The Alabaster Mosque at the Citadel of Salah el-Din is the most famous—and most significant—mosque in the city of Cairo. And while it still serves as a place of worship, travelers of all faiths are welcome at this limestone monument overlooking urban streets. Your expert local guide will take you through the mosque and explain the basic beliefs of Islam as you explore the grounds.
Next you’ll head to the Khan el Khalili bazaar, where you’ll learn about the famous market that serves as a hub for local culture and commerce. Wander the lively maze of stalls and wonder at the souvenirs and local goods sold by Cairo’s finest craftsmen.
Once you’ve had your fill of the market, continue on to the Mosque and Madrassa (school) of Sultan Hassan. This impressive structure was constructed between 1356 and 1363. Your guide will highlight its unique Mamluk architecture and explain why it remains one of the finest examples of this style in the city. Mosque and Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is one of the largest in the Islamic world, making it an essential stop on any tour of Cairo.
Since this is a private tour, you can determine the amount of time spent at each of the sites. Interested travelers can also visit the Papyrus Institute to see how this anient artwork is made and purchase genuine papyrus items. Inform your guide if you’d prefer to skip this stop.