The Citadel, Museum and the Khan

The Citadel, Museum and the Khan – STT109

Today you will visit the Saladin Citadel and the Egyptian Museum, both on the “must see” list for your Egyptian holiday. You will also wander the narrow streets of the famous Khan il Khalili, one of the oldest souqs in Cairo.

The Citadel of Salah al Din in Cairo

The Citadel of Salah al Din in Cairo

Saladin Citadel
The Saladin Citadel, built on an artificially detached range of the Muqqattam Hills, was constructed with limestone quarried from it and large blocks supplied by the small pyramids at Giza. Saladin, the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty in Egypt, came to power in 1169 AD as the result of a threatened attack by crusaders, and the Citadel was completed between 1176 and 1182. In the 19th century, during the Turkish period, the Citadel became the residence for the royal family. Mohamed Ali, the Turkish ruler, added a great alabaster mosque, built in the Istanbul style. As well as visiting the mosque and palace, you will enjoy spectacular views across the city from this high point.

The largest and most ornate minbar of the Muhammad Ali mosque.

The largest and most ornate minbar of the Muhammad Ali mosque.

Mohamed Ali Mosque (or the Alabaster Mosque)
The Mosque of Mohamed Ali was designed in the Ottoman style of Istanbul and is quite unrelated to the architectural tradition of Cairo. In the courtyard in front of the sanctuary there is a charming Turkish baroque ablution fountain (which makes an excellent photo opportunity). The gingerbread clock was given by Louis Philippe in 1846 as an exchange gift for the obelisk now in the Place de la Concorde, Paris.

The exterior of the Egyptian Museum

The exterior of the Egyptian Museum. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamun.

Egyptian Museum
This museum houses more than 120,000 precious objects which, in their overwhelming wealth, bear testimony to the art and the culture, history and civilization, daily life and religious practices of the Egypt of the pharaohs from prehistoric down to Graeco-Roman times. The famous collection of Tutankhamen and the room of the ancient Egyptian mummies are two of the big highlights but there are many other special pieces on display.
Gold mask of King Tutankhamun

Tutankhamun's famous burial mask, on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Khan il Khalili
You will also visit one of Cairo’s oldest souqs, the very famous Khan il Khalili, where you can stroll the tiny narrow streets and browse for bargains and stop for a juice at the famous El Fishawy Cafe.

Our tour will start at 8.30 am when you leave your accommodation and we’ll have you back safe and sound around 9 hours later. Hotel pick-up may be a little earlier than this but the time will be given to you on reconfirmation.

The tour operates daily at all times of the year.

All transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
Entrance fees to sites visited
Registered tour guide (who speaks your own language or English) who will assist you in making the most of your tour

Food and drink unless specified
Tips (recommended)
Entrance to the Mummies Rooms at the Museum
Your shopping
Any activity costs not mentioned in our programme

Things to note:
– Sunscreen, a hat and water are important, even though you will be indoors a lot of the time. Most of our drivers have cold water on board that you can purchase at a small price.
– To visit the mosques it is advisable to wear clothing that covers the shoulders, upper arms and legs. Your guide will remind you that you must take your shoes off – if you carry them you must not allow them to touch the floor.
No photography of any sort is allowed inside the Museum
– There are souvenir salesmen at many sites, be polite but firm if you are not interested in purchasing. Bazaar owners can also be persistent. 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.
– Don’t forget your camera and spare card and battery to capture all these wonderful sights.
– We’d really like your feedback so please let us know what you think of all aspects of your tour. You can add a review to TripAdvisor at

1 person – US$116 per person
2 – 4 people – US$76 per person
5 – 8 people – US$54 per person
9 – 15 people – US$49 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 STT109. You may contact us by email at or phone +2017 333 8800.

The Citadel from Al Azhar Park with the lake and fountain in the foreground

The Citadel from Al Azhar Park with the lake and fountain in the foreground.


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