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Half day visit the Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan El Khalili

Meet with one of our Traveland tour rep who will introduce you to your guide and driver. Your guide will escort you through the Citadel. Started by Saladin in 1176 as a fortification against the Crusaders, was home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years. Legacy is a collection of three mosques, several palaces and a couple of terraces with superb Cairo views.

Following their overthrow of Saladin’s Ayyubid dynasty, Mamluks enlarged complexes, adding sumptuous palaces and harems. Under the Ottomans (1517–1798) the fortress expanded and a new main gate, the Bab Al Azab, was added, while the Mamluk palaces deteriorated. When Napoleon’s French expedition took control in 1798, the emperor’s savants regarded these buildings as some of the finest Islamic monuments in Cairo.

After the tour its a lunch at a local restaurant located overlooking the river Nile and then a tour round Khan El Khalili. And then its a return back to your hotel or private location.

per adult from

$132

AUD

Duration

6 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Private guided tour
    • Pick Up / Return
    • Private coach
    • Lunch
    • Entrance ticket
    • Bottled water
    • Entry/Admission - Cairo Citadel
    What's excluded :
    • Gratitudes
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah Shar'a Salih Salem, Cairo 11511 Egypt

    Meet with one of our Traveland tour rep who will introduce you to your Egyptologist and driver. Your guide will escort you through the Citadel of Salah El Din and Mohamed Ali Mosque.

    Sprawling over a limestone spur on the city's eastern edge, the Citadel, started by Saladin in 1176 as a fortification against the Crusaders, was home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years. Their legacy is a collection of three very different mosques, several palaces (housing some either underwhelming, or nearly-always closed museums) and a couple of terraces with superb Cairo views – on a clear day you'll see Giza's Pyramids poking up in the far distance.

    Following their overthrow of Saladin’s Ayyubid dynasty, the Mamluks enlarged the complex, adding sumptuous palaces and harems. Under the Ottomans (1517–1798) the fortress expanded westward and a new main gate, the Bab Al Azab, was added, while the Mamluk palaces deteriorated. Even so, when Napoleon’s French expedition took control in 1798, the emperor’s savants regarded these buildings as some of the finest Islamic monuments in Cairo.

    This didn’t stop Mohammed Ali – who rose to power after the French – from drastically remodelling, and crowning the complex with the Ottoman-style mosque that dominates Cairo’s eastern skyline. After Mohammed Ali’s grandson Ismail moved his residence to the Abdeen Palace, the Citadel became a military garrison. The British army was barracked here during WWII, and Egyptian soldiers still have a small foothold, although most of the Citadel has been given over to tourists.

    After the tour its a lunch at a local restaurant located overlooking the river Nile and then a tour round Khan El Khalili.

    Duration: 6 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Cairo or Giza
    Departure Time :
    7:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Traveland Agency

Activity ID: V-112845P6

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