Cairo experience

Cairo Experience – STT 121

Birqash Camel Market

A proud trader stands in front of his camels at the Birqash Camel Market, Cairo

This day tour is your Cairo experience – a chance to see a wide variety of what this chaotic, iconic city can offer. You’ll begin early with a visit to the Birqash Camel Market on the very outskirts of greater Cairo, come back to the Giza Plateau to visit the pyramids and the Great Sphinx, head into town for lunch and a walk (and some shopping) in the Kahn il Khalili and a visit to two of Cairo’s oldest mosques and one of the gates to the medieval city. At the Khan you’ll stop off for a fruit juice at a Cairo landmark, the El Fishawy café, said by the owners to have been open continuously for over 200 years.

To reach the Birqash Camel Market you must follow the Mansouriyya Canal Road (off Pyramids Rd) for around 25 km. The drive itself is interesting – through a more rural area, past stalls selling fruit and veggies, handmade furniture and pottery. Once at the market you’ll find a scene that (with the exception of trucks, mobile phones and aerosol paint cans to mark the camels) probably hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. It’s crazy, chaotic, dusty and smelly, but it’s also fascinating. Excellent photo opportunities but watch out for loose camels.

Once you’ve finished at the camel market you’ll drive back to the Giza Plateau to visit the incredible pyramids and the sphinx. The pyramids are, of course, usually the first thing most people want to see when they visit Egypt. You learn about them in school and, as one of the Wonders of the Ancient World, everyone knows something about them. With your guide to show you around, you’ll learn much more. You’ll need a couple of hours here to see everything. If you want to go inside one of the pyramids or visit the Solar Boat Museum please tell your guide so that they can arrange tickets for you as these are an additional cost.

From the outskirts of Cairo you will head into the heart of the city. You’ll take a traditional Egyptian lunch and visit two of Cairo’s oldest mosques as well as one of the ancient gates to the medieval city where you might climb to the top (if you want). As you wander in Islamic Cairo you’ll be amazed at the old houses and caravanserais, shops and mosques. If you want to shop or visit some of the restored buildings just ask your guide. You’ll finish in the Khan il Khalili and enjoy a refreshing fruit juice at the famous El Fishawy café.

Departs from your accommodation at 6:30am. Hotel pickups may commence prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
Duration: around 9 hours depending on how long you would like to linger at each site and the ubiquitous Cairo traffic
This tour is available each day of the year, although Friday is the busiest and best day to see the camel market.

All transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
Registered tour guide (who speaks either your language or English) who will assist you in making the most of your visit
Entrance fee to all sites. Some sites do not have an entrance fee but a donation is always welcome.

Food and drink unless specified
Some sites in Islamic Cairo do not have entrance fees but donations are always welcome
Entrance inside a pyramid or the Solar Boat Museum
Tips (recommended)
Any activity costs not mentioned in our program

Things to note:
The tour begins early because the best action at the camel market is between 7.00 am and 9.00 am.
Because the camel market is very dusty (and there are lots of camels) closed footwear is advised. You may like to bring some wet wipes with you – you’ll feel like you need to wipe your face and hands after the dust of the camel market.
There are no toilets at the camel market – if you ask the guide the car can stop at On the Run before you visit the pyramids (also great to get a coffee if you like).
Walking through the older parts of Cairo, while on this tour the sites are relatively close together, can be over uneven surfaces and sensible, comfortable footwear is advised.
Sunscreen, a hat and water are important.
There are souvenir salesmen everywhere in Egypt and bazaar shop owners can be insistent; be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. Ask your guide for assistance if necessary.
If required, wheelchair accessibility should be discussed when booking. A vehicle with wheelchair accessibility can be made available but many of these areas are not always easy with a chair or for people with disabilities.
Don’t forget your camera!!! Bring a spare battery and card – you’ll take far more pictures than you imagine.

A confirmation sheet will be sent to you as soon as possible after booking with all details, including local telephone numbers for enquiries.

1 person – US$110 per person
2 – 4 people – US$75 per person
5 – 8 people – US$56 per person
9 -15 people – US$51 per person
Request a quote for 16+ people
Reduced costs for children 4-12, children 3 and under free

If you wish to book this tour please quote STT121. You may contact us by email at or phone +2017 3338800.


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