Islam in Egypt

Islam has been the official religion in Egypt since the 8th century AD till today. However Islam has been introduced to Egyptians by first Muslims of the Arabic Peninsula yet over the years the Egyptian Muslims have created their own version of the global religion, adopting all their cultural richness and deeply rooted history and identity.

Today, Al Azhar Mosque of Cairo is considered one of the leading Islamic Authorities in the whole worlds, the magnificent heritage of Islamic Architecture in Islamic Cairo is an open air museum for Islamic Art. If you want to meet with the religion, or it’s faithful followers, then this tour is a must.

Day 1
Welcome to Egypt

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport our representative will meet and assist you with passport control, customs formalities and handling your luggage. And be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2
Origins of Islam in Egypt

Visit Amr Ibn al-As mosque, the first mosque in Cairo and more or less the corner stone of the city of the thousand minarets. Afterwards walk around old Cairo visiting the Hanging Church and Bin Ezra synagogue then later have an open discussion with your Muslim history specialist tour guide about co-existing religions in Egypt.  

Day 3
Fatimid Cairo

Start your day with a visit of al-Azhar Mosque and enjoy the tranquility and magic of the space. Then meeting with a Muslim scholar for a lecture on “Islam, the History, the Religious and the Philosophy.”

Then cross Bab Al Nasir the “door of victory” of Cairo and walk along the 11th century wall to explore the magnificent military architecture. Enter the old city again through Bab El Fotouh, the “door of conquests” and visit the Mosque of Al Hakim who is considered both, mad and a saint!

Day 4
Magnificent Islamic architecture in Cairo

After breakfast, start your day with a guided visit of the Citadel of Salah el Din, which until the 19th century was the heart of Egyptian government. From the edge of the Citadel’s plateau you will have a breathtaking panoramic view of Cairo, the Nile and  if weather permits the Great Pyramids of Giza.

Then, still within the enclose walls of the Citadel, proceed to the monumental Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, also known as the “Alabaster Mosque”.

Follow that with a visit to the gigantic Sultan Hassan Mosque and Ibn Tulun Mosque, one of the oldest and the biggest in the city with it memorable spiral minaret. After that wander through Gayer Anderson Museum, a medieval age house.

After lunch, drive through the city of the dead, where people of today are building their houses, schools and clinics among the graves. Then proceed the stunning mosque of Quaitbay.

Day 5
Gamalyia Street

Start your day  with a guided walk through Gamalyia Street and stop at Wikalet Al Bazara, a 400 years old ware house and the Khnaquah and Mausoleum of Sultan Beybars, a 700 years old sufi monastery and burial chamber of the Mamluk king.

Afterwards, walk through the street with brief stops at the onion & garlic market, the coppersmiths market and the Mosque of Soliman Sylihdar. After a tea stop at the 200 years old Fishawai Coffee House, walk further south and get into the famous alley Zuqaq el-Midaq the title of one of Naguib Mahfouz best known Novels. Then to proceed to al-Azhar Park for late lunch and relaxing.

In the early evening have a short walk through the Egyptian market for cloths with brief stops at the Sabil of Mohammed Ali and the Mosque of Moaeed (“Red Mosque”). Then through the old gates of Cairo “Bab Zewila” to the “Tent Makers street”. Finally get back again to “Wikalaet El Ghory” the 500 years old shopping mall which is used now a stage for ” Sufi Dancing – Folkloric Music and Dancing Show” and treat your ears and eyes with the colorful music of Egypt.

Day 6
The City of dead

start the day with driving  through the city of the dead, where people of today are building their houses, schools and clinics among the graves. Then proceed the stunning mosque of Quaitbay  and Al Emam Al Shafai’e.

Day 7
Islamic Art Museum

Enjoy the whole day in the rich museum of Islamic Art.

Day 8
Departure

According to your flight time, private transfer to Cairo Airport for your return flight.

Tour Details

Including

All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.

  • Unique chance to meet with one of the Muslim scholars in al-Azhar.
  • Entrance Visa to Egypt (app. 12 €).
  • 7 nights stay in Cairo.
  • All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles.
  • Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide.
  • Admission fees to all mentioned places.
  • Full board during the whole tour.
  • Recommended gratuities.

Not included: Intl. flights, personal expenses, everything not mentioned above.

Prices

All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.

  • Private tour, 1 to 2 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
  • Private tour, 3 to 9 people: 990 €
  • Private tour, 10 to 20 people: 890
  • Private tour, 21 and more: please inquire for individual pricing.

Customize Your Tour

Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour exactly as you want it to be!

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