Day 1 » The beating heart of Medieval Cairo, follow Mahfouz
Start at the Citadel of Saladin houses with several palaces, museums and three different mosques. Don’t miss the views across the medieval city and beyond from the Gawhara terrace. The Mosque of Sultan Hassan is one of the finest examples of early-Mamluk architecture in Cairo. Lunch break and a walking tour in Al-Azhar Park, designed on traditional Islamic gardens, offering peace and quiet in a hectic city. Walk along the famous Darb al-Ahmar to the covered Tentmakers’ market near Bab Zuweila, passing the alleyways of the Khan el-Khalili souks to the ancient passage of al-Mu’izz li-Din Allah Street towards Bab El Futuh. These streets, alleys and cafes are where Nobel Prizewinning novelist Naguib Mahfouz found his inspiration for his novels and short stories.
Day 2 » Giza and Saqqara Monuments
For centuries, Giza’s Pyramids and the Sphinx have impressed travellers. You will visit the Giza Plateau and its pyramids and surrounding monuments. It’s possible to enter one of the pyramids. You will also see the often overlooked Solar Boat Museum. After a full visit to Giza and lunch break, our driver gets you to Saqqara. With its hundreds tombs, as well as a few pyramids, Saqqara is one of the most important archaeological sites in Egypt. To learn more about the archaeology and excavation history of Saqqara, visit the beautiful Imhotep Museum, named after the architect of the Step Pyramid.
Day 3 » Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo and Ibn Tulun Mosque
Alongside the honking horns and bustling crowds of Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, there’s the Egyptian Museum, home to some 120,000 of the most treasured artefacts of the country. Our Egyptologist guide will give you a private introduction to the collection, from little-known but important objects to pieces that have amazed the world, like the priceless treasures of Tutankhamun. Discover Cairo’s old city by visiting the historical Coptic churches around the Roman fortress of Babylon, the Holy Family’s Cave, the fascinating Coptic Museum and Egypt’s oldest synagogue. Following this you will visit the nearby Gayer-Anderson Museum and the Ibn Tulun Mosque. Finally, enjoy the bustling souks and visit one of the city’s traditional coffeehouses. Where else can you sip sweet mint tea and try a fragrant shisha?
Things to bring:
- Sun Glasses
- A hat
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Comfortable loose clothes
Cairo & Giza
Your Cairo Tours, totally private with an insider Egyptologist guide