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Private Tour: Islamic Cairo including Amr Ibn-AlAs-Ibn Tulun, Sultan Hassa and El Refaa Mosques

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Highlights
  • Discover Islamic Cairo on private tour visiting Amr Ibn al-As Mosque, Ibn-Tulun Mosque and Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan
  • Learn about these historic buildings’ connections to Cairo city history and spiritual life
  • Explore Mosque Amr Ibn al-As, dating back to 642 AD
  • Visit Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, situated near the Cairo Citadel
  • Great chance to learn about Islamic arts and culture in Egypt
Overview

Check out some of Cairo’s most beautiful mosques, illustrating a range of Islamic architectural styles and fascinating history, during this 5-hour private tour. During your trip you’ll explore these buildings’ connection to city history and spiritual life at three locations. Visit the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-As, built in 642 AD around the time of Cairo’s founding. You’ll also see the Ibn-Tulun mosque, commissioned in the 870s AD, and explore the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, located near Cairo’s Citadel. Your visit also covers a private guide and vehicle, lunch, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.

Departure Point

Your Hotel in Cairo or Giza

Departure Time

9 am

Duration

Approximately ~ 5 Hours

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes, fees and handling chargeses
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Private tour
  • Lunch
  • Professional guide

Exclusions

  • Drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Mosques have very strict dress codes, when visiting women must where long loose clothing, insure their arms and legs are fully covered. Women are also required to cover their heads at all times. Men must not show above their knees and cover their shoulders. Failure to do so will result in refused entry.

Languages Available

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Itinerary

Start your private day tour to visit the Famous mosque in Old Cairo (Amr Ibn-AlAs) was originally built in 642 AD, as the center of the newly founded capital of Egypt, Fustat. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt, and by extension, the first mosque on the continent of Africa. 

Then moving to visit The Ibn -Tulun mosque was commissioned by Ahmad ibn Ţūlūn, the Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884 whose rule was characterized by de facto independence. The historian al-Maqrizi lists the mosque’s construction start date as 876 AD and the mosque’s original inscription slab identifies the date of completion as 265 AH, or 879 AD. 

The Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is a massive Mamluk era mosque and Madrassa located near the Citadel in Cairo. Its construction began 757 AH/1356 CE with work ending three years later “without even a single day of idleness”. At the time of construction the mosque was considered remarkable for its fantastic size and innovative architectural components. Commissioned by a sultan of a short and relatively unimpressive profile, al-Maqrizi noted that within the mosque were several “wonders of construction”. The mosque was, for example, designed to include schools for all four of the Sunni schools of thought: Shafi’i, Maliki, Hanafi and Hanbali. Return back to the hotel.

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