Tour to Old Coptic Cairo and Citadel

Coptic means Egyptian in the old language of Egypt. As All Egyptians were Christian before Islam came to Egypt, so it is referred to the Christian Egyptians as Copts or the descendent of the old Egyptians. Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo which includes 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. It is traditionally held that the Holy Family visited the area during the Flight into Egypt, seeking refuge from Herod. Further it is held that Christianity began to spread in Egypt when St. Mark arrived in Alexandria, becoming the first Patriarch, though the religion remained underground during the rule of the Romans. As the local population began to organize towards a revolt, the Romans, recognizing the strategic importance of the region, took over the fort and relocated it nearby as the Babylon Fortress... Read More

The Cairo Citadel was constructed by Salah al-Din (Saladin) between 1176 and 1183 CE. Only a few years after defeating the Fatimid Caliphate, Saladin set out to build a wall that would surround both Cairo and Fustat. Saladin is recorded as saying, With a wall I will make the two [cities of Cairo and Fustat] into a unique whole, so that one army may defend them both; and I believe it is good to encircle them with a single wall from the bank of the Nile to the bank of the Nile. The Citadel would be the centerpiece of the wall. Built on a promontory beneath the Muqattam Hills, a setting that made it difficult to attack, the efficacy of the Citadel's location is further demonstrated by the fact that it remained the heart of Egyptian government until the 19th century.

Old Coptic Cairo

What Included / What Excluded

Included in the Tour Price:
* Pick up services from your hotel & return
* All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
* Private Egyptologist guide
* Entrance fees to all the mentioned sites
* Bottled water during your trip.
* All taxes & service charge

Excluded From the Tour Price:
* Any extras not mentioned in the itinerary
* Tipping

Please Note:
* In case of pick up from either Heliopolis, New Cairo, or 6th of October Areas, there will be a supplement 10$ per person.
* In case of pick up from Rehab, Madinaty, Sherouk Cities or nearby the supplement will be 20$ per person.

Old Coptic Cairo

Tour Rates in USD

Solo Traveler 90 USD Per Person
2 Persons 55 USD Per Person
3 Persons 40 USD Per Person
4 Persons 35 USD Per Person
5 Persons 30 USD Per Person
6 Persons 30 USD Per Person
Child up to 5.99 Years Old Free of Charge
Child From 6 to 11.99 Years Old 50% of Adult Rate
Child More than 12 Years Old Same as Adult Rate
Cairo Citadel

Tour Discription

Duration: 4 Hours
Starting Point: Your Hotel in Cairo
Ending Point: Your Hotel in Cairo

Your tour Guide will meet you at your hotel in Cairo then escort you with Private Air-conditioned Tourism Car to visit the Old Coptic Cairo and Citadel. You will start to by visiting the Old Coptic Cairo where you explore some of the most old churches and Synagoge. Then you will escorted to Cairo Citadel to unhide some of Islamic Era Secrets.

Also, you will have the chance to get an optional Dinner Cruise where you sail in the Nile in Cairo and Take your Dinner while you watch the Egyptian Dancing and listen to the Egyptian Music.