See the Roman theater, the royal tombs, the Roman colonnaded street, and Qasr al-Bent with a guide. After exploring the many sights of Petra, savor lunch in a local restaurant before traveling back to the port of Aqaba to take the cruise back to Taba. Finally, upon arrival in Sharm El Sheikh, be transferred back to your hotel.

From Sharm El Sheikh: Cairo Full Day Tour by Plane

3. From Sharm El Sheikh: Cairo Full Day Tour by Plane

Our representative will pick you up from your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh. You will then be transferred to Sharm El Sheikh Airport to catch your flight to Cairo. At Cairo Airport you will be met and assisted by another of our representatives. Our Egyptologist guide will accompany you to visit the great pyramid of Giza, which is the only existing wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world. At the Giza plateau, you will not only see the great pyramid of Khufu, known as Cheops, but also the pyramid of Chefren, the pyramid of Mykerinus, the valley temple of Khefren and the iconic Great Sphinx. This amazing complex of structures dates back to almost 5,000 years ago. From there, you will be taken to the Egyptian museum, which houses around 150,000 artifacts that date thousands of years to ancient Egyptian civilization. This is considered the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Take your chance to admire the incredible treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun. After the museum, you will also have the chance to wander in the oldest bazaar in the middle east, the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where you will feel the atmosphere of living in Islamic Cairo hundreds of years ago. The bazaar dates back to 1382, A.D., and is just one of the fascinating places we will see, giving you a real taste of the ancient city of Cairo. At the end of the day you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for a flight back to Sharm El Sheikh.

Cairo: Egyptian Heritage Tanoura Dancing Troupe Show

4. Cairo: Egyptian Heritage Tanoura Dancing Troupe Show

Discover traditional dancing and music at the Wekalet El Ghouri Arts Center with this tour that offers pickup from Cairo or Giza. Immerse yourself in local culture and enjoy the spectacular spinning skirts during the whirling dervish. Be picked up for your accommodation in the evening and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the Wekalet El Ghouri Arts Center which is an architecturally significant building that was built during the reign of Mamelukes.  Head to your seat and listen as talented local musicians play traditional music. Watch as the trained El Tanoura troupe dancers appear and begin to gracefully move to the Egyptian folk music. Finish the show with a spiritual whirling dervish (Darawish) performance. Return to your accommodation in Cairo or Giza.

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.

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What people are saying about Islamic Cairo

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 117 reviews

I absolutely LOVED this tour! Talk about experiencing the real and some of the best parts of Cairo!! Our guide Aly was very knowledgeable, funny, and super great at taking pictures for us along the way!! Our in in house photographer!! There are some amazingly beautiful architectural features to the Mosques and details he very freely pointed out. We also had time to do some shopping and had a memorable time sharing a meal with one of the stare owners! Awesome tour and a beautiful evening to see real Cairo at in it's most beautiful light!

Excellent day out in Cairo covering everything mentioned in the itinerary plus a few optional extras. Our guide Will was excellent, very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The lunch was much better than expected. This is a very long, tiring day but well worth the effort. The pyramids are amazing!

Old Cairo is so interesting. Seeing it at night is very cool. Definitely need a local guide though. Although it is “safe” you will be harassed to buy everything in sight. Your guide helps keep the vendors away.

Because of Covid, the tour was moved a little forward after consultation. That was perfect. A great tour, I felt a bit like I was in the Middle Ages. Ayoub was a great guide and catered to all of my requests.

Early start but worth it! Knowledge guide, definitely a must see if in Egypt!