BEYOND WORDS Experience Islamic Cairo, culture, Mosques and architects

Explore Islamic Cairo, also known as Medieval Cairo, founded in 969 by the Fatimid caliphs who subsequently turned it into a royal enclosure, not far from Futstat, which had by then been adopted as the country's economic and administrative capital. It served as Egypt's capital from 750 to 868. During the years that followed, the area grew to become the regional center for Islam and as a result, several mosques and other Islamic monuments were constructed. It is primarily due to this that the area came to be known as Islamic Cairo. Whatever you do, don't expect Islamic Cairo to be anything like modern day downtown Cairo. The two areas are quite literally worlds apart, but in a way which makes it even more necessary to explore this ancient district.
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Cairo , Egypt Discover Destinations
Departure Location
Address or Intersection upon Traveler’s request, Airport, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Monument/Building upon Traveler’s request, Rail or Bus Station
Return Location
Address or Intersection upon Traveler’s request, Airport, Cruise Ship Port, Hotel, Monument/Building upon Traveler’s request, Rail or Bus Station
Tour Start Date & Time
Everyday at 08:00
Price includes
  • A guided tour of important places
  • Beautifully illustrated souvenir map
  • Observation and participation in allowed activities
  • Porterage for a maximum of two bags per person
  • Professionally guided tour
  • Unlimited bottled water
Price does not include
  • Entrance tickets to monuments and museums
  • Excess baggage charge
  • International Air, unless expressly paid for
  • Personal expenses
  • Services not specifically stated in the itinerary
  • Tips to guide and driver
  • Visa arrangements
Additional Prices
1 child: 100$ 2 children: 90$

Discover Islamic Cairo In A 1 Day Tour


On this tour, islamic cairo walking tour  we will visit the Citadel of Saladin, who was a famous warrior. You will immediately notice that it is huge from inside! Inside the citadel, we will visit the famous Alabaster Mosque of Muhammad Ali. If you have ever been in Ayasophia before, you will probably contemplate how similar they are from inside.

On the other hand, Sultan Hassan’s mosque is considered to be the fourth pyramid of Egypt as it is also huge from inside. I feel a strong connection to this place, and my mother was born very close to this area. I feel very familiar to this place and feel very at peace here. Besides these temples, you will visit the tombs of kings and queens from the family of Mohamed Ali, such as king Farouk, king Foud, Khedevi Ismail and Shah of Iran.

Discover Islamic Cairo In A 1 Day Tour

Finally, we’ll end on a high note visiting one of the oldest mosques in Egypt: Ibn Tulun mosque, which happens to have free entrance! Next to this mosque, we’ll also visit its special museum and house, called Gayer Anderson museum, for a very low cost in islamic cairo tour


1. Experience authentic Egyptduring my tours, you won’t just visit the main tourist attractions, but also will take time to wander through local markets, talk with everyday Egyptians, see workshops making handmade goods, and try delicious street-food. Since we r local Egyptians  speak native fluent Arabic, and have spent 30 years traveling throughout the country, I can truly take you behind the scenes.

2. Hassle-free touring: travel to Egypt can be stressful, considering the different customs on tipping, prevalence of tourist scams, and cultural differences. Let me help by:

  • Paying all tips, from hotel porters and bathroom attendants to our tour guides and drivers. You never need to worry about how much and to whom you tip

  • Keeping a watchful eye on the group, making sure we have the best experience at all the tourist sites, and avoid any potential wastes of time or money

  • Letting you know everything you need to know before coming to Egypt, so you are prepared for your time in the land of the Pharaohs

3. Everything you want, included:

4. A true, private tour experience: 

5. A cruise, unlike any other: on this Egypt adventure, you get to step back in time and board a Dahabeya to spend five unforgettable days sailing up the Nile River.

6. Gay and lesbian friendly tours: I get asked all of the time, “Is Egypt safe for gay travelers?”, and the answer is nuanced, but overall, YES! It is totally safe for gay and lesbian travelers, and my tours specifically are designed to help LGBTQ+ people, both singles and couples, to experience Egypt in a safe and comfortable environment. These tours are not just for LGBTQ+ people though—anyone is welcome!

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With my extensive knowledge and passion for Egypt, I am committed to providing you with an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this incredible country. Come join me on an adventure that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime.

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Islamic Cairo - Full Day Tour visiting Citadel, Ibn Tulun & Alabaster mosques

-The day will start with me picking you up from the lobby at the hotel.

-We'll then head to the Citadel of Saladin.

-On arrival, we'll enter the Alabaster Mosque of Muhammed Ali which happens to be inside of the Citadel.

-After exploring this, we'll drive to Sultan Hassan and Rifaai mosques.

-Finally, we will visit the mosque of Ibn Tulun and the museum of Gayer Anderson which is right next to it.

-If the tour was to take place on a Friday, if you're muslim yourself, you'll have the opportunity to participate in the Friday prayer. Otherwise, you could take the opportunity to shop or have a break to eat.

-If so desired, you can have lunch in one of the local restaurants, even during the Friday prayer time if you'd prefer.

Please make sure you wear proper clothes for visiting holy places such as mosques.

This itinerary could be customized.

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Become part of the story as you experience amazing destinations with the expertise and guidance of 2 Adventure Guides who attend to every detail of your travels as well as make recommendations for family meals and things not to miss on your adventure.
Pyramids and Sphinx
Stand in awe as you take in the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the 3 pyramids—as well as the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.
Egyptian Museum
spectacular Collection of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun features a breathtaking array of treasures discovered in the tomb of the young boy who became Pharaoh at the age of 9.
Valley of the Kings
Egyptologist will guide you through the massive landscape that contains 63 known tombs of royalty and privileged nobles, as well as 4 Pharaohs—including King Tutankhamun.
Temple of Hatshepsut
unique & beautiful design stands out from other ancient Egyptian temples. It is built into a cliff face & has a series of terraces leading up to the main entrance
Abu Simbel Temples
Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Nubian Monuments,” contains twin temples carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC.
Board a felucca—a traditional sailing boat used in the Nile—and set sail for Elephantine Island where a series of massive, elephant-shaped boulders jut out of the river bed.


Engage with the people, cultures and traditions in ways that show you more than just the sights. With your Adventure Guides and local experts, you’ll see the world as only US can show it to you.


Get free 24/7 assistance from a travel counsellor.On hand, whenever and wherever you need us


Tailored Tour by a local insider and see what others miss, from main attractions to hidden neighborhoods


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Discover Islamic Cairo in a 1 Day Tour

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