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Egypt Travel guide by Deluxe Tours Egypt
6 hours
Availability : Daily
Citadel - Coptic Cairo
Tour Details

This tour is designed to see the must-visit places! The Citadel of Salah El Din and Coptic Cairo.  The Citadel of Salah El-Din is one of the main landmarks in Cairo built by Salah El-Din as a fortification of Cairo. Coptic Cairo is one of the must-sees of Cairo. The place is called by locals “Religions complex” as it has got all three main religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam represented in Synagogues, churches, and mosques. The oldest Egyptian synagogue of Bn Izra is located in Coptic Cairo, as well as the oldest Christian church, and the oldest mosque.

  • A tour to visit the highlights of Cairo the citadel and Coptic Cairo
  • Walk through the Coptic Cairo complex
  • See the blending of the three religions Christianity, Islam and Jewish in one place
  • Discover the Citadel of Salah El Din and the many monuments enclosed within it
  • Enjoy narration from your private tour guide about the history of these places

Departure & Return Location

Centrally located Cairo and Giza hotels

Departure Time

Daily from 8:00 am

Price Includes

  • Hotel Pick up and drop off
  • Professional Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location
  • Taxes

Price Excludes

  • Tipping
  • Any Private Expenses
One Person2-4 Persons5-7 Persons8-15 Persons

Cairo tour Citadel of Salah El Din and Coptic Cairo

Pick up from your hotel by your tour guide and start your tour to visit the citadel of Saladin which is one of the most important landmarks of Islamic Cairo, and one of the most luxurious war castles built in the Middle Ages, its strategic location at the top of Mount Al-Maqtam provided a magnificent view of all the historical monuments of Cairo, and provided impregnable fences around the capitals of Islamic Egypt with the citadel more protection against the siege.

Saladin began the construction of this castle on Mount Al-Muqattam (572-579 Ah /1171-1193 A.D.) in a place known as the Dome of the Air, but it was not completed in his life, and was completed by Sultan Kamel Bin Adil (604 Ah/ 1207 AD), was the first to live and took it as a home for the king, and remained the seat of the rule of Egypt until the reign of Khedive Ismail, who transferred the seat of government to the Abdin Palace in the Khedive Cairo region in the middle of the 19th century.

The citadel witnessed many historical events from the time of the Crusades to the end of the dynasty of Muhammad Ali (1220-1264 Ah (1805-1848), which ruled Egypt from the 19th century until July 1952 revolution.

The castle contains many Islamic monuments that have been added throughout the ages, providing visitors today with a range of places to visit, the most important of which are: The Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque, the most prominent building inside the castle, the Mosque of Nasser Muhammad bin Qalawun (718 Ah/1318 AD), the Suleiman Pasha Al-Khadem Mosque (935 Ah /1528 AD), and Bir Yusuf, as well as a number of museums such as the Police Museum, the Jewel Palace Museum, the Royal Vehicle Museum, and the War Museum.

The tour will then take you to the heart of Coptic Cairo the Egyptians call it Old Cairo which is a beautiful quarter which is considered a hidden gem for travelers to Egypt. The area is called the Council of religions as mentioned in the Heritage Book of Cairo. Many beautiful Christian churches are located in the area along with the Ben Ezra Jewish synagogue as well as the Amr Ibn Al Aas mosque the first mosque built in Egypt and Africa. All these monuments that resemble the three religions stand together in the same place where worshippers come and go in harmony daily.