Cairo Citadel, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili: Private Tour
- Pickup available
- Duration: 8 hours
- Private group
They picked us up in our hotel on time and we headed to Salah El Din Al Citadel. We had a driver and a tour guide along with us all the way in all places. In the citadel, we could visit two different mosques and a police museum. From some sites in this citadel, we could have a great outlook on the city. We had a small delay in the beginning 'cause the guide hadn't been informed of the trip terms as tickets and lunch were included, but they could easily sort it out very quickly and the trip could go on as expected. Afterward, we headed to Coptic Cairo where we visited St Sergius, Ben Ezra Synagogue which was a Christian church that had been converted to a synagogue lest they have to pay taxes to the govern. We have also visited The Hanging Church which was constructed on the top of an old tower, in which we could see the well where the holy family had drink water from. We had a yummy lunch all you can eat in Bonne Soirée. In the end, we went to Khan El Khalili for shopping. Great tour!
The tour was informative and interesting. The guide (Aya) was professional and full of information. I do feel the Coptic Quarter could have a more comprehensive visit. We missed a few main buildings and it is only when I asked to see them, that I was allowed. I would also have liked to have seen the Coptic Museum which we walked past. Khan El Khalili was canceled (was only told that day) as apparently it was closed to tourists that day (New Year's Eve). An alternative was only offered when I made a fuss and called the tour company. They were happy to cut the tour short and bring me home. What a waste! I demanded something else much to the rep's annoyance. For this reason, only 3 stars. I would not recommend this tour company. I was brought to another mosque which was great as well as another museum . I paid for it myself. The tour company also didn't respond to any of my 4 emails seeking confirmation; the number listed doesn't work (I and other Egyptians tried it).
Our guide was so knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed a marvelous day seeing all the locations that we had hoped to. The guide was very personal and happy to engage us in a wide variety of subjects. Quite frankly, the guide really made the day. Thank you so much.
Ahmed was great. The visit to “old Cairo” was informative and Ahmed pointed out some hidden gems. The visit to the Citadel, mosque and market was an experience. He was very knowledgeable and kept us informed at all times. We had a great time in Cairo!
It was a great day visiting the old Cairo city which is full of history. Our guide Esam is very knowledgable and helpful. Highly recommended tour for anyone who visits Cairo for the first time.