Islamic and Coptic Cairo Day Tour

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 6 hours

Departs: egypt, egypt

TicketType: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.


Visit and learn about Old Cairo on this private day tour. Known as Christian Coptic Cairo which is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family where the spiritual impact of their presence is most felt still.

Note: Visits start at 9 am

What's Included

All Parking and Fuel Fees

All Transfers in Private AC latest model Vehicle

Bottled water

Private Tour

What's Not Included

Entry Fees (Optional)

Expert Tour guide (Optional)


Lunch at Local restaurant (Optional)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 5
  • CHILD: Age: 6 - 11
  • ADULT: Age: 12 - 99

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

Cairo Citadel
The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din (Saladin) and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Its location on a promontory of the Mokattam hills near the center of Cairo commands a strategic position overlooking the city and dominating its skyline. At the time of its construction, it was among the most impressive and ambitious military fortification projects of its time.[1] It is now a preserved historic site, including mosques and museums.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
The Hanging Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo); its nave is suspended over a passage. The church is approached by twenty-nine steps; early travelers to Cairo dubbed it "the Staircase Church".[1] The land surface has risen by some six metres since the Roman period[why?] so the Roman tower is mostly buried below ground, reducing the visual impact of the church's elevated position. The entrance from the street is through iron gates under a pointed stone arch. The nineteenth-century facade with twin bell towers is then seen beyond a narrow courtyard decorated with modern art biblical designs. Up the steps and through the entrance is a further small courtyard leading to the eleventh-century outer porch

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a monumental mosque and madrassa located in the historic district of Cairo, Egypt. It was built between 1356 and 1363 during the Bahri Mamluk period, commissioned by Sultan an-Nasir Hasan. The mosque was considered remarkable for its massive size and innovative architectural components, and is still considered one of the most impressive historic monuments in Cairo today

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Coptic Cairo
Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. It is believed in Christian tradition that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga).[1] Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt until the Islamic era, though most of the current buildings of the churches in Coptic Cairo were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in the 7th century

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Synagogue Ben Ezra
The Ben Ezra Synagogue (Hebrew: בית כנסת בן עזרא‎, Arabic: معبد بن عزرا‎), sometimes referred to as the El-Geniza Synagogue (Hebrew: בית כנסת אל גניזה‎) or the Synagogue of the Levantines (al-Shamiyin),[1] is situated in Old Cairo, Egypt. According to local folklore, it is located on the site where baby Moses was found.[2]

This was the synagogue whose geniza or store room was found in the 19th century to contain a treasure of abandoned Hebrew, Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic secular and sacred manuscripts. The collection, known as the Cairo Geniza, was brought to the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England at the instigation of Solomon Schechter. It is now divided between several academic libraries, with the majority being kept at the Cambridge University Library.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Al Rifai Mosque
Al-Rifa'i Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الرفاعي‎, transliterated also as Al-Rifai, Al-Refai, Al-Refa'i, and named in English the Royal Mosque) is located in Midan al-Qal'a, adjacent to the Cairo Citadel. It is the Khedival Mausoleum of the Royal Family of Muhammad Ali Pasha. The building is located opposite the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan,[1] which dates from around 1361, and was architecturally conceived as a complement to the older structure. This was part of a vast campaign by the 19th century rulers of Egypt to both associate themselves with the perceived glory of earlier periods in Egypt's Islamic history and modernize the city. The mosque was constructed next to two large public squares and off of several European style boulevards constructed around the same time

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Mosque of Muhammad Ali
The Citadel is sometimes referred to as the "Citadel of Muhammad Ali" (Arabic: قلعة محمد علي‎ Qalaʿat Muḥammad ʿAlī). It contains the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which he built between 1828 and 1848, perched on the summit of the citadel. This Ottoman-style mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's second son who died in 1816. However, it also represents Muhammad Ali's efforts to erase symbols of the Mamluk legacy that he sought to replace. Many of the former Mamluk structures, including the Great Iwan and the Ablaq Palace of al-Nasir Muhammad, were demolished in 1825 to make way for his new mosque and its renovated surroundings.[7]:246 Muhammad Ali himself was eventually buried in the mosque.[5] His mosque also replaced the nearby Mosque of al-Nasir Muhammad as the Citadel's official main mosque. Muhammad Ali's mosque, with its large dome and tall pencil-like Ottoman minarets, is one of the most prominent monuments on Cairo's skyline to this day.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Great guide, amazing sights!
Jerome_F, 06-09-2022
Excellent guide who knew lots of information and helped make the visit meaningful. I highly recommend Mohammed and EMO tours - probably the best guide I had on this trip!
Best tour I’ve had!
KarinaVass, 05-09-2022
This is hands down the best tour we’ve had! Our tour guide was Essam. And driver was Nabil.

Essam is truly knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about history. He is a great story-teller and knows how to engage. He is also very caring, friendly and always ready to help and answer any questions we had. He always made sure we were able to take our time, we had water and were comfortable, and he is great in taking pictures :)!

Nabil is a great and skilled driver! Also very friendly and caring.

He never pressured or rushed us, and made sure no one would bother us. What I really loved about Essam and his tour, is that he took us to places where you get the feeling of a local life dynamic (lunch spots, coffee shops, juice stops, non-touristic mosques etc.). We got to visit amazing places and get a glimpse of culture and daily life of people blended with rich history of Egypt.

I wish we would have found him earlier. If you are in Cairo or Giza, and are eager to learn about history and get a wonderful experience, book a tour with Essam from Emo Tours and you will not regret it.
The right guide for a very interesting tour
Rui P, 05-09-2022
We had the best experience so far in Egypt, all thanks to our guide Essam.
He's very knowledgeable and passionate about Egyptian history and it's a pleasure to engage and listen to his stories.
Besides that, he's a lovely and friendly guy and never once we felt rushed or pressured, and it felt he adapted himself to our needs. We had a great dynamic.

If you're coming to Egypt, book with Emo Tours and ask for Essam. You won't regret it.

I wish i would've met him earlier on our Egypt trip.
Islamic and Coptic tour
David_E, 07-07-2022
Ismail was great. He knew so much about both the Islamic and Coptic histories. Beautiful buildings. We recommend this tour for those who want to experience something other than ancient Egypt.
Reliable tour company for tours in Egypt
Peng L, 04-07-2022
After a great first experience on the Aswan to Abu Simbel tour, Emo was our go to agency for excursions on Egypt. You absolutely need a guide in Egypt and it was great to have a tour company we could trust to take us to the sights and navigate entrance fees and the numerous people who want tip money every step you take on Egypt. Afife was an excellent guide for Coptic and Muslim Cairo and the bazaar who generously shared his cultural insights with us. We also joined Emo for the sounds and light show at Giza Pyramids. Communication with Emo was easy on WhatsApp and the guides arrived on time and the tours included everything that was agreed to. Don’t think we could have done our self organized trip without Emo

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