How to Transit in Cairo
If you have a 10-hour layover in Cairo, here is a question for you – Would you rather find a spot to sleep on the hard benches at the airport, or marvel at the great pyramids of Giza? I think the answer is pretty straightforward!
A layover in Cairo is an excellent opportunity to visit the historic and majestic sights the city has to offer. Depending on what time you arrive and how long you have to spend, you can typically enjoy a 3-hour city tour with round-trip transfers starting at less than $60 Usd per person! Below is a selection of hand-picked private tours with an English-speaking Egyptologist at your disposal as you explore the vast wonders of ancient Egpyt!
City Tour, the Nile and Pyramids of Giza – 3 to 4 hours
This tour will take you to Egypt’s oldest market “Khan Elkhalili” Bazaar. You will enjoy free time to stroll through the maze of streets and bargain for a souvenir afterwhich you’ll get your chance to view one of the 7 wonders of the world – the Great Pyramids of Giza.
Egyptian Museum – 3 to 4 hours
Your first stop will be at Tahrir square, the heart of downtown Cairo. Visit the National Archaelogical Museum and acquaint yourself with Egypt’s ancient history, spanning a period of over 50 centuries. The Museum has the world’s largest and richest collection of Egyptian Antiquities, amongst them the priceless collection of King Tut.
Coptic Monuments – 3 to 4 hours
Before it became an Islamic state, Cairo was mostly a Christian city with an ancient Christian heritage. During your tour, you will view Coptic and Jewish monuments such as the Hanging Church, Abu Serga and Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Egyptian Museum, Citadel & M.Aly Mosque – 4 to 5 hours
After your visit to the National Archeological Museum, your next tour will take you to explore the Citadel. The Citadel is one of the world’s greatest monuments! Between 1176 and 1183, Salah Addin Alayoubi, an Abbasid ruler, fortified the area against attacks by the Crusaders, and since then, it has never been without a military garrison. Originally it served as both a fortress and a royal city.
In the same area; you will also view the Mohamed Ali Mosque. Mohamed Ali Pasha was buried in a tomb carved from Carrara marble, located in the courtyard of the mosque. This historic mosque was built on the site of old Mamlouk buildings in Cairo’s Citadel between 1830 and 1848 by Yusuf Bushnak from Istanbul. The ground on which the mosque was erected was built with debris from the earlier buildings of the Citadel.
All tours listed above are provided by: Karnak Tours
For more information on your transit in Cairo and to book your tours, please contact our agent at Gala Travels on: 1-866-458-4252