Tour Highlights: Citadel of Saladin – Muhammad Aly Mosque – Khan Elkhalili Bazaar
Duration: 4 – 6 Hours
Tour Type: Private / Sharing – Upon Request
Built in the twelfth century, the Citadel of Saladin is a place with a past full of momentous historical events for the current future of Egypt. Its walls and superb location make it one of the most wonderful and entertaining tours of Cairo.
At the top of the hill sits Citadel of Saladin, which owes its name to the constructor of its eastern wall, Salah Eddin Al-Ayoubi. His arrival in the country, in 1171, involved the abolition of power Fatimid and the restoration of Islam as the official religion of Egypt.
To protect the city, Saladin ordered the construction of a citadel in the mountains of Al Moqattam serve as fortress of the royal residence. The construction began in 1176. For this purpose, they demolished the Fatimid mosques and tombs of the places that occupy the great walls. Some blocks of stone from the Pyramids of Giza were used for construction.
Every 100 meters with communication towers built with the walls. Served the dual purpose of allowing light to enter through the openings as a sector to bet a guard that defended the city with arrows. The two main towers, both on the northeast corner, are known as Borg Al-tower Ramiah and Borg Al-Arena-Hattad Smith Tower. The southern part of the fortification and the sector down the hillside to the west from the nineteenth century.
The interior of the citadel houses beautiful mosques. Among them, the Mosque of Mohamed Aly, Known also as the Alabaster Mosque, which looks like the blue mosque of Istanbul .
Your last stop will be at exotic and colorful Khan El Khalili open Area which is a shopper’s paradise and the dream for many photographers. The Bargaining will be an art and it is expected when you will negotiate to purchase silver , gold , bronze or copper .
Enjoy the smell of exotic spices , leather goods , Aroma of brewed coffee sifting through elaborately carved wooden doore an coffee shops.
Enjoy music sound and plethora of unbelievable display of merchandise together with multitude of colorfully dressed crowds that will bring to you the scenes of (A Thousand and one Arabinan nights ) .
Valid till 31 December 2014
Children 0 – 5.99 years Free of Charge, 6 – 12 years will charge 50 % from Adult rate
Entrance fees to the mentioned sightseeing.
Met & Assist from & to your hotel at Cairo or Giza.
All transfers by air condition vehicle.
Private Egyptologist tour guide (all languages).
Visit of the papyrus institute ( ask your guide if you need to visit Perfume Factory ).
Entrance to private rooms or areas inside any temple or Museum.
Tips to guide & driver.
Any Souvenir from any purchasing stop.
Entry Visa to Egypt which had to be handle from your side.
International Air tickets from & to Egypt.
Lunch at Nile View restaurant ( 10 USD per person , Any Extra Drinks or Beverage not included ) .
Nile cruise Lunch at 5 Stars ship ( 35 USD per person, Any Extra Drinks or Beverage not included ) .
Nile cruise Lunch at 4 Stars ship ( 25 USD per person , Any Extra Drinks or Beverage not included ) .
Felucca ride for about 30 minutes : 10 USD per persons