Day Tour to National museum and Old Cairo

Day Tour to National museum and Old Cairo

Description

  • Enjoy looking at the wonderful treasures of Egypt in the different historical periods in the National Museum of Egyptian civilization.
  • Look at the mummies of the great pharaohs that once upon a time ruled the world.
  • Enjoy the citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster walls of the 19th-century mosque that give it its name (the Alabaster Mosque).
  • Learn about the history and the basics of Islam through direct interaction with your private tour guide.
  • Enrich your knowledge about the history of Christianity and Judaism in Egypt by visiting Old Coptic Cairo.
  • Tour includes private guiding and transport and entrance fees.

Inclusion

  • Qualified Egyptologist guide.
  • Entrance to the National Museum.
  • Entrance to Citadel of Salah el-Din and mosque of Mohamed Ali.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Bottled water during the tour

Exclusion

  • Gratuities (recommended).
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Entrance to the Royal Mummies Room at the museum.

Day by Day Itinerary

You will start your day tour with one of the important museums in Cairo. The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC). It is a large museum located in the ancient city of Fustat (the first Islamic capital built by the Arabs in Egypt in 641 A.D) now part of Cairo. The museum partially opened in February 2017 and will display a collection of 50,000 artifacts, presenting Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.

The permanent collection is divided into two separate regions, one chronological and the other thematic. The chronological areas will be the following, Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, modern, and contemporary. The thematic areas will be the following: Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs, and Thinking, and the Gallery of Royal Mummies.

The Museum’s collections will be displayed in a core permanent exhibition of the principal achievements of Egyptian civilization, with six thematic galleries covering the Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking, and the Gallery of Royal Mummies.

You will visit the Alabaster Mosque at the Citadel of Saladin, which sits on top of a limestone hill overlooking Cairo and is one of the most important mosques in the city. The lower part of the Mosque is clad inside and out with Alabaster while the top part is constructed from the limestone cladding removed from the Pyramids of Giza. Inside the mosque, your guide will introduce you to the basic beliefs of Islam, including a translation of the most common prayers. 

Then, you will discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians where you will learn about Christian life in Egypt, a country where Christianity is a minority. You will first visit the Hanging Church is built into the walls of the watergate of the Roman fortress and is possibly the oldest Christian church in Egypt. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is one of Cairo's most beautiful churches. Continue to the Monastery and Church of Saint George. It is one of the few remaining circular churches in the Middle East. Your next stop is the Abu Serga, one of the places where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. At the turn of the century this little church, which dates from the 10th century, was the most important pilgrimage spot in Old Cairo for visiting Christian tourists. 24 marble columns are lining the central court and a series of 12th-century icons depicting the 12 apostles. You will then tour Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of the 4th-century Christian church.

Prices

1 Persons 2-4 Persons 5-8 Persons 9-16 Persons
299 USD 199 USD 160 USD 130 USD
1 Persons

299 USD Per Person

2-4 Persons

199 USD Per Person

5-8 Persons

160 USD Per Person

9-16 Persons

130 USD Per Person

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