Discover the less explored sights of Cairo on a 5-hour tour of its hidden treasures. Go to the Gayer-Anderson Museum to see magnificent works of Oriental art, marvel at the Ottoman Bayt al Suhaymi, and wander in the peaceful gardens of Al-Azhar.
What to Expect
Explore the sights of Cairo that few other tours cover, such as the Oriental art collections of the Gayer-Anderson Museum and the tranquil Al-Azhar Gardens.
Following a pick-up from your hotel, visit the northern victory gates of Bab Al-Futuh and Bab Al-Nasr, built as a part of Cairo’s fortifications in the 11th century AD. By contrast, you will also see the Bab Zuweila Gate, the last remaining of the city’s old southern fortifications, where the Sultan Al Mu’ayyad was kept in a dungeon next door. The mosque that now bears his name incorporates 2 minarets built on the gate, and offers stunning views from the top.
Go to the Gayer-Anderson Museum, housed in 2 renovated 16th and 17th-century houses. Explore the eclectic collection of Oriental art that was once the property of an English scientist who lived in Cairo around 1940. See exclusive items of furniture and art from different periods and countries of the East. Admire the beautiful decorations of the Islamic architecture, and feel as if you have just stepped into a still inhabited dwelling.
Marvel at the neighboring Mosque of Ibn Tulun, considered the oldest mosque in Cairo. It still preserves its original 9th-century form, and the adventurous can climb the minaret for a panoramic view over Cairo.
Next, explore the former residence of a rich Ottoman family at Bayt al Suhaymi. Learn how the best houses were able to protect their owners from Cairo’s harsh summer heat. Explore the ornate décor of the windows, ceilings, and walls, and see how the elaborate mashrabiya (oriel window) prevented people from peeking into the haramlik (women’s room).
After a typical Egyptian lunch at a local restaurant, go to the lovely Al-Azhar Gardens and discover an unexpected oasis of calm in the middle of Cairo’s hustle and bustle. Stroll the colorful park, and relax under the shade of a tree to watch couples and families taking advantage of the green spaces.
- Transportation by high-class air-conditioned vehicles
- Guided tour in your language
- Entrance fees for all mentioned sites
- Lunch in a local restaurant
What's Not Included
- Gratuity for driver and guides